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Dr. James Baker, Dr. Erin Parrish and Thomas Downs, Esq. Visit the Fruit Station

Dr. James Baker – Vice President for Research and Economic Development and International Programs, Dr. Erin Parrish – Director of Office of Research Administration, and Thomas Downs Esq. visited the Fruit Station today and met with Darr School of Agriculture Director Dr. Ronald Del Vecchio to discuss the current projects at the Fruit Station.  After discussion the group toured the distillery/winery and the research field.

A little bit about Thomas Downs:

Having served for more than 20 years as an attorney at two national law firms in Washington, D.C., Tom represents state and local governments, institutions of higher learning, non-profit organizations, and other clients on public policy and funding matters. He is involved with a broad range of federal agency programs, legislation, federal funding and partnerships.  He works closely with the White House, federal agencies and Congress to obtain support for a variety of initiatives to benefit his clients.

Tom spent a decade on Capitol Hill serving as chief of staff and senior legislative assistant to members sitting on various committees, including the House Committees on Appropriations, Armed Services, Merchant Marine and Fisheries, and Science, Space and Technology.

Helped public and private organizations advance legislative and agency initiatives involving drinking water and wastewater systems, wetlands protection, open space preservation and parkland acquisition.

Assisted nongovernmental organizations with successful overseas public policy initiatives. Helped obtain congressional support and funding for programs involving leadership training, poverty eradication and reconciliation efforts in Africa and the Middle East.

On behalf of health systems, hospitals, medical research and health care advocacy organizations operating in 20 states, provided advice and counsel on public policy matters and helped obtain federal funding.

While working on “the Hill,” Tom attended American University’s Washington College of Law, where he served on the law review. He is admitted to the bar of the District of Columbia.  He received his B.A. from Brown University.

Federal service:  Chief of Staff and Senior Legislative Assistant, Congressman George J. Hochbrueckner of New York; Legislative Assistant, Congressman Martin Olav Sabo of Minnesota, and Aide to Senator Patrick J. Leahy and Congressman James M. Jeffords of Vermont.

 

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Missouri Postsecondary Agricultural Students Visit The Fruit Station

On Thursday, November 10 we hosted members of the Missouri Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization.  Approximately 140 Agriculture students from 8 Community Colleges visited the Fruit Station.   The event consisted of presentations about the Darr School of Agriculture, Agriculture in Nepal and current research being conducted at the station.  The students also toured the winery/distillery and took a wagon ride tour of the research field.  Faculty and staff were on hand with recruitment materials and to answer questions.  It was by far one of the largest groups we have hosted.  It was a pleasure getting to know some of the students and more about their school programs.  The 8 colleges in attendance were:  Crowder College, Northwest Missouri Community College, State Technical College of Missouri, St. Louis Community College – Florissant, North Central Missouri College, State Fair Community College, Three Rivers Community College and Missouri State University – West Plains.

 

 

 

 

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Grape phenology and GDD accumulation

GDD base 50 accumulation count beginning April 1 = 3885 http://agebb.missouri.edu/weather/reports/gddTable.asp

Phenology stages according to the Modified E-L system http://door.uwex.edu/files/2010/10/ModifiedEichhornLorennzsystem.pdf

This is the final phenology observation for 2016. We have had unseasonable warm weather through October with no freezing temperatures. The grapes look as though they are hardening properly, but if there is a precipitous drop in temperature some cultivars may be cold injured, particularly those that are holding on to their leaves at this point – like Chambourcin in the MVEC vineyard. We will watch and see and keep our fingers crossed!

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Grape phenology and GDD accumulation

GDD base 50 accumulation count beginning April 1 = 3793 http://agebb.missouri.edu/weather/reports/gddTable.asp

Phenology stages according to the Modified E-L system http://door.uwex.edu/files/2010/10/ModifiedEichhornLorennzsystem.pdf

The last vineyard to be harvested was the North Nortons on October 19th. Photos and stages will be included in the last observation at the end of October.

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Black Walnut Harvest

The field crew started harvesting black walnuts for a research trial being conducted in cooperation with Hammons Black Walnut company in Stockton, Missouri. The nuts for each grafted variety are collected, hulled, bagged and labeled. Hammons will generate data for the improved varieties including total lbs., % moisture, shell weight, nut meat % and grade them. The guys were kind enough to stop working and pose for a photo.

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Found In High Tunnel

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) was collected and identified in the High Tunnel on the raspberry plants.  The BMSB is native to East Asian and was introduced to the US in 1996. It has since been identified as a potential risk to agriculture and a nuisance to homeowners. BMSB feeds on a wide range of fruits, vegetables and other plants. The feeding usually begins in May-June and causes distortions of the fruit.  Offspring produced during the summer survive by overwintering as adults in structures.  As raspberry harvest is still going strong, we will continue to monitor and collect BMSB.

 

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Ningxia University Students Tour the Fruit Station

Representatives from MSU International Leadership and Training Center and approximately 50 students from the Ningxia University in China visited the Fruit Station to learn about the research we are conducting and the facilities and resources we have to offer.  The students are currently attending Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.  Students were introduced to the Mountain Grove campus faculty, participated in presentations about the Fruit Station and current research projects.  Then students then had the opportunity to tour the laboratory, the distillery/winery, visit our sales floor and the weather cooperated and we were able to take a wagon ride through the research fields.

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USA tour of Mountain Grove Campus

The USA staff Ambassadors visited the Mountain Grove Campus on Friday, October 7 in the afternoon. We started out with a meet and greet with Dr. Hwang and all available faculty and staff followed by a tasting of MSU wines and spirits with C. J. Odneal, Shelia Long and Jeremy Emery. Martin Kaps, Susanne Howard, Randy Stout and Jeremy Emery then took the group on a hay ride through the field plantings followed by a winery and distillery tour. At the end of the tour, staff picked up any wine or honey that they ordered from Leslie Akers and Pam Turner. Lovely weather and a fun event for all of us.

The USA and Mountain Grove group introduce themselves to each other.
The USA and Mountain Grove group get ready to introduce themselves to each other.
Dr. Hwang welcomes the group and  leaves them laughing.
Dr. Hwang welcomes the group and leaves them laughing.
C. J. Odneal describes the distillation process.
C. J. Odneal describes the distillation process.
Having a look at the crush pad where the grapes are loaded into the winery for processing.
Having a look at the crush pad where the grapes are loaded into the winery for processing.
Ending up in the winery to see the tanks, carboys and bottling line.
Ending up in the winery to see the tanks, carboys and bottling line.
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