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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. 

Missouri AgrAbility Program

U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
$702,000
6/15/2009 - 6/14/2014
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.

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
$531,622
9/24/2012 - 8/31/2015
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.

Translational Genomics for Improving Sow Reproductive Longevity

University of Nebraska
$241,967
12/1/2012 - 10/31/2015
Project Manager: Tim Safranski

MU's agriculture faculty will provide much of the extension activity sponsored in a USDA proposal awarded to the University of Nebraska. Missouri's role will include careful coordination among research and extension activities, development of factsheets and other guides, and management of the international symposium to be held in year 3.

Our Missouri Waters, Spring River Watershed Management

Missouri Department of Natural Resources
$233,042
4/1/2013 - 3/31/2015
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.

Strategic Alliance Agreement

U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
$219,600
12/4/2009 - 9/27/2014
Project Manager: Pat Guinan

Earth Networks has contracted with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to coordinate and implement a multi-state project in which data will be collected from weather stations and used by NOAA to improve forecasting abilities and current computer weather models. Missouri will participate in this project, collecting atmospheric and sub surface data at many of our weather sites. 

Missouri Integrated Pest Management Program

US Dept of Agriculture/NIFA
$184,400
9/1/2013 - 8/31/2014
Project Manager: William Wiebold

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.

Precision Nitrogen Management

University of Tennessee
$151,575
9/15/2011 - 12/31/2014
Project Manager: David Dunn

The Missouri component of this project will consist of four on-farm demonstrations. In these demonstrations sensor based precision nitrogen applications will be compared to the practices currently employed by Missouri cotton producers.

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
$130,389
1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014
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.

Useful to Usable:  Transforming Climate Variability

Purdue University
$125,885
4/15/2011 - 4/14/2014
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.

Sustainable Agriculture Professional Development Project

North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
$120,000
1/1/2012 - 12/31/2015
Project Manager: Debra Ann Kelly

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.

Comprehensive Risk Management Tools

US Dept of Agriculture
$97,706
9/30/2013 0 9/29/2014
Project Manager: Ray Massey

Ag Extension specialists will educate Missouri livestock and forage producers on price and production risk management tools that can assist in increasing and stabilizing their income.  They will conduct 10 short and 10 intensive educational programs in Missouri that include three main topics:  1) the proper use of Livestock Risk Production (LRP) and Livestock Gross Margin (LGM) insurance; 2) on production tools, especially Pasture/Rangeland/Forage (PRF) insurance; and 3) using weather information to manage production risk.

Factors Affecting Adoption of Nutrient Management Practices

U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
$82,219
9/1/2012 - 8/31/2015
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.

Fostering Local Food-Based Economic Development Strategies

University of Minnesota
$75,000
1/1/2012 - 12/31/2014
Project Manager: Sharon Gulick

Communities across Missouri are expressing interest in sharing facilities that process local food products. But information and expertise in this area has been lacking.  Extension will provide the skills and knowledge that will allow professionals to work with communities to determine whether shared facilities for processing local foods is a good economic development tool.  A series of briefs and webinars will provide the knowledge and skills necessary for educators to effectively work with communities.

Teaching Missouri Dairy Producers to Use Margin Insurance

North Central Risk Management Education Center
$34,917
7/1/2013 - 6/30/2014
Project Manager: Joe Horner

Missouri's Grade A dairy producers milk an average of 95 cows. Traditionally these dairies relied upon USDA's Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) program during tight margin years. MILC survived through September 2013 but will likely be replaced by margin insurance or be eliminated in the next farm bill. This project will result in five regional workshops training dairy producers how to insure their income over feed cost margin. Training curriculum will include the new farm bill margin insurance, Livestock Gross Margin (LGM) Dairy, hedging through brokers, and risk management tools available from DFA Risk Management.

Missouri Green Fields Initiative

Mid-America Research and Development Foundation
$31,600
4/1/2013 - 3/31/2014
Project Manager: William Wiebold

World demand for Missouri soybeans is at a record level. Demand will continue to grow as world population increases at an increasing rate. Economic advancements in India, China, Brazil and other countries will increase demand for meat and poultry — both large users of soybeans. Missouri farmers are more than able to meet these challenges. But soybeans must be produced in a manner that protects our soils and environment for future generations of farmers. This project will help enable farmers to meet the challenge of combining high productivity with sustainable crop, nutrient and pest management.

Development of Branded Educational Programs to Manage

Purdue University
$30,000
10/1/2012 - 9/30/2014
Project Manager: Kevin Bradley

The goal of this project is to disseminate research results and recommendations related to the management of herbicide resistance in weeds, and specifically glyphosate-resistant weeds in Missouri.

Managing Forage Production Risk with Small Scale Irrigation

North Central Risk Management Education Center
$19,895
7/1/2013 - 6/30/2014
Project Manager: Ryan Milhollin

This project will develop and disseminate educational materials to inform dairy and beef producers using intensive grazing systems about investing in irrigation to mitigate droughts. Irrigation systems such as center pivots, traveling guns, traveling spiders and K-Line systems will be the focus.

