April 24 Message
Good Afternoon: I hope all of you have had a good week.
Extension Committee meetings: This week Lincoln and Lac qui Parle County Extension Committees met. The next County Extension Committee meetings will be in July. That meeting schedule is as follows:
July 9, 4:00 p.m. Redwood
July 9, 7:00 p.m. Lyon
July 13, 12:00 noon Kandiyohi
July 13, 5:00 p.m. Chipewa
July 13, 7:30 p.m. Lincoln
July 15, 7:00 p.m. Renville
July 16, 7:00 p.m. Yellow Medicine
July 21, 4:30 p.m. Lac qui Parle
AMC Legislative Conference: The Association Of Minnesota Counties Legislative Conference will be held Wednesday, April 29. As you know from an earlier e-mail from me that part of the Extension display will feature “then and Now” statements for each county that highlight historically significant programming that or staffing that is still relevant today in each of our counties. I thought you might be interested in the “then and Now” statements that will be featured for each of your counties:
Lyon: In 1866 Oren C Gregg, Pioneer Lyon County Farmer was appointed Superintendent of Farmer Institutes and provided his Lyon County “coteau” farm as an Experiment station. A permanent Experiment station was later established in Redwood County near Lamberton.
Lincoln: IN 1917 A.W. Malcomsen moved from second assistant county agent in Renville County to Lincoln County as the first Extension Employee. The Courthouse was constructed two years later and continues to house the County Extension Office
Lac qui Parle: On August 14, 1913 W.W. Underwood was hired as the first County Extension Staff in Lac qui Parle County. The current staff in the County includes a 4H Program Coordinator, Youth Mentor Coordinator, Nutrition Education Assistant and Support Staff.
Redwood: The Minnesota Association of County Agricultural Agents was formed in January, 1920. The first president was F.L.French of Redwood County. The organization continues today under the name of the Minnesota Association of Extension Agricultural Professionals.
Chipewa: On August 20, 1913, J.E. Glasspoole was hired as the first Extension Staff in Chipewa County. The present staff in Chipewa County includes a 4H Program Coordinator, nutrition Education Assistant and Support Staff.
Kandiyohi: On September 1, 1913 R.M. Poe was hired as the first Extesnion Staff in Kandiyohi County. Current staff in Kandiyohi County includes a 4H Program Coordinator, 4H After School Ag in the Classroom coordinator, Agriculture Extension Educator and two Nutrition Education Assistants.
Yellow Medicine: In 1924 Skuli Rutford was appointed County Agent in Yellow Medicine County. In 1928 he transferred to a number of different assignments and was appointed State Extension Director in 1954, retiring in 1963. The current Director of the University of Minnesota Extension is Dr. Bev Durgan.
Renville: At the turn of the century Renville County was identified as having wonderful soil for farming, but was too wet for major production. With the assistance of Extension and the cutting edge research and painstaking work decades ago, from digging ditches by hand to today’s modern technology, our county has been called an “agricultural superstar”. Water quality and conscientious farming practices continue to place Renville County as a leader in agriculture.
Have a good weekend,