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					2009 Annual Report                                         University of Missouri Extension—Boone County
                                           2009 Annual Report
       University of Missouri Extension Council
                     Boone County

University of Missouri      From the Boone County                                                  Boone County
     Extension              Extension Council:                                                    Faculty and Staff
   Boone County
 1012 N. Highway UU         Boone County Extension is a local link between the          Vera Massey
 Columbia, MO 65203         University of Missouri and the people of Missouri.           Nutrition & Health Education Specialist
                            The Extension Council was created to work with the           Co-County Program Director
        Phone:              University to assist in planning and carrying out           Jim Ronald
     573-445-9792           educational efforts, to identify concerns of the             4-H Youth Development Specialist
         Fax:               community, and to make recommendations to the                Co-County Program Director
     573-445-9807           University.                                                 Larry Dickerson
        E-mail:                                                                          Community Development Specialist        Boone County Extension faced some challenges in
                                                                                        Kent Shannon
       Web site:            2009. The budget cutbacks which affected all areas of     our country and state also had an impact at the county       Natural Resource Engineering
        boone               level. With active involvement of Council members,           Specialist
                            Specialists, and office staff, a goal was set and met to    Stephanie Femrite
  Extension Council                                                                      4-H Youth Development Educator
                            work within a balanced budget yet provide the same
      2008-2009             quality programs by which Extension is identified.          Joy Amuedo
 Charlie Touzeau, Chair     This meant working with reduced office staff, imple-         Healthy Lifestyle Initiative
Nancy Grant, Vice-Chair     menting energy cost-saving measures at the Extension         Community Assistant
Nancy Franklin, Treasurer   Center, depending less on printed materials; instead        Julie Casteel
 Patsy Watt, Secretary      utilizing websites and e-mail for materials and com-         Sara Placke
       Al Buchanan          munication, formation of a Fundraising Committee             Sandra Zapata
   Linda Cooperstock        that has developed a fundraising and pending endow-          Nutrition Program Assistant
       Jim Crocker          ment program which has been used as an example for
    Khesha Duncan                                                                       Frankie Anderson
                            other non-profit groups, and meeting with county
        Bill Frazier                                                                     Office Manager
                            officials, state legislators and MU administrators to
        Art Gelder          stress the importance of Extension.                        • Patricia Blueitt
       Willie Jones                                                                      Office Support
  Morgan Kerr-Totten        Boone County Extension has been able to maintain
       Dwight Kuda                                                                               Regional Faculty
                            and expand its outstanding activities/ programs such as
    Mary Lamberson                                                                            Serving Boone County
                            the Town and Country Dinner which fosters a spirit of
       Mary Martin
      Ginger Owen           improved community relations between rural families         Todd Lorenz
                            and Boone County business associates, 4-H clubs              Horticulture/Agronomy Specialist
    Charlotte Rathert
    Andrew Stanton          which are diversified with projects offered from tech-      Jim Quinn
      Pat Sternberg         nology to the raising and showing of livestock, Master       Horticulture Specialist
      Julio Valencia        Gardeners and Master Naturalists projects including         Julie Royse
        Kim Viers           the beautification and maintenance of landscape at the       Family Nutrition Education Program
     Barbara Walker         Boone County Extension Center, and promotion of              Coordinator
   Chuck Wiedmeyer          local foods through the Healthy Lifestyle Initiative and    Art Schneider
                            Regional Cuisine programs.                                   Human Development Specialist
                                                                                        Mary Sobba
                            Our 2009 Boone County Extension Council which has            Agriculture Business Specialist
  The Boone County          20 elected diversified members, three appointed             Mark Stewart
  Extension Council         members, and one youth representative is dedicated in        Interim Regional Director
    appreciates the         finding ways to enrich the lives of the citizens of
 continued support of                                                                   Chris Thompson
                            Boone County.                                                Business Development Specialist
 extension programs
   by Boone County          Thank you,                                                  Jamie Thompson
    Commissioners                                                                        Family Financial Education Specialist
                            Charlie Touzeau
     Ken Pearson,
   Karen Miller and         Boone County Extension Council Chair
      Skip Elkin.           Patsy Watt
                            Boone County Extension Council Secretary
University of Missouri Extension—Boone County                                                         2009 Annual Report

                                                                                                    VICE PROVOST’S OFFICE
                                                                                                                  108 Whitten Hall
                                                                                                              Columbia, MO 65211
                                                                                                            PHONE: (573) 882-7477
                                                                                                              FAX: (573) 882-1955
December 2009

Dear Members of the County Commission and the Community:

As we approach the end of another year and the beginning of a new year, I want to thank you for the support you have given to your
local University of Missouri Extension Center during these difficult economic times. Your partnership with federal and state govern-
ment and many other entities through MU Extension has made it possible for:
    ·   Young people to learn life skills that make them contributing, caring members of the community; pre-
        pare them with science-based education for higher education and careers of the future; and help them
        avoid risky behaviors.

    ·   Aspiring entrepreneurs and existing businesses to be more efficient and profitable, thereby helping to
        strengthen the local economy.

    ·   Farmers and agribusinesses to incorporate new, research-based production techniques and best prac-
        tices into their operations to improve their bottom line while protecting the environment.

