Monday, November 17, 2014

Data-Driven Extension Education and Research



As you know, I started in my current position at the University of Missouri Beef Genetics Extension Specialist in March of 2013. Check out the first A Steak in Genomics video to see how I describe my approach to extension education and research. (Excuse the ums and uhs, I was a little more nervous than usual as it was a job interview!)

Have you ever wondered why polls started appearing at the bottom of these blog posts? It is an effort to have a data-driven extension program in which we measure and respond to feedback from you, the Steakholders.

In order for us to really make progress in using genomic technologies and animal breeding best practices in beef production, there needs to be an open and honest conversation about these topics. If you ever are concerned there is an inaccuracy in my writings or presentations, please bring it to my attention as a comment on the blog, in an email, or a phone call. But please bring the data! Don't bring fallacies or antidotes to a data-driven conversation.

In God we trust.
All others bring data.
– W. Edwards Deming


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Piecing the Puzzle
Story By Rebecca Mettler for Cattlemen’s News

Rebecca Mettler wrote a story for the Joplin Regional Stockyards Cattlemens News. Mettler talked to Dr. Megan Rolf of Oklahoma State University and me about the use of DNA testing in the beef industry with a focus on commercial operations. Check out the article on page 18 of the November issue!