SERA-47 2020 Annual Meeting

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SERA-47 Goal: The goal of SERA-47 is to strengthen the southern region extension and research system to support local & regional foods needs and priorities.

Conference Expectations: The virtual annual conference will provide participants with the opportunity to:

  • network,
  • collaborate in multistate extension and research projects, and
  • participate as we set vision and strategy for the work of SERA-47.

Conference Objectives:

  • Develop a vision for 2021 and set the stage for the new 5-year proposal which will be submitted in 2021.
  • Discuss work completed, identify future action plans, and select leadership for each working group.
  • Learn what is happening around local and regional foods around the region especially related to the impact of COVID-19, social justice/equity, and food access on local foods work.
  • Elect a secretary and identify leadership for the working groups.

Virtual Annual Meeting Draft Agenda

*All times are EST

Day 1 – December 9:

  • 10:00am Welcome and Introduction of SERA 47 – Karen Vines, Virginia Tech, 2020 Chair SERA-47
  • 10:15am Institutional Shout-outs
  • 10:35am Minutes from 2019 Annual Meeting – Marcus Coleman, LSU AgCenter, 2020 Secretary SERA-47
  • 10:45am Working Group Introductions
    • Strengthen Impact Evaluation – Hannah Dankbar, NC State, Chair
    • Resource Bank – Janie Burney, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Chair
    • Room 3:  Successful Models – Quisto Settle, Oklahoma State University, Chair
    • Room 4:  Learning Communities – Leslie Hossfeld, Clemson University, Chair
  • 11:00am Question and Answer Period
  • 11:20am Working Group Breakout Rooms
  • 12:30pm Return to Main Room – Working groups will report program successes during the past year and plans for future meetings during the week, plans for meetings on Thursday.
  • 1:00pm           Meeting adjourned

 Day 2 – December 10

  • 11:00am: Operationalizing Equity Across Land Grants and Their Partners Through Local Food Systems – A panel/speaker session facilitated by the Learning Communities working group.  Suggested topics: COVID 19 and Food Access; Social Justice/ Equity and Food Access.  The timing of the session will be discussed by the Learning Communities working group.
  • Afternoon: Working Group Additional Time  – Working Group work time to develop plan of work for 2021 & recommendations for proposal for 2022-2027.  Scheduled by work groups so this can be promoted with meeting materials. Chairs responsible for deciding and setting up the means to which they will meet (conference call, Zoom, etc.)
  • Working Group Meetings (email if you need a link to participate)
    • 2:00 PM – Strengthening Impact Evaluation
    • 2:00 PM – Resource Bank
    • 3:00 PM – Learning Communities
    • 3:30 PM – Successful Models

Day 3: December 11

  • 10:00am Welcome – Karen Vines, Virginia Tech, 2020 Chair SERA-47
  • 10:15am USDA Update (TBA)
  • 10:30am Working Group Reports – Plan of work for 2021
  • 11:30am Visioning Group New Proposal Discussion – 2020 SERA-47 Visioning Committee
    • Vivian Carro-Figueroa, University of Puerto Rico
    • Hannah Dankbar, NC State University
    • Dave Lamie, Clemson University 
  • 12:15pm Expectations and Recommendations – Administrative Advisors –
    • Ed Jones, Virginia Tech
    • Dr. Robert Houtz, University of Kentucky
  • 12:30pm Reflections – Karen Vines, Virginia Tech, 2020 Chair SERA-47
  • 12:40pm Nomination/Election of a Secretary – Virginie Zoumenou, University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, 2021 Chair SERA-47
  • 12:50pm Moving Forward – Virginie Zoumenou, University of Maryland – Eastern Shore, 2021 Chair SERA-47
  • 1:00pm Meeting Adjourned

Working Group Information

  • Strengthening Impact Evaluation
    Objective:  Strengthen the capacity of research and extension professionals in the Southern Region for gathering, communicating, and promoting impact data and analyzing secondary data through identification and sharing of common measures, resources, and tools by reporting on an annual basis. Working group chair, Hannah Dankbar(
  • Resource Bank
    Objective:  Design a user-friendly and robust repository of local foods system resources that meet the needs of extension and research professionals in the land-grant system.  Working group co-chairs: Janie Burnie ( and Russ Garner (
  • Successful Models
    Objective:  Identify successful processes, collaborative leadership, networking frameworks, creative staffing, and organizational structures of land-grant universities participating in the development of local and regional food systems. Working group co-chairs: Quisto Settle ( and  Dave Lamie (
  • Learning Communities
    Objective:  Create distributed learning communities of land grant professionals from at least 15 land grant universities in the South and local, state, and federal partners around high-priority needs in the food system.  Working group co-chairs: Leslie Hossfeld ( and Iris Crosby (

 Please come join us!