    ·   Families to learn and engage in healthy nutrition, fitness and lifestyle behaviors, which also help them
        reduce medical costs.

    ·   Firefighters, nurses, law enforcement officers, teachers and others maintain and upgrade their profes-
        sional skills and certifications.

    ·   Communities to develop local leaders and deal with critical issues in a non-biased, neutral way for the
        public good.
The funds invested in MU Extension are well-managed. $11 million in county council funds, combined with other public and pri-
vate funds, allow us to deliver $99 million worth of educational programs statewide. While the methods for delivering educational
programs continue to evolve – including the Web, videos, social networking media, print materials and face-to-face meetings – the
core of MU Extension’s mission remains:

        “… to improve people’s lives, communities and the economy by providing Relevant, Responsive and Reliable Research-
        based education.”

If you have suggestions for how MU Extension can better serve your needs, please contact me or your local extension center.


Michael D. Ouart, PhD.
Vice Provost and Director

             University of Missouri, Lincoln University, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Local Extension Councils Cooperating
                                                     EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/ADA INSTITUTIONS

2009 Annual Report                                  University of Missouri Extension—Boone County

4-H Clubs and Youth Development                             Missouri Show-Me Quality Assurance
Jim Ronald and Stephanie Femrite                            Livestock Quality Assurance
                                                            Jim Ronald and Stephanie Femrite
In Boone County, over 2,500 young people partici-
pated in University of Missouri Extension sponsored         Fifty-three Boone County youth attended the
youth programs. 4-H club members learn by doing             Show-Me Quality Assurance (SMQA) trainings held
under the guidance of adult volunteers who donate           in central Missouri.
their valuable time and energy to positive youth
development.                                                The youth participated in activities designed to
                                                            increase their understanding on why consumer trust
There are currently 14 primary 4-H clubs for youth          is so important and completed worksheets on
ages 8 through 18 in Boone County with 10 addi-             reading medicine labels and identifying different
tional Clover Kids clubs for children ages 5 through        types of food safety hazards. They also learned
7 years old. Over 550 local youth were active               about proper drug use and discussed the difference
members in the 2008/09 4-H year.                            between extra label (legal, veterinary prescribed)
In the Boone County Fair, 4-H youth entered over            and off label (illegal use) medications.
700 exhibits with 162 exhibits judged to display at
the Missouri State Fair, one of the highest levels of       Participants concluded the class by learning about
participation for counties in the state.                    proper injection sites, methods and procedures to
                                                            use when giving livestock injections. The youth
4-H members also competed successfully during the
                                                            practiced these methods and procedures by giving
past year in state and national 4-H contests and
                                                            intramuscular and subcutaneous injections to a
performed valuable community service:
                                                            banana. Using colored water as the animal health
                                                            product, they were able to see if they gave the
Three Boone County 4-H members represented                  injections correctly when they sliced the banana in
   Missouri at the National 4-H Shooting Sports             two length-wise.
   Contest in Nebraska and won the National
   Hunter Skills Team competition.
                                                            Kids in the Kitchen
Amy Wilsdorf of the Woodlandville 4-H Club was
   elected to State 4-H Council and represented             & Grow Healthy Youth
   Missouri at the National 4-H Conference in               Jim Ronald and Stephanie Femrite
   Washington, DC and the National 4-H Congress
   in Atlanta, Georgia.                                     Kids in the Kitchen encourages young people to
Boone County 4-H Clothing Project members made              eat healthier meals and snacks as a result of hands-
   140 sleepers and donated them to the Neonatal            on cooking experiences. Youth participants learn to
   Intensive Care Unit at Columbia Regional                 prepare simple, healthy foods that they can make for
   Hospital.                                                themselves and their family members.
4-H members and volunteers helped design and in-
   stall the furnishings, landscaping and                   Each lesson includes kid-friendly handouts such as
   weatherization for a new Habitat for Humanity            recipes and tips for how to use kitchen equipment
   home recently built in Boone County.                     safely. Group physical exercise is also included.
Seven Boone County members received 4-H college
   scholarships in 2009.                                    Current Kids in the Kitchen program delivery part-
                                                            ners and number of youth currently participating are:
Over 100 youth and family members attended 4-H
camps at Camp Clover Point on the Lake of the               FUN City Saturday Program
Ozarks. 4-H Camp is an opportunity for members to           63 youth ages 5 – 13
learn new skills, make new friends and share their
talents in a safe, supportive atmosphere.                   Services for Independent Living
                                                            18 youth ages 5 - 16
To learn more about the Boone County 4-H
program, visit:                                             Centro Latino                     15 youth ages 6 - 15

University of Missouri Extension—Boone County                                              2009 Annual Report

