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MU Extension Insider
July 1, 2012


In the news

Upcoming events

Coming and going


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In the news

Achieving ‘One MU Extension’

Video produced by Michael Hicks

Michael Ouart, Beverly Coberly and Rhonda Gibler discuss MU Extension’s strategic plan, banner outcomes and program integration to achieve “One MU Extension” in this month’s video update: mms://


Extension Council members learn about research at MU

MU Extension Council members from across the state learned about emerging research at MU and how it connects to citizens during the seventh annual Council to Campus conference, June 22-23. 

“MU’s research and extension programs have public value and improve citizens’ quality of life by reducing costs to society, empowering citizens to implement change, protecting the environment or building the economy,” said H.C. Russell, chair of the State Extension Council.

University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe spoke to the group via video on the value extension has to the entire state. He said that extension is core to higher education and a critical part of the land-grant mission.

Programs presented at the conference included “Council Members’ Role in Communicating Impact of MU Extension Programs,” “Taking Care of YOU: Body-Mind-Spirit,” “Electricity Generation Sustainability Index,” “Creating Entrepreneurs, Enterprises and Employment,” and “Food and Ag Industry.”

A tour of the Bond Life Sciences Center and reports on ongoing research will allow county council members to share information in their home communities about MU Extension’s benefits to all of Missouri.

The attendees also heard from Michael Ouart, Rhonda Gibler and Bev Coberly about federal and state budgets. They shared work that the campus does to support local programs and staff levels.

Regional pictures and press release are available on the extension share drive: S:\UMSystem\Coop Media\Photos\Photos 2012\Council to Campus.


4-H biotech workshop

4-H youth teach kids how science can help feed the world. Reported by Kent Faddis.

See also: Related news release by Latisha Hickem.


Calkins receives C. Brice Ratchford Award


Carl F. Calkins and Michael Ouart.  Photo by Michael Hicks

Carl Calkins, director of the Institute for Human Development at UMKC, received the 2011 C. Brice Ratchford Memorial Fellowship Award at the Board of Curators Award Dinner, June 26 in Columbia. Calkins established the UMKC Institute for Human Development, a research and training center, more than 30 years ago.

As director of the institute, Calkins has actively built partnerships that improve the lives of people and the communities in which they live.

As the liaison between MU Extension and UMKC, Calkins has been a tireless promoter of extension within the campus community and the surrounding Kansas City area.

He has maintained a consistent belief throughout his career that the role of the university is not to provide services directly but rather to partner with community organizations and public agencies to enhance their capacity to implement evidenced–based practices and services.

One nominator wrote, “His compassion and leadership have been a great combination to ensure that underserved audiences are served by the University of Missouri.”

Another said, “Carl Calkins’ dedication to urban outreach is perfectly consistent with Ratchford’s philosophy. His ideas, energy and commitment to urban extension deserve special recognition.”

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.

For more about the Ratchford Award, go to


President’s Award for Economic Development

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The winner of the President’s Award for Economic Development, Thomas G. Johnson, Frank Miller Professor of Agricultural Economics and professor at the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs.

Johnson has been a leader in the field of rural economic development and is founding director of MU’s Community Policy Analysis Center (CPAC), which works to apply area-specific solutions to community development goals.

One nominator wrote, “Tom is, and has been, one of the creative and driving intellectual forces behind rural economic development at state, national and international levels for three decades.”

Under his leadership, CPAC has developed widely recognized programs that include the Show-Me Model, a decision-making tool used to make fiscal and economic decisions; the “bio-power calculator,” an online resource used by Missouri’s electric cooperatives; and the nationally utilized Socio-Economic Benefits Analysis System, a tool for assessing the local economic impacts of loans, grants and technical assistance programs.

Johnson’s targeted data development, high-quality analyses, innovative decision-support tools and tireless outreach have made a significant impact in numerous communities across the state, the nation and the world. 


Missouri drought information on Facebook

Megan Stoll, multimedia designer for Extension and Agricultural Information, writes:

In response to the drought concern, we've created the Missouri Drought Info Facebook community as a resource.

Please like the page and share with your constituents. If you would like to become a contributor to the page, please like the page and send me your primary Facebook email address so that I may add you to our list of administrators.


Will rain come in the nick of time for corn?

This year's corn needs rain and needs it soon. The next couple weeks are critical for corn pollination, because silk growth and tassel pollen-shed must be in sync to create corn kernels. That coordination relies on water. Debbie Johnson reports.


