Extension staff gain grant to study winter rye
Associate Extension professor Jochum Wiersma of the Northwest Research and Outreach Center is collaborating in a three-year, $188,495 grant from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture received by the owners of Far North Spirits. Wiersma will evaluate the agronomic and yield performances of U.S., Canadian, and European rye varieties and hybrids across Minnesota in collaboration with Extension agronomist Scotty Wells, Extension educator Doug Holen and Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics professor Craig Sheaffer.
Parents Forever research article published
The Parents Forever team recently published an article in the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, Parents Forever: Evaluation of an Online Divorce Education Program. The study's main findings were that six to 10 months after taking the course, participants reported a significant improvement in:
- Their ability to control their angry or negative responses when communicating with their co-parent
- The level of conflict with their other co-parent that their child observed
- How well they thought they were doing compared to others in the divorce process
- Their own ability to cope with the divorce
Emily H. Becher
Research Fellow, Family Development
Community Vitality award winners
The National Association for Community Development Extension Professional recently announced award winners, several from Minnesota. Awards will be presented at a conference in Little Rock, Ark., this month.
Ryan Pesch, Joint Council of Extension Professionals--NACDEP's professional of the year, recognizing NACDEP members who are actively engaged in Extension community development programs.
Michael Darger, NACDEP Distinguished National Service Award, awarded to a NACDEP member who is actively involved in service to NACDEP and contributed significantly to the organization.
Bruce Schwartau, Ryan Pesch, Rani Bhattacharyya, John Bennett, Adeel Ahmed, Liz Templin, Neil Linscheid, Brigid Tuck, Matt Kane and Joyce Hoelting for "Room for More: A study of Minnesota retail and service businesses that open or expand after the opening of Walmart Supercenters," first place in regional awards and second place for outstanding materials that educate through credible, accurate, concise information.
Jody Horntvedt and Tobias Spanier, diversity award (second place regional and second place national) for Building Cultural Intelligence. The award recognizes outstanding effort or program that ensures meaningful diversity and inclusiveness.
Brigid Tuck, Liz Templin, Neil Linscheid, Rani Bhattacharyya and Adeel Ahmed, Excellence in Teamwork award (second place regional, honors award nationally) for " EIA Futures Workshop" program, recognizing outstanding Extension programming or projects that demonstrate effective performance and significant results impact at the community, region, state or multi-state level.
Jody Horntvedt, Lisa Hinz, Eriks Dunens and Lori Rothstein, educational technology award for "Questioning Skills: Flipped Program," in recognition of expanded use of technology in community development and problem-solving techniques.
Interim Associate Dean, Community Vitality
2015 Public Issues Leadership Development Conference
Extension was well represented at the annual Public Issues Leadership Development (PILD) conference, April 12-15 in Washington, D.C. This year's conference theme was "Imagining Extension--Eyes on the Future."
The 2015 Extension delegates included Carolyn Dingfelder, Winona County 4-H program coordinator; Lori Hendrickson, family resiliency educator; Kelly Kunkel, health and nutrition educator; Barb Radke, leadership and civic engagement educator; Shahram Missaghi, water resource management and policy educator; and Nathan Winter, agriculture production systems educator. All serve as presidents of their statewide Extension professional organizations. Other delegates were Brent Hales, senior associate dean; Kent Olson, interim associate dean, Center for Community Vitality; Sarah Greening, chief of staff and Gwen Gmeinder, government relations associate.
An added benefit this year was having four 4-H Minnesota youth and Judith Conway, youth development educator, join our legislative visits. Youth members were Anna Brekke (Scott County), Ryan Donkers (Rice County), Hannah Hasbargen (Traverse County) and Heather Weller (East Otter Tail County). They visited the offices of U.S. Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar, and U.S. Representatives Keith Ellison, Tom Emmer, John Kline, Betty McCollum, Rick Nolan, Erik Paulsen, Collin Peterson and Tim Walz.
Sarah Greening and Gwen Gmeinder
Extension Government Relations Unit
Extension faculty recipients of CFANS College Awards
Congratulations are in order for two Extension specialists who recently received 2014-2015 CFANS College Awards. Terry Hurley, an Extension economist, received the Distinguished Teaching Award: Graduate Faculty for his work in the Department of Applied Economics. Dean Malvick received the Distinguished Extension/Outreach Award for his work as an Extension plant pathologist and his contributions to the Department of Plant Pathology.
Associate Dean, AFNR