Minorities and Limited Resources Conference in Sikeston, Missouri

Friday, March 11, 2016

By Nadia Navarrete-Tindall

The Minorities and Limited Resources Farmers Conference hosted by Lincoln University Cooperative Extension took place on March 4th, 2016 at the Clinton Community Center in Sikeston, Missouri. Target groups for this conference where minority and limited resources farmers, producers and others interested in farming and gardening.  Approximately 100 people participated from different locations in the Bootheel (photo top left), St. Louis and Cape Girardeau.

Topics included soil conservation, native plants for pollinators, integrated pest management, plant diseases, basics of honey bee production, composting, community gardens and USDA agencies discussed about services and opportunities for small farming operations.  EPSCOR members Pat Guinan from MU-Extension (photo middle right) of the Climate team offered presentation about Missouri Bootheel Climate Trends and Weather Extremes. Community Team members: Nadia Navarrete-Tindall presented information about Native Plants: Uses and Benefits and made emphasis on vegetation from the Bootheel. Jeff Hargrove and student interns Timothy Fields and Alana Washing helped facilitate at the conference. Wes Buchheit presented a poster about birds from local communities in the Bootheel with preliminary results from surveys conducted in 2015.

Educational exhibits (photo bottom left) by Lincoln University Programs and federal and state agencies including the NRCS, FSA, LU-Native Plants Program, Quails Forever, USDA Health Department, USDA Rural Development, LU-ISFOP and others offered additional information about sustainable agriculture.  The conference was organized by the Native Plants Program and Horticulture Program from Lincoln University Cooperative Extension with funding from NRCS, USDA and EPSCoR. A workshop about High Tunnel Construction is scheduled for April 16 and a Farm Tour will be offered in mid-Summer in 2016.