- Screen industrial hemp varieties for agronomic and value-added characteristics
- Develop plant pathology and IPM solutions
- Develop crop management practices
- Provide standard operating procedures for the hemp farmers
- Establish a facility for the certified analysis of crop
- Conduct workshops for law enforcement
- Conduct awareness workshops for potential hemp farmers
- Strengthen our education curriculum disciplines with added hemp biology related courses
- Offer certificate courses in hemp production
- Provide economic analysis of the crop production and industrial market
- Work with our public and private stakeholders to help, support and develop the hemp industry in Missouri and contribute to these national efforts.
Dr. Babu Valliyodan (ValliyodanB@LincolnU.edu) is the Chair of the LU Hemp Institute and an Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology and Genomics at Lincoln University in Missouri. He is an expert in deploying genetic and genomic tools for sustainable agriculture. Dr. Valliyodan uses his genomic expertise to develop and assess industrial hemp cultivars. Also, his laboratory is conducting molecular and biochemical fingerprinting of hemp towards trait discovery. He applies genomics-assisted breeding strategies including genome editing technologies for hemp variety improvement. Dr. Valliyodan is an author of more than 70 publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Suflullah Pathan (PathanS@LincolnU.edu), an Assistant Professor and Crop Scientist at Lincoln University in Missouri, works with value-added crops production, management and extension. He embraces more than 20 years of experience in research, teaching and extension. Currently, Dr. Pathan is working for field production of industrial hemp for oil, seed and fiber under Missouri environment. In addition, he is doing research in introduction, production and extension of quinoa grains and leafy green quinoa (quinoa greens) as a climate resilient, value-added specialty crop for under-privileged and marginal farmers to improve their farm profitability. Dr. Pathan's study includes production, management and outreach of quinoa grains and quinoa greens, tofu, and edamame-type soybean and industrial hemp.
Dr. Jaimin Patel (PatelJ@LincolnU.edu) is an Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology at Lincoln University of Missouri. Dr. Patel is the author of more than 50 scientific and extension articles and serves as the senior editor of Plant Health Progress, a peer-reviewed journal of applied plant health. Currently, he uses his plant pathology expertise to study industrial hemp and specialty crop diseases, and to develop disease management strategies.
Dr. Clement Akotsen-Mensah (Akotsen-MensahC@LincolnU.edu) is an Assistant Professor and State Extension Specialist for Integrated Pest Management (IPM). He also serves as the Interim Director of the Innovative Small Farmers' Outreach Program at Lincoln University Cooperative Extension and Research. His main research interest is to develop integrated pest management solutions, particularly for small-scale industrial hemp and specialty crop farmers in Missouri. His research uses different approaches to identify and evaluate traps and attractants for pest monitoring, use of trap crops to manipulate insect behavior, develop predictive models, screen insecticide and integrate different tactics for major pests of agricultural importance.
Dr. Eleazar Gonzalez (GonzalezE@LincolnU.edu) is an Assistant Professor and State Extension Specialist in Agriculture Economics and Marketing at Lincoln University. His research and educational programs include activities for enhancing civic awareness of the hemp industry and maximizing the economic benefits of Missouri producers. His current involvement at the Hemp Institute includes hemp industry analysis, economic benchmarking, and marketing and financial management training.
David Middleton (MiddletonD@LincolnU.edu) is a Hemp Outreach Coordinator for Missouri. His involvement in agriculture has been from the very beginning of his life. He has conducted numerous workshops ranging from tomato grafting to livestock production and direct marketing. His passion is to share his knowledge and see successful farms continue into the next generation. Currently, David actively coordinates hemp extension and outreach activities in Missouri.
Chris Boeckmann (email@example.com) is the Organic Production Manager for Alan T. Busby Farm at Lincoln University in Missouri. The Busby Facility is a 280 acre farm that has been certified organic since 2012 with research and demonstration projects related to organic and integrated production systems. Current research and demonstration topics at the Busby Farm include fruits, vegetables, composting, silvopasture, integrated pest management, cover crops, biofuels, solar energy, as well as, grazing management for cattle, sheep, and goats. Chris will help the team managing organic production of hemp in Busby Farm.
Jeremia Markway is the Farm Manager of Lincoln University's George Washington Carver Farm and James N. Freeman Farm. He has been managing the farms since 2012. He and his team of farm staff assist with the resource management and facilitation of the various research projects on the farms.
Shon Bishop (BishopN@LincolnU.edu) is a Small Farm Specialist at Lincoln University in Missouri. He grew up in southwest Missouri around small family farms. Since the age of nine he has been working for Bishop's Lawn Care and Landscaping overseeing both residential and commercial landscape designs and implementation around the southwest Missouri region. In 2011, Shon graduated from College of the Ozarks with a degree in Horticulture. Currently, Shon helps the team for hemp-related outreach activities in Barry, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Jasper, and Greene counties.
Apr. 2020 - Law Enforcement Training St. Louis (Postponed)
Apr. 2020 - Law Enforcement Training - Southeastern Missouri Region (Postponed)
Jul. 23, 2020 - Farmer Hemp Training Workshops during Field Day at Lincoln University Busby Organic Research Farm
Aug. 2020 Farmer Hemp Training Workshops at Kirksville, Maryville, Springfield, and Cape Girardeau