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Extension associate director of operations recognized by the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance

Patrick Cudney and Andy Hayes at the NLEA luncheon.

Patrick Cudney and Andy Hayes at the NLEA luncheon.

During its annual luncheon, the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA), a long-time partner of Michigan State University Extension, recently recognized MSU Extension associate director of operations Patrick Cudney for serving 12 years on the NLEA Board of Directors.

The NLEA is a nonprofit community and economic development organization. Its mission is to enhance the economy in Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Emmet counties by acting as a resource to retain and create quality jobs.

The NLEA Annual Luncheon is a gathering of over 700 local, state and federal business, community, government, education and civic leaders. The yearly event recognizes economic development projects and serves as a motivational and team-building event for the many people and organizations involved in economic development in northern Michigan.

As a member of the NLEA Board of Directors, Patrick was instrumental in expanding MSU Extension’s reach and capacity through partnerships with non-MSU Extension organizations. A recent example of this is Patrick’s assistance with the creation of an additional Extension educator position to be housed at the NLEA. Since he has been promoted to MSU Extension associate director of operations, Patrick has departed from the NLEA Board of Directors, and the incoming MSU Extension district coordinator assigned to the NLEA region will fill the MSU Extension seat on the board.

You can view a short video clip of Andy Hayes, NLEA president and Extension educator, presenting the award to Patrick by following this link: http://www.northernlakes.net/2015-annual-luncheon-361/

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MSU Extension holds successful fundraiser for Nepal earthquake victims

After two back-to-back devastating earthquakes hit Nepal in the past month, the Children and Youth Institute of Michigan State University Extension held a fundraiser for the victims during its Spring Conference, May 11-15. Extension educators Sara Keinath and Jan Brinn spearheaded the effort, which raised $562.36 during the short time the conference took place.

Sara Keinath, Extension Educator, during her stay in Nepal.

Sara Keinath, Extension Educator, during her stay in Nepal.

Sara, who was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal before starting her career with MSU Extension, said, “I lived in the far east of the country for 3 years, working with community forestry user groups. Because of my friends and family in the country, I have become very attuned to the news recently.”

Sara and Jan decided to coordinate a donation through Friends of Nepal. At the Michigan Association of Extension 4-H Youth Staff auction during the conference, Sara donated a few items from Nepal with the added bonus that whatever the final bid was, she would match in a donation to earthquake relief. After the second large earthquake happened on Tuesday, May 12 (during the conference), even more colleagues asked if they could add to that donation, which was an overwhelming support of the cause, and an amount of money that would make a large difference.

Jan also shared information about Nepal 4-H and their earthquake relief efforts, showing that 4-H’ers across the globe are helping with this cause. Such generosity should be commended, and thank you, Sara and Jan, for coordinating the effort!

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The MSU Extension Bookstore transitions to shop.msu.edu

Last month, I wrote about some of the changes that were going to be taking place with the Michigan State University Extension Bookstore, and now the time has come! On October 1, the bookstore will become part of the MSU online store, shop.msu.edu. At that time, MSU Extension products that are currently being sold at the bookstore will be available on the shop.msu.edu online store. This new partnership allows MSU Extension to continue to produce high-quality products while taking advantage of a robust, cyber-secure online retail store.

The bookstore is closed until October 1, during which time no orders can be placed. Beginning October 1, all orders must be placed and purchased via shop.msu.edu. Any customers with existing MSU Extension accounts will have to set up new accounts if they don’t already have shop.msu.edu accounts. To do so:

  1. Go to shop.msu.edu.
  2. Click on “My Account” at the top of the page.
  3. Click “Continue” under “New Customers.”
  4. Enter your email address and create a password. Click “Continue.”
  5. Enter the rest of your contact information.
  6. Beginning Oct. 1, click on “MSU Extension Bookstore” at the top of the page.
  7. Start shopping.

Those interested in picking up their orders in person can do so at the shop.msu.edu fulfillment center at University Stores in the Angell Building, 166 Service Road on the MSU campus. You can also learn more about shop.msu.edu on their website.

