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MU Extension Insider
Nov. 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

Grow Your Farm helps farmers adapt and diversify

Today's family farm is changing. Farmers must look for ways to diversify their operation in order to succeed. Grow Your Farm helps farmers think creatively so they can keep enjoying their way of life.

Related story: Program helps existing and budding farmers grow and diversify


Greene County Extension Center moves to new facility

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The Greene County Extension Center has moved to the new Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center in Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park at 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield.

The 12,700-square-foot botanical center focuses on horticulture, preservation and sustainability. It is owned and operated by the Springfield-Greene County Park Board and includes classroom space for MU Extension programs and a soil and research lab.

The facility's design incorporates many energy-efficiency elements, including geothermal ground-source heat pump systems for both heating and cooling, LED parking-lot light fixtures, low-water-use plumbing fixtures, solar orientation, ceiling tiles and fiberglass batt insulation containing 30 percent post-consumer recycled materials, wood from producers practicing sustainable forest management practices, and locally manufactured materials.

At an Oct. 11 ribbon-cutting ceremony, Rick Mammen, SW regional director, praised the collaboration that went in to making the botanical center and new extension center a reality. “Partnerships like the one we honor here today certainly aid in our goal to provide unbiased research-based information on all types of topics.”

As a result of the move, the Greene County Extension Center has a new mailing address and telephone number: 2400 S. Scenic Ave, Springfield, Mo. 65807; 417-881-8909.

The website for the MU Extension Center in Greene County remains


Faculty attend ESP national conference; Stillwell elected 2nd VP


From left: Mark Stillwell, ESP national second vice president; Mary Anne Patten, ESP Alpha Tau chapter past president and 4-H specialist/CPD; Georgia Stuart-Simmons, community development specialist; John Henschke, continuing education specialist (retired); Lisa Wallace, human development specialist/CPD; Johanna Reed Adams, ESP Alpha Tau chapter president and community development specialist.

Mark Stillwell, interim director, Cooperative Media Group, was elected second vice president at the 2010 Epsilon Sigma Phi national conference in Jackson, Wyo., in early October. Stillwell has been active in Missouri’s Alpha Tau chapter and has just finished a two-year term as the North Central Region vice president, where he served as the chair of the resource development and management committee.

As the newly elected second vice president, Stillwell will serve as chair of the marketing and chapter relations committees.

The second vice president will progress to vice president in 2012, then president in 2013.


Dillow named MU FRTI Fire Service Instructor of the Year

Brad Dillow, battalion chief with the Cape Girardeau Fire Department, received the Fire Service Instructor of the Year award from University of Missouri Extension’s Fire and Rescue Training Institute Oct. 23 at the institute’s annual instructor conference at the Resort at Port Arrowhead in Lake Ozark.

“Instructor Dillow exemplifies excellence in fire service instruction and we are proud of his dedicated service with the institute,” said MU FRTI Director David Hedrick. Dillow has been an adjunct instructor with the MU FRTI program since 2002 and teaches a variety of courses, including Technical Rescue and Structural Collapse Rescue: Technician.

First runner-up was Dean Martin, division chief with the Columbia Fire Department. The second runner-up was Jon E. Trent, assistant chief of the Nixa Fire Protection District.

MU FRTI provides comprehensive continuing professional education training to Missouri’s fire service and emergency response personnel. Last year, MU FRTI delivered more than 273,000 student instructional hours in training emergency first responders. The institute has a cadre of more than 200 adjunct instructors.

For more information, see


New 4-H specialist learns value of local leaders

A 4-H youth specialist learned in her first season of county fair shows the value of a good livestock committee after the winner of the rate-of-gain contest was determined to be ineligible.

After the 2010 Gasconade County Fair, Robin Loehner-Kliethermes found a footnote on the carcass cutout sheet indicating the winner of the steer contest was not a steer. At slaughter, the winning animal was found to have one testicle.

“I didn’t even know what a stag was,” Robin said after reading the footnote on the carcass report. She found out after talking to the fair judge and livestock committee.

“I could find nothing in the rules about that,” she said. “I have a really good committee. They stepped up and took charge. They decided the winning animal had an unfair advantage.” Extra hormones from the undescended testicle would hasten growth.

The committee talked to all parties concerned before moving the second-place steer up to first place.

The family of the 4-H’er showing the animal with the good rate of gain had no idea the animal didn’t qualify, even after a vet had checked all entries. If the steer hadn’t been sent to slaughter, no one would have known.

Robin now has three fairs under her belt: Maries and Gasconade counties and the community of Belle. An MU grad, she started work in June and was married on Oct. 2.

An exciting start in extension—learning the advantage of good local leaders.


Koenen helps make good neighbors

Robert Frost wrote, "Good fences make good neighbors." If so, Joe Koenen is doing his neighborly best. Missouri fence law is confusing. In workshops, both in person and through ITV. Koenen, ag business specialist, Unionville, has explained and clarified Missouri fence law for audiences across the state. So far he has held 45 in-person workshops and 32 ITV programs for more than 1,300 enrolled participants. That doesn’t include talks in other extension programs and press, radio and TV interviews. He’s also received calls and e-mails from about every county in Missouri.

He will talk fences again, in person, at the Missouri Livestock Symposium, Dec. 4, at Kirksville Middle School.


