On February 4, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hosted a Black History Month presentation for the College of Agriculture and area stakeholders. The focus of the presentation was the contributions of underserved populations on the environmental justice movement.
Presenters included EPA staff Pamela Houston, Community Involvement Coordinator; Yolanda Holden, Region 7 Criminal Enforcement Counsel; and Monica Espinosa, Communications Coordinator. The virtual presentation was hosted by Ruth Canada, Director of Auxiliary and Engagement for the College of Agriculture. Each presenter shared an informative segment about the history of the EPA environmental history with underserved communities and the impact of environmental justice on communities. Lincoln University College of Agriculture works with the EPA through a memorandum of understanding and looks forward to future presentations and collaborations.
On February 23 at 7:00 pm, an eager crowd of over 200 people awaited entry into the Sikeston Fieldhouse to witness and enjoy the first annual “Stepping into Your Greatness” as part of Sikeston Senior High School’s Black History program.
The event also celebrated Sikeston's first African American Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Tony Robinson. During its planning stage, Dr. Robinson and Ms. Taniesha Pulley, a college advisor and alum of Lincoln University requested the assistance of LU alum, Felecia Anderson (Regional Educator-4H/Youth-Sikeston Office) and Sikeston office staff members Pershard Owens and Tiara Riggs-Butler to ensure the event’s success, turning a dream into a reality.
Some of the highlights from the event included performances by the Lincoln University Cooperative Extension Choir and Step Team.
Training Workshops for Friends in Guatemala and Haiti
On February 23 and 24, Dr. Homero Salinas, Small Ruminant State Extension and Research Specialist, conducted a workshop for Haitian farmers through Home Roots Foundation.
The Home Roots Foundation, a grassroots community organization is dedicated to improving the welfare of the communities they serve. The organization sought the help of Dr. Salinas to assist with the development of a model farm in Haiti's Jean-Rabel commune to serve as a center for agricultural training and food security initiatives needed in rural areas.
To help farm staff build capacity with small ruminant production, Dr. Salinas was contacted as a remote F2F (Farmer-to-Farmer) volunteer to conduct workshops with Home Roots Foundation staff on fundamental principles and production practices of meat and milk of goats. This award contributes to the foundation's broader goals by promoting rural food security and agricultural revival in Haiti.
Dr. Tumen Wuliji Receives Grant Funding to Further Assist Students
In his recently published article in the February 2021 edition of ARD UPDATES (Association of 1890 Research Directors) Monthly Newsletter, Dr. Tumen Wuliji, Associate Professor of Animal Science at Lincoln University of Missouri, explained the significance of being a recipient of the University of Missouri, NIFA Graduate Fellowship Grant titled “Establish and enhancement of animal science graduate training program at Lincoln University.”
The project was funded for $246,000 to support six master graduate fellows. The fellows will be selected following the Lincoln University standard graduate admission criteria as well as the USDA NNF funding criteria with a special consideration for underrepresented groups.
The grant will have a significant impact on the number of Lincoln University's graduate-level enrollments in Animal Science. The funding will allow for additional recruitment efforts and education in the areas of Small Ruminant Production; Outdoor Poultry; and Food-Fish Production. Furthermore, it will increase and enhance diversity of the graduate-level workforce, thereby strengthening the food and animal industry’s competitiveness in the nation.
(Photo: Dr. Wuliji (right) trains students to use the the latest technology used in the field of animal science)
To read the full article
Dr. Babu Valliyodan, Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology & Genomics, peer-reviewed research article titled "Genetic variation among 481 diverse soybean accessions, inferred from genomic re-sequencing" was published by Scientific Data on February 8, 2021.
Other authors included: Anne V. Brown, Juexin Wang, Gunvant Patil, Yang Liu, Paul I. Otyama, Rex T. Nelson, Tri Vuong, Qijian Song, Theresa A. Musket, Ruth Wagner, Pradeep Marri, Sam Reddy, Allen Sessions, Xiaolei Wu, David Grant, Philipp E. Bayer, Manish Roorkiwal, Rajeev K. Varshney, Xin Liu, David Edwards, Dong Xu, Trupti Joshi, Steven B. Cannon & Henry T. Nguyen.
