Division News

Corinne Valdivia and Lisa Flores will serve as interim co-directors of the Cambio Center.

Ryan Milhollin and the Ag Business & Policy Extension group have developed three videos to help livestock producers, crop farmers and dairy farmers access USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Round 2 (CFAP 2) payments:

Rhiannen Schneider, agribusiness management senior, placed second for the Outstanding Leader Award at the Sigma Alpha National Conclave, which was held virtually in August.

Agribusiness management junior Larna Schnitker is one of 15 participants in the Farm Foundation’s Young Farmer Accelerator Program. Missouri Ruralist recently highlighted Larna in a story.

The virtual Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities conference will take place from Nov. 9 to Nov. 13. Intended for entrepreneurs, business leaders, economic development professionals, decision makers and community champions, the conference will focus on ways to strengthen and broaden regional entrepreneurial networks. University of Missouri Extension and seven other extension services are co-presenting the event.

Director’s Updates & Engagements

I want to take this opportunity to recognize the Division’s faculty emeriti and staff retirees. During my 22 years at Mizzou, I have had the pleasure of engaging with just about all of the Division’s currently retired employees. These persons continue to make an impact in their communities, at Mizzou or with their family and friends.

Academic employment is unique in that persons can work in one career, in one city and in one building for their entire professional careers. Many Mizzou employees retire following decades of employment at Mizzou. Each retiree deserves respect and appreciation from Mizzou.

We are dealing with significant campus financial challenges, and employees are dealing with the tremendous anxiety of balancing family and professional life in a pandemic environment. We need to change up things every now and then, and we recognize that faculty emeriti and retirees might want something different.

Please set aside 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 9 for a Zoom video call open to all current and former Division employees. Connection details will be sent directly by email. Agenda items are introductions and discussions amongst friends. And, this is a BYOB festivity.

Research, Extension & Engagement Activities

Exceed Regional Economic & Entrepreneurial Development published Issue 13 of “COVID-19 Missouri Economic Indicators.” This issue explores how online job postings in Missouri have changed over time in response to COVID-19.

Jasper Grashuis and Jason Franken. 2020. “Exit strategies of farmer co-operatives in the United States: A competing risk analysis.” Journal of Co-Operative Organization and Management.

Philip H. Howard and Mary K. Hendrickson. 2020.  “Update: The state of concentration in global food and agriculture industries.” In Hans R. Herren and Benedikt Haelin (Eds.), Transformation of Our Food System: The Making of a Paradigm Shift (pp. 89-91). Biovision and Foundation for Future Farming.

On Sept. 18, Mary Hendrickson joined a University of British Columbia Centre for Sustainable Food Systems panel titled “Dismantling and Rebuilding the Food System After COVID-19: The 5 D’s of Redistribution.”

Seunghwan Lee and Dae-Young Kim. 2020. “Brand tourism effect in the luxury hotel industry.” Journal of Product & Brand Management.

Ray Massey and Haluk Gedikoglu. 2020. “Manure application rules and environmental considerations.” Agricultural Water Management.

Hua Qin, Yanu Prasetyo, Martha Bass, Christine Sanders, Elizabeth Prentice and Quyen Nguyen. 2020. “Seeing the forest for the trees: A bibliometric analysis of environmental and resource sociology.” Society & Natural Resources.

University of Missouri Extension and the Missouri Agricultural Foundation published a “Workforce Needs Assessment of Missouri’s Food, Agriculture and Forestry Industries,” authored in part by Mallory Rahe, Ryan Milhollin, Joe Horner and Maria Kuhns.

On Sept. 17, Pat Westhoff participated as a panelist at the Farm Journal Foundation University Speaker Series. The panel addressed how the COVID-19 pandemic has created forces of change in the global food value chain.

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 Hua Qin.

Hua Qin
Associate Professor
Sustainability and Development

What are the top three focuses of your research program?
I am an environmental and natural resource social scientist with emphasis on human population dynamics and sustainable development. My research agenda consists of five distinct but interrelated streams: (1) population, migration and the environment; (2) community, natural resources and sustainability; (3) vulnerability and adaptation to environmental change; (4) applied research methods and data practices; and (5) the sociology of environmental and resource social science (the relationship between knowledge production and socio-historical contexts in this interdisciplinary field). My current research projects focus on community responses to the mountain pine beetle outbreak in north central Colorado and peoples’ perceptions and behaviors related to the COVID-19 disease in several major metropolitan areas (Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Seattle) as well as in Missouri and adjacent states. All of these studies address the same fundamental research problem, dynamic relationships between risk perception and risk-related behavior, and have direct implications for risk management and mitigation strategies.

What changes do you plan to make to the course(s) you teach?
My interdisciplinary educational and research background equips me for teaching various courses within my specialties. Through my academic career, I have taught a range of undergraduate and graduate courses, including “Population and Environment/Ecology,” “Environmental Sociology,” “Environmental Social Sciences and the Humanities,” “Sociology of Natural Resources and Agriculture, Community, Natural Resources and Sustainability, Sustainable Development Seminar” and “Research Methods and Design.” Considering recent changes in relevant graduate programs within DASS and other departments, I plan to teach a revamped 4000/7000-level “Society, Environment and Natural Resources” course in the near future. This course will integrate environmental and natural resource sociological traditions and suit the needs of students in environmental and development economics, sociology, natural resources, human environmental sciences and other related programs.

Who do you plan to engage as guest speakers in the course(s) you teach?
I teach RU_SOC/SOC 8287 “Seminar on Sustainable Development” every spring semester. This course is the required research seminar for the Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Society and Sustainability. Students will gain a foundational knowledge of key conceptual frameworks and topical areas of sustainable development, and they will learn how to conduct systematic reviews and meta-analyses of sub-topical areas that pertain to their key intellectual interests. They will also be exposed to the sustainability-related specialization areas of MU faculty representing diverse disciplinary perspectives. All faculty interested in sustainability and sustainable development issues can participate in the Society and Sustainability graduate certificate program. It currently involves more than 80 faculty members, including faculty from DASS as well as those from other departments/units across seven colleges at MU. Thus, I can readily engage participating faculty as guest speakers in the sustainable development seminar.

What service activities do you have planned?
My service activities at MU generally align well with my research agenda and teaching responsibilities. I was appointed as the coordinator of the campus-wide Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Society and Ecosystems program in February 2018. This degree-dependent certificate program was initiated in 1998 by colleagues in what was then the departments of agricultural economics, rural sociology and natural resources. In 2019, we proposed to rename the certificate as “Society and Sustainability” and modify its curriculum to reflect recent developments in socio-ecological sciences and the expertise of current participating faculty. The request was approved by the Missouri Department of Higher Education in December 2019. My internal service work in the short term will focus on building this redesigned graduate certificate program and supporting the development of a vibrant sustainability research and education network at MU.

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