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Grant Program Paves New Roads for Small Farmers

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July 10, 2014

 

GRANT PROGRAM PAVES NEW ROADS FOR SMALL FARMERS

 

Jefferson City, MO-A federal grant project led by Lincoln University Cooperative Extension (LUCE) will provide new opportunities for small farmers in southeast Missouri. Representatives from the Missouri Agricultural Products Cooperative (MAPC), located in Sikeston, Missouri, will pick up a refrigerated truck from the Lincoln University campus on Monday, July 14.  The truck, which was purchased with funds from a USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant, will allow small farmers to travel greater distances to deliver fresh produce to major markets.  

 

As part of research that dates back to 2000, Project Investigator Dr. Emmanuel I.S. Ajuzie found that with five acres of land to farm, fruit and vegetable producers have the potential to earn higher profits than a row crop producer with 125 acres.  Ajuzie, the State Extension Specialist for the Agricultural Economics and Marketing Program contends for this to happen, producers must have access to defined larger markets, which are traditionally only open to corporate operations, such as Walmart and Schnucks.  The MAPC truck will allow producers to travel to the larger markets to sell their goods in bulk, creating the opportunity for a consistent profit. 

 

The MAPC was incorporated in 2010 by Lincoln University. The purpose of the cooperative is to address the greatest needs of those in agriculture in the rural communities, which are to find economic empowerment and to maintain their family farms. 

For more information, please visit http://www.lincolnu.edu/web/programs-and-projects/agricultural-economics-and-marketing or contact Dr. Emmanuel I.S. Ajuzie at ajuziee@lincolnu.edu or phone 573-681-5635. 

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PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: The pickup time is approximately 9:30 a.m. behind Lorenzo Greene Hall, 900 Leslie Boulevard.