IPM teleconference morphs into drought forum

On June 28 the weekly agronomy teleconference shifted focus to drought conditions across the state. Bill Wiebold, MU Extension plant scientist, developed a program to update specialists on a flash drought that continues into the summer.

Pat Guinan, MU Extension Commercial Agriculture climatologist, gave the background. The arid spring started with only 4 inches of rain in May and June. That leaves a 6-inch moisture deficit for crops and forages. The July outlook offers no promise of relief.

Rob Kallenbach, forage specialist, gave an alert on cows dying from nitrate poison in grasses.

Wiebold told the damage dry weather causes in corn pollination, which is underway in times of 100-degree temperatures. Not good.

The drought reports drew participants from other specialties. News releases from the reports are going to media.


County centers may see farmers carrying cornstalks

County offices should find their nitrate test kits. With concerns about drought-stricken grasses, such as cornstalks, farmers recall that they can get quick tests at MU Extension offices.

A few drops of the test-kit solution can show if a cornstalk has dangerous nitrates. Forage is “hot” if the test shows deep blue.

If test fluids have turned brown, they must be replaced.

Rob Kallenbach works with George Rottinghaus and Tim Evans in the vet diagnostic lab in getting new kits to county centers. Environmental rules slowed distribution in the past. Those rules are being relaxed.

However, kits contain acid and can’t be mailed. In the past each specialist had to pick up a kit—and sign for it. Now one specialist can pick up kits for an area. Details were e-mailed to regional agronomists. Local coordination will be needed.

Everyone in all offices should know about the local test arrangements.

Kallenbach can be reached at 573-884-2213 or; Evans at 573-884-9270 or

The vet diagnostic lab (Room D205) is mixing new kits and packing them in safe carriers. Old kits must be returned for disposal.

Advance orders can be picked up at Bradford Farm pest day, July 12.


Spirit Spark!

By Clint Dougherty, business development specialist

It’s summer. It’s hot. Kids are out of school. Row crop and gardens are growing. What does this mean? It’s BUSY!

We all feel the heat of summer activities. Our calendars are full of programming and we struggle to remember what task it was we were supposed to do next. It’s important to take time to slow down and allow ourselves to regenerate. Even if it’s for only five minutes, push away from your desk. Go outside and take in the outdoors. Drive to the convenience store and grab a fountain drink. Meet a friend for lunch and have a good laugh. In other words… UNPLUG!

Work in extension is rarely routine, but even the lack of routine can turn into monotony. We become entrenched in our work and become so focused on providing value to our communities that we forget to put some value in ourselves and our time. So this summer, get out and get some “me” time. Stop and smell the roses. No, really. Go find some roses and take a big whiff. You might even find some right outside your back door.


Goppert Foundation endows Missouri 4-H scholarship

A $50,000 endowment from the Goppert Foundation, Kansas City, Mo., will provide perpetual support for 4-H youths from 10 Missouri counties to attain higher education. Youths from Carroll, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Ray, and Saline counties will be eligible for college scholarships through the Missouri 4-H Foundation beginning in 2013.

The Goppert Foundation is a family foundation established in 1959 by the late Clarence H. Goppert, a banker and philanthropist who believed in giving back to the communities that supported his family's banking business. The Goppert Foundation has supported many civic groups, health care facilities and educational endeavors for many years, and has been an outstanding supporter of Missouri 4-H in local communities.

Through the Goppert 4-H Scholarship Fund, Missouri 4-H youths, who learn the importance of giving back to their communities very early in their 4-H involvement, will benefit from a family that also believes giving back is important.

"The Missouri 4-H success in developing both leadership skills and appreciation for community service has proven instrumental in developing character within our local youth. We are very excited about increasing the educational opportunities to enhance the leadership development of 4-H youth in our area. These young people will be our community leaders of tomorrow," said Goppert Foundation board member Billy Campbell.

"We extend our deepest gratitude to the Goppert Foundation for establishing this scholarship that will help so many young people achieve their educational goals. There is no greater gift than the gift of education, and the Goppert family is providing this to Missouri 4-H members through the Goppert 4-H Scholarship Fund," said Missouri 4-H Foundation Executive Director Cheryl Reams.

"The Goppert Foundation is supporting 4-H youths who will continue to give back to their communities as adults, and recipients of this scholarship will forever remember the impact it had on their ability to go to college," said Nelda Godfrey, chair of the Missouri 4-H Foundation board of trustees.


