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September 27, 2005

New county directors for Hyde, Moore counties

Malcolm Gibbs will become the new director of Cooperative Extension in Hyde County, and Craven Hudson will become Moore County's Extension director.

Malcolm Gibbs
Malcolm O. Gibbs has been named North Carolina Cooperative Extension director for Hyde County.

Gibb’s appointment, effective Oct. 1, was announced by Dr. Russell King, director of Cooperative Extension's Northeast District which includes Hyde County, and Kevin Howard, county manager for Hyde County.

"Mac Gibbs is uniquely qualified to provide high-quality educational programs to Hyde County citizens,” King said. “His knowledge base related to horticultural commodities is recognized not only in Hyde County, but statewide, and he has the experience to provide a vision for moving Hyde County forward both in the agricultural arena and in community development.”

Gibbs, a Cooperative Extension agricultural agent in Hyde County since 1989, succeeds the late Jean Ballance, who served for 17 years.

Gibbs, who holds a 1999 master's degree in agriculture education and a 1972 bachelor's degree in horticulture science from North Carolina State University, was a Hyde County farm owner and operator from 1976 to 1988. He was a farm supervisor for American Cyanamid from 1972 to 1975.

Craven Hudson
Craven F. Hudson, an extension agent from Gaston County, has been named director of North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s Moore County center, effective Oct. 10.

Hudson’s appointment was announced by Dr. Jon F. Ort, director of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at N.C. State University, and Steve Wyatt, Moore County manager. Hudson succeeds former Extension Director Bert Coffer.

Hudson has served as a natural resources agent in Gaston County since 2003. Previous positions with Cooperative Extension include area environmental education agent in the Upper Neuse Basin, as well as Durham, Orange and Chatham counties. He also worked as an associate agent for 4-H and forestry in Pamlico County. In addition, he was a missionary in Venezuela for two years.

Hudson holds a bachelor’s degree in forestry and wildlife from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a master of forestry degree from North Carolina State University.

“Craven Hudson is a 15-year veteran in Cooperative Extension and possesses a wealth of knowledge and leadership skills that will prove vital in directing the Moore County extension program,” said Danny Shaw, district extension director for the South Central District, which includes Moore County. “He has a clear vision for the future that will lead the Moore County extension staff to continue developing and delivering dynamic educational programs to make positive impacts on Moore County’s critical issues.”

Posted by Natalie at 03:50 PM

New College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Web site opens 'Windows' to giving

In conjunction with North Carolina State University's announcement Sept. 23 of a $1 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign, the N.C. State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences launched its “Windows of Opportunity” campaign Web site. Read more

Posted by Natalie at 03:48 PM

Food science employee given statewide Award for Excellence

Karl Hedrick is one of state's top employees. Read more

Posted by Natalie at 03:46 PM

New extension publications available

Two new extension publications, one on hosta diseases and pests and one on firewise landscaping, are now available.

Colleen Warfield has co-authored Hosta Diseases and Pests with other specialists from Iowa State, Clemson, and the University of Georgia. The 16-page publication is filled with full-color photographs that will help the homeowner or grower identify and treat hosta problems.
It is available on the Web at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Publications/sul14.pdf. Printed copies cost $1.50 each and may be ordered from Iowa State’s online ordering system. Go to http://www.extension.iastate.edu/store/ListItems.aspx?CategoryID=70. Iowa’s number for this publication is SUL 0014.

Firewise Landscaping in North Carolina is a new publication by Robert Bardon that is now available through Forestry Extension. This 12-page publication summarizes basic landscaping strategies that homeowners can use to reduce the risk of wildfire damage to their property. It also lists native plants by their flammability ratings. Contact Robert Bardon to order the printed version or check out the Web version at http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/forestry/pdf/ag/firewise_landscaping.pdf.

Posted by Natalie at 03:30 PM

September 22, 2005

Candidates announced for N.C. State's vice chancellor of extension and engagement

Vice Chancellor John Gilligan has announced that five candidates for the position of Vice Chancellor for Extension, Engagement and Economic Development will be interviewed. The schedules for each interview are being developed, and the vitae and photographs will be posted as soon as possible. This information, along with the interview dates, will be available at the Web address: http://www.ncsu.edu/extension/vcsearch.html

An on-line evaluation form for each candidate also will be available at this site. The responses on these forms will go directly to Chancellor Jim Oblinger. The first interview schedule should be available on the Web by noon, Sept. 22.

