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MU Extension Insider
May 1, 2010

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In The News

FastTrac to success

Susan Henson, Business Development Specialist, helps a young couple open a new business through the FastTrac program.


Britt-Rankin appointed Mizzou Advantage facilitator

Jo Britt-Rankin, state specialist and associate dean, Human Environmental Sciences Extension, has been appointed a Mizzou Advantage facilitator by MU Provost Brian Foster.

The five Mizzou Advantage facilitators focus on specific strategic assets in which MU has a competitive advantage. Britt-Rankin will provide guidance and leadership for the university’s Food for the Future initiative.

The facilitators will be responsible for encouraging research collaborations, identifying specific grant opportunities, and helping to recruit visiting scholars and prominent scientists.

Britt-Rankin has also recently completed a fellowship with the Food Systems Leadership Institute, a two-year program for experienced leaders in academia, government and industry that seeks to enhance fellows’ leadership abilities, skills and knowledge, and broaden their perspectives on integrated food systems.

For more information on Mizzou Advantage, see Mizzou Weekly.

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NACDEP announces awards

B.J. Eavy, EC Region community development specialist, received the Distinguished Service Award for Missouri in recognition of her contributions to community development programming and service to the profession at the National Community Development Extension Professionals Association.

NACDEP presented the Southern Region and National Team Award for Excellence in Community Development Work to the multistate Building Resilient Communities Team, which tested curriculum developed for FEMA in five states.

In addition to Eavy, the lead members from Missouri on this project were Shelley Bush Rowe, community development specialist and Warren County program director; Eric Evans, emergency management specialist; and Mary Simon Leuci, program director and associate dean, Community Development Extension.

Assisting in the successful program in Buchanan and Maries counties were Beverly Maltsberger, NW Region community development specialist; Gary Applegate, SC Region livestock specialist and Maries County program director; and Janet Kelly, executive assistant, Community Development Extension.

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Stallmann named fellow by Southern Regional Science Association

Judith Stallmann, MU Community Development Extension and professor of agricultural economics, rural sociology and public affairs, was named a fellow by the Southern Regional Science Association.

Stallmann is one of only 20 fellows named in the association's 50-year history and the first woman to receive the honor. Stallmann specializes in public finance, comparing state and local governments, the economics of small communities and how the local economy functions.

For more information from CAFNR News.

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4-H LIFE program

Tammy Gillespie, coordinator of MU Extension’s 4-H LIFE program, was among four guests talking about “Children of Offenders in Missouri” on radio station KWMU’s “St. Louis on the Air” show on April 27.

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Baker receives Mumford Outstanding Faculty Award

Dave Baker, assistant dean and program director, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension, received CAFNR’s Frederick B. Mumford Outstanding Faculty Award.  This award recognizes faculty members for excellence in teaching, research and/or extension and outreach.

"Dave is an outstanding ambassador for MU and a champion for CAFNR and University of Missouri Extension,” said Tom Payne, CAFNR vice chancellor and dean. “Through his tireless efforts, he has brought together region-based and campus-based faculty members to collaborate. He is a leader in energy and water-quality programs; is a mentor of faculty and undergraduate and graduate students; and is an initiator of multistate programming in the 12-state north-central region." 

For more information, see CAFNR Celebration of Excellence.

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Grimes named Alumnus of the Year

Long-time MU Extension hog economist Glenn Grimes was named Alumnus of the Year by the MU Ag Alumni Association. Grimes continued to collate U.S. swine numbers long after his official retirement. Though he cleared his emeritus office in Mumford Hall on Jan. 1, he still comes in every Tuesday to help Ron Plain, MU Extension economist, and Joyce White, secretary, with the weekly MU hog and cattle outlook reports. “No more after June 1,” Grimes said. Now he plans to raise money for Kiwanis Club youth activities. If he sees you, he’ll ask you to buy a Pancake Day ticket.

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Block and Bridle Club honors Dailey

The Block and Bridle Club, made up of students in the Division of Animal Sciences, recognized its Livestock Person of the Year at the club’s spring awards program, April 30. It’s Duane Dailey, senior writer covering production agriculture for the Cooperative Media Group. His news beats include management-intensive grazing programs for both beef and dairy and the beef reproduction programs on synchronized artificial insemination. Earlier, he worked on the Missouri Mule Project with the late state equine specialist Melvin Bradley. Other Extension educators recognized in recent years are livestock specialists Al Kennett, New London, Eldon Cole, Mount Vernon, and state dairy specialist Barry Steevens. Their portraits already hang in the hallway at the MU Animal Science Research Center.

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Tour studies retained ownership

The economic potential of retaining ownership and feeding out genetically superior beef animals was studied on a tour of a feedlot at Garden City, Kan., April 27-29. David Patterson, state beef reproduction specialist, led a busload of MU Extension specialists, industry leaders and beef producers. They saw steers on feed from the MU Thompson Farm, Spickard, part of Patterson’s USDA-funded research. Field staff in the ISE were livestock specialists Eldon Cole, Zac Erwin, David Hoffman, Jim Humphrey, Amie Schleicher and Wayne Shannon.

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Upcoming events

4-H Clover Classic benefits Missouri 4-H

Golfers will tee off for charity at the 4-H Clover Classic Golf Tournament on Tuesday, June 8, at the A. L. Gustin Golf Course in Columbia.

With a limit of 36 teams, players and sponsors are encouraged to sign up early. The tournament fee is $100 per player and includes cart and greens fee, lunch, gifts and chances to win golf contests. For more information, including details on registration, see or contact the Missouri 4-H Foundation at 1-800-642-8041.

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Recognize teamwork

Nominations for the Quarterly Teamwork Award are due June 1.

The award recognizes group efforts that yield results for MU Extension and the people we serve.

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Nominate your support staff for a 2010 clerical award

Regional faculty and staff members can submit nominations for the county clerical recognition awards through May 14. Awards are presented in four categories ― Rookie of the Year, Junior Clerical, Senior Clerical and Use of Technology.

All county-paid office support staff members are eligible for the awards, which include cash prizes. Nominees will be judged on:

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Coming and going

Please welcome the following people to Extension:

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If you have items to include in future issues, please send them to Karen Dickey or Curt Wohleber in the Cooperative Media Group. If you have questions, contact Mark Stillwell, CMG interim director.

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