Kids in the Kitchen &                                         Healthy Lifestyle Initiative
Grow Healthy Youth                                            -continued
The Grow Healthy Partnership youth coalition was              The formation of the Grow Healthy Columbia/Boone
formed in Boone County in 2009 and supports                   County Partnership (GHP) is one of the HLI projects.
school-based                                                  The GHP includes more than 40 community
experiential learning programs that:                          members and representatives from a number of
                                                              different agencies and groups.
a) bring local farmers to the classroom to teach
how food staples are grown and produced,                      The mission of the partnership is connecting people
                                                              and organizations to share resources and informa-
b) build garden plots, raised beds, and/or hoop               tion so ALL residents of Boone County have access
houses on the school grounds and teach                        to healthy, locally grown food.
horticultural skills and concepts,
                                                              The partnership goals have focused on enhancing
c) teach students how to cook healthy recipes using           communication and increasing networking
local food ingredients,                                       opportunities for organizations and community
                                                              members interested in increasing access to healthy,
d) create arts and crafts projects featuring local food       locally produced foods through bimonthly meetings
staples, and/or                                               and monthly newsletters.

e) initiate school composting programs including              The partnership provides opportunities for:
                                                              a) individuals to increase their knowledge and skills
Schools participating in these activities during 2009         related to growing, finding,
included:                                                     using and preserving local foods;
 Benton Elementary in Columbia (Fourth Grade)
                                                              b) youth to learn about gardening and local foods;
   Lee Elementary in Columbia (Third Grade)
                                                              c) residents to increase access to community
   SoBoCo Learning Garden afterschool                        gardens; and

                                                              d) citizens and businesses to increase fresh food
Healthy Lifestyle Initiative:                                 donations to local food pantries.
Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice
                                                              Another project of the HLI, in collaboration with the
Vera Massey, Nutrition & Health Education
                                                              Columbia/Boone County Department of Public
                                                              Health and Human Services, was the Boone County
Joy Amuedo, Healthy Lifestyle Initiative                      Healthy Lifestyle Survey. More than 2,000 Boone
            Community Assistant                               County adults and youth participated in the survey.
                                                              Survey results can be found at:
The MU Extension Healthy Lifestyle Initiative (HLI) is
working to create healthy communities that support  
the availability of healthy, affordable, locally-
produced food and safe, accessible physical activity          To learn more about the HLI project, check out:
Another important goal of this project will be helping
assist local stakeholders in creating policies and en-
vironments that will support healthy lifestyle choices.

2009 Annual Report                                   University of Missouri Extension—Boone County

Taking Care of YOU                                             Taking Care of YOU - continued
Vera Massey, Nutrition & Health                                       more in the moment, adding more joy in their
Education Specialist                                                  lives, being more grateful.
                                                                   Participants were motivated to continue improv-
Taking Care of YOU is a new 8-week program se-                        ing health habits over the coming months:
ries that is being piloted in various locations through-              23% extremely motivated, 62% quite a bit
out Missouri. The program offers practical, effective                 motivated and 15% somewhat motivated
strategies and experiences to help                                 Participants were using resources (books, web-
individuals deal with the challenges in their lives.                  sites, etc) that were recommended during the
Managing life‘s demands in healthy ways has been                      program: 62% were currently using, 23%
shown to help individuals take better care of them-                   plan to in future
selves and can improve their overall health.                       100% would recommend the program to others

Fifteen individuals participated in the Taking Care of         Comments shared by participants included:
YOU program held in Columbia. Each week partici-                ―I’m glad that you are offering a program on this
pants explored topics through small group discus-              topic. So many people need to take this
sion, self-refection and activities. They learned ways              program!”
                                                               “This class was well taught and gave useful tools to
   Take better care of all aspects of their health -               use in my daily life.”
      body, mind, and spirit. Become more aware
      of the mind-body connection and use this                 “It is an excellent class. I am glad this glass was
      awareness for better health                                   offered.” “I feel like I learned important skills/
   Respond versus react to the stressors in your life               knowledge that I can use the rest of my life.”

   Discover opportunities in life‘s challenges                 To learn more about the program or to sign up for
   Develop habits that can lead a healthier you                classes in Boonville, Fayette or Columbia, contact
   Live more in the moment                                     Vera Massey, Nutrition & Health Education
                                                               Specialist at:
At the end of the program series, participants
completed a survey and the results showed:
                                                               Home Food Preservation
   Prior to attending the program, their knowledge,            Vera Massey, Nutrition & Health
       skills or understanding of the topics ad-               Education Specialist
       dressed was: 23% none/little, 54% some,
       23% a lot/great deal. After participating in            Home food preservation was a hot topic in 2009.
       the program, their knowledge, skills or un-             More people are interested in preserving food at
       derstanding of the topics addressed was:                home again, through canning, freezing or drying.
       100% a lot/great deal
                                                               This renewed interest in home food preservation
   100% are using the skills and strategies learned            appears to be related to an increase in home
      during the program: 24% several times per                gardeners, who want to preserve what they grow;
      day, 38% daily and 38% a few times per                   the local foods movement, which has encouraged
      week.                                                    consumers to purchase and eat more local produce;
                                                               and the economy, which has consumers exploring
   92% felt the program had improved their life.               ways to become more thrifty.
      Examples shared included: increased
      awareness of reactions to stress,                        While cooking might be considered an art, food
      recognizing stress triggers, being more                  preservation is a science. Using current research-
                                                               based practices and techniques is critical to ensure
      aware of their thoughts and feelings and how
                                                               the preserved products are of high quality and safe
      this affects their stress level, managing                to eat.
      stress thru focused breathing, living

University of Missouri Extension—Boone County                                             2009 Annual Report

Home Food Preservation - continued                           Home Food Preservation - continued

In an effort to reach consumers with the most                “These were great workshops. They really took the
up-to-date food preservation information, a variety of       scariness out of canning.”
educational opportunities were offered by MU Exten-
sion:                                                        Loved the classes and definitely gave me confi-
                                                             dence to preserve foods.”
More than 260 individuals in central Missouri were
   assisted with their food preservation questions           “Seeing actual demonstrations of how to preserve
   through phone calls, e-mail, or at a Columbia             the foods versus just talking about how to do it was
   Farmer‘s Market booth.                                    SO helpful. I need to see to learn. Thanks!”

