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2011 November Thoughts on Extension: 7

2011 November Thoughts on Extension

Thoughts on Extension

November 30, 2011

In this issue

Federal Budget Update

Civil Rights Compliance Review

SNAP-ED Commitment Hours – How Are We Doing? Happy New Year!

Transitions

Reflections

Federal Budget Update

A big piece of the funding puzzle was laid in place when the 2012 Farm Bill was passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the President. This bill includes funding for the Research and Extension activities of the college. The final appropriations figures were much closer to the Senate recommendations, and were much greater than from the House. FY2012 funding will be roughly equivalent to FY2011, which is a very positive outcome for the College. We can all be grateful for the very positive treatment of Agricultural Research and Extension by our Federal delegation.

A continuing unknown is what happens in the future due to the failure of the Super Committee to agree on deficit reduction. For a more complete picture of the Federal Ag Appropriations process, please refer to Aleta Botts’ wiki and blog (https://citc.ca.uky.edu/groups/agpolicy/).

Civil Rights Compliance Review

Thanks to all campus and county faculty, specialists, agents and staff who participated in the Civil Rights Compliance Review in early November. The exit interview conducted by the federal team with administrative representatives from both UK and KSU went very well. In particular the review team was very complimentary about their county visits. Too many people deserve special thanks to name them separately, but you all were outstanding representatives of the good work done in the college to maximize access to our people and programs. We expect the full report after the first of the year.

SNAP-ED Commitment Hours – How Are We Doing? Happy New Year!

Supplied by Leslie McCammish (11/11/11)

Funny, it probably does not feel like the New Year yet, but it is for SNAP-Ed grant. I am not quite ready to stop celebrating the great effort that just ended, and you should continue to feel good about meeting our time and effort commitment for the grant period that just ended.

However, the grant clock did just reset, and I’ll take this opportunity to remind you that we need commitment hours reported monthly as you do them. Thanks for your continued support for this audience that has very few advocates.

SNAP-Ed summary information:

Agent Hours Completed/% of total 4,313 hours/ 9%

Hours Remaining/% of total 46,091 hours/ 91%

Months Remaining/% of year 11/ 92%

Grant Income to Date $125,077

Transitions

New Placements: Dayna Parrett – Nelson FCS (11/01/11); Joan Martin – Anderson FCS (12/01/11); W. Ashley (Ashley ) Adkins – Clay 4-H (12/18/2011).

Retirements: Nelda Moore – Jefferson FCS (01/03/12); Terry Hutchens – Extension Specialist, Animal and Food Science (10/01/2011);

Transfers: Mike Meyer – Franklin 4-H to Harrison 4-H (01/01/12).

Post - Retirements: Kathy Jump – Simpson FCS (10/31/2011, post retirement); Kim Strohmeier – Owen ANR (11/04/2011).

Resignations: Marissa Aull – Jessamine FCS (11/05/2011); Lori Rice – Woodford FCS (12/05/11); Suellen Zornes – Boyd FCS (12/31/11, from post-retirement); Felicia Ferrell – Fleming 4-H (01/02/12); Patti Meads – Woodford HORT (01/02/12).

Academic: Ashley Holt – Jefferson Co 4-H, M.S. Business Communication, Spaulding University (10/08/11).

Reflections

Don’t let go…One of my daughter’s favorite bed time stories is my account of an incident during one of my livestock projects in 4-H. Successfully teach adolescent boys the responsibility of animal husbandry as well as the psychology of training livestock is a real art – one that my father really enjoyed and in which he was very talented. My incident relates to one of those livestock/life lessons which I received in a very memorable fashion – at the end of the lead rope attached to a suddenly frightened bull.

One afternoon, we were working bulls through a cattle chute. As they had halters on them, we had to pass the rope through the head gate part of the chute and lead the animal’s head through. To let the animal go, you must reverse the process, swing the head gate out of the way, and reach around to lead the animal out.

Here is the animal psychology lesson that forms the ‘funny’ part of the story for my daughter – How you ‘let them go’ is very important. You see, 1000 pound bulls or steers can ‘let themselves go’ anytime they want. A major factor keeping the animal under control is making the animal think the human is really in control. At least that was my dad’s story. So my dad drilled in us the absolute importance of not letting a steer or bull get away. In other words, I was to decide when and how the bull was released, not the other way around.

Usually this bull was very calm, so I expected nothing like what happened when we pushed the bull’s head back through the chute and passed the lead rope around the catch. Opening the head catch must have sounded like the bell to start the Derby because the bull bolted straight ahead, pulling me off my feet but hanging on to the very end of the rope. I was being drug along the ground, bull running full speed, and all I could hear was my dad yelling ‘Don’t let go’ over and over again. At this point, Anna is starting to giggle.

We made it about half way across the pasture, and the bull tired, and stopped. I stood up and started brushing the dirt off (all the while holding on to the rope), when the bull charged off AGAIN. Onto my belly I go, bouncing across the pasture, with dad yelling ‘Don’t let go!’ over and over again. By now Anna is really laughing.

The bull finally stopped at the far end of the pasture. This time, the FIRST thing I did after standing up was to take the halter off the bull and let him go. No way did I want a return trip across the pasture. But make no mistake; I let him go, and not the reverse.

For the College and Cooperative Extension, it takes a lot of ‘not letting go’ to achieve significant results. ‘Not letting go’ has many dimensions, such as a commitment to quality county programming, to staffing offices with quality agents as well as creating and sustaining the research base without which we would have nothing to extend. Not letting go means the being the best stewards possible of the resources entrusted to counties and campus. Not letting go means we are committed to sticking with a problem all the way to a solution. Simply stated, not letting go means being there.

When our clients sense we aren’t going to ‘let go’, it instills a trust which is hard to gain and easy to lose. To truly make a difference, our clients need us to be there, to be a constant, to be that trusted resource. Our best and most significant results come as a result of staying with a problem, a family or a situation until we reach a resolution.

Not letting go was one of my dad’s cardinal rules for fitting and showing livestock. Not letting go is also the foundation of our success and the springboard to our future.

Thanks for all you do.

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