Division News

Mauro Palmero has been accepted to attend the Wakonse Conference on College Teaching.

The Café at Eckles has officially opened for the semester. Stop by for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays. Access the menu at dass.missouri.edu/cafe.

Effective this summer, the SCI_AG_J curriculum designator will change to AGSC_COM, Agricultural Science Communications.

Newly funded external awards with a DASS principal investigator are an “Assessing Demand for Missouri Specialty Crops” project led by Jill Moreland and sponsored by the Missouri Department of Agriculture at $25,088 and a “SIL MRA2” project lead by Kerry Clark and sponsored by the University of Illinois System at $151,188.

The student-produced February FARM360 e-newsletter covers news about efforts to expand rural broadband, proposals to change school lunch policies, the potential for coronavirus to affect ag markets and the opportunity to raise Kernza as a new crop. To subscribe, go to http://bit.ly/subscribeFARM360Elizabeth Wyss serves as the staff supervisor.

Director’s Updates & Engagement

After this year, Laura McCann will step down from her role on the Graduate Faculty Senate. Thank you, Laura, for your years of service.

Thanks to all folks that attended the 25th CAFNR Unlimited Celebration in support of CAFNR students.  The Division is incredibly fortunate to have so many alumni that give back to CAFNR.

This week I traveled to Jefferson City to meet with Jill Wood the direct of the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA).  The MASBDA program and Divisional faculty have been great partners over the years.  Also, this week I joined CAFNR leadership in welcoming entrepreneurs from Agri-Tech East of Cambridge University, UK.  I was fortunate to have met some of these agri-entrepreneurs during my visit to Cambridge last year.

I bumped into alumnus Ben Lyles last weekend. I had not seen Ben since he graduated in the early 2000s.  He wishes all of his former teachers and friends well.  Ben is operations manager for Parkhurst Manufacturing in Sedalia.  

Shout-Out goes to Jill Moreland who over the past 6 months has built collaboration between MU and the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) unlike any collaboration prior.  Last week Jill rolled out the MO Ag Gleaner shared internal electronic newsletter between appropriate parties of MU and of MDA.

Research, Extension and Engagement Activities

During summer 2020, Johanna Reed Adams, Meridith Berry of MU Extension, Jerry Frank of MU and Anna Persell of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources will serve as program supervisors for a Summer Undergraduate Research and Extension (SURE) Program project. MU Extension and the MU Office of Undergraduate Research sponsor SURE. The project, titled “History and Sociology Related to Crowder State Park,” will enable a student to conduct research about Crowder State Park and participate in extension activities, such as 4-H camp and a Safety Day Fair.

The latest Farm Progress column from Scott Brown is titled “Brighter days ahead for U.S. beef exports.”

For an AgWeb story, Scott Brown provides perspective about ARC and PLC enrollment decision-making.

Kerry Clark and Ken Schneeberger traveled to Champaign, Illinois, for the Feed the Future Soybean Innovation Lab annual meeting from Feb. 16 to Feb. 18. They were joined by Jeffrey Boakye, inventor of the multigrain thresher, and Kristin Bilyeu, USDA plant scientist.

Freeman, Kathlee and Hua Qin. 2020. The Role of Information and Interaction Processes in the Adoption of Agriculture Inputs in UgandaAgronomy 10(2).

A story from Bovine Veterinarian includes tips for Joe Horner about managing time.

On March 19, Seth Meyer will speak about 2020 ag outlook at a meeting hosted by the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City.

MottRebeccaJohn TummonsJon Simonsen and Roxanne Vandermau. 2020. “Photo Elicitation: Useful Supplemental Tool for Qualitative Interviews with Youths.” Journal of Extension, 58(1).

As part of a collaboration with Missouri 4-H, Rebecca Mott and Adam Cletzer will serve as members of the Missouri 4-H is for YOUth! Review Committee. Missouri 4-H is for YOUth! asks extension 4-H professionals to submit results of applied research to show the impact of Missouri 4-H programs.

The latest Take One for Ag segment features Jon Simonsen and Joe Parcell discussing the importance of leadership skills in the workplace, sharing how socially responsible leadership varies from the traditional view of leadership and summarizing the results of research designed to assess factors that affect socially responsible leadership development among students.

Soon, Byung Min and Wyatt Thompson. 2020. Non-tariff barrier on chicken imports into Russia: impact on production, trade and prices.” Journal of Policy Modeling.

Pat Westhoff titled his latest Columbia Daily Tribune column as “Why budget proposals don’t matter until they do.”

Zhao, Shuoli and Chengyan Yue. 2020. “Risk preferences of commodity crop producers and specialty crop producers: An application of prospect theory.” Agricultural Economics.

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 Lupita Fabregas.

Lupita Fabregas
Associate Extension Professor
Agricultural Education and Leadership

On what challenges or opportunities are your extension activities focused?
My extension activities focus on the Missouri 4-H Center for Youth Development, and my goals are the same as those for Missouri 4-H:

  • Increase the 4-H membership by 10% and serve 20% of the Missouri youth population by 2025.
  • Diversify Missouri 4-H delivery modes, such as community clubs, afterschool programs, special interest (SPIN) clubs, enrichment activities and in-school programs.
  • Organize each county 4-H program’s chartering and club leaders checklist.
  • Redefine the distribution of 4-H academic professionals and staff around the state to 50% established community clubs, 25% career readiness, 20% new delivery modes and 5% natural resources.
  • Support statewide working groups, including those for professional development, volunteers and innovation.
  • Support academics’ professional goals.


What audiences do you plan to reach with extension activities?
Through my work with the Missouri 4-H Center for Youth Development, audiences I plan to reach through achieving the previously stated goals include Missouri youth, 4-H leaders, academics and staff.

Industry News to Know

A new effort from Sosland Publishing, Food Entrepreneur will tell stories of entrepreneurs who have launched and scaled food businesses. Topics will include funding, co-manufacturing, influencer marketing, regulatory matters and food safety.

The New Food Economy has rebranded itself as The Counter, which operates as a nonprofit, independent news organization that explores forces shaping how and what America eats. It shares its latest stories in an e-newsletter published twice weekly.

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.