Division News

Agricultural education and leadership student Alli Abadir was one of 20 students nationwide to receive a scholarship to attend the Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium, a professional development program for preservice agricultural education majors.

The CAFNR Adjunct Professorial Title Review Committee approved the request of an adjunct assistant professor title for Dr. Matthew Sveum.

The Café at Eckles has been painted; had window films and tinting installed; and had its lighting, chair rail and furniture upgraded. The café’s audio-visual equipment will be installed soon. Take a look here.

On Feb. 13, the Café at Eckles will begin serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays. 
The latest FARM360 e-newsletter includes summaries of food trend forecasts, agricultural producer outlook for 2020, recent trade deals and food insecurity research and efforts to address the issue. To subscribe to the monthly e-newsletter that shares in-depth, comprehensive, on-target insight on food, agriculture and rural Missouri topics, go to bit.ly/subscribeFARM360.

Recent or upcoming travels for DASS personnel include Roach to Illinois; Cook to California; Parcell to California; Parcell to Indiana; and Livingston to California.

During the Global Learning in Agriculture Conference (#GLAG20), the University of Missouri will be featured on Feb. 6 for its work with developing the Future Farmers of Ukraine organization. The agricultural education and leadership program participated in introducing Ukrainians to the FFA organization. The #GLAG20 conference intends to help with creating global learning opportunities for agriculture students.

Director’s Updates & Engagement

Chef Mike Keene and I finalized the agreement with the Missouri Department of Agriculture for Mike to represent the hospitality management program in managing the Missouri Grown Bistro at the 2020 Missouri State Fair.

I’m excited to announce that the division’s academic programs are individually forming advisory boards. In most cases, several years have passed since advisory boards offered input.

I had the pleasure of hosting Davin Althoff, Missouri Department of Agriculture Agribusiness Division director, for the MU-Georgia basketball game.

Industry partners have met the request to provide nearly $1M in funding to support hiring an additional (associate/professor) faculty member in the cooperative space. A search committee has been formed, and the job description will be forthcoming soon.

I attended the winter 2020 Missouri Small Business Development Center board meeting. I represent agriculture, rural and hospitality research and extension interests on the board.

I attended the winter 2020 Missouri Institute of Cooperatives board meeting. I represent CAFNR on the board.

Shout-Out goes to faculty who have been recruiting graduate students. Applications are up significantly relative to past years with very strong applications. The division is committed to graduate education. 

Research, Extension and Engagement Activities

Scott Brown authored a column titled “China Remains Critical to U.S. Pork Markets” for the Missouri Pork Report.

Cook, Michael L. 2019. Leadership in Co-operatives. In T. Woodin and L. Shaw (Eds.), Learning for a Co-operative World (pp. 71 – 86). London: Institute of Education Press.

The Columbia Missourian recently featured Annie’s Project, an extension program that teaches farm management skills to women, and comments from project co-founder Karisha Devlin.

A new divisional video features Sarah Low’s research about contributors to rural manufacturing’s resiliency.

This week, Ray Massey traveled to the Northwest Farm Managers Conference hosted by North Dakota State University, and he presented on behavioral economics.

For a story about hemp, the Columbia Missourian included comments from Ray Massey about the economics of raising the crop.

In an AgWeb story, Seth Meyer provides analysis of the “phase one” trade deal with China.

O’Hara, Jeffrey K. and Sarah A. Low. 2020. “Online Sales: A Direct Marketing Opportunity for Rural Farms?” Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

Alice Roach shares best practices to support employee retention in a story from Drovers.

At this week’s Top Producer SummitWesley Tucker presented a breakout session titled “How to Be the Best Boss Your Employees Have Ever Had.”

The latest Columbia Daily Tribune column from Pat Westhoff
 responds to two questions: who pays tariffs on goods and how tariffs affect the federal budget.

Six-Month Snapshot

The “Six-Month Snapshot” highlights faculty’s planned research, teaching, extension, engagement and service activities for the next six months. By sharing this information, the intent is to enable divisional faculty to learn about one another and identify opportunities to collaborate.

All faculty will receive an invitation to contribute in an upcoming issue. In this issue, we feature Seonghee Cho.

Seonghee Cho
Associate Professor
Hospitality Management

What goals do you have set for your research program?

My research goal is to investigate impacts of interventions on employees’ attitudes and behaviors and firms’ performance.

What are the top three focuses of your research program?

My research focuses on finding a relationship between employee-driven customer delight and a firm’s financial performance, impacts of social media on candidates’ intent to apply and a relationship between work incivility and employee attitude and behavior.

Who do you plan to engage as guest speakers in the course(s) you teach?

I plan to engage two guest speakers: Susan Barr, senior director, revenue management systems strategy at Marriott International, and Chuck Grouzard, executive vice president, exhibition sales at GES.

What projects do you have planned for students in the course(s) you teach?

Two student projects I have planned are analyzing 10-K reports for hotel chains in Hospitality Financial Management and developing a training manual in Hospitality Human Resources Management.

Submit Your News

If you have information to share in the DASS Wrap-Up, then please send your news items to Alice Roach or Joe Parcell.