Background & Summary
Soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.] is one of the major grain legumes and oil seeds cultivated worldwide, particularly in Asia and the Americas. The cultivated soybean, G. max, was domesticated from its wild relative, G. soja, around the Eleventh Century B.C, in Eastern China. Cultivated soybean spread to other locations through Asia shortly following domestication, and was then introduced into the United States in 1765. Soybean lost genetic diversity through domestication-related genetic bottlenecks, while the wild relative G. soja, growing in various environmental conditions, retained significant genetic diversity.
Funding for Grower-friendly Attract-and-Kill System for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
Dr. Clement Akotsen-Mensah (LU Cooperative Research and Extension - Integrated Pest Management)
Title: Evaluation of a grower-friendly attract-and-kill system for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, Halyomorpha halys
Jamie Pinero, University of Massachusetts and Clement Akotsen-Mensah, Lincoln University
Invasive insect species are emerging as pest issues in fruit, vegetable and field crop production in Missouri and nationwide. The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) Halyomorpha halys (Stål) (Pentatomidae), is an invasive insect pest species recently introduced into U.S., and it is rapidly expanding its range of distribution and damage. This species pose a serious threat to specialty crop production in the U.S. and to Missouri’s agriculture in particular.
BMSB has already been reported in Missouri. Although, it is at this point, only reached nuisance pest level. This applied research project is in partnership with University of Massachusetts which aims at evaluating trap cropping in association with the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) pheromone and insecticide-treated netting as a potential IPM tool to manage this invasive pest, particularly near crop harvest. Extension personnel from every New England state, in partnership with the Northeastern IPM Center, will disseminate the research-based information that will be generated. This collaborative project will be useful to small and mid-scale growers.
In the Midwest, BMSB populations are rapidly becoming established. In Missouri, the BMSB was detected in 2013. Fruit growers face tough choices about protecting crops from BMSB near harvest, when pest populations are higher. Broad-spectrum insecticides are effective but also kill beneficial insects and some materials cannot be applied near harvest. Stakeholders have voiced the need to address this pest.
This project has strong grower support. Our main research goal is to pull stink bugs to the trap crop areas where they can be killed, away from the cash crop. In the first year of the project, we will quantify BMSB response to sunflower and buckwheat combinations, either alone or in association with the BMSB pheromone. In the second year, the most effective treatment will be selected and the effectiveness of this approach will be assessed at managing BMSB in commercial orchards. Measurable outputs, outcomes, and impacts are centered on:
1. Generating new knowledge on a grower-friendly attract-and-kill strategy suitable for small-scale farms
2. Improving farmers’ knowledge and awareness of benefits provided by monitoring BMSB and attract-and-kill strategies
3. On-farm research to increase the likelihood of grower adoption.
Results are expected to provide information for growers on the performance of a novel grower-friendly, attract-and-kill strategy involving trap cropping, the BMSB pheromone, and insecticide-treated netting. For organic growers, this research will involve applications of the OMRI-listed insecticide AZERA to trap crop areas after bloom.
On February 8, the College of Agriculture, Environmental and Human Sciences announced approval of grant funding of Dr. Clement Akotsen-Mensah’s IPM award (with Dr. Jaime Pinero, University of Massachusetts) Critical Issues grant proposal titled Development of Predictive Models for Managing Spotted Wing Drosophila in Small Fruit Production in Missouri.
This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Crop Protection and Pest Management Program through the North Central IPM Center (2018-70006-28883).
This 2-year project is funded by Northeastern IPM Center.
The proposal was funded for the full amount of $39,757.
The February edition of the AEA’s (Association of Extension Administrators) Extension Today Newsletter featured an article on the Lincoln University Paula J. Carter Center.
Located on the south campus of Lincoln University, the Center’s staff dedicate their work towards improving the quality of life for Missouri's aging minority populations by promoting health literacy and positive health behaviors to reduce disparities and inequities in access to health-related care.
All efforts are made to reduce disparities through the development of culturally and educationally appropriate programs provided through community outreach.
Efforts to Discourage Vaccination Apprehension
More recent virtual workshops have been hosted by the Center to address COVID-19 vaccination concerns. Seniors were able to ask questions and get factual information related this issue. Presenters included:
Ms. Sandy Hentges (Chief, Cancer and Chronic Disease Control, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services), Jefferson City, Missouri
Mr. Steve Callaway (Retired Pharmacist/Consultant), Columbia, Missouri
Dr. Sarvjeet Singh, Houston, Texas
Mr. Anon Anderson (LU Cooperative Extension Area Educator)