                                                             Family Nutrition Education Programs
Mass media efforts were used to reach individuals
   though program segments on area television                (FNEP)
   stations; interviews on area and statewide radio          Julie Royce, FNEP Coordinator
   stations; and feature news stories in local
                                                             University of Missouri Extension Family Nutrition
                                                             Education Programs (FNEP) reached 1,450 low-
                                                             income participants in Boone County during 2009.
Eight food preservation workshops were held in
   Columbia, with 184 participants from Boone,
                                                             Sara Placke, Nutrition Program Assistant, presented
   Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Randolph,
                                                             a series of nutrition education classes to students in
   Selby and Jackson counties.
                                                             Columbia‘s Blue Ridge, New Haven, Parkade, Lee,
                                                             Rock Bridge, Shepard, Benton Elementary Schools,
The food preservation workshop participant surveys
                                                             Douglass High School, the Juvenile Justice Center
indicated that prior to attending the workshops:
                                                             and Sturgeon Elementary and Middle School.
   20% had no experience in preserving foods                Show Me Nutrition Education for youths provides
   Participants rated their food preservation knowl-        information in kid-friendly terms and lessons with
    edge and skills level as: 23% none, 39% a little,        hands-on activities. Activities include opportunities
    35% some, 3% a lot/great deal                            for taste-testing healthy foods and practicing skills
   Primary reasons for wanting to preserve foods            that lead to good health.
    were: 82% personal satisfaction, 78% better
    quality produce, 77% control over ingredients in         Shepard and Blue Ridge Elementary hosted Food
    product, 66% prevent waste of excess produce,            Power Adventure, a K-5th grade program that
    55% save money.                                          teaches students the importance of healthy eating.
   78% have used the National Center for Home               This interactive exhibit experience takes children to
    Food Preservation website,,            the farm to learn where food comes from, and into
    and other recommended reputable websites                 the human body to learn how it gives them energy to
    (prior to the workshop only 37% had used the             grow and play.
    internet as a resource and some had not been
    using research-based sites).                             Evaluation data collected across the entire state
   85% had preserved foods—methods used:                    reflects the positive impacts that occur in every
    freezing (85%), water bath canning (51%),                county with FNEP. For youths who participated ,
     pressure canning (8%), drying (15%)                     results summarized for the state revealed the
   100% shared the food preservation information/           following positive impacts:
    skills/resources they received with others
                                                             3,411 teachers gave us feedback. 99% (3,375
                                                             teachers) reported one or more changes in students
Program participants shared many positive
                                                             after programming.
comments about the workshops. Here is a sampling
of what they had to say:

2009 Annual Report                               University of Missouri Extension—Boone County

Family Nutrition Education Programs                        Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
(FNEP) - continued                                         Art Schneider, Human Development

   Student changes reported by teachers                    According to the 2000 Census, there are 2,719
                        Percent of teachers                grandparents primarily responsible for raising their
  Student changes       who observed each                  grandchildren in the Central Missouri Extension
                          type of student                  Region. The Central Missouri Grandparents Raising
                              change                       grandchildren is an enrichment group that meets
More aware of nutrition        91%                         monthly with facilitation provided by MU Extension.
  Make healthier meal                62%                   Distances limit opportunities for grandparents to at-
  and/or snack choices
                                                           tend the sessions, so Art Schneider maintains the
   Eat breakfast more                46%                   Central Missouri website for Grandparents Raising
 More willing to try new             73%
     Improved hand                   86%                   grandparents_raising_grandchildren.htm
 Improved food safety                38%                   Boone Co. Offender Re-Entry Network
    other than hand
                                                           Art Schneider, Human Development
   Increased physical                59%

Julie Casteel and Sandra Zapata, Nutrition Program         Art Schneider represents MU Extension on the
Assistants, provided adult lessons from Steps to a         Boone County Offender Re-Entry Network (BCOTN)
Healthier You to 137 families in Boone County.             task force to assist offenders and their families make
                                                           the adjustment from incarceration to integration into
Nutrition education and food safety classes and food       the community.
demonstrations were held at the Boone Co. Health
Department - WIC, Salvation Army, McCambridge              Recent task force accomplishments include:
Women‘s Shelter, Oak Towers, Centro Latino and in
participant‘s homes.                                        Received a space allotment for educational
                                                              programming for the Re-Entry Opportunity
For adults who participated in programming, results           Center (ROC) in the Missouri Social Services
summarized for the state revealed the following:              building in Columbia.
                                                            Recent programs have included Pathways to
81% of graduates improved how they managed their              Change, Impact of Crime on Victims, Substance
 food dollars                                                 Abuse Assessments and the Transitional
                                                              Assistance Group.
87% of graduates made healthier food choices                All programs offered at the ROC have been at
                                                              no charge to ex-offenders.
77% of graduates demonstrated acceptable food
 safety practices                                           150 area individuals have participated in the
                                                              Reentry Awareness Workshops.
94% of graduates made at least one improvement to           3,000 Reentry Resource guides were distrib-
 their diets to more closely align with the USDA              uted
 Dietary Guidelines                                         Several new transitional homes were opened
                                                           Additional information is available on the BCOTN

