Sowing Good Seeds Lincoln University of Missouri - Monthly Highlights from October 2020

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The Carver Legacy Continues

The George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, Missouri is a unit of the National Park Service in Newton County, founded in 1943. It was the first national monument dedicated to an African American and the first to a non-president.

The site preserves the boyhood home of George Washington Carver, a pioneer in agricultural innovation, a renowned agricultural scientist, educator, and humanitarian. Lincoln University of Missouri will be working with the state park in 2021 to participate in three significant activities, Carver Day, Prairie Day and educational programming.

The national monument is located in Southwest Missouri, an area served by Lincoln University’s Cooperative Extension Innovative Small Farmers Outreach Program (ISFOP). Area Educators work with diverse, limited-resource small farmers.

Depictions of the work of George Washington Carver are on loan and currently displayed at Carver Farm, which is named in honor of his contributions to agriculture research. Carver Farm is one of the University’s three farms.

In early 2021, the university will share displays with the museum highlighting the work currently being done on the farm that closely aligns with the vision and work of George Washington Carver.

Contributed by Ms. Ruth Canada, Director of Auxiliary and Engagement

The Passing of the Baton

The 2020 Spirit of Innovation and Service Award Goes to...

Mr. Collin Ankton

Collin Ankton is from Memphis, Tennessee is a junior at Lincoln University of Missouri with a 3.9 GPA.

Mr. Ankton exhibits strong character and is a great role model for all students, and represents Lincoln University well.

As an Agriculture major and a member of MANRRS, he is very involved in his studies and extracurricular activities in the College of Agriculture.

Mr. Ankton truly exemplifies what it means to be a scholar.

Contributed by Ms. Ruth Canada, Director of Auxiliary and Engagement

Congratulations to Mr. Collin Ankton!

From the Faculty and Staff of the Lincoln University College of Agriculture, Environmental and Human Sciences



Lincoln University College of Agriculture, Environmental and Human Services

Always Striving for Positive Change

Missouri Southwest Region

The Webb City Farmers Market Celebrates 10 years of Fruitful Collaboration with Lincoln University Cooperative Extension

Hmong Farmers offer a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetable not sold in local grocery stores

Dr. Sanjun Gu, State Horticulture Specialist, was the first presenter at the market’s premier winter production workshop in 2010. That same year, Sarah Becker became Lincoln University’s Innovative Small Farm Outreach Program (ISFOP) worker for Southwest Missouri. Ms. Becker began working with the market’s small farmers, particularly the area’s ten Hmong families. These families relocated from other parts of the U.S. where there had been a strong demand for Asian specialty crops.

Produce from the Yang Family Farm

Now located in Webb City, the Hmong farmers had to adjust to the Southwest Region’s local taste, growing unfamiliar crops in Southwest Missouri soils, pests and weather. LU was a critical partner in training these farmers to adapt and succeed in their new environment.

Over time and with new team members, new needs and opportunities were identified. LU team members Shon Bishop, David Middleton, and Randy Garrett have organized many workshops and conferences for the market’s small farmers. An online winter production conference and a tomato school are planned for 2021.

LU team members managed the Webb City Farmers Market’s high tunnel installation, the year-round Education Center, the Jesup Wagon, and ginger/turmeric research. The LU team continues to manage and improve the high tunnel and coordinate visits using the Jesup Wagon, filled with tools and technology for small farmers and southwest Missouri farmers. The Webb City Winter Farm will provide fruits and vegetables to the community and surrounding areas.

The Historic Jesup Wagon Still Assisting Farmers Today

LU team members managed the Webb City Farmers Market’s high tunnel installation, the year-round Education Center, the Jesup Wagon, and ginger/turmeric research. The LU team continues to manage and improve the high tunnel and coordinate visits using the Jesup Wagon, filled with tools and technology for small farmers and southwest Missouri farmers. The Webb City Winter Market will provide fruits and vegetables to the community and surrounding areas.

"Thumps Up" dinners served at the market, too!

Written by Mr. Shon Bishop, Small Farm Specialist and Area Educator (Barry and McDonald Counties)

Missouri Southeast Region

Dean’s Visit with Community Partners

Dr. Majed El-Dweik, Dean/1890 Director of Cooperative Research and Extension recently visited Charleston, Missouri to develop new initiatives that will benefit the Southeast Missouri area.

