Lincoln University of Missouri Industrial Hemp Field Day
A beautiful autumn day on September 23, 2020 welcomed invited guests to the first annual Lincoln University Industrial Hemp Field Day, where they observed the plots at Busby certified organic Farm and the George Washington Carver Farm. Guests included representatives from the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri House of Representatives, various U.S. Senators' offices, the Missouri Highway Patrol, industry representatives, hemp commodity groups and Missouri farmer stakeholders. Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk, President of Lincoln University, and Dr. Alphonso Sanders, Lincoln University Provost, as well as many other friends of the University were also in attendance.
The tour began at Busby Farm, where participants observed the variety trial plots of hemp grown for fiber, seed and flower. Lincoln hemp team members led discussions on the different varieties, diseases and insects prevalent with this crop, along with the challenges they face during the growing season. The tour later moved to Carver Farm, where visitors were updated on current and planned research and outreach projects led by Dr. Babu Valliyodan and Mr. David Middleton. Of note is the collaboration with other Missouri universities in the four regions of the state, with Lincoln being the central research site.
The Carver Farm plots led to great discussion from attendees about hemp and the potential it holds for Missouri's small farms. The small farms will need processing infrastructure, research funding, variety adaptation and stabilization and a breeding program for Missouri’s varied soils and growing conditions.
Dean Majed El-Dweik viewed the day as “a great success” with a bright future as the University continues its work with this new crop in Missouri.
Watch Our Facebook Post: Dr. Elezar Gonzales interviews Dr. Babu Valliyodan about ongoing industrial hemp projects at LU Farms www.facebook.com/111586927203666/videos/1283972541963492
On September 3, Dr. Majed El-Dweik, Dean of the Lincoln University College of Agriculture, Environmental and Human Services, met with Missouri State Representatives Mike Moon and Lynn Morris to tour THC Firm in Springfield, Missouri.
Dennis Hill , THC Firm, led the tour of the processing facility and answered questions about the Missouri hemp industry and how local processing and value-added products can increase income to small growers. Understanding processing is beneficial to the Lincoln University hemp initiative. The project now moves into the next research phase of processing and developing value-added products that Missouri growers can duplicate for direct marketing.
Right: Dennis Hill of the THC Firm answers questions from Rep. Mike Moon about hemp processing as Rep. Lynn Morris and Dean Dweik listen.
The Lincoln University Culinary Incubator (CI) program will be starting soon. The CI program will offer a kitchen for new entrepreneurs, small producers, processors and farmers to develop and prepare various dishes.
The cost of a commercial kitchen is most often prohibitive for initial business startups. In addition to the use of space, the program provides the facility with critical business support, training and food safety certifications to make their food idea a success.
For farmers, the program will focus on value-added products to increase profits. The program has partnered with the Lincoln University Small Business Development Center (SBDC), which offers business development assistance, consulting and a shared office space for CI members to use. The SBDC can assist with obtaining permits, pricing, cost analysis and access to the food agriculture library. Research shows that those with business support are most likely to succeed.
LU received a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) grant to expand the commercial kitchen into a training and education program. Lincoln University staff can assist with product development, ingredient sourcing, packaging and labeling, nutritional evaluation and processing parameters!
Acceptance to the Culinary Incubator Program is competitive and requires participation with the SBDC.
This unique partnership offers the opportunity to make business ventures prosper. Nationally, this partnership model is the most successful for new efforts.
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Submitted by Cindy Borgwordt, Food Safety Specialist
Transitioning to Fall at the Farmers Market
The mornings are starting to become cooler. Customers are taking their time a bit more and enjoying the weather while shopping. Although tomatoes, peppers, and watermelon are still plentiful at the market each week, there are signs of the fall season all around.
Brushy Creek Honey had a great honey season this year. Since honey is usually harvested in late summer, it is at this time of year they have the most abundance available for sale. Our customers have been excited to have local honey at the market, and so have the other vendors as honey can be used with many other products at the market.
Jeannette of Brenneke Farms, is a longtime vegetable grower in the area. Her tables have started to fill up with pears, spaghetti squash, and sweet potatoes. Soon she will have lettuce, radishes, and a fall crop of zucchini to sell.
Roxie Bailey is a new vendor this season. She sells handmade quilts. During the heat of the summer, her sales went down a bit. But these cool mornings have already started increasing her sales. She is so excited for October weather at the market because she believes it will help her sell even more quilts.
Voter Registration at the Market
During one of our Saturday events, volunteers came to help customers with voter registration. One of the volunteers stated that he feels that it is important for every citizen to vote and participate in our democracy.
Because he finds it so important, he wanted to come help people register and provide vital information on options for casting ballots. Although it was the last week to register in Missouri for the upcoming election, they plan to continue their weekend presence at the LU Farmers Market throughout the month of October.
The group of volunteers will offer basic information, answer questions, and help residents identify their designated polling locations.
“I think offering this resource at the market is a great way to support our community.” - Ms. Taylor Cleveland (LU Farmers Market Manager)
Entrepreneurial Sustainable Agriculture for Latinx and Limited Resource Producers
This program builds on a recent NCR-SARE program (SARE project LNC15-368) among Latino producers in Missouri. In that program, a sample of 100 Latinx producers helped to document factors constraining them from practicing sustainable agriculture.
The study suggests that four challenges keep Latino producers in Missouri from practicing sustainable agriculture: a) farm households incomes depend on off-farm sources; b) the existence of a socio-economic farm framework system influencing farmers to opt for conventional production methods; c) lack of knowledge and skills in agro-ecological practices; and d) poor understandings of financial and managerial skills needed to follow agribusiness plans.
The program Entrepreneurial Sustainable Agriculture for Latinx and Limited Resource Producers in Missouri aims to expand those findings with an additional approach to evaluate current sustainable production methods among Latino producers.
It will use a sample of 50 Latino producers and document the current levels of skills, knowledge, and attitudes toward partially and fully transitioning into sustainable and organic production methods supported by a mixed-methods analysis.
New skills, knowledge, and implementation of innovative and good agricultural practices will eventually reduce farm inputs, enhance the farm's natural resources, and increase the diversity of fresh produce food into local community markets.
This is a team effort that includes Dr. Nadia Navarrete-Tindall, Dr. Christopher R Baughman, Dr. Homero Salinas-Gonzalez, Dr. Clement Akotsen, Ms. Susan Jaster, Mr. Nahshon Bishop, Mr. David Middleton and Mr. Mathew Dolan.
Submitted by Dr. Eleazar U. Gonzalez - State Extension Specialist-Small Sustainable Farm, Ag. Economics and Marketing
In late August of this year, Dr. Navarrete-Tindall invited LU Grant Accountant Carol Weller from the Office of the Controller to tour Lincoln University finca. LU faculty, staff and students, as well as campus visitors often contact her for private tours to get more details on the variety of plants grown in this special area of the campus. They are always curious to see what new plants are growing from year to year.
On display this year are varieties of pollinators, including wildflowers and zinnias, that are grow on the north side of LU’s Teaching Greenhouse.
Semi-double zinnias, like the two on the left, as well as the double zinnias, have very little nectar for butterflies.
As a guest on the radio show, “Farm and Fiddle” (KOPN 89.5FM), Dr. Navarrete-Tindall talked about the topic of making flour with oak acorns, relating to an article she wrote for the Missouri Native Plants Society Newsletter. https://monativeplants.org/wpcontent/uploads/petal-pusher/PP-33-6-2018-11.pdf