University of Missouri Extension—Boone County                                            2009 Annual Report

Master Gardener Program                                     Master Naturalist Program -continued
Kent Shannon, Natural Resource
Engineering Specialist                                      well-informed volunteers providing education,
                                                            outreach and service for the beneficial management
The mission of the Heart of Missouri Master                 of our natural resources. The local Boone‘s Lick
Gardener program is ―helping others learn to grow.‖         Chapter of the Missouri Master Naturalist program
The program provides in-depth horticultural training        was formed in 2004 and represents a partnership
to volunteers who then apply what they have learned         between the Missouri Department of Conservation
to help others in Boone County.                             and University of Missouri Extension.

In 2009, 37 new graduates completed the 12-week             In 2009, there were 21 graduates of the 15 week
training program. Following graduation, Master              training course. A total of 54 chapter members
Gardeners volunteer at least thirty hours per year in       reported 3,268 hours of volunteer service. Volunteer
a variety of community service activities including         projects included bird, butterfly and bee counts at
leading workshops, landscaping at public spaces,            the Big Muddy Wildlife refuge, restoration work at
working with school gardening programs, and                 Prairie Fork, raptor rehabilitation at MU, stream team
assisting with exhibits.                                    monitoring and clean-ups, and treekeeper activities
                                                            for the city of Columbia.
Master Gardeners reported a total of 2,359 hours of
service for Boone County in 2009 directly reaching          Commercial Horticulture
over 4,200 residents.                                       James Quinn, Horticulture Specialist
Highlights of 2009 included assistance to nine
                                                            Through a grant from MU’s ‘Plant Protection
Habitat for Humanity families planting trees and
                                                            Program’ a field day was held at the Bradford
shrubs through donations by Superior Garden
                                                            Research and Extension Center in mid July to
Center and the Metro Rotary Club. Master
                                                            demonstrate plot results. Twenty-one attended with
Gardeners also provided four editions of the
                                                            the following counties represented- Boone, Audrain,
seasonal gardening tips newsletter as well as
                                                            Cole, and Morgan.
Extension guide sheets to 90 Habitat families.
                                                            The 10th Annual Central Missouri Vegetable and
The program continued its work with The Intersec-
                                                            Greenhouse Tour was held in August with 98 at-
tion youth afterschool program in Columbia. The
                                                            tending! It is held in Morgan & Moniteau counties,
young participants enjoyed getting their hands in the
                                                            and co-sponsored by the Missouri Vegetable Grow-
dirt and learning about how to grow tomatoes,
                                                            ers Association and the Central Missouri Produce
peppers, broccoli, zucchini, lettuce, sunflowers, and
                                                            Auction with growers attending from Boone and
sweet potatoes.
                                                            other central Missouri counties.
A total of 2,125 pounds of food was donated for
                                                            Greenhouse Industry: Two outreach educational
Plant-A-Row for the Hungry this year. The Master
                                                            events are conducted in Columbia every year,
Gardener Hot Line was also expanded in 2009 and
                                                            including Greenhouse School in February and the
serves as a rapid response team to answer
                                                            Greenhouse Short Course.
questions during the growing season from April to
August. This year seventeen local Master
                                                            MU Turf and Ornamental Field Day is held
Gardeners volunteered to answer questions from
                                                            annually in July and is the largest MU horticultural
more than 50 local citizens.
                                                            field day focusing on issues for industry
Master Naturalist Program                                   professionals including growers, business owners,
                                                            and contractors.
Kent Shannon, Natural Resource
Engineering Specialist                                      Community Food Systems
                                                            The 4th Annual Fall Round-up sponsored by the
The Missouri Master Naturalist Program is a natural         Columbia Farmers Market included MU Extension
resource education program composed of a corps of           presentations on soil fertility and plant nutrition.