Mr. Joe Palm, Director of Minority Health and Senior Services provides community updates

During the meetings with the Director of the C.F. Bowden Center and Charleston Housing Authority representatives, discussions of a joint venture to enhance the Bowden Center's “Closing the Gap” after school program were held. This program, a much needed service for youth in the area, is hosted by Lincoln University Cooperative Extension.

Left to Right: Mr. Joe Daleo, Founder of Ole Tyme Produce, Inc, | Ms. Joan Daleo, President of Ole Tyme Produce, Inc. | Dr. Majed El-Dweik, Dean of LU College of Agriculture, | Ms. Sarah Eber, LU Human Nutrition and Health Program Coordinator | Ms. Sheryl Maxwell, LU Program Assistant - Southeast Missouri
Ms. Sarah Eber discusses continuing efforts to distribute healthy produce to communities in need

A further discussion with the Superintendent of Charleston R-1 School District, Mr. Jeremy Siebert, who said the district will continue to support LUCE Charleston Outreach Center programs as in prior years. The collaboration between these organizations will increase educational opportunities and resources for the communities within Southeast Missouri.

Ms. Joan Daleo gives a masked hug to Sheryl Maxwell for her continuous effort to aid the communities of Southeast Missouri

Contributed by Ms. Sheryl Maxwell, Program Assistant - Southeast Office

Improved Community Partnerships in Sikeston

Lincoln University Cooperative Extension (LUCE) offers programs to diverse audiences in the Southeast Missouri region, primarily through outreach activities that strengthen the communities in the area.

In an effort to improve relationships between the community and law enforcement, the Sikeston Office area LUCE Youth Leaders, Amyari Blissett and Kelsie Anderson, attended a town hall meeting, “Strengthening Community and Police Relations.” As a result of the meeting, the two teen leaders approached the Chief of Police of Sikeston, Jim McMillen, to collaborate on sponsoring a kickball tournament.

Chief McMillan agreed to hold the tournament on October 17 at Lincoln Park, across the street from the new LUCE Sikeston office.

Blissett and Anderson promoted the event through social media platforms and at school. Four teams of fifteen people participated in the tournament. A crowd of about forty community members acted as cheerleaders.

Spread Hope Now, a faith-based organization provided grilled hotdogs, chips, and drinks to everyone.

News film crew interviews LUCE youth leaders
The local television station KFVS-12 aired the story.

Written by Ms. Brenda Robinson-Echols, Regional Coordinator - Southeast Office

The Missouri Highway Patrol's Use of Force/Accountability Forum

The LUCE Charleston Community Outreach Center staff and volunteers recently participated in the Missouri State Highway Patrol's (MSHP) Use of Force/Accountability Forum in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, sponsored by Troop E. This event helps to further improve relations between law enforcement and communities within Southeast Missouri.

During the forum, participants were involved in real life scenarios of re-enacted traffic stops to better understand how and why officers react the way they do. The forum encouraged random participants from the group to play the role of a trooper and the actual troopers role played as the violator. These reenactments helped the attendees realize the intensity of the daily job of a law enforcement officer.

The final discussion focused on how to build better relationships within the community, the proper procedures during the investigation of a MSHP Trooper, and the accountability expected from the troopers by the community. The interactive forum gave all who attended the opportunity to experience some of the challenges law enforcement officers face. Attendees were encouraged to share this experience with their individual communities to improve relationships between law enforcement and citizens.

Contributed by Program Assistant Sheryl Maxwell - Southeast Office

Missouri Central Region

LU and the Environmental Protection Agency

Why We Value our Partnership with the EPA

Lincoln University College of Agriculture, Environmental and Human Sciences works with stakeholders locally and nationally. These stakeholder relationships are valued and contribute to the mission of the organization, enhance scholarship and provide meaningful opportunities for students, staff and faculty.

Possible dumping of hazardous waste on private property

One such relationship is with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The College is currently in partnership with the EPA Region 7 through a five-year Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) entered into in 2016. The focal point of the MOA identifies academic support as a main partnership activity. One of the emphasis areas of the MOA is to provide students with hands-on involvement with all facets of agriculture and to gain experience in the field.

The College benefits from the EPA hosting various lectures and presentations for the campus. Coordinated by Ms. Pamela Houston, Community Involvement Coordinator of the EPA, the topics are varied covering research, public health, environmental justice environmental education and community involvement. These areas are applicable to both cooperative research, extension and academics.

The Lincoln University Office of Career Services hosted a Zoom presentation by the EPA to assist students with applications for federal employment on November 10th.