Posted by Natalie at 10:10 AM

Karen DeBord to be interviewed on 'Science Friday'

Dr. Karen DeBord, child development specialist in N.C. State University's Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, will be interviewed on National Public Radio's 'Science Friday' Sept. 23. DeBord will discuss child stress related to Hurricane Katrina. The show airs on NPR stations from 2-4 p.m. For more information, or to listen on the Web, visit sciencefriday.com.

Posted by Natalie at 09:40 AM

September 21, 2005

4-H exchange program forges friendships across continents

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Manami Niwa, Pam Drews and Katy Drews share pizza - and a few laughs - at the going-away party. (Becky Kirkland photos)

Remember what it was like to be 13? Well, imagine having the courage at that age to travel several thousand miles from home – by yourself- and live in a strange country for a month.

That’s what 34 Japanese students, ages 12 to 16, did in July and August, taking up residence with families across North Carolina as part of the 4-H Summer Inbound Program.

By the end of their experience, most of these students had been unofficially “adopted” by their host families.

“We now have a third daughter,” said Wes Deal of Granite Falls, who with wife Lisa and daughters Autumn, 14, and Moranna, 13 months, hosted Yuko Nakazawa, 13, from Gifu, Japan. This was the Deal family’s first year in the Summer Inbound Program, and they’re hooked.

One of Yuko’s life-long dreams became a reality on the Deal family farm, where she learned to ride a horse. In fact, she spent every day with the family’s 12 horses, mastering her riding and learning to care for the animals. The Deals wanted Yuko simply to experience their daily life, but they also treated her to special outings to a water park and baseball game. Yuko also accompanied Autumn Deal throughout her experience in the Miss Teen North Carolina pageant.

“Yuko got to be a country girl and a city girl at the same time, mucking out the stalls and going to the Miss Teen North Carolina pageant,” said Lisa Deal. “She was a big help at our 4-H horse camp, and by the end, she was riding every day.”

North Carolina 4-H has been involved in the Summer Inbound Program since 1990 through a partnership with the LABO organization in Japan. LABO provides an integrated program of youth development, language learning, and cultural exploration for Japanese children and their families. Just as North Carolina 4-Her’s belong to groups in their counties, Japanese children participate in LABO clubs.

Each summer nearly 30 Japanese students and a handful of chaperones live with North Carolina families for four weeks, coinciding with the summer break of the Japanese school year.

According to Carolyn Langley, Randolph County Extension Director and State 4-H International Exchange Coordinator, the goal of the program is to provide a “global education” to the state’s 4-H’ers, helping them learn about and develop appreciation for new cultures.

Langley and her team do their best to pair each Japanese student with a North Carolina child who has similar interests. The rules are simple: the Japanese student must be within two years of age and the same sex as at least one child in the North Carolina host family. Langley seems to have a knack for creating good matches that open doors to new learning experiences, lasting friendships, and ultimately, profound respect for different cultures.

“We live in a global society and need to have understanding, appreciation and respect for other cultures,” Langley says. “The month-long program is a great opportunity for children here to have a glimpse into another culture.”

For the Thomas family of Asheboro, hosting Japanese student Megumi Funahashi, 13, of Nisshin, revealed that typical teenage behavior is universal. “Megumi loves two things – eating and sleeping,” says 15-year-old Tayler with a smile. “Just like me!”

Along with sister Bailey, 5, and parents Christy and Brett Thomas, Tayler enjoyed her first experience hosting a student from Japan. The family treated Megumi to “our typical summer … just condensed,” said Christy. Activities included movies, boating, horseback riding, bowling, ice-skating, youth group and church. Megumi taught the family Kanji, a Japanese writing style, and brought summer kimonos for Tayler, her mom and sister.

“She showed us a lot about her culture,” said Brett Thomas. “Everyday things are so different. We realized that we take a lot for granted.”

When asked what she enjoyed most about her experience with the Thomas family, Megumi exclaimed, “everything!”

