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MU Extension Insider
May 15, 2013


In the news

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In the news

LETI receives $50,000 ASPCA grant for animal cruelty investigation program

A $50,000 grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will provide scholarship opportunities for students studying animal cruelty investigation at the MU Extension Law Enforcement Training Institute (LETI).

LETI’s National Animal Cruelty Investigations School, which licenses students as Certified Humane Investigators, is open to employees of agencies associated with animal welfare, including law enforcement officers, shelter professionals and veterinarians.

“Through the generosity of the ASPCA’s scholarship grant, our National Animal Cruelty Investigations School will be able to offer valuable training to caring individuals throughout the United States,” said John Worden, LETI director.

The ASPCA grant will enable LETI to offer almost 170 partial scholarships, giving employees of agencies and organizations with limited budgets the opportunity to learn the skills required to investigate animal cruelty cases in their communities, including animal fighting, puppy mill and animal hoarding cases.

Classes are held at MU as well as in cities in 13 states. Over a four-week period, students learn all aspects of animal cruelty investigations from a nationally recognized faculty of law enforcement personnel, veterinarians, animal control officers and other animal welfare professionals. Program topics include evidence collection, exotic animal handling, animal law, interpreting animal behavior and criminal questioning techniques.


Stuby named APTAC Fellow

Bill StubyBill Stuby, a specialist with the Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC), has been named a Fellow of the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC).

Missouri’s PTACs assist businesses — including small, disadvantaged and women-owned firms — in obtaining federal, state and local government contracts. The PTAC program helps participants identify bidding opportunities and understand federal contract regulations, including form preparation.

Stuby joins an elite group of seven fellows named by APTAC in the past 15 years. The honor is awarded to individuals who have shown extraordinary service in the field of government contracting.

“I am pleased that Bill has been recognized in this manner for work that puts him in the mainstream of assistance to Missouri's small businesses,” said Michael Ouart, MU vice provost for extension. “Bill and his PTAC colleagues throughout the state assisted Missouri companies in winning $857 million in government contracts from 2010 to 2012.  The MO PTAC program is one of the many ways MU Extension helps bolster the state's economy.”

“The technical knowledge and professional leadership he brings to the University of Missouri Extension are helping business leaders grow and improve the economy of our state,” said Steve Devlin, Business Development program director. “We in the Business Development Program are extremely proud to see Bill recognized by the APTAC organization.”


Safranski, students visit pig farms in China


CAFNR students visited Beijing's Lama Temple during their eight-day trip to China.

In March, Tim Safranski, extension swine genetics and reproduction specialist, led 13 students on the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ first study-abroad opportunity in China.

“Initially, not all of their reasons for going may have been to learn about pigs,” Safranski said. “But as a result of the experience, they learned about China’s hog industry, the culture, the history, and they learned about themselves.”

Participants visited three pig farms, a duck farm, a dairy and a feed mill. “Each day we combined agriculture and education, which together helped the students in understanding the relevance of China in the world’s swine industry,” he said. “Reading statistics and economic forecasts alone just doesn’t tell the full story.”

Twenty percent of the world’s people and half the world’s hogs live in China. As an emerging economic power, China also hosts 80 percent of the world’s tower cranes used in construction.

“That means that China’s swine industry will play a major role in the world hog market,” Safranski said.

However, China’s swine industry also faces a number of challenges, including pig health concerns, manure management issues and a reliance on feed imported from the U.S. and other countries.

“They currently lack an infrastructure for education for their producers to improve their herds, and they have no extension services,” Safranski said. “There is a large U.S. presence, but it consists mostly of salesmen. Besides opportunities to sell them things, there should be opportunities to teach them better technologies that will improve their swine industry.”

See photos and read more about the eight-day trip in the spring 2013 issue of Commercial Agriculture, the newspaper of the MU Commercial Agriculture Program, at


Extension proposals lined up for passage

“The proposal to allow MU Extension to form single- or multi-county extension districts is positioned for final passage during the last week of the legislative session,” reports Marty Oetting, UM director of government relations.

The proposal is a priority of the university to help streamline delivery of extension programming and provide a local funding option in counties that may need it.

The statutory language is included in House Bill 542, an omnibus agriculture bill, which just needs a final vote on the House floor before being sent to the governor.

The language is also in both Senate and House versions of Senate Bill 9, a second omnibus agriculture bill that is now in a House-Senate conference committee, where differences are being reconciled.

Because the extension language is identical in both versions of SB 9, it will be included in whatever version the conference committee brings forward. For final passage, the conference committee’s report will need one vote each in the Senate and in the House.


CARES wins 2013 Esri Special Achievement in GIS Award

The MU Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems (CARES) has won a 2013 Special Achievement in GIS award from Esri, a prominent developer of geographic information system (GIS) tools.

“CARES has been a great partner with MU Extension and with the Community Development program over the years and provided much in the way of mapping capability for us,” said Mary Simon Leuci, Community Development program director.

The center also has partnered with MU Extension’s Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis, the Community Policy Analysis Center, and several ag and HES programs, Leuci said.

CARES is an interdisciplinary center based in CAFNR’s Division of Applied Social Sciences. Staff and affiliated faculty have backgrounds ranging from geography to ecology to computer science. Its primary role is supporting the needs of individuals and organizations using GIS and related technologies to compile, analyze and distribute information about the world.