Contributed by Ms. Ruth Canada, Director of Auxiliary and Engagement

The First International Virtual Innovation and Development Forum

Lincoln University Associate Administrator of Cooperative Extension to Speak at The First International Virtual Innovation and Development Forum

Ms. Yvonne Matthews, Associate Administrator of Cooperative Extension, has accepted the invitation as a keynote speaker on social innovation in the upcoming First International Virtual Forum on Innovation and Development to be held on November 17.

Dr. Mario Valdes, Director of Science and Technology Council of the State of Coahuila, Mexico, expressed his gratitude for her acceptance. Her 45-minute presentation will be pre-recorded and translated in the Spanish language for broadcast to the mostly Spanish-speaking audience.

Helping Our Farmers...


Improving Small Ruminant Production Efficiency and Profitability

LU Cooperative Extension Experts Hold Webinar to Help Missouri Sheep and Goat Farmers

Dr. Homero Salinas-Gonzalez, State Specialist Small Ruminants, and Ms. Amy Bax, Extension Associate, teamed up to produce a six-month, biweekly webinar series exclusively for sheep and goat farmers, entitled “Best Practices to Improve Production Efficiency and Profitability.” Instructors will include members of the Lincoln University Cooperative Extension and Research Small Ruminants Team.

The first one-hour webinar was presented on October 29, covering topics on breeding:

  • Timing (when to breed - weather concerns, forage quality for dam, etc.)
  • Age (age at first breeding, when to cull female or male)
  • Genetics (influence of sire/dam, culling standards)
  • Setup (how many females/males, marking harnesses, etc.)
  • Management (CIDRS, flushing ration, ram effect, etc.) and
  • Accelerated Lambing (3 lamb crops in 2 years)

Guest Speakers Dr. Bruce Shanks of Sassafras Valley Ranch of Belle, Missouri and Mr. George Pettig of Pettig Livestock of New Bloomfield, Missouri shared important information learned from their years of experience in goat and sheep farming, making the webinar a “real farmer-to-farmer experience.”

The hosts and guest speakers will cover business-related and student educational topics, such as kidding and lambing, wool fibering and shearing, pastures and fencing, parasite prevention, brush control, small ruminant market opportunities, value-added products and the involvement of FFA (Future Farmers of America) and 4-H youth organizations.

Twenty-four enrollees actively participated in this first webinar. One thousand additional viewers watched the rebroadcasted version within 24 hours of the live presentation.

Contributed by Dr. Homero Salinas, State Specialist Small Ruminants

Building Community Bridges Ribbon Cutting Event

Ms. Sarah Eber, LU Human Nutrition and Health Program Coordinator, joined the celebration of Building Community Bridges special ribbon cutting event in Jefferson City on October 16. This is a community center in the heart of one of the food deserts in Jefferson City.

Located just two blocks from the LU campus, the center is now equipped with a mobile food pantry. This will ensure people in the community have fresh produce, including some from LU’s Carver Farm through the Lincoln University Cooperative Extension program and Action for Food Security and Sustainability in Missouri.

LU Cooperative Extension is currently working with Building Community Bridges and the City of Jefferson to bring a two-day community development workshop to the “Opportunity Zone” where Jeffersonians live and work. This is a community-based organization (CBO) working to bring nutrition and health equity to an underserved neighborhood.

Community members celebrate re-opening

During the ceremony, the operator of Building Community Bridges referred to Lincoln University as a “community partner” and LU is proud to be just that.

Written by Sarah J. Eber MPH, RD, LD CDE, Human Nutrition and Health Program Coordinator

Lincoln University Winter Farmers Market

The Opening of the LU Winter Farmers Market

Lincoln University’s farmers market had one of its best years, due in part to the ongoing pandemic and the communities increased demand for different shopping venues. According to the market manager, Taylor Cleveland, the market has transitioned to its winter schedule and location. In late October, vendors and customers had an opportunity to get acquainted with the new surroundings and displays.

The indoor winter market is located at 900 Leslie Boulevard, just a minute away from the site of the summer market. From now until April 2021, fresh-picked fruit and vegetables still in season will be available. Additional vendors will be there to sell other items to help make buyers happy during the cold winter months. Social distancing will be in effect, and customers are asked to wear face coverings or masks.