2009 Annual Report                                  University of Missouri Extension—Boone County

Commercial Horticulture - continued                           Agricultural Engineering Programs
Wine Grapes: Three ‗Gardener Vineyard Tours’
were conducted in Boone County in 2009. Les Bour-             For the past six years, Kent Shannon has worked
geois near Rocheport was our host with a combined             with the University of Missouri Bradford Research
attendance of over 60. Comments from those                    and Extension Center in creating their very own corn
attending were:                                               maze for the education and use of students and
                                                              nonprofit groups in Boone and surrounding counties.
“I’ve been on vineyard tours in France, Germany,              Hundreds of folks have taken advantage of the
UK, Ukraine, Turkey and Italy- this is by far the best.       maze.
Very educational.”
                                                              The corn maze is cut out using Global
“We gleaned much helpful information we’ve already            Positioning (GPS). Coordinates of each corner of
put to use! “                                                 the corn maze must first be recorded. The maze is
                                                              then computer drawn and incorporated into the GPS
“The physical/hands on and demonstration with lec-            system.
ture was great. Enjoyed the Q&A with both the tour
leader at lunch and the vineyard manager during the           As a spinoff of using corn mazes to provide GPS
tour.”                                                        technology education, GPS was used to help break
                                                              a world record by laying out a giant 4-H clover in the
Residents from Central Missouri counties interested           infield of the racetrack at the Missouri State Fair-
in starting a vineyard or needing cultural recommen-          grounds as part of the Mentos Fountain Launch.
dations, can request a site visit from a trained horti-
culture specialist.
                                                              On Aug. 22, 2009, thousands of Missourians
Agricultural Engineering Programs                             launched 2,211 fountains powered by Mentos and
Kent Shannon, Natural Resource                                soda at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia in an
Engineering Specialist                                        attempt to break the world record for such an event.
                                                              Volunteers, including University of Missouri
                                                              Extension 4-H kids, took part in the event that also
      GPS Technology Education Delivered                      provided a valuable science lesson. You can check
            Through Fun Activities                            the launch out at:
Have you ever wondered what goes into making a
corn maze? When to plant the corn? Is there any-
thing special about the corn?                                 Another example happened with Southern Boone
                                                              Schools in using GPS technology to design a cross
                                                              country running course by incorporating the shape of
                                                              the school‘s mascot, an eagle. This has been a
                                                              community education activity supported by the
                                                              Ashland Optimist Club.

University of Missouri Extension—Boone County                                               2009 Annual Report

                                                               Community & Economic Development
Agricultural Engineering Programs
- continued                                                    Larry Dickerson,
                                                               Community Development Specialist
     Precision Ag Technologies Delivered to                    Community Development includes working with local
        Clientele in a Variety of Methods                      communities on holistic approaches to planning and
                                                               visioning, training in community development, and
Precision agriculture technologies continue to be of           working on specific community issues. Highlights
interest to producers and agricultural businesses.             include:
Efforts in delivering education to citizens have               Rocheport 2020 visioning, community planning and
involved one-on-one consultations, on-farm                       review of community indicators for community
research, and traditional face-to-face meetings.                 health. 30 community members took part in multi-
                                                                 ple community meetings to monitor progress
Featured topics have included: fine-tuning fertilizer            toward the community vision and protecting
recommendations, updates and demonstrations on                   treasured community values, places and traditions.
the latest precision agriculture technologies, and               Programs designed and facilitated by Extension
techniques for utilizing precision agriculture to                staff and VISTA workers.
conduct on-farm research.
                                                               Columbia Visioning- Extension staff reviewed
As part of extension programming efforts, more                  progress and asked to provide input on
than 23% of growers have moved to variable rate                 implementation of the visioning process for the
applications. On-farm research has provided a very              City of Columbia.
effective method for delivering real life education to
producers and agricultural businesses.                         Hartsburg Community Planning – Extension staff
                                                                met with city officials of Hartsburg to plan for a
With the collaboration of fellow Central Missouri               community visioning process and to coordinate
Regional extension specialists, 2009 started Year               these efforts with the Mid Missouri Regional
One of a project entitled, Enhancing Forage Fertility           Planning Commission.
Management Using Precision Agriculture
Technology. A field day was held in August with                Boone County Grow Healthy Project – Extension
over 40 producers in an attendance to hear about                staff designed and implemented planning
the research and demonstration project.                         meetings to provide focus and the mission for this
                                                                county project.
One of the major outcomes of the project was a
potential savings of $8.00 per acre in fertilizer costs        Columbia Neighborhood Congress – Local
will maintain forage yield when using precision                 Extension participated in this City of Columbia
agriculture technologies. Crop canopy reflectance               sponsored effort and provided feedback on
sensors have been used on 128 on-farm demonstra-                evaluation and format for future meetings.
tions in Missouri from 2004-2009.
                                                               Emergency Management – Boone County Extension
In 2009, four of 35 demonstrations were located in              staff participated in the City/ County Health
central Missouri. Sensor-guided nitrogen rates                  Department emergency management team.
were, on average, 23 lb N/acre less than normal
producer N rates for 2004-2007 demonstrations                  4-H visioning for the future was led by Extension
while, on average, no yield was lost.                            faculty for the Boone County 4-H Council, youth
                                                                 members and interested parents of 4-H members.
If this technology was adopted on 25% of U.S. corn
acres with similar results, it would save 534 million
                                                               VISTA volunteer training – nine VISTA volunteers
pounds of nitrogen (~$374 million). This would
                                                                 were trained in basic community development
equate to and energy savings of 13 trillion BTU‘s
                                                                 skills to help them in their work with Boone County
annually. Averaged over all demonstration fields,
                                                                 communities. Program was designed and
nitrogen removed by the crop was equal to nitrogen
                                                                 implemented by Extension faculty.
fertilizer applied.