Livestock Symposium runs on volunteer power

Want to see the results of a hardworking extension committee? Then visit the website of the Missouri Livestock Symposium, to be held in Kirksville, Dec. 3-4. The long-running educational event is volunteer-powered, says Bruce Lane, livestock specialist at Kirksville.

The program page shows eight tracks with six topics per track for the Saturday program. The 21-member committee is made up of farmers, agribusiness leaders and extension specialists.

This year, just for starters, they have “Plum Island—Perhaps the Most Important Island You Have Never Heard About” by Bill White, director, USDA Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. And there is so much more. The event starts with a beef dinner and awards program Friday night. At lunch they have a governor’s style lunch buffet. It’s all free. The committee rustles up the funding.

Go to to check what they have lined up this year. Last year they had visitors from 78 Missouri counties and 17 states.


HES seminars available online

Selected nutrition and exercise physiology and other HES seminars are available as video streams this fall. They include:

Nicolas Stettler, University of Pennsylvania, "Evidences for Programming of Obesity in Humans Before Age Two Years," mms://

Susan Gable, University of Missouri, “Progress and Prospects for Understanding the Etiology of Obesity in Toddlers and Preschoolers,” mms://

Grace Sun, University of Missouri, “The neuroprotective effects of green tea EGCG,” mms://

Katie Mikus, University of Missouri Ph.D. candidate, “Restoring glycemic control and insulin-mediated blood flow in Type 2 Diabetes: Exercise as treatment,” mms://

Lois Bryant Memorial Lecture with Mignon Moore, University of California – Los Angeles, “Invisible Families: A Three Year Study of Gay Identities, Relationships and Motherhood among Black Women,” mms://


Kevin Bradley receives Vice Provost Award for Outstanding Achievement


Kevin Bradley (left), associate professor and state weed scientist, and Michael Ouart, vice provost and director of extension.

Kevin Bradley develops cost-effective and environmentally sound weed management systems for use in grain crops and forages, and he provides timely and accurate weed control information and recommendations to regional extension specialists, agribusiness representatives and producers throughout Missouri.


Upcoming events

2010 Leaders Honor Roll selections due Nov. 5

“This is the time of year we recognize the excellence of county and community leaders,” says Beverly Coberly, director, off-campus operations.  Those nominated will receive recognition certificates presented in their county. 

CPDs should work with their colleagues in the selection of one or two outstanding leaders in each county.  Keep in mind that awards are intended to recognize lay leaders and not organizations.

Send selections to your regional director via e-mail no later than Nov. 5. Note the county and the name or names of selections as you wish them to appear on the certificate. Please call or e-mail Jeanne Miner at 573-882-7756 if you have questions.


It’s not too late to be a part of 4-H Day at the Dome

Missouri and Illinois 4-H members, volunteers, alumni, families and friends are invited to take part in the first 4-H Day at the Dome at the Edward D. Jones Dome in St. Louis on Sunday, Dec. 19.  Participants will enjoy 4-H fellowship while watching the St. Louis Rams play the Kansas City Chiefs.

Tickets are $35 each.  With each ticket purchased you will receive a $10 voucher for food and drink at the dome and a special 4-H Day at the Dome T-shirt.  But wait! There’s more!  Group orders of 10 or more tickets will receive an additional $10 food and beverage voucher for each ticket!  And that’s not all!  Each order will be entered into a raffle to win one of these fabulous prizes: VIP field passes, a Rams jersey, a Rams autographed mini-helmet or complimentary tickets to a 2011 Rams game.  And one winner will win the opportunity to participate in a Rams LIVE Game Day experience in front of the crowd!  The person who sends the order will be entered into the raffle and can decide who in the group gets the prize.

Tickets must be ordered by Dec. 1 to receive a T-shirt.  There are two ways to order tickets for this special event.

You can pay for your order with a check or credit card.  For more information, go to www.stlouisrams/4H or contact Dave Hileman (636-583-5141 or, or Gus Robinson (314-867-4915 or  You can also call David or Matt at the numbers listed above.


Recognize teamwork

Nominations for the Quarterly Teamwork Award are due Dec 1.

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


Coming and going


Roger Eakins has accepted the duties of county program director in Cape Girardeau County.

Roger comes to this position with great leadership experience as a livestock specialist and past CPD.


Please welcome

J.D. Hundt, audiovisual assistant, Tri-Lakes TCRC, Stone County.
Amy Bartels, nutrition program associate SC Family Nutrition Program.
Dawn Hicks, nutrition program associate, SC Family Nutrition Program.
Paul Bateson, specialist, Small Business Development Centers.
Yvetta Hamilton, administrative assistant, statewide B & I.
Faith Slusser, secretary, Osage County Extension Center.



Carolyn Heilman, administrative assistant, Cooperative Extension-Publications/ Information.

Ramona Hamilton, nutrition program assistant, SW Family Nutrition Program.



Our sympathy goes to

Rex Ricketts and family for the loss of his father, Raymond Earl Ricketts, on Oct. 20.

Jay Chism and family for the loss of his father-in-law, Robert Woodfill, on Oct. 20. Jay’s home address is 209 Anita Drive, Carl Junction, Mo. 64834.


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.