I think this is a great opportunity for MSU Extension and shop.msu.edu to showcase the strengths of each distinct entity. MSU Extension will continue to provide its customers with the highest quality materials via a platform that has a successful history of retail sales on the university level. I look forward to introducing our products to a much larger audience as well.

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MSU Extension Bookstore transition

This week during the Michigan State University Extension webinar update, Doug Brinklow, director of ANR Communications, addressed some of the rumors that have been circulating about the upcoming transition of the MSU Extension Bookstore. No, the bookstore will not be going away, but we are going to be making some improvements.

Later this year, the MSU Extension Bookstore will move from our current platform to shop.msu.edu, which is part of University Stores. University Stores already successfully runs a retail operation through online, phone and face-to-face interactions and also handles product storage and fulfillment with a dedicated staff. They are PCI compliant, which means they maintain a high set of security standards to protect credit card information of purchasers and can make the necessary updates to keep our material easy to purchase or download.

This decision did not come easily. ANR Communications, ANR Technology Services and MSU Extension staff members spent months investigating options to ensure we can retain an easy-to-use system that is positioned for growth. Rather than spending time and money to reinvent the wheel within our current system, the group agreed that the resources available through shop.msu.edu will help us become more efficient.

With this big of a change, there were obviously a few questions for us to clear up. Here are the highlights:

  • The MSU Extension Bookstore will remain open until shortly before the switch to shop.msu.edu.
  • Extension county office discount pricing will be retained.
  • We will still have the ability to publish online-only documents through shop.msu.edu.
  • You will still be able to pick up bookstore items from campus, but they will now be located at Angell Building, 166 Service Rd., East Lansing, MI 48824.
  • All stakeholders/customers will be informed of all steps that need to be taken to begin using the bookstore through shop.msu.edu.

Michelle Lavra, who supervises the communication production team and the video/multimedia team in ANR Communications, will maintain the bookstore relationship with shop.msu.edu. We are on track to meet our goal of transitioning by October 1, 2014, and we will provide more details by mid-September.

As with any transition, we know that there will be wrinkles along the way. We appreciate your help in making this transition as smooth as possible by bringing any issues to the attention of ANR Communications so we can iron them out immediately.

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Visitors acquire knowledge at Ag Expo

This year as they do every year, our Michigan State University Extension colleagues were out doing what they do best ‒ educating the public and promoting our programs at the Ag Expo, which ran July 22‒24 on the MSU campus. Two out of the three days produced comfortable temperatures in the 70s ‒ a welcome relief from the past few years in which staff worked in 90-plus degree heat and high humidity.

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) tent featured diverse exhibits and educational presentations.

A new and popular presentation focused on drone technology. A representative from the MSU Department of Geological Sciences gave daily presentations about the unmanned aerial vehicles, their uses and pending litigations.

Michigan 4-H Youth Development featured traditional exhibits with new twists. Children received free books, which promoted early childhood literacy. They learned about science from “Oobleck,” a substance made from common ingredients. The idea comes from the Dr. Seuss book “Bartholomew and the Oobleck.” Attendees spun the Targeting 4-H Life Skills Interactive Educational Display wheel and learned about the 4-Hs in 4-H (head, heart, hands and health). The Commodity Carnival game taught visitors about how weather and commodity prices affect profit when selling livestock.

Michigan State University Extension educator Makena Schultz interests a visitor in the Targeting 4-H Life Skills Interactive Educational Display wheel at Ag Expo

Michigan State University Extension educator Makena Schultz interests a visitor in the Targeting 4-H Life Skills Interactive Educational Display wheel at Ag Expo. The event ran July 22-24, 2014, on the MSU campus. Photo credit: MSU ANR Communications

Master Gardeners exhibited the Smart Gardening initiative.

Our MSU Extension staff educated visitors with a variety of presentations. Gardeners enjoyed presentations on insect friends and foes in the garden as well as on growing smart tomatoes. They learned how to care for soil through talks on the foundation of soil and on the MSU soil test mailer. They also learned how to preserve food after harvest.

Producers learned about how rainfall simulation expands knowledge of crop production. They attended presentations on the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) and deer mortality composition. Visitors also learned about the Affordable Care Act and the 2014 Farm Bill.

Staff at the MSU Extension Bookstore tent gave away free pesticide manuals and other products of interest to visitors. They also gave away promotional materials to direct people to the bookstore’s website.