2009 Annual Report                                 University of Missouri Extension—Boone County

Community & Economic Development                              Community & Economic Development
- continued                                                   - continued
Organizational Development – The efforts in this              Economic Development – This area of work
area focused on helping local community based                 focuses on assisting communities in building and
organizations become more effective, efficient and            sustaining local economies based on the assets and
productive organizations.                                     resources of the community.
Materials were produced and updated in nine areas
   of organizational development including board              The major effort in this area was developing a pro-
   duties, strategic planning, fundraising, grantsman-        gram called the ―E‘s of Economic Development‖ that
   ship, volunteer management, advocacy, problem              assists a community in identifying its assets, re-
   solving, process design, and marketing on a zero           sources and opportunities for economic develop-
   dollar budget.                                             ment. This was used in Rocheport and also other
Board Duties and Responsibility workshops were                communities in the central Missouri area.
   presented to the Columbia Farmers Market,
   Columbia Access Television, Boone County
   historical Society, Court Access Support Associa-          Business Development
   tion, and KOPN Radio boards, resulting in mem-
   bers being much more aware of their responsibili-          Chris Thompson,
   ties as a board member. Over 100 board mem-                Business Development Specialist
   bers of local organizations were reached through
   these training sessions.                                   As entrepreneurs and innovators, Missouri‘s small
City of Columbia Office of Neighborhood Assistance            businesses are becoming a more diverse group that
   Planning – Local Extension faculty designed and            continues to make the state‘s economy productive.
   facilitated a session to assist the new Office of          There are approximately 500,000 small businesses
   Neighborhood Assistance in identifying and plan-           in Missouri. Nearly 98 percent of all businesses with
   ning for all the functions, services and programs          employees are categorized as small businesses. In
   they will provide for City of Columbia residents.          assisting the owners and managers of those busi-
                                                              nesses, MU Extension contributes to a county‘s
Leadership Development – This area provided for               economic development through growth in jobs,
the training and development of leaders in Boone              sales, innovation, technology development and
County. Two major programs were conducted:                    commercialization.

Leadership RAP – Leadership RAP conducted three               In Boone County during 2009, business develop-
  sessions at the Boone County Juvenile Justice               ment program specialists and business counselors
  Center this past year. Extension faculty provided           with MU Extension, Missouri Small Business &
  them with skills to assist them in becoming pro-            Technology Development Centers Missouri
  ductive citizens. This year Extension faculty also          Procurement Technical Assistance Centers,
  provided training to staff at the facility as they          Missouri Environmental Program, Missouri Career
  transition to take over the program themselves.             Options Project, and the Missouri Market
  Leadership Rap has now become an integral part              Development program served 442 people and their
  of the Juvenile Justice Center‘s program for youth          companies with business start-up and management
  offenders.                                                  counseling, training, and other assistance.

Columbia Neighborhood Leadership Program – This               In addition, entrepreneurs and business owners in
  was the first year of this program conducted by             Boone County reported the following economic
  the City and facilitated by Extension faculty. An           impact and activity as a result of the services
  unqualified success, Extension faculty provided             provided by the MU Extension Business
  for evaluation and recommendations for the 2010             Development Program:
  version. Extension will play an expanded role in
  the 2010 program, providing opportunities for                   147 new jobs
  more networking and discussion among the                        21 jobs retained
  participants.                                                   $4,906,151 of increased sales

University of Missouri Extension—Boone County                                                  2009 Annual Report

Business Development                                            Financial Planning Programs
- continued                                                     - continued

     $45,213,844 in government contracts                           Selecting among the various saving and invest-
     14 new businesses                                              ment options
     $1,112,000 of business loans and invest-                      Recognizing and victim-proofing yourself against
       ments                                                         investment fraud
     $1,138,900 in acquired assets:
     293 clients or companies receiving business               Participant comments included:
                                                                    “I wish I had more financial training when I was
                                                                       younger. I would like my children to attend.”
Local business development support in Boone
County is provided primarily by the University Center
                                                                Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate? Everyone
of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, located in the
                                                                has property to transfer. Each of us has personal
College of Engineering. Overall, the University of
                                                                belongings—and many that have meaning, not only
Missouri‘s Business Development Programs served
                                                                to us but also family members.
29,423 people and their businesses state-wide.
The total impact for all businesses assisted was:
                                                                What happens to our personal belonging when we
                                                                die? This is an issue that is so often ignored—until
   7,209 new jobs                                              a crisis occurs.
   2,913 jobs retained
   $135,921,024 of increased sales                             Fifty-nine participants from Boone, Cole, and
   $256,800,000 in government contracts                        Callaway counties attended programs in 2009 and
   273 new businesses                                          topics discussed included:
   $138,823,077 in business loans and investments
   $63,048,551 of acquired assets                                  the sensitivity of transferring personal property,
   $20,007,617 in Small Business Innovative                        fairness within the family,
   4,374 clients or companies receiving business                   identifying special objects to transfer,
                                                                    distribution options and consequences, and
                                                                     managing conflicts if the arise.
Financial Planning Programs
Jamie H. Thompson,                                              How Do You Envision Your Retirement? We no
Family Financial Education Specialist                           longer think of retirement as spending our days in
                                                                our rocking chair on our front porch. We now have
Safeguard Your Savings: Money is an important                   the opportunity to ―re-create‖ our lives as we would
resource or tool we use to make our way in the                  want it. The key to creating and experiencing a
world and help ourselves and our families to reach              satisfying retirement is planning.
our goals in life. Just like any tool, it‘s important to
learn how to use money properly to ensure you and               Thirty-one participants from Boone, Cole, and
your family will be financially safe.                           Callaway counties attended two classes provided by
                                                                Columbia Regional Hospital and University Hospital.
Fifty-four participants from Boone, Cole and                    Topics discussed included:
Callaway counties attended saving and investing
programs in 2009. Key concepts included saving                       Where will I live?
and investing:                                                       What is my retirement lifestyle?
                                                                     Where will the money for my retirement come
   Understanding the financial markets
   Making sound financial and investment decisions             These are the questions we need to ask ourselves
                                                                TODAY. Retirement takes planning.

