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MU Extension Insider
June 15, 2012


In the news

Upcoming events

Coming and going


MU Extension Insider is published on the first and 15th of the month by the MU Cooperative Media Group. Send feedback and comments to Karen Dickey.

In the news

County district update

 district update

From right; H.C. Russell, University of Missouri Extension state council chair, Marty Oetting, director government relations, and Tony Delong, extension county council coordinator provide an update on the county district legislation.


The introduction of state legislation to provide MU Extension county councils with statutory authority to create single- or multi-county funding districts set the stage for passage in next years legislative session. The proposal had received widespread support in the House of Representatives as part of two larger agriculture-related bills, and received unanimous support from the Senate Agriculture Committee earlier in the session. 

Learn more about the future of the legislation in this county district update. The video is also available to share with county councils:S:\UMSystem\Coop Media\2012 Extension District Video


Termites invade


The mouth of a termite might be small, but an infestation can take a big bite out of a home if left undetected, says Richard Houseman, MU Extension urban entomologist. Houseman offers tips for eliminating termite problems in this video news story reported by Kent Faddis.

See also: Related news release written by Roger Meissen.


National research award winner


From left: Alan Spell, MERIC economic and workforce research manager and David C. Schmidt, BRIDG director.

MU Extension’s business development program received the National Research Award for the research on high growth firms in Missouri at the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) annual meeting June 8th in Oklahoma City. The C2ER conference is one of the premier economic development conferences nationally. Alan Spell, Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) economic and workforce research manager and David C. Schmidt, Business Research & Information Development Group (BRIDG) director accepted the award on behalf of their organizations.

Founded in 1961, C2ER is a membership organization that promotes excellence in community and economic research by working to improve data availability, enhance data quality, and foster learning about regional economic analytic methods.

Some of the more important aspects of the study were that the high growth companies continued to grow jobs 2006-2009 in spite of the recession; 99% were under 500 employees and 81% were under 50 employees; most have a market orientation; their key investments toward growth were in the talent and technology areas; and most have a website, but few use it to do business.

“It was a team effort between MERIC and BRIDG,” David said. “To be selected for the project impact/program evaluation award is quite an honor and gives MU Extension and School of Engineering visibility around entrepreneurship research in the economic development community!”

The full report can be seen at


USDA administrator tours community garden


From left: USDA Acting Deputy Undersecretary Judy Canales, Barack Obama Elementary School Principal Angela Kinlaw, unnamed teacher and Barack Obama student Armani Sholar.

USDA Acting Deputy Undersecretary, Judy Canales was in St. Louis on May 17th to accompany MU Extension faculty on a tour of the community garden at the Barack Obama Elementary School in the Normandy School District reportsJudy Culp,civic communications specialist.

The community garden was developed as part of the MU Extension “Eating from the Garden” program, conducted by Nathan Brandt, horticulture specialist and Terressa Caine-Glasper, nutrition program associate.

“Eating from the Garden” is wildly popular and has been a fun way to introduce gardening into an urban environment. Canales stated it best when she observed, “You don’t have to be a farmer to grow food.”  

Canales thanked MU Extension and referred to the program as a “great partner.”  The school’s principal, Angela Kinlaw, proudly informed the crowd that the last harvest was 89 pounds.

The students were thrilled when Canales said “It is important that President Obama and the whole country know about the wonderful work you have done in the garden.”

We can’t wait to see next year’s crop!


Articles published

Congratulations are in order for Wayne Flanary, agronomy specialist and Jim Crawford, natural resource engineer on having two articles “Effect of Nitrogen Rate on No-Till Corn Yields” and “Comparison of Soybean Row Spacing With Delayed Planting” published in the latest Journal of the NACAA – Volume 5 Issue 1.


 Glascock competes for trip to nationals

Ashton Glascock, daughter of Callie Glascock, MU Extension fiscal officer, was featured in the Columbia Missourian for her efforts to repeat as high school state rodeo “Champion Breakaway Roper.”


Director of communications search begins

 The University of Missouri seeks a visionary and collaborative individual to provide comprehensive communication leadership for University of Missouri Extension. This position will bring together existing media relations, marketing, publishing, web development and new media functions to strategically address the communication goals of the organization. A position description may be viewed at:

Rhonda Gibler, associate vice provost management, will chair the search committee. Other members include: Melinda Adams, human resources manager Karma Metzgar, Northwest regional director, Marcia Carlson Shannon, state specialist and associate professor CAFNR, Mary Jo Banken University of Missouri News Bureau director, Mark Stillwell, cooperative media group interim director, and George Laur, director publishing.

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter, resume or CV, and a list of professional references on-line at: Position will be posted through July 31, 2012 or until filled.

For questions, contact Melinda Adams at 573-882-4721 or


Follow-up Extension news story brings new connections

A news story from Joe Horner, MU ag economist, caused waves among those who watch land prices. At the Breimyer Seminar, Horner put rising land prices in a new perspective. Instead of looking at the price of land in dollars, he framed prices in bushels of corn. High-priced land can be bought with fewer bushels of corn than just a few years ago.

That's a story with a twist. It’s that twist grabbing readers’ attention.     

Duane Dailey wrote the story and sent it through the Cooperative Media Group to all media. It became an instant hit in the electronic ag newsletters. Soon it appeared in many traditional media.

It doesn't take long for a story to go national--and international.

Horner received responses. And, drew new interest to his work.

Now, he has been invited to talk at a land-price symposium in Toronto, Canada. This was followed by a request to collaborate with land-price specialist in Pennsylvania. Together they will develop formulas for determining land-corn equations for different parts of the country.

Horner said when he was in training his mentors hammered on him the importance of follow-up stories.

"You reach people who never come to your meetings," he said.


Upcoming events

Fee generation workshops

Workshops have been scheduled to explain additional functionality and updates to the Fee Generation Worksheet-Online Tool.

Register through ISE for following workshop dates.

Date Time
7/12/2012 2-3 p.m.
8/16/2012 10-11 a.m.
9/18/2012 2-3 p.m.
10/22/2012 10-11 a.m.


Other dates to remember

June 19, 2012 NTT dossier workshops: Guideline Updates.  For questions regarding the NTT process, contact Marcia Shannon ( or Nicki Eatinger-Sprague (, or visit the NTT website for more information:

June 22: The Impact of Federal Health Care Reform in Missouri   

Sept. 15: MU Extension tailgate event prior to the football game with Arizona State

Sept. 18, NTT dossier workshop: Question and Answer.  For questions regarding the NTT process, contact Marcia Shannon ( or Nicki Eatinger-Sprague (, or visit the NTT website for more information:

Oct. 29-31, 2012 Extension Annual Conference


Coming and going

Please welcome

Neal Fandek, communications specialist, business development program



David Hill, community development specialist, NE Region-Community Development.



Our sympathy goes out to:

Pam Crass, 4-H youth development specialist, SE Region, whose father, Raymond "Red" Norris, passed away June 2, 2012.  Cards can be sent to Pam, Dennis, Jessica and Clay at: Rt. 1 Box 77, Patterson, MO 63956.


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.