Two Ag Expo visitors examine baby chicks at Ag Expo.

Two Ag Expo visitors examine baby chicks at Ag Expo. The event ran July 22-24, 2014, on the MSU campus. Photo credit: MSU ANR Communications

The distribution of knowledge was not confined to the grounds. Our staff also gave tours of the MSU Horse Teaching and Research Center and the MSU Poultry Teaching and Research Center.

Finally, it wouldn’t be Ag Expo without the opportunity to taste the traditional free dairy store ice cream or to hold a baby chick.

I don’t have the space to cover everything that our Extension staff presented or exhibited at Ag Expo. If you want to talk about your exhibit or presentation, feel free to let us know in the comments below this article.

Thanks to all of our staff who made the event a successful educational opportunity! Whether you worked out front or behind the scenes, we appreciate you!



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Turtles in trouble

In a Spotlight article dated Feb. 27, I let you know that the eagerly awaited revision of a popular field guide Michigan Turtles and Lizards (E2234) is now available for purchase at our Michigan State UniversityExtensionBookstore.

The Chinese Box Turtle is a threatened Chinese species.

The Chinese Box Turtle, Cuora flavomarginata, is a threatened Chinese species due to commercial demand for turtles as food and medicine. Photo credit: J. H. Harding.

Turtles have been successful since the early “Age of Dinosaurs” yet many species are now endangered and some species have recently become extinct in the wild due to exploitation by humans. If you want to know more about the reticent reptiles, check out the Turtles in Trouble exhibit at the MSU Museum. The exhibit started March 29 and runs through September 21. It features common and rare Michigan turtles as well as endangered Asian species.

These lifelike sculptures by Mark Muhich are part of the MSU Museum exhibit “Turtles in Trouble.”

These lifelike sculptures of endangered southeastern Asian turtles by Mark Muhich are part of the MSU Museum exhibit “Turtles in Trouble” that runs through September 21, 2014. Photo credit: J.H. Harding.

James H. Harding, co-author of Michigan Turtles and Lizards, lent his expertise to the museum exhibit. The event includes lifelike sculptures by artist Mark Muhich, an MSU alumnus.

You’ll learn interesting facts from the exhibit: did you know that the little Eastern Box Turtle can live to be 100 years old? That the increase in demand for turtles as food in Asia has led to the endangerment or near extinction of some species? Find out more at the museum.

The exhibit has attracted interest across the country as seen by this Miami Herald article: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/03/28/4024181/turtles-in-trouble-exhibit-at.html


Read more here.

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Check out these new MSU Extension bulletins

Several new bulletins are now available in the Michigan State University Extension Bookstore. All are produced by Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Communications. All three are available as free PDF downloads. E3203 Wildfires

 Protect Your Great Lakes Shoreline Home From Wildfires (E3203) is written by Mark F. Hansen, Extension educator-on-call emeritus and consultant emeritus. The bulletin, part of the Wildfire Series, gives tips to incorporate preventative practices such as providing a defensible space to reduce the chances your shoreline home will catch fire in the event of a wildfire. E3198 Rebuilding an Eroding Bank

Rebuilding an Eroding Bank on an Inland Lake: A Comparison of Traditional and Prefabricated Encapsulated Soil Lifts (E3198) is written by Jane Herbert, senior Extension water resource educator, and Gina Frasson-Hudson, Extension research assistant. It was edited by Rebecca McKee, editor, and designed by Alicia Burnell, graphic designer, both of ANR Communications. Shoreline contractors as well as shoreline property owners will benefit from this bulletin, which compares the traditional method of “hardening” eroding shorelines using rock riprap and vertical seawalls with a more natural erosion control measure, such as an encapsulated soil lift. E3200 Rotational grazing

Rotational Grazing for Michigan Horses (E3200) was written by Tom Guthrie, Extension statewide equine educator; Karen Waite, equine Extension specialist; and Kim Cassida, forage specialist in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences. It was edited by Rebecca McKee and designed by Alicia Burnell. The bulletin describes what a rotational grazing system is and helps horse owners and managers decide whether a system is right for them, their land and their horses.

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