Final USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program Distribution
Food Deliveries to Help Families Make it Through the Winter Months Ahead
The final round of the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program Distribution ended on December 30, 2020. With the continuous support of various state agencies, local churches and other state and community organizations, the mission to help feed thousands residing in the Missouri Southeast Bootheel area was achieved in this one-day event.
In appreciation of these great efforts, Missouri Governor Mike Parsons and Missouri Senator Mike Hawley, along with others, traveled to Southeast Missouri Region to witness firsthand the tremendous work involved in the planning, coordination and distribution of food to local constituents.
Proud sponsors for this event included:
• United States Department of Agriculture
• Lincoln University Cooperative Extension - Charleston Outreach Center
• Feeding America
• Southeast Missouri Food Bank
• Liberty Fruit Company
• Ameren UE
• DRPAM J Transport, LLC
• Missouri Department of Social Services
• Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services - Office of Minority Health
• Missouri Dept. of Transportation
• Missouri State Highway Patrol
• Mississippi County Sheriff’s Department
• Charleston Department of Public Safety
• Ole Tyme Produce
• Williams Funeral Home, Inc.
• Missouri Grown
• Unilever of Jefferson City, Missouri
• Liberty Foods Inc.
• The Taylor Center Inc.
• Meet the Need Inc.
• Tyson Foods of Dexter, Missouri
• St. Francis Medical Center
During this special visit, Lincoln University Cooperative Extension’s Sheryl Maxwell (Southeast Missouri Outreach Center Program Assistant) was honored for her longstanding efforts in coordinating efforts to combat food shortages in the surrounding areas. As of the first delivery since May 4, 2020, more than 326 tons of dairy, produce, and meat was skillfully coordinated and distributed throughout the region. At the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 3500 families were served.
In the February 1, 2020 edition of Missouri Life Magazine, writer Porcshe N. Moran explains the history of hemp production in Missouri, dating back prior to the Civil War. In her article “ANOTHER HEYDAY FOR HEMP,” she takes a close look at what Lincoln University Industrial Hemp Institute is currently accomplishing and what plans it has for the future.
In his interview, LU Outreach Coordinator David Middleton explains a few of the potential obstacles new hemp producers may encounter and offers solutions to remedy any pitfalls due to state and federal laws.
The article is a “must read” for future newcomers to the hemp industry and those monitoring its success in Missouri.
Click here to read this online article published by Missouri Life Magazine
Lettuce Drop is an important plant disease to watch for, particularly Missouri growers utilizing high tunnels to grow their crop. The symptoms of this crop disease are:
• Wilting of the outermost layer of leaves indicating infection to the crowns
• Crowns that display brown, soft and watery decay, followed by snowy-white fungal growth that causes the plant to wilt.
• Black sclerotia (a plant pathogenic fungus) on the leaf and crown area.
Dr. Jaimin Patel, Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology at Lincoln University Cooperative Research created a five-minute video for participants of the Winter Production Conference series. This conference took place online on February 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd, 2021 on Zoom. The short video explains lettuce drop symptoms, how the disease spreads, and what growers can do to manage the disease. All segments of the conference have been recorded and are available for future viewing.
LU Cooperative Research will provide monthly training sessions for major analytical instrument operation and sample analysis. The trainings are open LU faculty, staff, and students across campus starting 2021. This effort attempts to strengthen research collaborations on campus and enhance the use efficiency of our instruments.
With the support of United States Department of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA), the Cooperative Research Division at Lincoln University of Missouri has recently acquired and installed a high-resolution liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry (LC-MS) system.
LC-MS is an advanced, high precision analytical instrument that is able to analyze a wide-range of organic compounds and chemical structures with a high sensitivity. These include pesticides, environmental contaminants, animal or plant metabolites, and others. It is used primarily in animal, plant, food and environmental research.
The acquisition and installation of this instrumentation enables our scientists to conduct cutting-edge research to address critical issues facing Missouri farmers in our Cooperative Research Program. Installation of this instrument will significantly enhance our research capacity for agriculture and food research, and Lincoln University to provide the best research service to stakeholders.