Photo of Manami Niwa
Megumi Funahashi enjoys a final evening with the Thomas family during the going-away celebration hosted by 4-H for the Japanese exchange students.

Pam and Gordon Drews and their family are no strangers to the 4-H Summer Inbound Program – they’ve participated for nearly eight years. The Drews’ sons, David, 18, and Matthew, 16, have enjoyed hosting a variety of students from Japan. This year was their sister Katy’s turn.

Despite the language barrier, Katy, 11, and exchange student Manami Niwa, 12, hit it off immediately. They’d “chatter away” in the back seat of the family van, Pam says, forming an instant friendship. Although Manami’s experience got off to a bit of a rocky start, she had a wonderful time in Stoneville with the Drews family.

“For the first few days of her visit, I thought we were going to have an international scene,” jokes Pam. “She wouldn’t eat anything!” It turns out that Manami, from Anjo, Japan, was suffering from a bad case of jet lag, but after 12 hours of solid sleep, she made a full recovery. “This morning, she ate five waffles!” Pam said with a laugh. “We can’t fill her up!”

For Manami, life with the Drews family was nothing short of an adventure. They took her to 4-H camp, church, a couple of family weddings, Girl Scout meetings and the YMCA. She also experienced North Carolina’s diverse geography during outings to Morehead City and Linville Gorge. Manami seemed to flourish in the classroom, Pam said, delivering presentations on origami and calligraphy to Pam’s kindergartners. She also read from a picture book that she’d created in Japan, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” while Katy accompanied with a reading in English.

Although the Drews are seasoned veterans of the exchange program, they gain new perspective on Japanese culture and traditions each time they host a new student. Manami prepared for them a special meal of sesame noodles with fish sauce, made with ingredients from her hometown. She also brought a vivid pink kimono for Katy and taught her how to wear it. Each member of the family received a piece of parchment with their individual names printed in Manami’s flawless calligraphy. Beyond these material gifts, Pam says, was the gift of seeing another culture through new eyes.

“My children are experiencing a different culture without having to go to Japan,” she says. “Katy has even begun to speak some Japanese.”

To prepare for Manami’s arrival, the Drews family attended several orientation sessions hosted by Langley and the 4-H program. They also read through a handbook provided by LABO that offers vocabulary and phrase translations, as well as tips on Japanese culture and customs. Most helpful of all, Pam says, was actually having the opportunity to visit Japan last summer and experience the culture first hand. The Drews stayed with the family of the first Japanese student they had hosted, demonstrating the unique potential of this program to create lasting bonds between families who live continents apart.

The Drews family became immersed in the culture of Japan, soaking up the country’s history, diverse geography, unique architecture, and of course, its distinctive cuisine. Trying to adapt to the Japanese lifestyle revealed to Pam and her family how jarring the experience can be for the Japanese students they host in North Carolina.

“Everything is so different in Japan – even the light poles are different,” Pam says. “After [eating Japanese food] for a while, McDonald’s was the best thing I’d ever seen. It made me realize how much our exchange students must miss their home food. So, we made a point to take Manami to Japanese restaurants every week.”

Langley explains that the host families aren’t expected to plan special activities, but rather, to show the Japanese students what daily life is like in North Carolina. “Take them to church, to the grocery … treat them as part of the family,” she says.

The financial commitment is minimal – meals and transportation to and from the airport – but according to the families who participate, the benefits are immeasurable. And, Langley adds, the experience for the Japanese students is unforgettable.

“First and foremost, we want them to have had a quality experience … to have bonded with their families and formed relationships with people in the U.S. who care about them,” she says. “It’s amazing how quickly that happens.”

--Suzanne Stanard

For more information about the month-long 4-H Summer Inbound Program and other international exchange opportunities, please visit www.nc4h.org.

Posted by Suzanne at 08:26 AM

September 16, 2005

For some kids, school was never out

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About 16 Lee County youngsters spent part of their summer holiday having fun while learning more about plants and insects by participating in the 4-H Summer Fun program at the Lee County Cooperative Extension Center.