Saving Endangered Hog Breeds

The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy
$17,716
9/1/2011-8/31/2014
Project Manager: Tim Safranski

Agriculture extension specialists will develop educational materials based on historic pasture-based management practices and modern nutritional and health information, and conduct actual and virtual workshops to educate breeders and producers in sustainable husbandry of endangered swine breeds.

Using Grazing Wedges to Match Beef Cattle Nutrient Need

North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
$148,138
1/15/2010 - 1/14/2013
Project Manager: Justin Sexten

New pasture budgeting techniques will be taught to beef producer groups allowing them to make objective management decisions regarding cow and calf management while effectively managing input costs, pasture quality and carrying capacity.

Extension Assistant for the Missouri Nutrient Reduction Strategy

Missouri Department of Natural Resources
$61,396
11/1/2012 - 10/31/2013
Project Manager: Robert Broz

An Ag Extension Assistant will work with the Missouri Nutrient Reduction Strategy Committee to develop spreadsheets, maps, and analytical tools to compile cost estimates for best management practices that protect Missouri's waters.

Reducing Phosphorus Runoff with On-Farm Crop Response Testing

U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service
$50,000
1/1/2011 - 12/31/2013
Project Manager: Peter Scharf

The purpose of this project is to leverage existing producer investment in yield monitors to help them reduce phosphorus fertilizer use and phosphorus runoff to water while increasing profitability.

Timing Irrigation Based on Wireless Measurements of Total Available Water

Cotton, Inc.
$45,000
1/1/2013 - 12/31/2013
Project Manager: Joseph Henggeler

The objective is to determine the ideal water trigger for irrigation during the two primary growth stages of cotton.

Enhancing Missouri Watershed Information Network

Missouri Department of Agriculture
$25,289
10/1/2010-9/30/2013
Project Manager: Robert Broz

This project will be designed to increase the overall effectiveness of Missouri Watershed Information Network (MoWIN) as a decision support management tool and provide science based information to producers and agency personnel working on nine element watershed management plans.

Maintenance and Enhancement of the National Nutrient Manual

U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service
$20,000
10/1/2012 - 9/30/2013
Project Manager: John Lory

Ag Extension will facilitate continued maintenance and improvement of two nationally available platforms supporting the development of Comprehensive Nutrient Management (CNMP) and other Plans common to animal feeding operations (AFOs).

Alternative Energy Production and Utilization on Farms

Lincoln University
$19,892
3/1/2012 - 12/31/2013
Project Manager: Robert Broz

Sustainability is a dynamic process that preserves the environment through proper use of natural resources. The objective of this project is to design and offer two workshops, each of three days' duration, on utilization of solar energy and the production and utilization of biogas on a farm.  

The Key to Telemetry:  Knowing the Ideal Soil Moisture in which to Irrigate

Cotton, Inc.
$16,400
1/1/2013-12/31/2013
Project Manager: Joe Henggeler

The deliverable from this project will be soil water tension thresholds Missouri famers can use to determine when to irrigate.

Making Wireless Soil Moisture Monitoring a Useable Tool

Cotton, Inc.
$15,800
1/1/2012 - 12/31/2012
Project Manager: Joe Henggeler

The objectives of this project include demonstrating wireless soil moisture technology on a privately owned cotton farm, identifying any problems that might occur and fine-tuning this technology as a best management practice.

Using Cotton Yield Monitor Data to Spot-check Irrigation

Cotton, Inc.
$13,000
1/1/2013-12/31/2013
Project Manager: Joe Henggeler

MU Ag Extension program will develop a software package that will allow data to be parsed from existing yield data files in an effort to show how irrigation practices affected yield.

Developing and Disseminating Local Apple Cultivars and Rootstock Recommendations for Commercial Growers, Extension Educators, and Home Gardeners for the Humid Eastern U.S.

University of Minnesota
$10,845
9/1/2010 - 8/31/2014
Project Manager: Michele Warmund

A great deal of research-based information relating to apple rootstocks and cultivars (varieties) has been archived in scientific journals, but is not readily available to most commercial apple growers, county educators, nurserymen, or home gardeners. Dr. Michele Warmund, University of Missouri, will serve on the “Community of Practice” team that consists of apple experts representing various regions in the eastern U.S.  She will help develop regional apple rootstock and cultivar descriptions and recommendations. She and the other team members will meet once a year to identify those responsible for organizing the identification and summarization of existing information.  

National Setbacks Database

U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service
$10,000
8/15/2011 - 9/30/2013
Project Manager: John Lory

Ag extension will verify and update information for the 34 states currently in the Setbacks Database based on NRCS and state regulatory requirements of 2011. It will also locate, organize and enter setback data for 16 remaining states into the database based on these requirements.