Contributed by Ms. Taylor Cleveland, LU Farmers Market Manager


900 Leslie Boulevard, Jefferson City


Every 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month until April

9:30am - 11:30am

Imagine Your Story

Imagine Your Story

Youth Learn the Art of Storytelling through Recreating Tales of Old

Ms. Mariann Wright, LU Area Educator - Caruthersville, 4-H & Youth Development

Storytelling was delivered in a non-traditional way this summer as part of youth programming in Southeast Missouri from Lincoln University Cooperative Extension. The 4-H and the local library collaborated to acquaint youth with six different types of imagined stories in a digital format.

Each week, Ms. Mariann Wright, 4-H Area Educator, shared a story with the support of a “Take & Make” activity kit. The supplemental activities in the kits related to the weekly themes of the stories, while developing skills in agriculture, sports and fitness, STEM, cooking and nutrition, culture and history, and arts and crafts.

Wright has discussed the possibility of growing the program by including area school district librarians and other local public library staff. The current available videos would act as a springboard for the program. Talks are also in process with school librarians that would allow 4-H staff to come into the schools and present in-person storytimes with a related activity.

This program benefited the Pemiscot County Humane Society initiative called “Read for the Animals."

For every 100 hours of reading logged by the community, the Caruthersville Public Library donated $50 to the Humane Society (up to a maximum of $500).

Contributed by Ms. Mariann Wright, Area Educator, 4-H & Youth Development

St. Louis Urban Impact Center

Understanding Community Assets

Know Your Community!

On October 29, the LU Cooperative Extension St. Louis Urban Impact Center hosted a webinar titled, “Understanding Community Assets.” The Center’s Regional Coordinator, Ms. Marla Moore-Collins, presented information identifying an array of community assets in the St. Louis Metropolitan area.

During the presentation, the eighteen participants were challenged to identify local precincts, hospitals, grocery stores, recreational centers, and other community resources. Many participants discovered additional options unknown to them previously, even within their own communities.

Along with identifying assets, participants also identified community liabilities, defined as the deficiency or total lack of community assets. Noted during the webinar were the frequent conversations about the lack of essential resources such as nearby pharmacies. Ms. Moore-Collins and the group also discussed area crime, the presence of abandoned buildings, and traffic violators.

Several of the participants did not know their communities’ political leaders. There was also a lack of knowledge of how to voice their specific concerns, such as things that may impact their community. At the conclusion of the webinar, all participants appreciated the information and stated that it’s time for change.

Contributed by Ms. Marla Moore-Collins, Regional Coordinator, St. Louis Urban Impact Center

Smart Use of Convenience Technology

Recently the St. Louis Urban Impact Center hosted a consumer awareness training on the potential scamming opportunities when using various systems to send or receive cash. One such phone app widely in use is Cash App, by Square Inc., which allows individuals to make payments to others using a mobile device. One of the benefits of Cash App is that consumers can get an optional Visa debit card that allows them to use funds from their Cash App account to make purchases from vendors and remove cash from an ATM.

The training provided information on how scammers take advantage of the unwary and tips to recognize when being approached by a scammer. The training also provided the following tips:

  • Never send money to unknown individuals
  • Use only a trusted source to explain the usage of the app and not strangers offering phone-based assistance
  • Do not provide sensitive information if someone pretends to call from Cash App
  • Remember that Cash App does not call and ask for sensitive information such as log-ins or passwords
  • Use a $Cashtag as an alternative to your phone number or email address

As the holidays approach, expect an increase in scamming incidents!

Contributed by Ms. Marla Moore-Collins, Regional Coordinator, St. Louis Urban Impact Center

Kansas City Urban Impact Center

Light the Night Walk to Raise Awareness

Light the Night Walk is the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's event to build awareness of blood cancers, as well as raise money for research.

The West Central Region 1890 Extension Programs, delivered through the Kansas City Urban Impact Center, recently participated in the Light the Night event on October 22 to raise awareness in the community.

Marion Halim, Regional Coordinator for the Kansas City Urban Impact Center, hosted an area virtual event to increase awareness and importance of early cancer screening. The center’s staff recruited over 35 participants from the community to walk a mile in support of the effort. As a result, the center raised over $1,200.

Volunteers for Walkathon Event

Although currently restricted by recommended social distancing guidelines, the Kansas City Urban Impact Center continues to create ways to interact with local communities to improve the quality of life for all its citizens. The center actively targets limited-resource and minority audiences in the Kansas City area by providing survival skills in the areas of personal health & wellness, STEM programs, 4-H programs, various other youth activities, money management and programs aimed toward seniors.

Contributed by Marion R. Halim, LCSW - Regional Coordinator Kansas City Urban Impact Center

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