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MU Extension Insider
June 15, 2011


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In the news

Vacationing on a budget


The summer is almost here and that usually means families hit the road. But with high gas prices and a sluggish economy, many are having second thoughts about this year's vacation. Find out how family fun doesn't have to break the bank. Kent Faddis reports.


MU chancellor tours Business Recovery Center in tornado-ravaged Joplin

University of Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton and state Commissioner of Higher Education David Russell visited Joplin on May 30 to see firsthand the work University of Missouri Extension is doing at the Business Recovery Center and Multi-Agency Resource Center.

The Business Recovery Center, which is designed to provide key financial services to businesses affected by the tornado, is a partnership of MU Extension, the U.S. Small Business Administration, Missouri Southern State University and the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce.

Deaton and Russell also visited MU Extension’s information booth at the Multi-Agency Resource Center. The booth is staffed by   Ed Browning, natural resource engineer, Janet Lafon, family financial education specialist, Bob McNary, 4-H youth specialist, Kathy Macomber, business development specialist, and Lisa Wallace, human development specialist.

 “It was very inspirational for us all to see Chancellor Deaton spend time in Joplin, thank MU Extension folk for their work, and get a picture of the work we are doing and the resources we are making available,” said Macomber.


From Pyramid to Plate

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has replaced MyPyramid with MyPlate. Debbie Johnson reports.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture replaces the MyPyramid symbol with the new MyPlate icon. Debbie Johnson reports.


Firefighters get hands-on training for aircraft fires

 A charred and battered airplane fuselage could save a lot of lives. A 50-foot aircraft simulator at Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington helped firefighters experience the realities of aircraft firefighting and rescue techniques.

Hands-on experience with an airplane engulfed in flames, forcing entry into a plane and handling a fuel spill were all part of the weeklong training course, which is required for of new firefighters stationed in communities with passenger airports.

"It is a dangerous lesson. Temperatures reach 1,200 degrees in this (simulator), and you can't just knock down a wall" of a metal aircraft, said instructor Mark Lee of the MU Extension Firefighting and Rescue Training Institute, who provide the course for the Bloomington Fire Department.

Of the Bloomington Fire Department's six stations, two are near the airport. The No. 6 station, which is specially staffed and equipped for airport emergencies, opened last year on East Oakland Avenue.

Some years, when training is needed by only a few firefighters, the Bloomington staff travels elsewhere for the course, said fire Capt. Eric Vaughn. But when the group is larger -- this year, 15 new Bloomington firefighters took part -- it's cheaper to bring MUFRTI’s course to Bloomington.

The $1.2 million simulated fuselage is charred from repeated training sessions, but serves its purpose, said Lee.

The device is funded by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Missouri Department of Transportation.



Turner family endows Missouri 4-H program

St. Joseph family’s gift will support Missouri’s participation in National 4-H Conference

A $60,000 endowment from Missouri 4-H supporters Nellie Mabel Jones Turner of St. Joseph and her children, Ed Turner and Joan Hickman, will provide perpetual support for a Missouri 4-H delegation to the National 4-H Conference.

When 4-H history was being made, Nellie and her family were there. In 1927 Nellie attended the first National 4-H Conference—then called 4-H Club Camp—and took part in adopting the 4-H pledge and motto. Her son, Ed Turner of Chillicothe, presided over the dedication ceremony of the National 4-H Center near Washington, D.C. in 1959. Ed’s sister, Joan Hickman of St. Joseph, was present at the dedication of the national center’s courtyard statue. The Turner family’s commitment to 4-H led them to fund the endowment.

“We know that young people participate more readily when they have a voice in how the program goes. It’s one of the basic tenets of 4-H, and on a national level, this is where that occurs,” Hickman said.

Through the Turner endowment, three delegates will represent Missouri at the annual conference.

“It goes without saying that 4-H was very instrumental in shaping my life,” Ed Turner said. “Our mother was always very insistent that we take advantage of the many opportunities 4-H provided. Those lessons learned at a very young age have served me very well over the years. We hope this endowment will further enhance the 4-H learning experience for other young people.”