The award will be presented at the 2013 Esri International User Conference, July 8-12 in San Diego.

Learn more about CARES at


Extension Fall Conference planning

Planning is underway for the 2013 Extension Fall Conference. The planning committee intends to incorporate the centennial celebration of the 1914 Smith-Lever Act and highlight how MU Extension will continue to provide relevant, reliable and responsible educational strategies in the next 100 years, says Joy Millard, extension cabinet liaison for the planning committee.

“The committee was very engaged and enthusiastic with content suggestions gathered from their colleagues and peers,” she said.

The MU Extension Fall Conference planning committee includes Steve Jeanetta, state community development specialist (chair); Janet LaFon, family financial education specialist and Jasper County program director (vice chair); Deann Turner, nutrition program associate; Lisa Delameter, 4-H youth development program associate; Maude Harris, nutrition/health education specialist; Shelley Bush-Rowe, NE regional director; Lala Kumar, associate extension professional and horticulture specialist; Summer Young, 4-H youth specialist; Georgia Stuart-Simmons, community development specialist and Johnson County program director; Amie Schleicher, livestock specialist; Jo Britt-Rankin, HES dean for extension and associate professor in nutrition and exercise physiology; John Worden, director of the MU Law Enforcement Training Institute; Dennis Gagnon, director of extension communications and marketing; Cat Comley, director of development; Angela Freemyer, conference coordinator, MU Conference Office; and Joy Millard, interim assistant vice provost for extension.


Upcoming events

Fee-generation workshops set

Workshops have been scheduled to explain additional functions and updates to the Fee Generation Worksheet-Online Tool. Register through ISE for the following workshop dates:




2-3 p.m.


10-11 a.m.


2-3 p.m.


2013 NTT dossier workshops scheduled

Non-Tenure Track dossier training workshops are scheduled for anyone preparing dossiers or who will be writing evaluation letters for candidates. There will be two sessions.  Individuals planning to submit a dossier for promotion in the fall are strongly encouraged to attend both workshops. The workshops will be presented via Adobe Connect. Register through the ISE system to attend.

The voluntary NTT promotion policy is for full-time, non-regular 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 2014.

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

For questions on the NTT process, contact Marcia Shannon ( or visit the NTT website at


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program

Taught by Lynn Rossy, health psychologist for the T.E. Atkins Wellness Program for UM system employees, this eight-week program provides information about stress, effective communication, and wellness tips as well as instruction in mindfulness (sitting meditation, body scan, yoga and walking meditation).

The program begins with an orientation in the Memorial Union at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5. Weekly classes meet 5-7 p.m., June 12-July 31. There also will be a daylong retreat, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 20.

The $40 fee includes a manual, DVD and CD. Those who attend at least seven of eight classes will receive a $20 refund. Spouses, partners or adult family members (18 or over) can join with you free of charge if they use the same materials.

For more information or to register, please contact Craig Deken at


Other dates to remember

May 15: Nominate your hard-working county clerical staff for the county clerical staff recognition awards. Visit County Clerical Staff Recognition Awards for more information regarding the nomination process.

May 20-24: MU Staff Recognition Week. For more information and a complete list of events, go to

June 5-9: Summer Fire School and Midwest Wildfire Training Academy, Jefferson City.

June 12-14: Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors) - Latinos in the Heartland conference, St. Louis.

Aug. 30: College Colors Day.

Oct. 28-30: Extension Fall Conference, Columbia.


Coming and going

Please welcome

Susan McNickle, 4-H youth development program associate, Buchanan County.

Steven Devlin, assistant dean,Statewide Business and Industry.



Cyndi Lemmon, administrative assistant, Youth and 4-H.



Kerry Grigsby, brother of retired Jackson County family financial education specialist Carole Bozworth, died May 6. Cards can be sent to Carole and Bob Bozworth, 16443 166th St., Bonner Springs, KS  66012. To view an obituary, go to


Robert ChappleRobert Chapple, retired natural resources engineering specialist and one of the namesakes of the Graves-Chapple Research Center in northwestern Missouri, died May 12 at the age of 81.

His niece Ruth Breedlove is an administrative assistant in the HES Extension fiscal office; great-niece Melissa Remley is a teaching assistant professor in MU plant sciences.

Chapple’s research helped convince many skeptical farmers to convert to no-till. “For folks who grew up when I did, we learned a field should look like a well-maintained garden,” Chapple said in 2012. “With no-till, people have to unlearn some of what they learned to make it work.”

Though he officially retired in 1999, Chapple continued to work at the research center in Rock Port until last fall, helping during planting and harvest seasons, conducting field day tours, fixing machinery and managing research plots.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, at the First Lutheran Church in Rock Port. The family will receive friends before the service from 10-10:50 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the First Lutheran Church or to the charity of the donor’s choice. To view an online obituary or send condolences, go to Learn more about Bob Chapple in the 2012 feature story “Getting His Hands Dirty” from CAFNR News.


If you have items to include in future issues, please send them to Karen Dickey, Curt Wohleber, or Phil Leslie in the Cooperative Media Group. If you have questions, contact Dennis Gagnon, director, MU Extension Communications and Marketing.