Southeast, Lincoln University Partnering on Agriculture Initiatives

by News Bureau on Wednesday, May. 29, 2013

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 29, 2013 – Southeast Missouri State University and Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., have forged ties to partner on agriculture initiatives in the areas of teaching, research and outreach.

Dr. Mike Aide, chair of the Department of Agriculture at Southeast, said the two institutions have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on courses, research and professional outreach.

Aide says the two institutions will partner on courses such as hydrology, small animals and beef production, offering courses in these areas to students at both universities using online or interactive television formats. Both Southeast and Lincoln will share courses in which it has the comparative advantage, he said, allowing students to enroll in courses at both universities.

“Some of our faculty will be traveling to Lincoln this summer to set the rotation schedule for the offering of courses,” Aide said.

Southeast and Lincoln University plan to begin partnering on coursework during the spring 2014 semester, he said.

The partnership also will allow Lincoln University to participate in research involving water quality assessment of a controlled subsurface drainage/irrigation system at Southeast’s David M. Barton Agriculture Research Center. Lincoln will also get involved in water quality research involving a bioreactor system to be installed in June, an off-season basin water initiative and blueberry production spearheaded by Dr. Sven Svenson, Southeast assistant professor of agriculture. Lincoln also will collaborate with Southeast’s Department of Agriculture on its sweet sorghum biofuels/biomass research center at Southeast’s Sikeston campus and at the David M. Barton Agriculture Research Center, Aide said. Lincoln faculty and staff also will have access to Southeast’s Charles Nemanick Alternative Agriculture Gardens on the main campus.

Aide says Southeast and its regional campuses also will participate in Lincoln’s extension outreach. The two schools also plan to explore the possibility of student and faculty exchanges to promote academic excellence and diversity.

The two schools also will discuss ways to further administrative, college and departmental initiatives to support institutional, state and federal initiatives to fuel economic development.