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Agriculture and natural resources grants

University of Missouri Extension works with funding partners to strengthen the economic viability of Missouri and sustain the environment through educational programs and resources.

The grants listed below may cover more than a year. 

Validate, Improve and Regionalize Phosphorus Indices to Reduce P Loss Across the Heartland Region

U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
9/24/2012 - 8/31/2016
Project Manager: John Lory

This project will coordinate and advance phosphorus management in the Heartland Region of the U.S. by ensuring that phosphorus indices are appropriately tested in accordance with the 2012 NRCS 590 Standard.

Missouri AgrAbility Program

U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
9/1/2015 - 8/31/2016
Project Manager: Willard Downs

The Missouri AgrAbility Program provides statewide on-the-farm services to farmers and farm family members with disabilities. The goal of MAP is to promote the return of these individuals to farming or a farm-related profession, to the community and to independent living.

Our Missouri Waters, Spring River Watershed Management

Missouri Department of Natural Resources
4/1/2013 - 3/31/2016
Project Manager: Robert Broz

The University of Missouri Agricultural Extension (UM-AE) is a key partner in Department of Natural Resources (the Department) watershed based nonpoint source control efforts. Extension responsibilities will include 1) working with and supporting the department with watershed summits, forming watershed groups,  and identifying areas that may be eligible for federal funding; 2) assisting local regional planning commission and Kansas State University with developing a nine element watershed plan for the Spring River basin and 3) helping to form and strengthen watershed groups in priority watersheds.

Missouri Integrated Pest Management Program

US Dept of Agriculture/NIFA
9/1/2014- 8/31/2016
Project Manager: Lee Miller

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment. The Missouri IPM program is a joint effort between the University of Missouri and Lincoln University.

Translational Genomics for Improving Sow Reproductive Longevity

University of Nebraska - US Dept of Agriculture/NIFA
9/1/2014- 8/31/2016
Project Manager: Tim Safranski

Reducing economic losses associated with reproductive inefficiency represents a high priority for pig producers and will contribute to increased profitability and sustainability of the swine industry. Reproductive longevity is measured during the lifetime of an animal and is significantly influenced by many environmental factors. Preliminary genome-wide association data indicate a clear relationship between sources of genetic variation that influence age at puberty and reproductive longevity. The goal of this proposal is to identify genetic markers that will predict which gilts will have early age at puberty and superior reproductive longevity, which in turn will reduce culling rates and the cost associated with developing replacement sows.

Identification and management of alleles impairing heifer fertility while optimizing genetic gain in Angus cattle

U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
1/1/2015 - 12/31/2015
Project Manager: David Patterson

This is a cooperative effort with the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. This project will identify recessive loci which cause embryonic or early developmental mortality to improve reproductive rates in U.S. Angus cattle.

Sustainable Agriculture Professional Development Project

North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
Project Manager: Dan Downing

University of Missouri Extension will work with NRCS, Purdue University and the private sector software developers to streamline the nationwide conservation nutrient management planning project.

Factors Affecting Adoption of Nutrient Management Practices

U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
9/1/2012 - 8/31/2016
Project Manager: Robert Broz

University of Missouri Extension and the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources have joined forces to address water pollution coming from farms and lawns.  Research on factors affecting adoption of some best management practices (BMPs) by farmers exists, but less research has been conducted on factors affecting adoption of BMPs by homeowners. Also, little information exists on the value of manure and compost as a substitute for commercial fertilizer. The overall objective is to use research results to improve the design of policies, practices, and educational programs to promote voluntary adoption of environmentally sound practices and thus improve water quality.

Useful to Usable:  Transforming Climate Variability

Purdue University
4/15/2015 - 4/14/2016
Project Manager: Ray Massey

MU will develop tools that take information from science disciplines (agronomy, soil science and climatology in this project) and present them in ways that farmers are able to more easily use.

MU Plant Diagnostic Clinic

Michigan State University
7/1/2015 - 6/30/2016
Project Manager: Patricia Hosack

The University of Missouri Plant Diagnostic Clinic (PDC) provides accurate and timely diagnosis of plant diseases and identification of weeds and invertebrate pests.  Based on the diagnosis, the PDC also suggests management practices to its clients, which include production agriculture, commercial growing operations, nurseries, and all citizens of Missouri. This service provides a critical function by providing ground truth for regional pest occurrence, which may include potentially devastating invasive insect or disease pests such as emerald ash borer or thousand cankers disease of walnut.  Through management recommendations and outreach events, the PDC also educates the public on the principles of integrated pest management and limits both the fiscal and environmental impact of pest control.

Strategic Information Portal for Environmental Risk Management

University of Nebraska - Lincoln
4/1/2015 - 9/30/2016
Project Manager: Ray Massey

This project addresses legal risks: environmental regulations, a timely topic given the recent Waters of the U.S. rule proposed by the EPA and the nutrient reduction strategies likely to affect fertilizer use in the corn belt states. It also will address financial risk: strategic planning. Ag Extension will develop an interactive website tool that allows farmers to obtain an environmental sensitivity report for any parcel of land in the North Central states. The goal is to prevent problems by giving farmers information that insures they are aware of potential risks, able to evaluate risks and make decisions to reduce risks.

Animal Impact on Soil Health

U.S. Dept of Agriculture - NRCS
4/1/2015 - 9/30/2016
Project Manager: Tod Lorenz

Extension will establish and demonstrate how implementation of soil health management systems can be integrated into carbon markets

Modernization of Missouri PSEP to Achieve Enhanced Competency

CropLife Foundation
12/4/2009 - 9/27/2014
Project Manager: Wayne Bailey

MU Ag Extension will assemble a group of advisers to create a technical advisory committee.  This committee will conduct a detailed assessment of the current status of Missouri Pesticide Safety Education Program and provide specific programmatic, personnel, and fiscal options for a strategic plan to move Missouri PSEP toward future excellence and sustainability.

Missouri Dairy Revitalization Industry Study and Revitalization

Mo Ag and Small Business Development Authority
10/1/2014 - 12/31/2015
Project Manager: Joe Horner

Agriculture Extension will summarize historical industry trends, economic impact,  and current conditions in Missouri's dairy industry.  In addition, investigators will develop a one-page graphic on the economic impact, conduct a needs assessment of dairy producers and stakeholders, and develop a gap analysis between Missouri and the U.S. dairy industry on areas for revitalizing the state dairy industry.

Integration of Soil Water Holding Capacity Database into Extension Irrigation Phone App and Education to Increase Adoption of the App by Farmers

Project Manager: Gene Stevens

This agreement will help to expand the functionality of a farmer friendly phone app for guiding crop water use.  This will conserve water and should reduce nutrient loss off site.  It will also improve overall irrigation water efficiency for landowners who use the app. 

Automated Design Storm Notification System

9/15/2015 - 9/14/2016
Project Manager: Pat Guinan

Extension’s Agriculture Program will create an automated system to track precipitation accumulations across Missouri using the National Weather Service’s daily gridded precipitation analysis. The system will notify interested parties including farmers, consultants, project managers, agency personnel from the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and other designated entities when and where precipitation totals have exceeded design criteria and wet weather or emergency management may be warranted. This automated approach will directly address concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) requirements and can readily be adapted to help manage extreme precipitation events affecting other structures in Missouri.