Using activities from the Junior Master Gardener curriculum, Sarah Ivy, Extension horticulture agent, and Bill Stone, 4-H and youth development agent, impressed upon the kids that much of what we use, such as clothing, as well as what we eat, comes from plants. The group learned that even though hamburgers come from a cow, the animal eats grass to manufacture protein. Ivy used other activities to teach kids plant parts, seed science, flower dissections, plant needs and insect and plant interactions. After learning insect mouthparts, kids took an outdoor survey at the Extension center to find insect damage to plants. Terri Sharpe, 4-H program assistant, helped with the classes.

--Art Latham

Left, from top:

Summer Fun participants demonstrate the ‘sponging’ mouthpart of insects like a fly by using a sponge to ‘eat’ sugar from a plate.

By picking up raisins with their fingers, participants demonstrated the ‘chewing’ mouthparts of insects like grasshoppers and caterpillars.

Participants learned the function and parts of a flower through a flower dissection lab.
(Art Latham photos)

Posted by Art at 03:57 PM

September 12, 2005

Extension participates in National Preparedness Month

Dr. Ed Jones, right, shares Cooperative Extension's disaster information with visitors to the National Preparedness Exhibit. (Becky Kirkland photo)

Dr. Ed Jones, North Carolina Cooperative Extension associate director, appeared recently with Extension's disaster exhibit in downtown Raleigh. Extension participated in a National Preparedness Month education event, which included participants from public and private agencies involved in disaster planning and recovery. The event took place on Centennial Mall, across from the legislative building.

The event took place just as the devastation from Hurricane Katrina was unfolding in the Gulf states, so citizens had much on their minds. Jones represents Cooperative Extension on the state's Emergency Management Team.

Other organizations participating in the event inluded the State Animal Response Team, National Guard, Citizens Corps, N.C. Community Emergency Response Team, Medical Reserve Corps, N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, N.C. Division of Emergency Management, National Weather Service, N.C. Division of Environmental Health, Amateur Radio, Center for Mission Persons, State Highway Patrol, N.C. Division of Crime Control and Public Safety and the American Red Cross.

Posted by Natalie at 02:09 PM

Helpful Hands, Healing Hearts

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Cooperative Extension responds to Katrina
In response to the continued need for hurricane relief assistance as
requested by our sister Extension Services, the North Carolina 4-H Youth Development Program, the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service Foundation and the 4-H Development Fund have responded with a comprehensive plan. I am asking each of you to thoughtfully consider
how you might personally be involved in this effort and how you might involve your constituency groups (Extension and Community Association, 4-H clubs, civic clubs, etc.) It will also be helpful to designate a coordinator for each county.

Oct. 8 will be declared Extension's "Helpful Hands, Healing Hearts Day" and we will have trucks in all four corners of the state begin to pick up items as detailed below and on the 4-H Web site --

Resources were recently placed on the Web site to describe our four-fold approach to the relief effort and to assist you in marketing the "Helpful Hands, Healing Hearts" Campaign. We are also including press releases and radio announcements that can be made to announce your collection site. Imagine the appeal of a 4-H or ECA member on local radio stations asking the community to help with the campaign!

Several state agencies have called asking if they can assist us with the campaign. The North Carolina Bankers Association has agreed to collect boxes for us. Schools are beginning to ask their families to help (one of our 4-H'ers did an appeal at his school today and the principal challenged the school to do 700 boxes). Our Extension community has a great opportunity to make a difference and we know you will respond by getting our clientele involved.

The campaign is four-fold...

Donations of cash – All of the funds you contribute to the North Carolina 4-H Development Fund will be sent to Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama 4-H Funds for direct distribution to Extension families (professionals, volunteers, clientele). With these donations, you can be assured that 100 percent of the funds will get to those who need it most. A form is provided on the Web site to make donations.

ECA and 4-H members are challenged to do community solicitations through faith-based and civic organizations. Jar wrappers have been produced along with an information sheet to provide the potential donor with a legitimizing statement about the campaign.

Clover Kits -- Children will be living in evacuation centers for a long time and need to have activities to do while they are at these centers. A suggested list of items to fill a shoebox is provided on the Web site as well. We are also inviting the preparer of each shoebox to include a letter of encouragement to the receiver.

Essentials Kits -- Shoeboxes filled with items to help meet the basic hygiene needs of the recipient. A list is also provided on the Web site.

