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February 12, 2021

 

 
 
32nd Annual Rural CED Conference 
 

The 32nd Annual Rural Community Economic Development Conference will be presented virtually February 24-25, 2021, in conjunction with the Governor's Rural Affairs Council and Rural Partners. The conference will feature Tony Pipa of the Brookings Institution, describing essential elements in a successful rural program. Smart and ambitious federal leadership that invests in local leadership can strengthen rural areas, but federal funding for rural development is in dire need of modernizing and reform, involving over 400 programs, 13 departments, and 14 legislative committees. Pipa will describe how the federal government can be an active partner in promoting rural prosperity through (1) long-term, flexible financing; (2) increased coherence, transparency, and White House attention to rural policy, including a national strategy; and (3) a bipartisan congressional review of rural programs. Visit the conference page to register and check the schedule. Registration is $25 per person for both days.

 

 
 
 21 IL Virtual Hemp Summit
 

The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) will host a virtual Hemp Summit Tuesday, February 23. The free online event will take place from 9 am to noon with presentations from growers, processors, university researchers, industry stakeholders and IDOA staff. “We have had two solid hemp growing seasons here in Illinois, with many takeaways from those who have weathered the challenges that come in the infant stages of an industry,” said IDOA Division Manager, David Lakeman. “To have a venue where farmers, processors and others involved in the industry can share what works and what doesn’t is invaluable.”  Topics on the agenda include: the 2020 growing season, best practices, and lessons learned. The 2021 Hemp Summit is free to attend, but registration is required. Registered attendees will be emailed a link to the event Monday, February 22.

 

 
 
Crop Science Society of America 
 

Eight foods, including wheat and peanuts, cause 90% of food allergies. Sachin Rustgi, Clemsen University, and a member of the Crop Science Society of America, studies how plant breeding can develop less allergenic varieties of these foods. These low-allergenic varieties can be bred with crop varieties that have desirable traits, such as high yields or pest resistance. The goal is to develop low-allergenic wheat that can be grown commercially. In addition to traditional breeding efforts, Rustgi is also using genetic engineering to reduce allergenic proteins in wheat and peanuts. “Wheat and peanuts are the major sources of proteins to many, especially those living in resource-deprived conditions,” says Rustgi. “Finding affordable ways to make wheat and peanuts available for all is very important.” Developing wheat and peanuts with reduced allergen levels is a key step toward this goal. “These crops will also reduce accidental exposure to allergens,” says Rustgi. “Also, they would limit the severity of reactions if exposure did happen.”

 

 
 
 National Mall Tidal Basin
 

The historic National Mall Tidal Basin is one of our nation’s most iconic, significant, and beloved public cultural landscapes and commemorative spaces. A complex, 107-acre public place with remarkable scenic, recreational, and symbolic values, the Tidal Basin is a unique and irreplaceable element of the National Mall in Washington, DC. Unfortunately, this landscape is endangered. The instability of the land underneath, daily flooding, and crumbling infrastructure threaten its sustainability and visitor enjoyment. The Tidal Basin regularly floods with water flowing onto the surrounding sidewalks, making them impassable and endangering the trees’ roots. To solve this problem, renowned landscape architects from across the country reimagined the future of the Tidal Basin and National Mall. Explore their designs and let the National Trust know your thoughts with a short survey.

 

 
 
LGE Webinar Series 
 

Today at Noon, Rural Partners will co-host Part 2: The COVID-19 Telehealth Sea Change and New Opportunities, which will define telehealth and examine its development and changes in healthcare during the pandemic. On February 17, Part 3: The Value of Telehealth to Rural Economies will look at research suggesting that access to care, or convenience, is a major determinant of demand. Topics of discussion will range from how telemedicine differs between the metro and the nonmetro population, and what the societal value of telemedicine is.  Part 1: SIU Medicine’s Telehealth Program and Experience covered how SIU Medicine’s “telehealth to the home” services have expanded and continues to work toward future demand. To find more information on the series or view archived webinars, go to https://go.illinois.edu/LGE.

 

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

February 12 - Rural Partners Telehealth Series (Part 2): The COVID-19 Telehealth Sea Change and New Opportunities

February 17 - Rural Partners Telehealth Series (Part 3): The Value of Telehealth to Rural Economies

February 19 - Governor's Hometown Award Application Due Date

February 23 - 2021 Illinois Virtual Hemp Summit

February 24 & 25 - 32nd Annual Rural Community Economic Development Conference

February 25 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Local Education Policy Series (Part 1): Leading with Equity

March 2 - 2021 Annual Membership Meeting of Illinois Rural Partners

March 17 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Local Education Policy Series (Part 2): Equitable Employee Management Practices

 
 
 
 
 

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