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Top 20 federal and state government awards

Total: $17,427,601

Family Nutrition
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Missouri Department of Social Services
$7,653,958
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
$2,201,192
Project Manager: Max Summers, 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
$1,342,133
Project Manager: Steve Wyatt, 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 AgrAbility Project
U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
$702,000
Project Manager: Willard Downs

The Missouri AgrAbility Project was created to assist people with disabilities employed in agriculture. Staff members provide training, site visits, on-farm assessments, technical assistance and other information directly to the farmer, rancher or farm worker with a disease, disability or disorder.

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

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

This project will coordinate and advance Phosphorus management in the Heartland Region of the US and nationally by ensuring that P 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
$453,000
Project Manager: Max Summers

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

Methamphetamine Health and Safety Training
Missouri Department of Natural Resources
$431,950
Project Manager: Kevin Zumwalt

Extension's Fire and Rescue Training Institute will provide training and consulting services on the topic of  Methamphetamine Health and Safety to educate law enforcement officers on the identification, management,  disposal, and safety concerns of clandestine drug lab chemicals.

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

The 4-H/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, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
$397,530
Project Manager: Mary Hendrickson

Small and medium-sized farms are challenged by limited economic opportunities and increasing concerns about environmental quality. Although farming, including forestry, continues to be an important source of income, most of rural America is moving from an agrarian to post-agrarian economy. Despite decades of intervention and billions of dollars in public investment, many rural residents have a lower quality of life than many urban residents. This program promotes a multifaceted approach that uses regional perspectives to address the challenges encountered by small and medium-sized farms and rural communities.

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.

University of Missouri IPM Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
$378,471
Project Manager: William Wiebold

Extension’s Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM) educates farmers, homeowners and their advisers about the purpose, foundation and implementation of IPM. The program also disseminates information about effective and environmentally sound plant pest management practices, and identifies, monitors and evaluates existing and potential plant pests.

Nurse Education, Practice and Retention
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
$313,684
Project Manager: Shirley Farrah

The goal of this project is to strengthen and enhance the capacity for nurse education practice, quality, and retention to address the nursing shortage.

ExCEED: Extension Community Economic and Entrepreneurial Development
U.S. Small Business Administration
$299,000
Project Manager: Sharon Gulick

The University of Missouri Extension Community Development Program helps small rural Missouri communities create conditions in which entrepreneurs can emerge, thrive and grow. Topics of the training include coordinating network development and resources, retaining youth through self-employment and business development opportunities, and creating jobs by supporting the region’s local industry.

Healthy Relationship and Marriage Education Training Project
Administration for Children and Families, Division of U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services
$250,000
Project Manager: David Schramm

University of Missouri Extension, in partnership with the National Extension Relationship and Marriage Education Network and four other universities, works to meet the safety, permanency and well-being needs of vulnerable children and to reduce the disparity in the child welfare system. The approach is to increase child welfare workers’ access to relationship education by creating a cost-effective and sustainable multistate, five-tier delivery saturation model that joins existing resources and experiences.

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

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 Dept of Natural Resources
$233,042
Project Manager: Robert Broz

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.

EDA University Center
U.S. Department of Commerce
$200,000

The mission for Missouri’s EDA University Center, an Economic Development Administration program, is to serve as a link between university resources and Missouri businesses, economic development organizations, industry associations and entrepreneurs. The center helps businesses with technical and managerial capabilities to enable them to apply new technologies to enhance competitiveness of the organization.

Career Options Workshop
U.S. Department of Labor, Missouri Department of Economic Development
$185,357
Project Manager: Max Summers

Offered to dislocated workers, these one- or two-day workshops include information on exploration of work values, career interests, transferable skills, resume and cover letter writing, job interviewing, completing job applications, networking and job search strategies and methods.

FastTrac NewVenture Program
U.S. Department of Labor, Missouri Department of Economic Development
$181,473
Project Manager: Max Summers

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: $17,427,601