The 2017-18 Missouri State SARE PDP POW will focus on initiatives identified by the MO SARE PDP Advisory Board in association with the University of Missouri and Lincoln University Extension priorities. These SARE initiatives include: Integrated Pest Management, Sustainable Crop Production, and Sustainable Livestock Production. The advisory board also elected to participate in the North Central Region’s Soil Health & Water Initiative. Additionally since this plan of work covers a two year time frame and it is difficult to predict future needs the Advisory Board added another initiative entitled “Emerging Issues”. Two PDPs will be carried out under this initiative as detailed below. One additional PDP, with content to be determined will also be carried out under this initiative. This PDP has been calculated into the two year budget with a total expense based upon the total costs for the other PDPs. The content of this PDP will be determined as the need emerges and based upon critical training needs that arise over the next two years.
There will be five Missouri state initiatives for 2017-18, with each university sharing in leadership roles.
• MU & LU – Integrated Pest Management
• MU & LU – Sustainable Crop Production
• MU & LU – Sustainable Livestock Production
• MU & LU – Soils Health & Water
• MU & LU – Emerging Issues
The Missouri SARE Professional Development Program is focused on providing professional development opportunities for agricultural educators to hone or update their specific areas of professional expertise. This is primarily accomplished by offering professional development workshops (PDPs), professional development travel scholarships, and funding mini-grant projects with an emphasis on professional development.
Through a series of these opportunities detailed under Education and Outreach Initiatives section of this report state and county based Extension Specialist, Natural Resources Conservation Service personnel, Missouri Department of Agriculture personnel, High School Vocational Agriculture Teachers, and other educators a total of 107 educators were involved in professional development trainings planned and carried out by the MoSARE program, 17 educators participated in workshops utilizing professional development travel scholarships, and 3 received mini-grants.
Education & Outreach Initiatives
Through training, workshops, mini-grants and scholarships educators will hone their skills in integrated pest management tools and strategies.
Pinero-Intl-IPM-symposium-train-the-trainerThirty six educators attended the PDP: Updates on Integrated Management of Foliar and Soil borne Disease on Fruits & Vegetables : Host Resistance, Biologicals and use of Cover Crops – Leads, Dr. Zelalem Mersha – LU, Dr. David Trinklein – MU.
The two-day training followed third approaches to accomplish its objectives. First, various subject areas related to fruit and vegetable disease management were covered during the interactive presentations. Second, parts of the hands-on activity and showcases were made on research and outreach projects at LU farms: George W. Carver and Alan T. Busby Organically Certified farm. Major crops for this training will include but are not limited to solanaceous, cucurbits, and leafy vegetables as well as grape, blueberry, strawberry, raspberry and blackberry. Third a walking tour of these research facilities and interactive discussion was held.
As a direct product of attending this IPM workshop eleven educators incorporated newly gained knowledge into the ongoing programs, regular news letters, or created new programs on the topic directly reaching hundreds of producers.
Through training, workshops, mini-grants and scholarships educators will hone their skills in sustainable crop production management tools and strategies.
This objective for 2017 was addressed through the PDPs reported under the Topics of Integrated Pest Management and Emerging issues. In 2018 it will be addressed by and PDP Entitled Silviculuture & Timber Management Strategies.
Sustainable crop production concepts and practices were integrated into the curriculum presented at the Integrated Management of Foliar and Soil Borne disease workshop and The Missouri tomato conference workshop. Outcome are reported under those topic headers.
Through training, workshops, mini-grants and scholarships educators will hone their skills in sustainable livestock production management tools and strategies.
Beef Facilities, Animal Health/Welfare, and Manure Management – Leads – Dr. Ten Lim, MU, Dr. Joe Zulovich, MU
Twenty extension educators participated in this two day face to face pdp training. Areas discussed in this comprehensive PDP include training on: Housing – Covered feeding barns, Hoop house style calf barns, Wind Breaks, Others, Working facilities – Cattle psychology, Animal Health & Welfare, Facility Design, Environmental Considerations – Manure containment/management/water quality.
Sustainable Aquaculture – Shrimp & Fin Fish Production in the Midwest – Lead – Dr. David Brune, MU and Chuck Hicks, LU (emeritus) was presented.
This was a two day face to face training. designed to provide an overview of shrimp and fish production from low intensity ponds to super-intensive closed-system aquaculture processes. Twenty four farmers, investors, and other stake-holders participated increasing their knowledge and understanding of aquaculture production of large-mouth bass, crappie, catfish, marine and freshwater shrimp, as well as, economics of aquaculture systems, including required capital investment, cash flow, and profitability. Participates were offered a field trip to view pond production of freshwater shrimp, in-pond raceway production of crappie, and catfish, and indoor, recalculating culture of large-mouth bass, and super-intensive zero-discharge production of marine shrimp. In addition, all participates were afforded a hands-on opportunity to experience water quality analysis, animal sampling, microbial identification, and system-wide measurement of photosynthesis and water treatment capacity.
