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Faculty provided grape breeding update at USDA Project Director meeting

Dr. Chin-Feng Hwang attended and presented at the annual Project Director meeting for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)-Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Plant Biology and Plant Breeding programs May 14-15 at USDA-NIFA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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Getting the juicy details on grapevine research

Dr. Wenping Qiu, research professor in the William H. Darr School of Agriculture at Missouri State University, discovered the first DNA virus ever reported in grapevines, named the Grapevine vein clearing virus (GVCV). He and graduate student Michael Kovens discuss current research projects relating to this virus.

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Where’s the beef to where did this beef come from?

As consumers began demanding healthier, more organic, locally grown and sustainable food options, Missouri State University’s William H. Darr School of Agriculture began adapting its program to satisfy this new hunger. According to Dr. Anson Elliott, head of the school, Missouri State is unique in its ability to deliver the full scope of production for farm to table grass-fed beef.

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Learn from the legacy of George Washington Carver

IMG_0097Tour a working cattle operation. Learn about the legacy of George Washington Carver. Explore fruit science at the Fruit Experiment Station.

This is just a taste of what you can expect as a participant in Missouri State University’s first-ever George Washington Carver Agricultural Academy July 21-25.

About the Academy

This five-day, four-night camp will focus on the contributions George Washington Carver had on the agricultural sciences. You will become informed of his research and work with 20th century farming practices that are the foundation to many of today’s agriculture industry. Activities will include an excursion to the George Washington Carver National Monument.

The academy is held on the Missouri State University campus and all expenses, including room and board, are defrayed by the program. View the academy’s brochure for more details.

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Eligibility information

To be eligible for participation in the academy, you must:

  • Be entering you junior or senior year during the 2014-15 school year.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5.
  • Have an interest in the broader sciences, but specifically agriculture related.
  • Submit a completed application by April 18, 2014.

The application process is finalized with a face-to-face interview.

Application information

Your application must include:

  • A completed application form
  • A 500-word essay
  • High school transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation, one of which must come from the student’s high school counselor

Applications are due April 18, 2014, to the William H. Darr School of Agriculture office.

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USDA grant supports education about food security

Dr. Arbindra Rimal, Missouri State University professor of agriculture, received a half-million dollar grant through the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The grant focuses on education about food security and is a joint project with five universities in Missouri.

The objectives of this project are to digitally share resources and provide field courses and internships among partnering institutions, establish a seamless transfer process allowing students to transition from a two-year to a four-year institution, encourage undergraduate agricultural students to continue their education to advanced degrees, and develop outreach programs for agricultural students and the community.

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Dr. Anson Elliott receives Missouri’s Agricultural Educator of the Year award

Dr. Anson ElliottDr. Anson Elliott, head of the William H. Darr School of Agriculture, received high honors during the 44th Missouri Governor’s Conference on Agriculture, hosted by Gov. Jay Nixon and the Missouri Department of Agriculture. During the awards banquet, Gov. Nixon and Missouri’s Director of Agriculture Richard Fordyce recognized Elliott with Missouri’s Agricultural Educator of the Year award in front of hundreds of Missouri producers and agribusiness leaders.

He is the second recipient of this award.

A leading force for 20+ years

Elliott has led Missouri State’s agriculture programs since 1980, balancing his responsibilities as a member of the teaching faculty and overseer of off-campus facilities with those of his administrative role. He also advises undergraduate and graduate students, as well as student organizations within the Darr School of Agriculture.

He is committed to growing opportunities for Missouri agriculture students as well as producers. In 2012, he traveled to Russia with the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service and Missouri agriculture leaders in an effort to develop and grow partnerships among educators and employers. He also continues to be involved in partnerships to grow Missouri State’s research farms and facilities, as well as to strengthen the already outstanding genetics within the University’s livestock.

Helping secure the future of Missouri agriculture

“The men and women educating the next generation of Missouri agriculture are essential to the continued success of our state and our nation,” said Fordyce. “It is key that we recognize those who serve as a strong voice for the future of Missouri agriculture, especially those whose deep commitment, spanning nearly four decades, reaches throughout our industry.”

Elliot is a member of Missouri’s Agricultural Leaders of Tomorrow (ALOT) organization, and was honored with the group’s Missouri Agriculture Leader of the Year award in 2006.

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Maroon Minute highlights USDA grant supporting agriculture education

Developing the next generation of agricultural leaders and advocates is a passion for Dr. Gary Webb and Christine Sudbrock. Both are faculty members in the William H. Darr School of Agriculture at Missouri State University.

Webb and Sudbrock recently received a $277,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for their project “Linking to Focus on Agriculture Sustainability and Food Security.”

This project will create two new agriculture courses focusing on sustainability: Survey of Sustainable Animal Agriculture and Advocating Policies Affecting Food Security.

The program will also support research on public perception about the country’s agricultural practices and create a one-day forum for advocates and community members to discuss American agricultural production issues.

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Faculty Awarded Funds for Grapevine Improvement Research

Dr. Chin-Feng Hwang, associate professor at the William H. Darr School of Agriculture at Missouri State University, was awarded $304,040 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to initiate the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Competitive Grants Program project entitled “Genome-enabled Genetic Study of Grape Botrytis Bunch Rot Resistance.”

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