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Top 20 federal and state government awards

Total: $21,031,021

Family Nutrition
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Missouri Department of Social Services
$10,309,387
Project Manager: Jo Britt-Rankin, HES Extension

The Family Nutrition Education Program (FNEP) provides Missourians with knowledge and skills to lead a healthy life. Nutrition educators teach school children and parents the value of making healthy food choices, staying physically fit, practicing food safety methods and stretching food dollars.

Missouri Small Business Technology Development Center
U.S. Small Business Administration
$2,036,710
Project Manager: Steve Devlin, Business Extension

The Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Centers (SBTDC) deliver high-quality, high-impact counseling and training to the state’s entrepreneurs. All four University of Missouri System campuses have an SBTDC presence, which readily serves more than 60 percent of Missouri’s population. The remainder of Missouri is served via subcontracts with institutions across the state.

Mid-America Trade Adjustment Assistance Center
U.S. Department of Commerce
$1,728,455
Project Manager: Steve Devlin, Business Extension

The Mid-America Trade Adjustment Assistance Center provides market-based investments in domestic manufacturers located in Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas that are adversely impacted by competition with imports.

Missouri E&T SNAP Education Program
Missouri Department of Social Services
$1,075,467
Project Manager: Steve Devlin, Business Extension

The University of Missouri Business Development program will assist with the Missouri Employment and Training Program for the SNAP Ed program (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).

Small Business Development Program Agreement with Missouri Department of Economic Development
Missouri Department of Economic Development
$729,000
Project Manager: Steve Devlin, Business Extension

University of Missouri Extension helps the Department of Economic Development grow early-stage businesses through the effective delivery of quality business services that offer management assistance and improve access to capital for existing small businesses and Missouri entrepreneurs.

Missouri Afterschool State Network
U.S. Department of Education, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
$641,593
Project Manager: Teresa Foulkes, 4-H Extension

This project, funded nearly 90 percent by federal dollars, allows the 4-H Extension program to work with statewide partners to see that all school-age children and youth in Missouri have access to high-quality, sustained afterschool programs. The goal is to provide safe, nurturing programs that extend experiential learning, academic achievement and social, recreational and personal life skills.

Validate, Improve and Regionalize Phosphorus Indices
U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
$531,622
Project Manager: John Lory, Agriculture Extension

This project coordinates and advance Phosphorus management in the Heartland Region of the U.S. and nationally by ensuring that phosphorus indices are appropriately tested in accordance with the 2012 NRCS 590 Standard and promoting consistency of results across physiographic regions in order to promote better consistency among state recommendations in the Heartland region.

MoPTAC
U.S. Defense Logistics Agency
$510,000
Project Manager: Steve Devlin, Business Extension

Extension’s Business Development Program provides specialized and professional assistance to individuals and businesses seeking contracting and subcontracting opportunities.

Direct Certification Planning Grant
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
$448,103
Project Manager: Jo Britt-Rankin, HES Extension

Missouri education officials want to bolster the statewide system that identifies children eligible to receive free meals through the National School Lunch Program. University of Missouri Extension will assist the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education with developing a plan to improve the state's direct certification process for children receiving benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF).

Kansas City 21st-Century Community Learning Center
U.S. Department of Education, Local Investment Committee
$399,959
Project Manager: Cynthia Zluticky

The 4-H and LINC project focuses on select elementary and K–8 schools in the Kansas City area that meet the criteria of “targeted for school improvement” or “academically deficient.” The goal is to improve academic outcomes and assure that youth are prepared for successful and productive adulthood.

Explaining Linkages Among Farmers and Consumers in Local and Regional Food Systems to Enhance Rural Development
U.S. Department of Agriculture
$397,530
Project Manager: Sharon Gulick

Local and regional food systems are a promising entrepreneurial solution for rural development, and may enhance the prosperity of at-risk small- and medium-sized farms and improve the health and wellbeing of consumers. One of the objectives of this project is to examine the opportunities and challenges for linking producers and consumers together in local and regional food systems.