“Missouri has an important place in national 4-H, and we are committed to ensuring that our state sends delegates to the conference every year,” said Cheryl Reams, executive director of the Missouri 4-H Foundation. “The Turner family has made this possible through their generous gift.”

Joan Hickman is a retired 4-H Youth Development Specialist, Buchanan County.


4-H helps Missouri youth keep moving

 TV may tempt people from more active pursuits, but it has also spread the word about a Missouri 4-H program that encourages youth and their families to get moving.

A TV news story on the “Move Across Missouri” program appeared on more than 15 television stations, reaching viewers in Kansas City, Springfield, Cape Girardeau, Joplin, St. Joseph, Hannibal, Kirksville and Columbia viewing markets. It also ran on the nationally syndicated programs “AgDay,” “U.S. Farm Report” and “This Week in Agribusiness.”

The news story features Alison Copeland, state 4-H youth development specialist, as well as Benton County 4-H volunteer Tina Ives and her son, Dylan Carver

Watch the video story and read a related news release: 4-H helps Missouri youth keep moving.

For more information about Move Across Missouri, see


More ag lenders attend MU Extension training

The MU Ag Lenders Conference, now in its 12th year, drew record attendance of 29, says Joe Horner, extension economist, MU Commercial Agriculture. The weeklong training drew lenders from Missouri and five other states.

Horner and Ryan Milhollin led program development with help from several others. Main speakers were Freddie Barnard of Purdue, two speakers from FCS Financial, FDIC, Federal Reserve Bank and other lenders. MU Extension presenters were Scott Brown, who told of major drivers setting the stage for the FAPRI agricultural outlook. Ron Plain talked on understanding lending risk.

Initial request for the classes came from Farm Credit Services, community banks and Farm Service Agency. They provide in-depth training for early- to mid-career lenders. Participants learn credit analysis specific to agriculture, Horner said.

Brown told reasons for high volatility in current farm prices and uncertainties ahead. After the talk, one lender asked, “Should I update my resume?”


Upcoming events

County clerical staff recognition award nominations due June 29

It is time to nominate your colleagues for the 2011 County Clerical Staff Recognition Awards. The awards honor extension support staff members who exhibit outstanding performance with the University of Missouri, MU Extension and county extension councils.

Nominations are due June 29.

All county-paid support staff members, full- or part-time, are eligible for the County Clerical Awards.  Individuals may be nominated for multiple awards in a given year.  Individuals who were nominated or selected as a finalist in previous years are eligible.  Past recipients are ineligible for the same award for a three-year period but may be nominated in other categories in that time.  Members of the County Clerical Awards Committee and selection subcommittees are ineligible.

Clerical staff members can nominate themselves.  Nominations may also be made by all other full- or part-time professional, paraprofessional and clerical staff members, and by county council members.  The top three individuals nominated for the Rookie of the Year and Junior and Senior Clerical awards will be interviewed by the Clerical Awards Committee members.  Nominations for Clerical Awards should be sent electronically by clicking the “Submit” button at the bottom of the nomination form.  Technology Award nominations may be submitted electronically or by hard copy. 

More information is available online at or from Joan Andrews,  Montgomery County office support staff, at


2011 NTT dossier workshops scheduled

Non-Tenure Track dossier training workshops are being scheduled for anyone preparing dossiers or who will be writing evaluation letters for candidates. There will be seven 90-minute sessions.  Individuals planning to submit a dossier for promotion in the fall are strongly encouraged to attend all the workshops. The workshops will be presented via Adobe Connect; register through the ISE System to attend.




June 30

10 a.m.

Getting started – Application Packet and Changes

July 28

10 a.m.

Summary of Accomplishments – Transfer of Knowledge

August 30

10 a.m.

Summary of Accomplishments – Program Impact

Sept. 15

10 a.m.

Summary of Accomplishments – Innovation

Sept. 29

10 a.m.

Preparing the Teaching Philosophy and Narrative

Oct. 6

10 a.m.

