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MU Extension Insider
September 1, 2010


In the news

Upcoming events

Coming and going


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In the news

MU Extension helps budding farmers

A University of Missouri Extension program helps budding farmers find the resources they need to transition to an agricultural lifestyle.


Backyard bird diversity requires green corridors

Human activities can create islands of natural areas surrounded by cropland, pastures or pavement. This can isolate birds and mammals, eventually causing their downfall. By understanding how wildlife use forest corridors, farms, rural areas and cities can continue to grow while maintaining healthy animal populations for future generations.


Reynolds County Extension Center moves

The Reynolds County Extension Center has moved into the courthouse in Centerville. Historically, the Extension center has been located in Ellington. Council members worked with commissioners to make the move a success.

On Aug. 3 the University of Missouri and the county extension council held an open house and BBQ on the courthouse lawn. The council served chips, soda, fresh peaches and more than 100 hot dogs.

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Congratulations to Wanda Eubank

Wanda Eubank, retired environmental design specialist, will be inducted into the Professional Hall of Fame of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn., at a special induction ceremony on Oct. 16. A bronze plaque will be placed on the Hall of Fame wall located outside the LMU president’s office.


USDA award recognition

Debbie Berry, USDA Rural Development area specialist, presented Marsha Alexander, WC housing and environmental design specialist, and Carole Bozworth, WC family financial education specialist, with Certificates of Appreciation at the Jackson County Extension Council meeting held on Aug. 26 in Blue Springs.

“The certificates are in recognition of their partnership with us to provide homebuyer education for first-time applicants who are financed with the USDA Rural Development’s Section 502 Direct Loan program,” Berry explained. “Marsha and Carole had the opportunity to serve on the MU Extension team that first developed HOME (Home Ownership Made Easier) in the late 1990s and so it is fitting that they should be recognized for their commitment.”

A short presentation and informational material were provided to the council about the 502 Direct Loan program and the impact it has had in Missouri. “Partnerships such as these are vital to maintaining our rural communities,” Berry said. “I would like to thank the council members for providing the opportunity to recognize these individuals and to share their success.”


Regional partnership to promote economic development

“The Old Trails Regional Tourism Partnership and the Lake of the Ozarks Regional Economic Development Council have been chosen as the initial two regions in Missouri to participate in the Stronger Economies Together (SET) program,” said Janie Dunning, Missouri state director, USDA Rural Development.

The program was created to encourage rural counties to work together to develop and implement a regional economic development strategy. Within Missouri, the SET program is a joint initiative between MU Extension and USDA Rural Development.

Intensive technical assistance provided by the Missouri SET training team will extend for the next 12 to 18 months. The core training team consists of MU Extension faculty, including Sharon Gulick, director of community economic and entrepreneurial development, Dean Larkin, community development specialist, Richard Proffer, business development specialist, and John Gulick, community planning and development specialist with USDA-RD.

“The regional collaboration and strategic partners are two of USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack’s seven strategies for economic development,” Dunning said. “This initiative highlights President Obama’s belief that small, remote rural communities don’t have to be stand-alone economic engines but can partner on a regional basis for sustainability.”

For more information about SET in Missouri, see USDA Blog.


Upcoming events

Registration open for fall 2010 Community Development Academy

Registration for the fall 2010 Community Development Academy is now open. The CDA will be held at the Elms Hotel in Excelsior Springs, Mo., Sept. 20-24. See for conference information.


Register for the 2010 UMEA Galaxy Conference!

“Oct. 5 and 6 are the dates for the 2010 UMEA Galaxy Conference at the Windermere Conference Center in Roach, Mo.," says Marsha Alexander, 2010 Galaxy Conference chair. “The registration form is available on the UMEA website.

This year’s conference theme is “Making a Difference for a Stronger Missouri." The Galaxy Conference is a time for professional development, networking and association meetings. There is no registration fee for attending Galaxy but attendees are responsible for room costs and transportation.

UM President Gary Forsee will address conference attendees on Oct. 6. MU Extension administrators Michael Ouart and Beverly Coberly will provide an administrative update.

Jim Lindquist, assistant director of extension field operations at Kansas State University, will serve as the banquet keynote speaker. His presentation," Making a Difference," will discuss life experiences and how extension professionals affect those they reach with their educational programs.

This year’s professional development sessions will focus on technology, animal welfare, program evaluation, customer service and the forthcoming non-tenure-track faculty career ladder.

There will also be a health fair, silent auction and lots of fun for everyone who attends. Please make plans to attend this event. Registration must be received by Sept. 24.


Dailey to be honored for 51 years of service, Sept. 24

Duane Dailey, Cooperative Media Group senior writer and professor emeritus of extension education, will be honored for his 51 years of service to MU as a journalist, editor, teacher and photographer at a “Celebration of Excellence, Service and Dedication,” 3-6 p.m. Sept. 24 in the Great Room of the Reynolds Alumni Center on the MU campus.

Those interested in attending should RSVP by Sept. 17 to Anita Ryan at


Coming and going

Please welcome

Sadie Barnes, data entry operator 1, HES Extension
Mary Robe, administrative assistant, HES Extension
Casi Allington, extension associate, 4-H Center for Youth Development
Adam Leonberger, plant diagnostic clinic director, effective Nov. 1



A retirement and going-away party is being held for Mick Gilliam, Phelps County program director and SC business development specialist, who is retiring effective Nov. 19, and Andy Read, Gasconade County program director and SC horticulture specialist, who is going to work for the U.S. Agency for International Development.  The party is 1 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Phelps County Extension Center. Contact Laura at 573-458-6260 for details.

Gary Maddox, LETI director, retires Sept. 1.

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.