a research-based discussion for leaders in our food and agriculture system, hospitality sector and communities

Presented by the MU Division of Applied Social Sciences, the Engaging 4 MO webinar series offers research-based insights that leaders can apply in their work to benefit and strengthen the state’s agriculture and food system, hospitality sector and communities.

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Upcoming Webinars

Wednesday, April 6 | 10 to 10:30 a.m.
“Renewable Electricity Transitions — Implications for Rural Missouri”
Joe Horner, agricultural economist, MU Division of Applied Social Sciences and University of Missouri Extension
Register at https://umsystem.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Ko8KjfrHRVWXg4d9rNGQ-w.

Missouri’s transition to renewable electricity comes with threats and opportunities for landowners. Falling generation costs for wind and solar energy along with government policy support means more renewable energy facilities will be built in Missouri. This webinar will describe the players, policies, pricing and regulation of electricity production, transmission and distribution. Plus, it will explore the implications for rural Missouri landowners.

Wednesday, May 4 | 10 to 10:30 a.m.
“Ukraine’s Growing Role in Global Agriculture and Possible Impacts of Conflict”
Dr. Willi Meyers, professor emeritus of agricultural and applied economics, MU Division of Applied Social Sciences
Register at https://umsystem.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jw9kAIPYSaS5xoVLj0_WhA.

Since its independence in 1991, Ukraine has expanded its grain exports to nearly 14% of global exports, excluding rice — second only to the U.S. It has also greatly expanded corn exports to equal or exceed its traditional wheat exports. Grain yields have grown but are still relatively low compared with yields recorded in similar U.S. production regions. This presentation will provide historical context about Ukraine’s agriculture and describe how conflict in the country may affect Ukraine’s agricultural production and markets in the future.

Wednesday, June 29 | 10 to 10:30 a.m.
“Enhancing the Economic Sustainability of Missouri Agritourism”
Dr. Dae-Young Kim, hospitality management professor, and Jibin Baby, hospitality management doctoral candidate, MU Division of Applied Social Sciences

Register at https://umsystem.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UDec-KW-S–jL41G7vHmEg.

Dr. Dae-Young Kim and doctoral candidate Jibin Baby will summarize results from a survey that captured the agritourism visitor’s perceptions, attitudes and experiences on various aspects of Missouri agritourism. The survey collected input from 600 individuals who had visited Missouri agritourism destinations since 2020. The study findings will enable service providers and policymakers to better understand the current situation of the Missouri agritourism sector and take the necessary steps to enhance the revenue and profitability of farmers.