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MU Extension Insider
July 1, 2010


In the news

Upcoming events

Coming and going


MU Extension Insider is published on the first and 15th of the month. Send feedback and comments to Karen Dickey

In the news

Boots on the Green

The Boots on the Green program uses the therapeutic benefits of golf to help veterans with disabilities.

Japanese beetles on the rise

The Japanese beetle is showing up in large numbers this year. These voracious eaters can defoliate a plant very quickly, so you need to control them right away, explains MU Extension entomologist Wayne Bailey in this radio news story.


C. Brice Ratchford Memorial Fellowship Award


Curtis Elmore, associate professor in the Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, received the 2010 C. Brice Ratchford Memorial Fellowship Award. Elmore combined his teaching role with international educational activities that put students at the forefront of developing clean water supplies in remote areas of Central and South America.

Elmore has created educational programs for children and adults in these villages to combat the superstitions and traditions that limit clean water use. He also continues to promote engineering among female students and initiated a summer camp for junior and senior women focused on renewable resources and water purity.

A student who traveled with Elmore on an international visit said, "It was one of the best educational experiences of my life. His program truly helps students understand how the abilities gained through education can be used to make a profound impact on the world in which they live. I, along with countless other students, owe him a debt of gratitude for helping me to find my true calling in life."

The award recognizes a faculty member who personifies the creativity, vision and leadership exhibited by the late C. Brice Ratchford, who served as president of the University of Missouri System and dean of cooperative extension.


Community heritage team recognized

"The Central Missouri region team has been chosen to receive the University of Missouri Extension Quarterly Teamwork Award for its work on the three-day conference 'Capitalizing on Your Community’s Heritage: Tourism for Local Economic Development,'" said Michael Ouart, vice provost and director of extension.

This award was instituted at the initiation of a committee of leaders within MU Extension to recognize excellence by a team that has developed, implemented and evaluated a specific educational response to a specific need.  The CM team is being recognized for promoting the potential of cultural and heritage tourism to people who are

The program reached representatives from 10 different counties throughout the state. 

Team members include Kathy Dothage, human development specialist/CPD; Connie Mefford, community development specialist; Larry Dickerson, community development specialist; Sharon Gulick, community development specialist; Mark Stewart, interim CM regional director;  Steve Johnson, director, Missouri River Communities Network; Dave Sapp, Boone County Historical Society; Nancy Grant, mayor of Hartsburg; Nancy Holloway, Manitou Osage Bluffs Association; Charlotte Schaperclaus and Mary Berhorst, Osage County Agritourism Council.

A news story on the program was featured in the June 15 Insider and is available online at


Grants awarded

Annette Triplett and Ann Cohen recently received two major grants: The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City awarded a two-year, $200,114 grant to support school food policy work, Food from the Farm and Early Sprouts in Kansas City-area schools. The J.R. Albert Foundation awarded a three-year, $203,982 grant to bring Early Sprouts to all the Head Start centers in Boone County.


Women's Business Conference


Virginia Wilson worked with the Missouri Women’s Council to present the third "In Good Company” Women’s Business Conference on June 2 in Columbia. Virginia and her planning committee secured excellent speakers, generous sponsors and even an appearance by Sen. Christopher Bond. Pictured here with Sen. Bond and Virginia is Dennis Melton, SBA district director from St. Louis.


2010 Missouri State Star

Kevin Wilson, director of the St. Louis Small Business and Technology Development Center, has been selected as 2010 Missouri State Star, said Chris Bouchard, interim state director, Missouri SBTDC.

The award is given each year to a person who makes a significant contribution to the SBTDC program, shows a strong commitment to small business, and is an exemplary performer. "Kevin certainly meets these requirements," Bouchard said. "Four excellent nominations were received and members of the statewide BDP advisory board selected the winner. I want to recognize and congratulate the other nominees, who were Carmen DeHart, Rebecca Evans and Alan Hauff."

Kevin will be accepting the award at the 30th annual ASBDC conference in San Antonio, Texas, in late September.



The National eXtension Community of Practice (CoP) Workshop took place in Austin, Texas, June 6-9.  Julie Middleton joined a group that presented on how to make Web content more interactive, while Kathy Macomber, business development specialist in the SW region, presented a session titled "Social Media Marketing and Rural Entrepreneurs." 

Many of the sessions were recorded and are available online at


National honor to Dave Patterson

The Beef Improvement Federation recognized David Patterson, MU Extension beef reproduction specialist. More than 500 members attending the group's 42nd annual meeting gave him the Continuing Service Award.

The international organization for the beef genetics industry includes extension specialists and researchers working for farmers and ranchers. The citation noted that "Patterson has been a tireless spokesperson for synchronization and AI (artificial insemination), taking the message of increased profitability from improved reproduction to a vast clientele."

In particular, he was noted for development of the statewide Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer program, which has enrolled nearly 700 Missouri farmers. The sanctioned heifer sales have grossed nearly $24 million.

His work is known nationally and he was instrumental in establishing the North Central Region Bovine Reproduction Task Force, which coordinates approval of protocols for cattle breeding.

He has written or co-authored more than 400 extension and research publications and has given more than 700 presentations, including his work at the University of Kentucky before coming to Missouri in 1996.

In a separate BIF session, producer Mike Kasten, Millersville, Mo., told of the impact of the Show-Me-Select program in his area. His farm will be first stop on the State Beef Tour, Aug. 28 in Cape Girardeau County.


Adair County website uses new content management system

Last week Adair County launched its new website at using MU Extension's new Web-based authoring and management system. Vanessa Miller, administrative assistant, was part of a pilot group in 11 counties selected to test the system. Adair was the first to launch.

"I like how user-friendly the new system is," said Miller. "Our new site is better organized, cleaner and consistent with the state MU Extension site."

After evaluating many commercial Web content management systems, Extension Technology and Computer Systems (ETCS) built the new system to meet MU Extension’s specific needs for county sites. To learn more about how the system works, see

Kate Akers conducted the first training using Adobe Connect in May. County Web maintainers interested in joining the next group to learn the new system should contact Akers at The second round of training is planned for mid-July.


Upcoming events

Animal care information now available

Five copies of MP916, "Exhibitor Youth Guide on Animal Care for Fairs and Exhibitions," will be included in next week’s Friday packet to each county MU Extension center, said Ben Gallup, associate state 4-H specialist.

"The design committee recognizes the flier only scratches the surface of this topic," Gallup said. "Our hope is for parents, leaders and members to utilize the flier to complement conversations about the topic of ownership responsibilities and animal care."

The fliers may be ordered by MU Extension faculty and staff from Extension Publications. A free PDF version is available for download.

An animal care flier was also given to council members who attended Council to Campus preconference. It also is available for download.


Award nominations due Aug. 6

Don’t overlook the opportunity to apply for extension awards. A complete list of awards and details are available at Applications and supporting materials must be postmarked by Aug. 6.  Send to Janice Perkins, 109F Whitten Hall, Columbia, Mo. 65211.


Coming and going

Please welcome

Chrystal Irons, Southwest Region business development specialist in Taney County.

Kimberly Siegenthaler, manager continuing education, MU Direct/CE.

Donna Leonard, MO PTAC procurement director/counselor, Blue Springs.

Tiffany Todd, office support staff II, Small Business Technology Development Center, St. Louis.

Nina Balsam, East Central Region community development specialist/CPD, St. Louis.

Best wishes

Amanda Stapp, 4-H senior information specialist, is leaving to prepare for the birth of her first child.



To Cynthia Crawford, family financial education specialist/CPD, whose mother passed away on June 13.


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