Picking evaluators and writing evaluation letters

Oct. 20  

10 a.m.


The voluntary NTT promotion policy is for full-time, nonregular faculty members within MU Extension. This process applies to regional faculty members and to campus faculty members in an academic unit that does not have an NTT process. Extension faculty members may apply for one of three ranked positions: assistant extension professional, associate extension professional or extension professional.

For faculty members who elect to participate, the NTT promotion system provides a mechanism to recognize extension scholarship and professional growth. Regional and campus faculty members who plan to apply for the next round should discuss their plans with their supervisors as they build their performance expectations for FY 2012.

The next round of applications is due to supervisors by Nov. 1.

For questions regarding the NTT process, contact Marcia Shannon ( or Nicki Eatinger-Sprague (, or visit the NTT website for more information:


Joplin tornado moved MU Dairy Grazing Conference

Because of storm recovery in Joplin, the Missouri Dairy Grazing Conference moved to the University Plaza Hotel and Expo Center, Springfield. The July 6-8 dates didn’t change. The event held every two years attracts graziers from across the U.S. and the world.

The Joplin Holiday Inn Convention Center was undamaged but left without power and water for a while. FEMA teams and Sisters of Mercy health-care providers work in the conference space.

Tours to grazing dairy farms will go with little upset in schedules. The dairy farms between Joplin and Springfield were not in the path of the deadly May 22 tornado, says Tony Rickard, MU Extension dairy specialist.

Registration is open. Organizers hope for a strong turnout of Missouri producers. Details on registration for conference and motel, and the program agenda, are on the MU Conference Office website. For questions call Ryan Milhollin, who is nailing down details: 573-882-0668.

Joplin registrations are already transferred to Springfield. Letters have been sent. Attendees should see no evidence of panic that ensued when the move was required.


MU beef repro conference to stay in storm-torn Joplin

The second national meeting set for Joplin by MU will NOT move.

The national beef reproduction meeting remains at the Joplin Holiday Inn and Convention Center. Management called last week to confirm the center will be open, Aug. 31-Sept. 1. While FEMA remains, the Sisters of Mercy will move.

“We wanted to go to Joplin, even if it meant compromising on space,” says David Patterson, MU Extension beef specialist. “We want to take our business to Joplin. They need it.” He’d visited the center earlier in the week to work on changes.

 The conference held by beef reproduction specialists moves from state to state. When last held in Missouri, in 2006 at St. Joe., it drew 300 people, the largest attendance ever. This year, emphasis is on reaching producers and veterinarians in the four-state region.

Regional MU specialists who bring a vanload of producers could help break the record.

The event will show advances in beef production in Missouri, including Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifers and timed-AI protocols. Part of the program will be at the Joplin Regional Stockyards.

Details were posted on the MU Conference Office website this week.



New travel policies effective July 1

New UM System travel policies take effect on July 1. On that date the system also will begin phasing in   an electronic travel reimbursement system (T&E) as a PeopleSoft module, reports Callie Glascock, administrative manager, budget/finance/grants.

Key changes to travel policy:

The new policies will be in effect only for university-paid travel by university employees. They become effective July 1, regardless of actual travel dates and the status of the electronic travel reimbursement system.

New printable forms for employees and non-employees will be available online as of July 1.  Employees will use the printed forms until the electronic travel reimbursement system is live in their area.

MU Extension plans to implement the electronic travel reimbursement system per the following schedule:

Training will be available for faculty and staff on campus from the MU Accounting Office. As needed, MU Extension administrative management staff will also be able to assist with specific training and labs.

For off-campus faculty and staff, there will be Adobe Connect meetings walking through an online tutorial. Schedules for online training will be made available when determined.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Callie Glascock at


Coming and going

Please welcome

Heather Eoff, nutrition program associate, EC Region.

Amanda Meek, 4-H coordinator, EC Region.



Betty Reinsch, human development specialist, EC Region.



 In our thoughts and prayers

Diane Dews, for the loss of her sister Carmen Costello, who passed away on June 6.


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