Celebrate Mizzou’s entry into the SEC

By Laura Roloff, manager, Marketing Communications


Web Communications, the Mizzou Alumni Association and Athletics are virtually celebrating MU’s official entrance into the Southeastern Conference, July 1-7. We are hoping you can incorporate some SEC-related messages this week on the Web, county office bulletin boards, in social media or other communications.

MU’s home page at is the hub for SEC stories and links to alumni association and athletics content. You can do something similar to the art above or simplify. Just include the black and gold SEC logo and link to the home page. 

Our message is “A New Era Begins” and the Twitter hashtag is #MIZSEC.

We hope you’re willing to partner with us in this virtual celebration.

High resolution black and gold SEC logos available for download:


Mizzou Visitor Guide updated

The 2012-13 University of Missouri Visitor’s Guide was updated recently and is online at  The guide also is available in print. To request copies, please contact the Office of Visitor Relations at 1-800-856-2181 or stop by 104 Jesse Hall the next time you are in Columbia.

Travel and expense system changes

By Callie Glascock, division fiscal officer

Some changes have been made in the travel and expense system. Two expense-type categories have been added and several have been updated to better reflect and report the different travel-related expenditures. A change has also been made to the meal allowance for an extended workday.

A new expense type, “Meal-Extended Work Day,” will be selected when applicable and an allowance of $21 will automatically default as the reimbursement amount. Please remember that in order to be reimbursed for an extended workday meal, it must be considered occasional, in excess of your normal work schedule and outside your normal work location and responsibilities.

Here is a summary of the changes being made to Expense Types in Travel and Expenses, effective July 1, 2012:

Meal Allowance When Travel Extends the Employee’s Work Day:

An employee may qualify for an occasional meal allowance when traveling without an overnight stay, as a non-taxable de minims fringe benefit, if the travel causes an employee to work in excess of their normal work schedule. If this occurs, the employee may be eligible for a single meal allowance of $21.00 at the discretion of their department.


Upcoming events

It’s award application time! 

You got a sneak preview from your regional directors in May with a list of statewide awards.  According to Lisa Wallace, statewide awards chair, some faculty have already started the application process.

“Do not let the summer get away from you,” Wallace says. “Plan time to gather information and submit an application for yourself or colleagues.  You are doing great programming.  Tell us about it so we’ll all know!”

University of Missouri Extension Performance Awards recognizes the commitment and dedication of extension employees in carrying out the extension mission — serving the people of Missouri with research-based education that meets their highest priorities.

There’s an award category for everyone…don’t miss out!

How do I apply? Applications and supporting materials must be postmarked by Aug. 10. Send to Janice Perkins, 109F Whitten Hall, Columbia, MO 65211.

Is money awarded?  Yes. The largest cash award is $5,000 for the teamwork award.  Several others have an award of $500, $1,000 and $2,000.  Check out the awards and please take the time to apply.

The awards will be presented at our Fall Extension Conference in Columbia, Oct. 29-31.  Please take time to nominate yourself or a deserving colleague.

Questions?  Contact Lisa Wallace at or 660-885-5556, or other statewide award committee members:  Vera Massey, Randa Doty, Bud Reber, Dave Baker, Candy Gabel, Virgil Woolridge, Kay Gasen-Thenhaus or Paul Rainsberger.


Fee generation workshops

Workshops have been scheduled to explain additional functionality and updates to the Fee Generation Worksheet-Online Tool.

Register through ISE for following workshop dates.

Date Time
7/12/2012 2-3 p.m.
8/16/2012 10-11 a.m.
9/18/2012 2-3 p.m.
10/22/2012 10-11 a.m.


Other dates to remember

Sept. 15: MU Extension tailgate event prior to the football game with Arizona State.

Sept. 18: NTT dossier workshop: Questions and Answers.  For questions regarding the NTT process, contact Marcia Shannon ( or Nicki Eatinger-Sprague (, or visit the NTT website for more information:

Oct. 29-31, 2012 Extension Annual Conference.


Coming and going

Please welcome

Donald Pinckney, clerical, SC Region-Youth.

Misty Dothage, clerical, EC Region-Youth.


Joe Lear, systems administrator–expert, ETCS, is leaving to take a position with Kansas State University. His last day is July 13.

Roger Meissen, Cooperative Media Group senior information specialist, is leaving to take a position with the Bond Life Sciences Center.


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.