As a direct result of participation the PDP Beef Facilities, Animal Health/Welfare and Manure Management ten regional extension educators have had direct consultation with seventeen beef producers interested in development of on-farm beef feed-out facilities and/or beef handling facilities. Additionally material presented at this workshop were incorporated into ongoing programs and newsletters.
Through training, workshops, mini-grants and scholarships educators will hone their skills in understanding and managing the interactions between Soil Health and Water and include a sub-focus on the use of cover crops.
Through the use of MoSARE sponsorship ten Extension Educators participated in:
The Missouri Agro-forestry academy
The Midwest Cover Crops Council
The National Soil Health & Cover Crops Conference
The Missouri Non-point Source Pollution Educational Conference
The American Society of Agronomy
Through the use of a MoSARE mini-grant two educators conducted demonstration and trainings on the use of bio-char and other organically derived soil amendments with the intent of improving soil health and water holding capacity.
Soil health and water quality is a broad topic with many ways to approach the issue. MoSARE has provided professional development scholarships for educators to attend existing soil health and water related trainings and conferences rather than create and host new workshops. In 2017 ten extension educators took advantage of these opportunities incorporating their newly gained resources into their existing programming impacting hundreds of producers. The educators report consultations and workshops with producers on use of cover crops to improve soil overall soil health and microbial activity, soil organic matter, water holding capacity and increased yields.
To identify and quickly respond to the need for training pertaining to an emerging issue. In this case, the need for an all inclusive workshop on commercial scale tomato production.
The issue of the need for training in the realm of commercial scale tomato production was identified
The Missouri Tomato Workshop, a one day training was held in South West Missouri, organized by Patrick Byers, Robert Balek, Nashon Bishop, and David Middleton was conducted. Of the participant one-hundred plus participant, eleve extension educators participated, four vocational agriculture instructors, and two Missouri Department of Agriculture employees participated. They received training in all aspects of tomato production including IPM, cultivar selection, growing tomatoes in-doors, in-field propagation, plasti-culture, market development strategies, use of cover crops and more.
Missouri has small but, robust vegetable production industry that is in part the result of the demand for natural and/or locally raised food products. Tomato production in Missouri mirrors this overall trend. Through this workshop educators were able to enhance their technical skills in commercial scale vegetable production and utilize this with their clientele. Since this workshop educators report having directly interacted with over one-hundred producers on IPM, cultivar selection, plant propagation, season extension, and market considerations. Additionally the educators have incorporated their new knowledge into ongoing programs, producer meetings, and newsletters.
Educational & Outreach Activities
The emerging issue: Commercial Scale Tomato production workshop was one of the eye-opening, highlights of the year. Although the program targeted local educators and producers attendance due to interest and need was incredible. Only publicized locally the event drew small scale farm market producers to large commercial producers with participants from four states. The MoSARE state coordinators believe this level of interest is indicative of need.
Another highlight for the year was the first ever Mid-mo Backyard Garden to Small Farm Expo. The MoSARE program helped to organize this event. Previously there had been a “small farms” conference hosted in Central Missouri by a private business entity. That event moved from the area approximately five years ago leaving a void for small scale and start-up farmers. Sponsored by the local county extension office the Mid-Mo Expo is working to fill that void. Approximately 100 people participated in the first expo. The second expo is currently being developed for February of 2018.
Face of SARE
The MoSARE programs approach to the “Face of SARE” topic is to provide support, sponsorships, scholarship, and conduct educational activities that promote the core values of the SARE program. In 2017 the MoSARE program displayed, exhibited at, or sponsored mini-grants in support of the following:
Midwest Organic Association – Display and Scholarships
Governors Conference on Agriculture – Display
Missouri Association of Soil and Water Conservation districts – Display
Bringing Back the American Small Farm – Display and Scholarships
Heart of America Grazing Conference – Display and Scholarship
Hispanic and Latino Audiences – Agricultural Programs Awareness – Mini-grant
Cover Crops Education and Awareness – Scholarships
SARE Grant Writing Workshops – Hosting
Food Safety Modernization Act Training – Scholarships
Mid – Mo Expo – Minigrant and Scholarship
The Western Associations, Western Farm Show – Display
The Great Plains Growers Conference. – Display and Scholarships