We are working with trucking companies to schedule pick-up points across the state, with a central meeting point in Charlotte before they head south. Pick-up sites for these kits (and other supplies that people wish to bring) will be located along four routes that will be placed on the Web site. This will allow you to coordinate delivery to the pick-up site.

"Helpful Hands, Healing Hearts" Wristbands -- These wristbands will be available for sale with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the relief effort. They will arrive before the end of the month and can be utilized with this and other relief efforts.

We are also exploring possibilities about the use of 4-H Camps as Evacuation Centers.

Let's all rally behind this opportunity to demonstrate our compassion! Please contact Shannon McCollum, 919.515, 8486 or shannon_mccollum@ncsu.edu for information about the kits or Jackie Helton, 919.513.8254 or jackie_helton@ncsu.edu for information about cash donations.

--Dr. Jon F. Ort, Director
North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service

Posted by Natalie at 02:00 PM

September 06, 2005

4-H'ers asked to help peers hit by Katrina

Making landfall on the morning of Aug. 29, Hurricane Katrina left a path of destruction that will be felt by millions for years to come. With no power, no water, no food and the remaining floodwaters, the affected communities in the Gulf Coast states face a tough recovery.

Our 4-H friends across the country helped us during our time of need during the most recent descructive hurricanes: Floyd, Fran and Isabel. 4-H Clubs, 4-H'ers, individuals, volunteers and county agents contributed the much needed essential supplies including cash donations, to North Carolina during our time of need. Supplies and money from our 4-H family across the country were sent directly to our families in need.

North Carolina 4-H is asking our state's 4-H'ers to help fellow 4-H families in the Gulf states by agreeing to do one service project in your community. Our supplies and money will be sent directly to 4-H and Cooperative Extension families in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Let's help the many Extension and 4-H families who have lost their homes and or personal belongings. Please go to the Web site listed below to see how you can assist, and be aware that there is a deadline for beginning these efforts. We are working on the specifics of the pick-up locations that you will read about. Details will follow as soon as we can get the truck routes planned and after I hear back from those who will participate. Let's make it 100 percent participation.


The site can be found by going to NC 4-H's home page:
http://www.nc4h.org .

Shannon McCollum

Posted by Natalie at 01:49 PM

24 graduate from NRLI

North Carolinians from across the state are the most recent graduates of the Natural Resources Leadership Institute, a nationally recognized and founding model offered by other states such as Kentucky, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, Montana, Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and Indiana. Developed by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service and housed within the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at N.C. State University, the institute is designed to build the leadership capacity of North Carolinians involved in natural resource management and some of our most contentious environmental issues.

Graduates represent a diverse mixture of experiences, backgrounds, affiliations, and statewide geographic locations. During the 18 month leadership development program, participants engage in exploring the leader within as expanding their understanding about the practice and responsiveness of leadership. Progress Energy provides partial scholarships for participants to attend who otherwise would not be able to do so. As part of their learning environment, Institute participants put practice to work as they develop and apply a leadership project mentored by the institute faculty. The 2004 graduates and their projects are listed below.

Alexander County
Tommy Sports, N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Forest Resources
Project: Expectations of Plan Development and Procedural Conflicts that Effect Work in Field and Product Distribution to NCDFR Customers

Beaufort County
Kevin O’Kane, Weyerhaeuser
Project: Creation of a Memorandum of Agreement to Protect RCW Habitat and Maintain Flexibility of Use of Weyerhaeuser Property in Tyrell County

Tom Stroud, Partnerships for the Sound
Project: Creation of a Memorandum of Agreement to Protect RCW Habitat and Maintain Flexibility of Use of Weyerhaeuser Property in Tyrell County

Buncombe County
Alma Watson, Puckett Institute
Project: Development of Tool Kit to Support the Natural Resource Experience

Carteret County
Blake Price, N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Division of Marine Fisheries
Project: The Formation of the Marine Fisheries Commission Sea Turtle Advisory Committee

Columbus County
Mary Beth Hanson, International Paper
Project: Accessibility to the Green Swamp: Partnerships Providing Workable Solutions

