- 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. 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 Superintendent of Farms at Lincoln University. As the Superintendent of Farms, Chris is responsible for the coordination and oversight of the research and demonstration activities at the Lincoln University Farms. His role in the Hemp Institute is to insure the resources to support the research activities at the Lincoln University farms are available to the Research personnel. Chris will also work closely with the researchers to coordinate field activities and field days at the University facilities. Busby Farm.
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.
- Industrial Hemp Field Day - August 20, 2021 (flyer)
- Missouri Hemp Forum - January 14, 2021 (video)
- Missouri Hemp Farmer Forum Lessons Learned From The First Production Season 2020 - Thursday, January 14, 2021 - From 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM - Click to see attached flyer for more information.
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- Aug. 21, 2020 - Industrial Hemp Field Day - Hocomo Hemp Farm, 13163 Highway FF, Caulfield, Missouri (Click for Flyer)
- Aug. 2020 Farmer Hemp Training Workshops at Kirksville, Maryville, Springfield, and Cape Girardeau
- Apr. 2020 - Law Enforcement Training St. Louis (Postponed)
- Apr. 2020 - Law Enforcement Training - Southeastern Missouri Region (Postponed)
- May 19, 2020 - Industrial Hemp 101 -Videoconference/Teleconference - (Click for Flyer)
- Jul. 23, 2020 - Farmer Hemp Training Workshops during Field Day at Lincoln University Busby Organic Research Farm