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MU Extension Insider
Feb. 15, 2011


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

Undercover farming

High tunnels enable horticulture producers to extend the growing season. James Quinn, MU Extension horticulture specialist, believes high tunnels will soon become a familiar part of the American agricultural landscape. Kent Faddis reports.

See also: Related news release by Curt Wohleber.


WC Legislative Showcase a success

Cara Riekhof, past 4-H member and MU Extension supporter with Sen. Bill Stouffer.

More than 30 representatives, senators and their aides attended the WC Legislative Showcase, Feb. 8, in Jefferson City. “I want everyone to know how great the legislative showcase was,” said Wayne Prewitt, WC regional director.  “Marty Oetting, campus legislative liaison, Dr. Ouart, Beverly Coberly, Sandy Stegall and Mark Stillwell were there representing MU Extension as council volunteers presented our story. A key component was the testimonials provided by Alvin and Betty Crooks from Henry County, and Cara Riekhof from Higginsville.

“This was truly a WC team effort,” Prewitt continued. “I might miss some specifics but I wanted to give you an idea of how well the team worked together.”

Susan Mills-Gray coordinated the food and provided input for the packets and video. David Hoffman loaded county-specific data onto USB wafer cards and provided input for the video. Lynda Johnson made room reservations and provided input for the video. Sharen Hunt coordinated 4-H testimonials and provided input for the video. And finally, state council members Glenn Coleman and Vern Windsor presented the video and general discussion.  Milly Carter deserves a special thank-you for organizing the invites, keeping track of the numbers and compiling the packets. Judy Swank, Vernon County secretary, helped create the mailing lists and name tags.  Michael Hicks and Kent Faddis, MU Extension Cooperative Media Group, created the 15-minute video that represented several programs in WC Region.

“The event was very successful as many members of the Legislature from the WC Region stopped by, listened and learned from the event,” said Beverly Coberly, off campus operations director. “Congratulations to Wayne and his great team for the idea and for successfully implementing a great program showcase in Jefferson City.”


Help identify previous Century Farm award winners

This year, families owning farms with a Century Farm designation will have an opportunity to have their farms featured in a commemorative book.

"We’re asking for help from our county offices to be sure all Century Farm families have a chance to submit a profile for the book," said DeeAnna Adkins, content management coordinator, Extension and Agricultural Information. "Many of the addresses we have for early awardees are not the addresses the U.S. Postal Service is currently using. Therefore, the publisher, Acclaim Press, received many brochures back as undeliverable. We will send an e-mail to each county CPD listing the people we were not able to reach. Any good addresses you can collect will be much appreciated."

The following blurb has been developed to adapt for use on the Web and in newsletters to promote inclusion in the book, which may provide some of those who didn’t receive a brochure an opportunity to respond.

For additional information, contact DeeAnna Adkins, Extension and Agricultural Information, at or 573-882-8199. Thanks in advance for your help!

Blurb for Web pages and newsletters:

Commemorative book to feature Missouri Century Farms

The Missouri Century Farm program recognizes family farms as a treasure of our state. Missouri farms that have stayed in families for more than 100 years will receive special recognition through the program. This year, to celebrate the program’s 35th anniversary, the University of Missouri and the Missouri Farm Bureau are releasing a commemorative book showcasing Missouri Century Farms.

The one-of-a-kind volume will celebrate the historical and educational value of Missouri Century Farms. Century Farm owners are invited to submit their materials for inclusion in this anniversary book. In addition to the biographical sketches, the book will include regional histories, a special feature on how agriculture has changed through the years, including technology, crops and equipment, and the 35-year history of the Missouri Century Farm program.

You can reserve a deluxe edition of the book for $49.95 and a leather collector’s edition for $79.95. For more information, visit the Missouri Century Farm website at or call Acclaim Press toll-free at 1-877-427-2665.


Need help spreading the word?

Extension specialists, program directors and others who are looking to spread news or information through the media: Do you have a story of regional or statewide interest? The MU Extension Cooperative Media Group can help spread the word to general-interest and specialty/trade media outlets. We’re especially looking for timely news articles and feature stories that show MU Extension making a difference in people’s lives, and topics that might be suitable for cross-platform coverage (audio, video, print and/or online).

Contact the Cooperative Media Group at or 573-882-7794.


Upcoming events

Final call for Legislative Day

Feb. 15--today!-- is the registration deadline for the MU Alumni Alliance Legislative Day to be held on Thursday, Feb. 24, in Jefferson City. UMEA is proud to partner with the State Extension Council to coordinate MU Extension’s participation in the event. Extension has set a goal of 500 participants for this year’s event.  Registration information is available at

An ISE, “The State Budget Picture and MU Extension’s Focus on Jobs,” will be held for faculty and staff.  ISE registration is through WebApps. If you have questions, please contact Bob McNary, UMEA’s Legislative Day chair, at


Video stories available

Just a reminder that the Cooperative Media Group has placed about 80 video news stories on the share drive that you can download to your iPhone.  The files can also be shown on your laptop with QuickTime.  This is an opportunity to share extension stories with your stakeholders.

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Fee generation training dates

This training will cover the basics of how the Fee Generation tool works, including updates to the tool, and provide a forum for asking questions. This session is expected to last no more than one hour and will be conducted by Rhonda Gibler, assistant vice-provost management, via Adobe Connect. You will be contacted before the training with log-in information.

You can sign up in WebApps.


MU Extension spring retiree meetings

“The spring MU Extension retiree meeting dates have been set,” says Barb Casady, MU Extension director of development. “Local extension faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.”

John Parker, retired MU Extension regional director, works with local retirees to coordinate the speakers for each meeting. It is a great time to visit with former co-workers and keep retirees up-to-date with extension programming in their area. Dates and locations are:

The program differs from location to location, so contact Barb at if you would like to attend.  


Coming and going

Please welcome

Rick Smith, 4-H LIFE mentoring program educator, who will be based out of the Buchanan County office. 

Elizabeth Richards, 4-H LIFE youth program associate.  She is working on a Department of Corrections contract called the MU Extension Family Reunification Project.  

Holly Baxley, office manager, Worth County MU Extension Center.

Connie Griffith, FNEP nutrition program associate, Nodaway, Gentry and Worth counties. Connie will retire from her elementary teaching career in May and will assume this position in mid-June.

Linda Ferris, Ag Ext-Plant Sciences information specialist, Columbia.

Bethany Schindler, SC nutrition specialist, Phelps County.

Jacqueline Howell, SW FNEP nutrition program assistant, Barry County.

Shatomi Luster, WC family financial education specialist, Jackson County.

Chris Merritt, EC nutrition specialist, Warren County.

Kevin Anderson, SE business development specialist, Butler County. Kevin moved to this position from the Poplar Bluff TCRC coordinator role.  



Ted Fry, SC agronomy specialist, Miller County.

James Thompson, SC agriculture business specialist, Laclede County.



Our sympathy goes out to:

Julie Middleton, director of organizational development, whose father, Clarence Nelson, passed away the morning of Sunday, Feb. 13. The celebration of his life will be held at New Cote Brilliante Church of God, 6195 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, Friday, Feb. 18. Memorial Services will begin at 11 a.m., with visitation prior to the service from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Personal sympathy cards can be mailed to Julie Middleton, 1901 Fairview Road, Columbia, MO 65203.


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.