Craven County
Tim Lisk, Wake County Parks, Recreation, and Open Space
Project: Partnership for a Multi-Use Trail System in Wake County

Dare County
Sara Mirabilio, N.C. Sea Grant College Program
Project: Utilization of Cultural Models and Collaborative Learning to Advance Management of the North Carolina Blue Crab Fishery

Fairfield County
Roger Stallard, N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Forest Resources
Project: Forestry Education Outreach to Non-Industrial Private Forestland Owners and Establishment of Multi-County Landowner Association to Address Policy Issues Impacting Forestry

Guilford County
Amy Armbruster, UNC-Greensboro, Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling
Project: University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Buy Recycled Campaign

Jackson County
Steve Yurkovich, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources Management
Project: A Collaborative Approach to Address Issues Related to the Cullowhee Dam Water Supply System

Mecklenburg County
Jeff Lineberger, Duke Power
Project: Land Conservation Opportunities and the Catawba-Wateree Hydro Relicensing Project

New Hanover County
Elisa Barrett, Earth Rescue and Sierra Club
Project: Providing a Broad Perspective Bibliography Relating to Global Warming and Climate Change

Orange County
John Howard, N.C. Department of the Environment and Natural Resources Division of Forest Resources
Project: Development of a Cooperative Agreement for the North Carolina Division of Forest Resources and Orange County

Wake County
Stephen Bentley, Wake County Parks, Recreation, and Open Space
Project: Wake County Land Stewardship Business Plan

Alan Clark, N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Division of Water Resources
Project: Addressing Runoff Pollution through Education and Outreach: A Department of Environment and Natural Resources Initiative

Gabrielle Cooper, N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Division of Water Resources
Project: Comprehensive Water Conservation Program for the City of Raleigh

Marti Gibson, City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department
Project: Comprehensive Water Conservation Program for the City of Raleigh

Nancy Guthrie, Clean Water Management Trust Fund
Project: Review of the Clean Water Management Trust Fund Stewardship Procedures

Rusty Harris-Bishop, Ft. Bragg and the Sustainable Sandhills Initiative
Project: Facilitation of the Sustainable Sandhills Project

Todd Kennedy, N.C. Department of the Environment and Natural Resources Division of
Water Quality
Project: North Carolina Department of Transportation Cross Training Program

Elizabeth Lee Lusk, N.C. Department of Transportation – Office of Natural Environment
Project: North Carolina Department of Transportation Cross Training Program

Janine Nicholson, N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Office of Environmental Education.
Project: Using the Environment as an Integrating Context for Learning: Implementating the EIC Model in North Carolina

Shardul Raval, N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Forest Resources
Project: Collaborative Process for the Development of a Land Acquisition Policy & Procedure for the NCDFR Educational State Forest Expansion Plan

For more information on the Natural Resource Leadership Institute or to learn about the upcoming 2006 Leadership Development Program, contact Mary Lou Addor, 919.515.9602 or Mary_Addor@ncsu.edu, or visit the NRLI Web site, www.ces.ncsu.edu/NRLI.

Posted by Natalie at 01:43 PM

September 03, 2005

Ways to help displaced Louisiana colleagues

In storm-striken Louisiana, 585 displaced LSU AgCenter faculty and staff members and their families are living at 4-H camp "with only the clothes on their back," reports the center's communications and public affairs director Frankie Gould.

Others are in motels, with family or other temporary accommodations and "will not be able to go back to their offices for six to 12 months, so we are in the process of relocating them," she says.

A relief and donation center has been set up to help the LSU AgCenter families and others through the American Red Cross.

MONETARY DONATIONS: AgCenter Hurricane Relief Fund

To donate by mail, send a check payable to the Louisiana 4-H Foundation to Mr. Trey Williams, P.O. Box 25100, Baton Rouge, LA 70894-5100. In the memo field of the check, indicate "Relief Fund."

To donate by credit card, visit the Louisiana 4-H Foundation Web site at www.La4HFoundation.org or call the 4-H Foundation office at 225-578-1172.

"Be assured that 100 percent of all monies collected will be distributed to AgCenter faculty and staff affected by Katrina," Gould says. "No part of your donation will be used for administrative expenses."

