Specialty Crop Block Grant Recipients for Fiscal Year 2011
University of Missouri - The Cold Hardiness Evaluation of Redhaven Peach Floral Buds on Eleven New Rootstocks. Using cold hardy rootstocks may reduce the probability of crop failure. Will test Redhaven peach floral buds on 10 newly released rootstocks in early, mid and late winter. The University of Missouri will receive $7,402.00.
Community Action Agency of St. Louis County - The Community Farm: Expanding Markets, Increasing Access: create an urban vegetable farm that demonstrates the viability of an innovative “tiered Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)” marketing strategy that includes education, food preparation classes and workshops on tiered-CSA management. The Community Action Agency of St. Louis County will receive $30,000.00.
University of Missouri - Elucidating the Role of Walnut Curculio (Conotrachelus Retentus) and Bacterial Isolates Associated With Black Walnut Kernel Necrosis: conduct research on the effects of black walnut curculio (Conotrachelus Retentus) and bacterial isolates associated with black walnut kernel necrosis. The University of Missouri will receive $15,095.00.
Farmers' Market of the Ozarks - Increasing Nutrition and Consumption of Specialty Crop through the Farmers Market of the Ozarks Regional Marketing Campaign: expand the customer base of specialty crop farmers through a regional city market and increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables by educating the public on the nutritional value of locally available specialty crops, where to buy local specialty crops and how to select and prepare them. The Farmers’ Market of the Ozarks will receive $28,209.00.
University of Missouri - Organization and Hosting of the First International Elderberry Symposium: facilitate the first international elderberry symposium. The University of Missouri will receive $30,000.00.
Columbia Farmers' Market - Increasing Sales and Distribution of Specialty Crops through Columbia Farmers' Market: continue to grow markets and conduct an advertising campaign that will promote the sale and distribution of specialty crops by providing the local farmer and consumer a reliable, regulated marketplace for the direct exchange of high quality and safe food. The Columbia Farmers’ Market will receive $26,683.00.
University of Missouri - Biology and Behavior of the Black Walnut Curculio: conduct research on the effects of black walnut curculio (Conotrachelus Retentus) to plant volatiles and sex pheromones to determine whether potential exists for the development of monitoring programs utilizing the volatiles as a tactic for pest management. The University of Missouri will receive $18,548.00.
University of Missouri - 2012 Missouri Blueberry School and Workshops: provide a two day school that would include in-depth presentations on issues of interest to blueberry producers (both current and prospective), marketers and consumers. The University of Missouri will receive $15,294.00.
Menorah Legacy Foundation - The Kansas City Beans & Greens Mobile Market Program: expand a mobile market campaign which makes fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables available and affordable for low-income persons living in urban “food deserts” without access to grocery stores or farmers’ markets. The Menorah Legacy Foundation will receive $15,000.00.
River Hills Elderberry Producers - River Hills Elderberry Producers Market Enhancement and Continuing Grower Education: continue grower education and market enhancement through the investigation of distribution and supply chain options and development of a marketing plan, facilitation of a comprehensive elderberry workshop and farm tour and promotion of elderberries at applicable farm shows and conferences. River Hills Elderberry Producers will receive $28,582.00.
Missouri Wine and Grape Board - Consumer Behavior Research: identify barriers that impact the purchase and consumption of the wine and grapes. The Missouri Wine and Grape Board will receive $30,000.00.
University of Missouri - Chestnut Weevil Management: develop effective sustainable management of chestnut weevils for the continued growth of the Missouri chestnut industry. The University of Missouri will receive $20,380.00.
Missouri Department of Agriculture – Grant Administration and oversight: perform pre-award and post-award activities to administer Specialty Crop Block Grant Program funding and ensure that the State Agency and sub-awardees abide by Federal and State requirements and regulations. The Missouri Department of Agriculture will receive $39,005.00.
Lincoln University - Determining Maturity Groups for Edamame for Fresh Production in Missouri: conduct research on maturity groupings of Edamame to enable producers to better select cultivars that allow them to supply fresh Edamame to consumers for a longer period of time each year. Lincoln University will receive $10,098.00.
Lincoln University - The Effect of Rapeseed Meal on Soybean Cyst Nematode Damage to Edamame: investigate the effectiveness of rapeseed meal in protecting Edamame from soybean cyst nematode (SCN) damage. Lincoln University will receive $6,799.00.
Lincoln University - Sweet Corn Production in Living Mulch: determine the best agronomic and management practices to employ to successfully produce quality sweet corn grown in a living mulch. Lincoln University will receive $6,069.00.
Lincoln University - High Tunnel Tomato Variety Trials: test the performance of heirloom tomato varieties and newly released hybrid tomato varieties in high tunnels. Lincoln University will receive $25,868.00.