Financial and Community Capacity
U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
$389,670
Project Manager: Stephen Jeanetta

Research has revealed Latino farmers and ranchers are largely a hidden population, lacking organization and access to community resources. In addition, they are not up to date on business and management techniques that will qualify them for resources when they do apply for loans or other resources. A two-pronged approach will be used to address both sets of issues. The first will be a set of workshops that help farmers organize, understand the community resource base, connect to producer networks and build relationships with resource agencies. The second is a program that introduces Latino farmers and ranchers to basic business and farming and ranching practices that will help them qualify for resources they can use to grow their enterprises.

Make It in America
U.S. Economic Development Administration
$305,705
Project Manager: David Schmidt, Business Extension

This project helps develop a supply chain, its logistics, and the infrastructure (human and physical) necessary to build Small Modular (nuclear) Reactors (SMRs) for the nuclear industry. The SMR project will build a new industry focused on clean energy with strong market demand in both the United States and abroad.

Identification and Management of Alleles Impairing Heifer Fertility While Optimizing Genetic Gain in Angus Cattle
U.S. Department of Agriculture
$251,208
Project Manager: David Patterson, Agriculture Extension

This project identifies recessive loci that cause embryonic or early developmental mortality to improve reproductive rates in U.S. Angus cattle. This is an integrated project with the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. Extension is developing a Web-based comprehensive educational training program to enable all segments of the beef cattle sector to learn about the benefits of adopting genomic technologies in making decisions about cattle breeding.

Technical Rescue Training Prop and Support Equipment
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
$242,118
Project Manager: David Hedrick, Fire Rescue Training Institute

The Fire and Rescue Training Institute of the University of Missouri (MU FRTI) is the federally identified state fire training system for the state of Missouri. MU FRTI provides comprehensive cognitive education and manipulative skills training for Missouri’s fire service and other emergency responders through an extensive system of instructional outreach. The funding provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will allow the institute to replace and update the equipment and supplies used in their technical rescue courses, such as the Grain Bin Rescue Operation.

Translational Genomics for Improving Sow Reproductive Longevity
U.S. Department of Agriculture
$241,967
Project Manager: Tim Safranski, Agriculture Extension

University of Nebraska and the University of Missouri collaborate on a USDA-funded project to study translational genomics for improving sow reproductive longevity, and coordinate collection of samples and associated data for 10,000 commercial gilts. Samples will be collected from different genetic populations to include representatives of at least five genetic suppliers and the National Swine Registry and to cover genetics of pigs representing more than 85 percent of commercial pigs in the U.S.

Our Missouri Waters, Spring River Watershed Management Project
Environmental Protection Agency, Missouri Department of Natural Resources
$233,042
Project Manager: Robert Broz, Agriculture Extension

As a key partner of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for watershed-based nonpoint source (NPS) pollution control efforts, MU Extension helps with the Our Missouri Watershed initiative. In addition, MU Extension works with and supports the department with watershed summits, meeting facilitation, agriculture outreach, capacity building, watershed group formation, identification of potential Section 319 implementation opportunities, and other NPS-related tasks.

Enhanced Leadership Development Academy
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
$220,000
Project Manager: Shirley Farrah, Nursing Education Extension

In an effort to strengthen leadership capacity, improve nurse retention, and improve quality of care in long-term facilities, the University of Missouri Nursing Program provides this training program for registered nurses and nursing home administrators. This is a structured educational program that uses a combination of face-to-face sessions and two Webinars with a curriculum that has been shown to improve leadership behaviors.

4-H National Mentoring Program
National 4-H Council, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
$181,741
Project Manager: Lynna Lawson, 4-H Extension

The Missouri 4-H Mentoring Program (M4HMP) provides ongoing mentoring opportunities with 5- to 17-year-old youths in 4-H LIFE and 8- to 17-year-old youths in 4-H Tech Wizards. The audience is youths who are geographically distanced from at least one parent and those living in urban areas. The long-term goal is to reduce risky behaviors in young people. Short-term goals include increased youth life skills, academics and improved parent-child relationships.

FastTrac NewVenture Program
U.S. Department of Labor, Missouri Department of Economic Development
$157,744
Project Manager: Steve Devlin, Business Extension

FastTrac workshops provide a practical, hands-on business program designed to help entrepreneurs develop skills needed to create, manage and develop a successful business.

Total: $21,031,021