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September 2012 Washington Visit

September 2012
Washington Visits

S. Churchwell and J. Zublena vist to Washington, D.C. for the  North Carolina Business, Political, and Economic Summit.

September 2012 Washington Visit

September 2012
Washington Visits

S. Churchwell and J. Zublena vist to Washington, D.C. for the  North Carolina Business, Political, and Economic Summit.

schnautz 20 yr pin

Spotlight on John

Volunteerism and support of Land Grant Universities John Schnautz  Volunteerism and support of Land Grant Universities has been the passion of John Schnautz, especially since John and his wife Barbara moved to Asheville in 1990. John grew up near Hamburg, NY during the great depression. His family had a garden and sold surplus produce at their road side stand. Profits augmented family vacations. During WWII the garden was called a Victory Garden. At that time meat was rationed so John, as a high school sophomore in 1942, began raising chickens, rabbits, ducks and turkeys. These were marketed to the local community. John was interested in agriculture but did not have the resources to finance an agricultural business and he was not interested in becoming a farm manager. During John’s early university days he did not have a career goal in mind but studied the hard sciences. In June, 1951, he earned a BS degree from Iowa State University with chemistry as a major and microbiology and mathematics as minors. During summers he worked as a quality control supervisor at a number of food processing plants in Minnesota. In September, 1951, he was drafted into the army and served in the Veterinary service.  He served first as a meat inspector and then as a food chemist testing foods purchased by the military to assure that specification requirements were met. After discharge, John entered Oregon State University as a graduate student, earned a MS Degree in Food Science and a Ph.D. Degree in Chemical Engineering. John was awarded a post doctoral Fulbright Scholarship to study chemical synthesis from gaseous feed stocks at the Technische Hochschule, Darmstadt Germany. In 1958 John joined an international oil company which consumed most of his time for the next 30 years. His assignments included The Hague, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, New York City, Cairo, Egypt and finally Doha Qatar. In 1969 John was sponsored by his company to attend MIT’s Center for Advanced Engineering. Thereafter he had repeat assignments in New York and The Hague. In 1985 John was placed on a three year loan to the Qatar Petroleum Corp. His mission was to establish vocational and professional training facilities for National employees working for government owned oil, gas, fertilizer & steel companies. In 1988 John retired from ExxonMobil to Pennsylvania where he enjoyed hunting and fishing for two years before deciding retirement should include “give back time” and moved to Asheville. In Asheville John found a secluded 3 ½ acre parcel with agricultural opportunities and large enough to justify a John Deere. He was finding his way back to agriculture. North Carolina soil and climate proved challenging and led him to seek advice from Cooperative Extension. Thus began a 20 year association. On November 10, John received his 20-year pin from Buncombe County Urban Horticulture Agent Linda Blue for his service in the Extension Master Gardener Program. John has also participated in the Master Food Preserver Program beginning in 1993 and has assisted in teaching workshops. John became a certified bee keeper in 1999. Recently John was instrumental in forming the Buncombe County 4-H Enhancement Program Fund, whose mission is to enhance opportunities for 4-H and Buncombe County youth participation in STEM learning activities.  The Fund has sponsored “Robotics for Beginners” workshops. John has served on the Buncombe County Advisory Council since 1995 and on the State Advisory Council since 2006. John has been a member of Asheville SCORE for 22 years and provides business counseling to a variety of businesses, including agricultural businesses. In his spare time John, with help from Barbara, tends his 3 ½ acre property in North West Asheville where he raises fruits, vegetables and flowers.

Sheri S., Amie B., Crystal S., Edsel D., Tyrone F., Terrance (Guest), Lenny R., Christine S., Salas B, Peter Nitzshce (NJ), Marshall S., Jim P., April B., Eddie P., and Sylvia C.