For more information, contact Trey Williams, executive director of the Louisiana 4-H Foundation, at 225-578-1172 or email wwilliams@agctr.lsu.edu.

OTHER DONATIONS: AgCenter Hurricane Relief Drop-off Center

Nelson Memorial adjacent to Parker Coliseum on the LSU Campus is serving as a donation drop-off center for AgCenter employees and their families who have lost their homes.

The following items are being requested: Clothing, bedding, toys,
toiletries, art/school supplies and bottled water. Specifically there are needs for men's, women's, and children's shoes. Also, there is a need of men's pants, sizes 36 or larger, and men's shirts in sizes large and up.

Attn: Jamie Segar
Donation Drop-off Center
101 Efferson Hall - LSU AgCenter
Baton Rouge, La 70803

Here's what's urgently needed:

- small toys and games
- deodorant
- razors
- shaving cream
- shampoo
- bottled water
- baby formula
- diapers
- feminine hygiene products
- denture fastener
- toilet paper
- paper towels
- baby wipes
- pillows
- blankets
- sheets
- Depends
- Ensure
- 10-12 ounce cups
- paper napkins
- plastic spoons
- duffel/tote bags
- spray cleaners
- tissues
- portable lawn chairs
- detergent
- large garbage bags

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September 02, 2005

A Movable Feast

Celvia Stovall of N.C. A&T State University offers a 'Horn of Plenty to Go' bag to a county commissioner visiting Cooperative Extension's booth. (Becky Kirkland photos)

North Carolina Cooperative Extension's annual Horn of Plenty feast was transformed last week into a Horn of Plenty to Go, as North Carolina Extension county directors and administrators greeted funding partners at an annual county commissioners conference and showed them the problem-solving impact of their work in communities across the state.

This year's North Carolina Association of County Commissioners' conference agenda didn’t leave time for the feast. So a group of county Extension directors and administrators worked with Carolina PR and Communication Services at N.C. State University to develop an exhibit that conveyed Cooperative Extension’s impact on North Carolina’s economy, the environment and the quality of life.

Participants who visited Extension’s booth at the meeting (Aug. 25 and 26) in Charlotte received a Horn of Plenty to Go bag, filled with evidence of Cooperative Extension’s impact on the food, fiber and forestry industries.

The bag included apples, shrink-wrapped sweetpotatoes, roasted peanuts, Mt. Olive pickles, a nutraceutical made from muscadine grapes, discount coupons for wine, Christmas trees and a muscadine festival, a CD created by the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences to help families understand the impact of fast food on their diets, and a card of information about Extension’s role in delivering research-based knowledge from N.C. State University and N.C. A&T State University to producers, processors, food industry workers and consumers.

Deborah Crandall, Southwest District Extension director, talks with David Fogarty, Gaston County Extension director, at the display.

The booth contained banners highlighting Cooperative Extension’s role in delivering research-based knowledge to solve agricultural and environmental problems; a knowledge library of 20 four-page publications highlighting success stories across Extension’s program areas; and a multimedia presentation reinforcing the overall “Knowledge is Power” theme.

Booth visitors were encouraged to fill out cards requesting additional information about their areas of interest, and those cards will be given to county Extension directors for follow up, along with calculators provided by Extension administration.

Among those who helped gather Horn of Plenty to Go contributions and develop and staff the booth were Debbie Bost, Ed Emory, Stan Dixon, Howard Scott, Travis Burke, Sue Counts, Harvey Fouts, Deborah Crandall, Celvia Stovall, David Fogarty, Joe Zublena, Tracy Brown and Christine Barrier.

Posted by deeshore at 06:02 PM

Hurricane Katrina assistance

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Extension Disaster Education Network's Web site, www.eden.lsu.edu, is serving as a resource to match assistance offers with needs. Also, the memo below outlines how Extension employees can assist colleagues in affected states.

"At the joint AEA/ASRED meeting held this week in Charleston, SC, Extension Directors and Administrators agreed whole heartedly to assist Extension faculty and staff, predominantly in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, who have suffered personal loss as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Many Extension employee families lost their homes and/or possessions.

