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MU Extension Insider
September 15, 2011


In the news

Upcoming events

Coming and going


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In the news

Food From the Farm connects kids to local farms

MU Extension’s Food From the Farm program connects kindergarten students and their families to local farms to encourage eating local fruits and vegetables and to help the kids understand where their food comes from. Kent Faddis reports.


4-H Day with the Tigers

4H Day with the Tigers

Jim Ronald, 4-H youth development specialist, reports that 4-H Day with the Tigers, Sept. 2, was a huge success. More than 600 4-H youth, leaders and family members from throughout the state brought their sunscreen, hats and water bottles to endure the heat on the field. “It was a great promotion for 4-H,” Ronald said. “Everyone enjoyed an exciting football game as Mizzou beat the Miami University (of Ohio) Red Hawks 17-6.” Many 4-H fans sported gold T-shirts designed for the event featuring Truman the Tiger and the 4-H clover. Some of the proceeds raised from the T-shirt sales were donated to the Missouri 4-H Foundation’s Joplin recovery fund.


NACAA awards and recognition winners

Fifty-four University of Missouri Extension faculty and family members attended the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) annual meeting and professional improvement conference Aug. 7-11 in Overland Park, Kan.

“Many of our members use the conference as an opportunity to share program information with our colleagues across the nation,” said Mark Stewart, NACAA north central director. “MU Extension faculty presented 23 professional improvement seminars, extension education posters, applied research posters or preconference tours.”

Extension education posters award winners:

Applied research posters award winners:

Other awards:

Missouri continues its strong support for NACAA by serving many leadership roles:


Commissioners’ Showcase a success

Megan Webb

Megan Webb presents at the Sept. 7 CM Region Commissioners’ Showcase.

County commissioners and extension council members from across central Missouri journeyed to the Cooper County Fairgrounds Sept. 7 to learn about MU Extension programs.

Program posters, displays and news videos made for a festive learning environment. Larry Dickerson, community development specialist, and Megan Webb, nutrition and health education specialist, reviewed MU Extension’s Community Emergency Management Program (CEMP). Chris Thompson, business development specialist and Cole County CPD, talked about the impact of the business development programs on creating jobs in central Missouri. 

“Missouri has two or three disastrous weather events every year,” said Dickerson, who serves as CM Region CEMP chair. “The continuing floods along the Missouri River and the May tornadoes in Sedalia, St. Louis and Joplin are examples from this year. MU Extension’s Fire and Rescue Training Institute and Law Enforcement Training Institute help train early responders in our communities. Regional specialists in each county help families, businesses and communities with long-term recovery efforts.”

“More than 400 jobs were created or retained by business development programs in central Missouri,” Thompson said. “The total economic impact in the region is almost $55 million, with a statewide impact of almost $1.2 billion.”

Several county commissioners said they were pleased to hear that the resources they were investing in extension programs were paying large dividends.


Missouri DED video features 4-H horse tour

Highlights from the 2011 Missouri 4-H Equine Tour are featured in a recent video from the Missouri Department of Economic Development. The video follows 21 horse-loving 4-H teens as they visited with Missouri’s finest equine professionals, hearing their personal entrepreneurial stories and gaining insight into the wide range of equine-related careers. 

The goal of the tour is to provide teen equine enthusiasts with an exceptional opportunity to develop realistic career dreams. The tour was organized by Marci Crosby, MU equine instructor; Debbie Davis, 4-H youth specialist and Clinton County CPD; Dale Hunsburger, 4-H youth program associate, Clinton County; Karen Branstetter, 4-H youth specialist, Crawford County; and 4-H staff and retiree Carol Parmenter

The complete tour story is at


Upcoming events

Electronic travel reimbursement system debuts in October

MU Extension is scheduled to go live on the Electronic Travel Reimbursement System (T&E) Oct. 1. All university-paid employee travel must be submitted through this system for reimbursement. Training dates and more are available on the staff resources website. If you have any questions, please contact Callie Glascock at


Other dates to remember

Nov. 1-2: Galaxy Conference


Coming and going

Please welcome

Orin Parry Pogue, 4-H youth development program assistant, Boone County.

Molly Jean Keenan, nutrition program associate, Jackson County.



Our sympathies go out to

The family of Ruth George, who passed away Saturday, Sept. 2. A graduate of the University of Missouri, she began her long and distinguished extension career with South Dakota State as an assistant home economist. Ruth married Robert George in 1948 and moved to a farm in Mexico, Mo., where she continued her career as a home economist with MU Extension.

Ina Linville, 4-H youth program director, and her family on the loss of her father, John W. Metzger, on Sept 1. Letters of sympathy can be sent to Ina and family at 9920 Sontag, Rocheport, MO 65279.

Mary Wescoat Engram, human development specialist, Mississippi County, on the death of her father, Max Wescoat, on Sept. 5.  Messages of sympathy can be sent to Mary, her husband, John, and children Elizabeth and Isaac at 1007 N. Ranney Street, Sikeston, MO  63801.

The family of Warren Hargis, retired community development specialist who served Vernon and surrounding counties for many years. There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Vernon County Fairgrounds.


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.