MU Extension year in review

Bold goals, big partnerships and 6 million Missourians served headlined MU Extension’s 2021.

Dec. 22, 2021
This year, University of Missouri Extension did more of what it does best — improve Missourians’ lives, businesses and communities by extending Mizzou’s research and innovations throughout the state.

Partnering with Missouri Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), Extension helped facilitate CARES funding to agricultural operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Companies — including KC Cattle Co. in Weston and Minglewood Brewery in Cape Girardeau — took advantage of SBDC resources to not only survive but also thrive through the difficult period.

An MU Extension scientist and graduate student are studying a groundbreaking — or groundshocking — electrocution technique as a weed-killing method to circumvent herbicides.

Multiple MU Extension community gardening programs helped cultivate healthful food production, encourage inclusivity among Spanish-speaking Missourians and promote successful horticulture training through the Missouri Master Gardener Extension Program.

And in March 2021, Extension unveiled a bold goal to double the economic impact of Missouri agriculture by 2030.

.” “Doubling Missouri’s agriculture economy and eliminating food insecurity are big goals and we’ll need help from partners, farmers, producers, innovators and consumers,” said Marshall Stewart, Vice Chancellor for Extension and Engagement. “The good news is we’re already making progress and people across our state are engaged in this work and making a difference for Missourians.”

The goal focuses on increasing resources, one-on-one site visits and workshops, all while prioritizing sustainability, research and human health.

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