People from numerous states have sent messages offering to provide any assistance possible. Given this outpouring of heart-felt wishes to help the Extension family from these states, we are providing a mechanism for voluntary personal cash donations from the Extension System faculty and staff. The funds collected will be distributed through Extension Directors and Administrators in the affected states, who will identify Extension faculty and staff who have suffered from Hurricane Katrina’s devastation.

A committee (James Wade, Clyde Chesney, Linda William-Willis, Joe Zublena and Bernadette Hinkle) has been appointed to help facilitate the acceptance and distribution of funds to assist Extension faculty and staff in those parishes and counties that have suffered personal loss.

The details of where and how to make contributions and donations will be available early next week (Sept. 9). Efforts are underway to make it an easy and accessible process for all in the extension system. All donations are tax deductible and donors will receive a receipt for their donation for tax purposes.

We appreciate the great expression of caring and concern that our Extension family has shown in this time of need to reach out and show support to our peers, colleagues and friends in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Thank you in advance for your prayers, best wishes, and support of the Extension faculty and staff that have been affected personally by Hurricane Katrina."

--Dr. Ivory Lyles, Chair, ASRED
--Dr. Noland Williams, Chair, AEA

Posted by Natalie at 06:00 PM

Viewpoints: Dr. Jon Ort on Hurricane Katrina assistance

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Extension personnel in several states in the southern region will need support as they help their communities recover. In this Sept. 2 memo to faculty and staff, State Extension Director Dr. Jon F. Ort encouarges Extension faculty and staff to provide some guidance from our own experiences here in North Carolina.

Extension Faculty and Staff:

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina Extension personnel in several states in the southern region will require considerable support to help them assist their citizens in their recovery. It is my hope that we can provide some guidance from our own experiences here in North Carolina to alleviate some of the stress and discomfort that our Extension colleagues are experiencing at this time.

I urge you to think of ways that you can provide assistance to them as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact directly any of your Extension colleagues in the affected states that you may know personally and/or contact your state Program Leader to discuss any ideas you may have that would help support their recovery efforts during this devastating period of time.

The message from Dr. Ed Jones, State Program Leader for ANR/CRD and chair of EDEN has been sent to all Extension directors and ddministrators across the country on behalf of the Association of Southern Region Extension Directors and the Association of Extension Adminstrators to solicit donations to aid in the recovery of our Extension colleagues in these states who personally lost so much so quickly.

The details of where your contributions can be sent will be forthcoming soon.

Again, thank you for your help and support in assuring that our colleagues get back on their feet as quickly as possible. Many of you know too well what these natural disasters can do to individuals and communities both physically and emotionally. Please keep them in your thoughts.

Posted by deeshore at 11:56 AM | Comments (0)

September 01, 2005

Out of Gas: Extension cancellations and postponements

Following Gov. Mike Easley's mandate to save fuel, Cooperative Extension employees have been asked to restrict "non-essential" travel until further notice. The interruption of gasoline production caused by Hurricane Katrina may cause fuel shortages in this part of the country.

Several organizations and groups have cancelled or postponed plans for upcoming meetings, and those are listed below. If you have a cancellation or postponement to share, enter it under "comments" below.

The governor's travel directive, effective through Sept. 15, states:
1. All out of state travel except that directly related to disaster recovery is prohibited.
2. All in-state travel is restricted to those activities that are related to law enforcement and public safety, public health, due process hearings, emergency situations and/or the custody/care of persons for whom the state is responsible.
3. The Division of Motor Fleet Management is prohibited from issuing any state owned motor vehicle unless an Agency Head or Chief Deputy has personally signed the Motor Fleet Management Request for Vehicle Form.
4. All state departments and institutions are to immediately stop the mowing of grass and the use of any gasoline driven motors for routine grounds or roads maintenance, except for safety reasons.
5. In lieu of face to face meetings, the use of teleconferencing is encouraged. Teleconferencing sites are located in multiple locations throughout the state.

The following events have been postponed or altered due to travel restrictions:
* The NCEAFCS State Meeting, scheduled for Sept. 6-8, has been postponed and all association hotel reservations cancelled. The meeting will be rescheduled.
* The Epsilon Sigma Phi Board meeting scheduled for Friday, Sept. 9, has been switched to a conference call. Members will be notified of the call-in number.

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