SMS18-002

Project Overview

SMS18-002
Project Type: PDP State Program
Funds awarded in 2018: $11,111.00
Projected End Date: 06/30/2019
Grant Recipient: Alcorn State University
Region: Southern
State: Mississippi
State Coordinators:
Dr. Franklin Chukwuma
Alcorn State University
Co-Coordinators:
Dr. H. Randall Smith
Alcorn University

Commodities

  • Agronomic: annual ryegrass, clovers, grass (misc. perennial), hay, mustard, peas (field, cowpeas), peanuts, potatoes, sorghum sudangrass, vetches
  • Vegetables: beans, broccoli, cabbages, cucurbits, eggplant, greens (leafy), greens (lettuces), okra, peas (culinary), peppers, sweet corn, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips
  • Additional Plants: herbs
  • Animals: bovine, goats, swine
  • Animal Products: meat
  • Miscellaneous: mushrooms, syrup

Practices

  • Animal Production: feed/forage, feed management, grazing management, grazing - multispecies, grazing - rotational, livestock breeding, manure management, parasite control, pasture renovation, pasture fertility, preventive practices, rangeland/pasture management, stocking rate, stockpiled forages
  • Crop Production: biological inoculants, conservation tillage, contour farming, cover crops, crop improvement and selection, cropping systems, crop rotation, double cropping, drainage systems, drought tolerance, fertigation, fertilizers, foliar feeding, grafting, high tunnels or hoop houses, intercropping, irrigation, low tunnels, no-till, nutrient cycling, nutrient management, organic fertilizers, strip tillage, varieties and cultivars
  • Education and Training: decision support system, demonstration, extension, farmer to farmer, focus group, participatory research, technical assistance, workshop
  • Farm Business Management: farm-to-institution, farm-to-restaurant, farmers' markets/farm stands, farm succession
  • Natural Resources/Environment: soil stabilization, strip cropping
  • Pest Management: allelopathy, biological control, botanical pesticides, chemical control, competition, cultivation, cultural control, disease vectors, economic threshold, field monitoring/scouting, genetic resistance, integrated pest management, mating disruption, mulches - general, mulches - killed, mulches - living, mulching - vegetative, mulching - plastic, sanitation, smother crops, weather monitoring, weed ecology
  • Production Systems: agroecosystems, dryland farming, holistic management, hydroponics, organic agriculture
  • Soil Management: composting, earthworms, green manures, nutrient mineralization, organic matter, soil analysis, soil chemistry, soil microbiology, soil physics, soil quality/health
  • Sustainable Communities: employment opportunities, leadership development, new business opportunities, partnerships, public participation, public policy, sustainability measures, urban/rural integration, values-based supply chains

    Abstract:

    Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Model Plan of Work is a culmination of the involvement of the State Sustainable Agriculture Committee. This committee is composed of representatives from both 1862 & 1890 Extension Organizations, Federal and State Government Agencies, NGOs, and farmers. A program assistant has been employed to assist the state coordinators and the members of this committee in carrying out the training objectives set forth in this model plan. The main objective of this plan is to include all of the various SARE programs into a seamless program. This plan includes more public awareness of SARE through either individual contacts made during regional/district/county workshops or a state wide Sustainable Agriculture conference. Training goals will be reached by means of in-service education, conferences, workshops, demonstrations, field days, tours, and publications. The different media sources of the stakeholders will also be used to help reach the different focal groups set forth in this plan. Training materials developed by SARE will be incorporated into the training for extension staff. Attendance at National/Regional Conferences will be encouraged as a means of further professional development in sustainable Agriculture. Some training may be conducted jointly between both land grant universities in the state. Evaluation will be done using the logic model by the evaluation team. All institutions and agencies involved are committed to this plan and have committed resources of time, money, and personnel to carry it out.

    Project objectives:

    The main objective of the Model State Program is to incorporate all aspects of SARE into our State outreach program to expand knowledge and promote the adoption of sustainable agriculture practices to all farms and farmers regardless of size and type of production throughout Mississippi. The Committee will evaluate the objectives of the Model State Program and prioritize the programs and training that meets the most crucial needs in our state. Efforts will be made by the committee to leverage other resources with our funds in order to most effectively meet these needs.

    To accomplish our mission our specific objectives are:

    • Strengthen links of communication among Mississippi Universities, State and Federal Agencies, NGO’s, Farmers, and Communities.
    • Seek to establish SARE as a familiar positive concept with farmers, NGO’s and public.    
    • Increase efforts to get Extension Specialists, Field Agents and other Agency staff members to incorporate Sustainable Agriculture concepts in educational activities.
    • Increase involvement in the various grant programs.
    • Seek to make both commodity groups and legislative leaders aware of Sustainable Agriculture and its implications to all-Mississippians – both producers and consumers.

     

    Previously committee members have networked with other agencies and stakeholders to provide support and education and/or research needs for the transfer of information to promote adoption of sustainable agriculture practices by end users. We intend to continue in these efforts and feel we have made progress with Sustainable Ag concepts over the years. In the coming year, we will utilize new stakeholder involvement to leverage our support and communication to all Mississippians. Also having our program efforts approved as part of the Extension program training for agents will magnify the reach of these programs and provide a template for new program efforts. Each year we involve different extension faculty and agents that may not be familiar with SARE and the programs and opportunities available for their use in their educational efforts. Although we have made efforts to increase participation in SARE grant opportunities, encouraging Extension and Research Faculty, NGO, Farm Groups, Graduate Students and Farmers to consult with State Coordinators prior to submitting a proposal is a high priority so that proposals are developed for the correct grant opportunity and address the grant protocol.  

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.