Division News

The university will honor 2020 graduates with a virtual celebration on May 15-16. Faculty are invited to share a send-off message to 2020 grads in a short video clip. Submit your recording to Amy Moum by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 8.

The next Online Course Design Basics Workshop begins on May 18. This is a 4-week, self-paced online workshop will guide UM System faculty teaching online in Summer 2020 through the process of creating an online course.

The spring 2020 edition of the “Show Me Applied Social Sciences” alumni newsletter hit email inboxes last week.

This week Darren Chapman, PhD candidate in rural sociology, defended his dissertation titled, “’We Only Do Food’: Social Assumptions of Poverty and the Implementation of Emergency Food Services.” Sandy Rikoon is his advisor.

Jason Entsminger, PhD candidate in agricultural and applied economics, received a Catalyst Award from the Mizzou LGBTQ Resource Center. Catalyst awards honor those who speak up, out, and often for the LGBTQIA community at Mizzou.

On May 1st Abbie Meffert, PhD candidate in agricultural and applied economics, defended her dissertation titled, “A Partial Equilibrium Model of the Chinese Swine Industry: Scenarios and Comments.” Pat Westhoff is her advisor.

Lauren Quinlan, agricultural education junior, received the $1,000 Cordell W. Tindall Scholarship from the Missouri 4-H Foundation.

Beginning May 1, a new leave partner, Unum, will administer FMLA systemwide based on federal laws and University policy.

Director’s Updates & Engagements

Here is a division wide snapshot of Fall 2020 undergraduate enrollment as of May 1, 2020 compared to Fall 2019 undergraduate enrollment as of May 1, 2019:

Division undergraduate enrollment is down 12.1% year-over-year, but the April 1 to May 1 growth in enrollment is 8 percentage points higher at a 46.3% increase for Fall 2020 compared to Fall 2019’s 38% growth over the same time period in 2019.  Recognizing retirements and course consolidation has occurred, and after adjusting for problems hour courses and the total number of courses (14% fewer courses scheduled for Fall 2020 over Fall 2019), May 1 average course enrollment is up 2.2% year-over-year.

For summer session 2020, division-wide total enrollment as of May 1 is down 33% year-over-year and students are not adding Summer 2020 courses as quickly as they did in Summer 2019.  The uncertainty of student summer plans and programs across campus scaling in online summer course offerings have an impact.  Division average course enrollment in summer session 2020 courses is down almost 30% year-over-year.

Thank you to Corinne Valdivia, who has been elected to the Graduate Faculty Senate for a three-year term. Corinne replaces Laura McCann, who served from 2017-2020.

Thank you to Ray Massey, who has been elected to the CAFNR Professional Track Promotion Committee for a two-year term, and to Steve Jeanetta who ran against him.

Research, Extension & Engagement Activities

Scott Brown‘s latest article for Hoard’s Dairyman examines adjustments to on-farm milk production during the COVID-19 pandemic.


In CAFNR News, FAPRI provides early analysis of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on agricultural markets in the U.S.

Mary Hendrickson comments on COVID-19’s disruption to the food supply chain in Washington Monthly.


Soojin Lee and Pei Liu. 2020. “Food safety in school foodservice operations: A review of health inspections in the state of Missouri.” Food Protection Trends.

Pei Liu. 2020. “Food safety knowledge and practice in low-income families in the United States: An exploratory study.” Food Protection Trends.

Last week Sarah Low & Hannah McClure presented a synthesis of research and recommendations via webinar to a group of 50 community and economic development leaders in northwest Missouri.

On April 15th Sarah Low & Tessa Conroy piloted their Extension program, “Homegrown: Entrepreneurship in your Community” via Zoom. The program is funded with support from the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development. Applicants for a Missouri pilot are being accepted.

Sarah LowAustin Sanders, & Mark C. White. 2020. “The future of work in Missouri: Rural-urban differences in entrepreneurship.” Missouri Policy Journal.

Bill McKelvey and Nina Furstenau discuss how we’re getting food and what we’re doing with it during the COVID-19 crisis on KBIA’s The Check In.

Stephen C. Mukembo and M. Craig Edwards. 2020. “Improving livelihoods through youth-adult partnerships involving school-based, agripreneurship projects: The experiences of adult partners in Uganda.” Journal of International Agricultural & Extension Education.

Mallory Rahe. 2020. “Lack of higher wage opportunities in Missouri contributes to slower economic growth.” Missouri Policy Journal.

Mallory Rahe and Amy Hause. 2020. “Building rural wealth through a value chain approach.” Community Development.


Teo Skevas and Jasper Grashuis‘ “Technical efficiency and spatial spillovers: Evidence from grain marketing cooperatives in the US Midwest” is among the top 10% most downloaded papers in Agribusiness for 2018-2019.


Authored by Alan Spell and Rob Russell, the latest COVID-19 Missouri Economy Indicators Update looks at COVID-related unemployment claims in Missouri counties.

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 Steve Jeanetta.


Steve Jeanetta
Associate Extension Professor
Community Development Extension

What are the top three focuses of your research program?

My research in recent years has been primarily focused on the integration of Latino newcomer populations into communities and organizations. Three focus areas of this research include understanding the challenges Latinos face as they work to integrate into rural communities, identifying barriers to healthcare access for Latino immigrants that informs policymaking, and exploring barriers for Latino farmers entering farming that can be used to develop tools to bridge those differences.

What changes do you plan to make to the course(s) you teach?

I am excited to be working with a group of faculty from around the campus to develop an undergraduate minor in Latinx studies that we hope to host in DASS. I am developing a course to offer as part of that minor that explores contemporary issues affecting Latinx populations in the rural Midwest.

What challenges or opportunities are your extension activities focused?

My extension work has broadly speaking been focused on building inclusive communities. My extension work has been focused on helping communities, understanding the changes they are going through, identifying the issues arising from this demographic change and exploring ways to integrate these new populations into their communities.

What extension publications do you plan to create or update?

I am planning to finish a publication this summer that will serve as a guide and support to a program that will teach leaders of small, diverse organizations how to create change in their organizations and communities using a specific engagement process called the Circles of Hope. I am also working on an engagement curriculum to help facilitate community inclusion that we hope to pilot in the next year.

Industry News to Know

Survey research from Inspire PR Group and Illuminology explores how consumer food purchase behaviors have evolved because of COVID-19 and how they may change as stay-at-home orders expire. Read a summary of the research from Feedstuffs.

Submit Your News

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