News for employees, June 1, 2009

UM President Gary Forsee talks with Marci Jennings, MI state equine specialist, during a recent visit to MU's South Farm.
University of Missouri President Gary Forsee talks with Marci Jennings, MU state equine specialist, during a recent visit to MU's South Farm

Forsee, Deaton visit MU South Farm

Usually, a trip to a research farm involves a long ride from main campus to the facility. When University of Missouri President Gary Forsee and Chancellor Brady Deaton visited the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource's South Farm, the trip took only a few minutes.

Such proximity is not only good for University presidents, but the researchers and students who can go from classroom and research lab to the field with just a short car drive.

"We were pleased to be able to share with President Forsee and Chancellor Deaton South Farm's critical role in research, education, extension and economic development," said Marc Linit, CAFNR associate dean for research and extension. Read more…

Rural economies are losing jobs faster than Missouri's metro areas.

Rural economy in deep downturn, losing more jobs than metro areas

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Last year’s farm boom shielded rural America from the full effects of the global economic downturn. With the waning of that boom, however, the rural economy is now losing jobs at a faster rate than the rest of the nation, according to a study from the University of Missouri Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI).

This is a much deeper downturn than rural America has experienced for a long time,” said Mark Drabenstott, director of the RUPRI Center for Regional Competitiveness.  Read more…

Extension Energy News

Programming cuts across subject matter

One of the things I have been trying to do is to inventory the energy programming that has been going on in this last year.  Sometimes it seems like we aren’t doing much, but I want to share with you some of the many energy programs that are taking place across program areas.

Human environmental sciences: energy management newspaper articles and weekly tips, staff training for community action agencies and school enrichment programs, low- and no-cost energy saver meetings, and displays at events.

Ag and natural resources: energy alternatives; conferences, meetings and staff training; energy conservation; and energy efficiency in the home and on the farm

Business development: energy audits for industry.

4-H youth development:  camp activities; new project curriculum and wind-energy pilot in NW Missouri.

I am sure there are many other things going on that aren’t reflected in Webapps, but as you can see from this list, there have been a lot of educational efforts on energy in the past year.  I believe there will be more in the future.

― Don Day, extension energy associate

Registration opens for Council 2 Campus

MU Extension will host Council 2 Campus on June 19 and 20. The event provides an opportunity for county council members to learn more about the University of Missouri and hear about new extension program initiatives.

Registration and conference details

St. Louis to host eXtension conference

eXtension is seeking abstracts for its 2009 national conference, Oct. 20-23, in St. Louis. Abstracts are due June 10.

2009 eXtension National Conference


Welcome to Casey Johnson, who joined the Center for Distance and Independent Study as an instructional designer.

Coworkers to bid farewell to Harrington

MU Extension business development faculty and staff will host an open house for Wendy Harrington, from 2 to 4 p.m., June 17, W1054 Lafferre Hall, MU.

Harrington, BRIDG director, is leaving MU June 19.


Condolences are extended to Gary Naylor, SW livestock specialist, on the May 26 death of his father, Lyle Naylor.

MU Extension Insider is published on the first and 15th of each month for MU Extension faculty and staff. Send comments to Editor, Eileen Yager.