Public Issues
Leadership Development Conference

The 2013 Public Leadership Development Conference took place this year April 21-25 in Virginia.   This conference focused on building knowledge and advocacy skills in support of Cooperative Extension. Sheri S., Amie B., Crystal S., Edsel D., Tyrone F., Terrance (Guest), Lenny R., Christine S., Salas B, Peter Nitzshce (NJ), Marshall S., Jim P., April B., Eddie P., and Sylvia C.[/caption]

NC Cooperative Extension Service

Listening Sessions

In November and December 2013, N.C. Cooperative Extension is holding listening sessions and meetings with our employees, the public and many of our stakeholder groups, including county governments, commodity groups, community organizations and others. The purpose of these meetings will be to explain our current strategic planning situation and to seek input as we move forward in the process. Dr. Joe Zublena, N.C. Cooperative Extension Service director, will be in attendance at each session to update participants on our progress and to engage in discussion about Cooperative Extension’s future. Schedule DATE TIME LOCATION November 13, 2013 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Duplin County Extension Center 165 Agriculture Drive Kenansville, NC 28349 November 13, 2013 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Craven County Extension Center 300 Industrial Drive New Bern, NC 28562 November 14, 2013  6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Union County Extension Center 3230-D Presson Road Monroe, NC 28112 November 19, 2013 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Burke County Extension Center 130 Ammons Drive Morganton, NC 28655 November 19, 2013 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Watauga County Extension Conference Center 252 Poplar Grove Road Boone, NC 28607 November 21, 2013 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center 455 Research Drive Mills River, NC 28759 November 21, 2013 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Swain County Technology & Training Center 45 East Ridge Road Bryson City, NC 28713 December 3, 2013 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Forsyth County Extension Center 1450 Fairchild Road Winston-Salem, NC 27105 December 4, 2013 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Moore County Agriculture Center 707 Pinehurst Avenue Carthage, NC 28327 December 5, 2013 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. East Carolina Agricultural & Education Center 1175 Kingsboro Road Rocky Mount, NC 27801 December 10, 2013 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Schley Grange Hall 3416 Schley Road Hillsborough, NC 27278 December 11, 2013 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Vernon G. James Research & Extension Center 207 Research Station Road Plymouth, NC 27962

Robeson Council Members

Robeson Cooperative
Extension Advisory Council Tours

Robeson Cooperative Extension Advisory Council Tours N.C. State University By Mark S. Moses Robeson County Advisory Council Member First stop on the arranged tour was the North Carolina Solar House.  What intrigued advisory members so much about the N.C. Solar House is that it is completely run by light energy by using solar panels.  The house uses light energy to make electricity that helps run the light fixtures and even the hot water heater in the basement area of the home.  Carole Coble, manager and information specialist, gave the guided tour of the house.  She answered many questions and gave very scientific answers on how solar energy is used economically today and how area students learn about this unique source of energy from the sun. “I found everything about our trip to the solar house very unique, and I’m hoping one day we can return and learn some more pointers about it,” said Mr. Wilkes, a small business owner from Orrum. “I would like to see the people who are on our local school board come up and look at the solar house and get some ideas of what the school children here in Raleigh are doing with solar energy and help spur the curiosity of the kids in our county.” Next on the stop was a buffet lunch at the University Club where they were greeted by Clinton McRae, South Central District Extension director; Sheri Schwab, associate director of Cooperative Extension; and Sharon Runion Rowland, executive director of development for Cooperative Extension. While enjoying the delightful delectable, Ms. Rowland gave a brief talk about the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service Foundation and how funds are benefiting over 700 causes in all 100 of North Carolina’s counties.  According to a letter found in the Foundation’s newsletter, the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service Foundation continues to engage prospects, donors, volunteers, and staff with the goal of supporting Cooperative Extension initiatives at the county, district, and state levels. Before leaving the club, the group was invited back during the hot afternoon to cool down with some N.C. State homemade ice cream, made with real milk from cows milked at the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine, the next stop on the tour. Established in 1978, the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine had a stated 700 applications, this year, for only 80 spots.  Students learn by performing surgeries, general care of animals, and clinicals on the school’s working farm.  They have the opportunity for hands-on learning by actually milking cows.  The college, one of the finest veterinary programs in the country, also has research and teaching facilities, fields for larger livestock, and an on-site teaching hospital. “It’s good to know we have students there interested in animal health care and that they have so many applying,” said Ms. Peay, 4-H program representative. “I plan to go back to Robeson County and share this experience with my 4-H’ers.”

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