2009 Annual Report                       University of Missouri Extension—Boone County

                                    University of Missouri Extension
                                             Boone County
                     Boone County Extension Council
                            Financial Report
                          For the Year Ending
                           December 31, 2009
                       County Appropriations                     150,000.00
                       Student Fees                                5,474.45
                       Investment Income                           1,669.22
                       Short Term Operating Funds Donated            679.00
                       Building Rental                               295.00
                       Education Service Fees/Resales              3,660.90
                       Postage Income                             11,500.00

                             Total Income:                      $173,278.57

                       Salaries/Wages/Benefits                    100,961.94
                       Travel                                      12,833.14
                       Postage                                      2,248.54
                       Telephone Service                            3,046.98
                       Advertising                                    598.20
                       Rent/Lease Equipment/Other                   6,489.85
                       Supplies                                     7,431.61
                       Professional/Other Contract Services        10,047.42
                       Utilities                                    7,733.98
                       Insurance                                      531.00
                       Professional Development                       566.00
                       Soil Test Expenses                           1,978.00
                       Publications for Resale                      2,661.26
                       Repairs/Maintenance                            745.60
                       Miscellaneous                                6,865.42
                       Furniture/Equipment                            536.13

                             Total Expenses                      $165,275.07

University of Missouri Extension—Boone County                                              2009 Annual Report

Financial Planning Programs                                   Additional Boone County
-continued                                                    Extension Programs -continued
Protect Your Credit Score! What is a credit score?               Food Power exhibit at elementary schools
How does it affect your credit? What goes into your
credit score?                                                    Focus on Kids workshops for divorcing parents
                                                                 Town & Country Event
Workshop participants learn about credit; how to use             Forage Nitrate Testing
it effectively, how to get an Annual Credit Report
free of charge, how to read the credit report, how to
build good credit and maintain good credit, and how
to repair credit.

Nineteen participants from Boone and Cole counties
attended classes. In addition to credit, setting goals
and budgeting were also addressed. As stated by
one attendee:                                                 MU Center for Distance and Independent Study:
―I plan to write my goals out and work to achieve
them in my allotted time.‖ “What I need to do now is          MU Direct: Continuing and Distance Education
contact Consumer Credit Counseling.‖                          website:
Additional Boone County
                                                              MU Extension Fire & Rescue Training Institute
Extension Programs                                            website:

The Boone County Extension Center is the ―front               MU Extension Law Enforcement Training
door‖ to the University of Missouri and additional            Institute website:
programs and services in 2009 included:
                                                              The Missouri Training Institute
 123 soil tests were processed for farmers,                  website:
   gardeners, and home owners.
 35 private pesticide applicator certifications/ re-
   certifications were administered for farmers.
 15,900 newsletters were mailed or e-mailed to
   individuals, families, and farmers, including:
   Ag Connection, Master Gardener, Master
   Naturalists, 4-H News & Happenings, Stay
   Strong Stay Healthy, Healthy Kids.
 More than 1,000 publications were provided in
   response to inquiries on topics such as
   horticulture, agriculture and nutrition and food                                           "Equal opportunity is and shall
                                                                                              be provided to all participants in
   safety.                                                           Our Mission              Extension programs and activi-
 Stay Strong, Stay Healthy Programs                                                          ties, and for all employees and
                                                                                              applicants for employment on
                                                                   Using science-based
   Making Healthy Food Choices workshops                              knowledge,
                                                                                              the basis of their demonstrated
                                                                                              ability and competence without
   Feeding Young Children workshops                             University of Missouri
                                                                                              discrimination on the basis of
                                                                                              their race, color, religion, sex,
   Displays at Health Fairs: Stay Strong, Stay                        Extension              sexual orientation, national
                                                                                              origin, age, disability, or status
    Healthy and Making Healthy Choices                              engages people to         as a Vietnam-era veteran. This
                                                                                              policy shall not be interpreted in
   Healthy Start: Preschool Health Education
                                                                   understand change,         such a manner as to violate the
    project implemented in childcare centers.                        solve problems           legal rights of religious organi-
                                                                                              zations or military organizations
                                                               and make informed decisions.
   Jump Into Action: Diabetes Prevention for Youth                                           associated with the armed
                                                                                              forces of the United States of
    program implemented in elementary schools.                                                America."