Division News

Science and agricultural journalism students Jacqueline Janorschke and Holly Enowski were named to the 2020 class of Mizzou ’39. Jason Entsminger, agricultural and applied economics graduate student, was recognized as part of the 2020 class of Mizzou 18.

Ben Brown, agricultural and applied economics master’s program alumnus, has been named to AgGrad’s 30 Under 30 Class for 2020.

Rural sociology PhD graduate Donielle (Heron) Lovellwho is an associate professor at Western Kentucky University, received an Excellence in Service award from her college recently.

Camp Ca-Pow recently received a $2,300 donation from the Columbia Rock Bridge Lions Club to add to a college scholarship endowment intended to benefit camp attendees. The camp, which takes place during Columbia Public Schools’ spring break, enables middle school students to explore career options and personal development.

Divisional researchers led by Hua Qin are conducting a survey of Missouri residents to assess perceptions and behaviors related to the new coronavirus. You can participate in the survey by clicking here. Note, though this research is conducted by divisional researchers, the survey and corresponding study aren’t part of the University of Missouri’s formal response to the novel coronavirus.

The MU Extension Community Leadership Development Program team has launched a quarterly e-newsletter titled The Missouri Leader. Each issue provides research-based leadership content, shares leadership advice and recommends leadership development programs. Access the inaugural issue here. To subscribe, click here, and scroll to the bottom of the page to “Subscribe to the University of Missouri EXCEL newsletter list.”

Newly funded external awards with a DASS principal investigator are an “BFP20 India (Allu, A) Res Ag@UMissouri” project led by Kerry Clark and sponsored by the Foreign Agricultural Service at $47,629; an “Expanding 4-H to Urban Latino/a Audiences” project led by Lupita Fabregas Janeiro and sponsored by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture at $87,000; and a “Taking Farm and Forest to the Glass: The Economic Contribution of Missouri’s Distilling Industry” project led by Mallory Rahe and sponsored by the Missouri Distilling Value Chain Steering Committee at $71,581.

USDA AFRI has announced available Education and Workforce Development Program funding. The program will fund projects in four areas: professional development for K-14 educators; workforce training at community, junior and technical colleges; undergraduate research and extension training; and predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships. Application dates vary by program area.

Director’s Updates & Engagement

On March 12, CAFNR shared an update about undergraduate student admits. The following summarizes the year-over-year change — from mid-March 2019 to mid-March 2020 — in admits by degree program: agricultural education and leadership, 4% increase, one more student; agribusiness management, 50% increase, 24 more students; general agriculture, 27.7% decline, five fewer students; hospitality management, 27.3% increase, nine more students.

Shout-Out goes to Marijo Dixon for her commitment to supporting divisional personnel in setting up the technology needed to work remotely.

Research, Extension and Engagement Activities

A new Missouri Ruralist column from Scott Brown is titled “Fewer cows, quality cuts raise cattle prices.”

The Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute has released its 2020 baseline outlookThe Daily Journal published the baseline outlook news release, and AgWeb shared four key charts from the outlook. Also, Brownfield covered the outlook’s release in an interview with Pat Westhoff.

Grashuis, Jasper. 2020. “The Competitive Impact of Cooperatives on the Spot Market: A Spatial Analysis of Iowa Corn Prices.” Journal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization.

The latest Missouri 4-H Electronic Youth Connection e-newsletter shares how Missouri 4-H is adapting its programming during the coronavirus pandemic.

A policy brief co-authored by Sarah Low looks into COVID-19’s impacts on farms and ranches that sell food through local and regional markets. A story from Reuters mentioned the brief’s findings.

A paper co-authored by Sarah Low has received the Dan Rickman Best Paper Award for 2019; the award recognizes the best paper published in the Review of Regional Studies in 2019. Anders Van Sandt, Becca Jablonski and Stephan Weiler were Low’s co-authors for the paper, titled “Place-Based Factors and the Performance of Farm-Level Entrepreneurship: A Spatial Interaction Model of Agritourism in the U.S.

In a story from AgWeb, Seth Meyer discusses how lower ethanol demand creates challenges for U.S. ethanol plants.

Seth Meyer shares thoughts about 2020 planted acreage in an AgWeb story.

Ong, Wei Jun Dan, Pat Curry and David O’Brien. 2019. Perceived Barriers to Workforce Training: Views from Job Seekers, Employers and Community Colleges in Missouri, USA.” American International Journal of Social Science.

Vasylieva, Natalia and Harvey James Jr. 2020. “Application of the Marketing Mix to the World Export of Animal Products.” Innovative Marketing, 16(1).

Authored by Alan Spell, the COVID-19 Missouri Economy Indicators Update highlights figures that suggest the novel coronavirus’ impact on the economy and shares potential resources that businesses may use to navigate this situation.

Pat Westhoff titled his latest Columbia Daily Tribune as “Some initial thoughts on the impacts of COVID-19 on farm, food sectors.”

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 Chris Fulcher.

Chris Fulcher
Assistant Extension Professor
Rural Sociology

On what challenges or opportunities are your extension activities focused?

Regarding opportunities, I continue to communicate with internal and external stakeholders about allthingsmissouri.orgThis platform provides access to data, mapping, reporting and custom tools. A new feature available on All Things Missouri is the StoryMaps functionality. This functionality provides a rich communications and storytelling framework that includes narrative, images, videos and interactive mapping. Check out allthingsmissouri.org/map-galleryand filter on “Story Maps.”

What audiences do you plan to reach with extension activities?

I reach out to many audiences including researchers, policymakers, health systems, foundations, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, state and federal agencies and the “general public” — those people with an inclination to explore and learn. I’m finding the implementation of StoryMaps is the most effective way to engage external stakeholders. Interactive mapping is too complicated for many, and reports lack context. However, StoryMaps have the potential to engage in a more meaningful way.

What service activities do you have planned?

Over the next six months — and beyond — I plan to continue spreading the word (informal and virtual meetings and conferences) about CARES’ resources that help improve sensemaking in communities and regions across Missouri and the U.S.

What engagement activities do you have planned?

The CARES team and I are working with the UM Office of Engagement to continue evolving the engagement portals for all four universities (engagemo.org). I’ve been fortunate to travel and meet with engagement leaders at all four universities over the past 18 months. I had no idea about the breadth and depth of great research and engagement activities going on across our university system. We need to do a much better job of making faculty and staff aware of the great assets in our own backyard. To this end, the CARES team continues to evolve the engagement portals to address this lack of awareness.

Industry News to Know

Using data visualizations, Visual Capitalist shares data-driven insights on a variety of topics including markets, technology, healthcare and energy.

The Food Institute has created a Coronavirus Update Centerwhich aggregates news related to how the novel coronavirus affects the economy and food businesses.

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.