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MU Extension and SBDC partner to help farmers

Staff Writer
Linn County Leader

The University of Missouri Extension and Missouri Small Business Development Center (SBDC) have recently partnered to provide farmers with business support through the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The U.S. Small Business Administration provided additional funding to the Missouri Small Business Development Centers to increase business support capacity. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding allows Missouri SBDC, a University of Missouri Extension program, to expand services and partnerships to mitigate risks stemming from COVID-19.

MU Extension agriculture and environment (A&E) specialists, MU Extension agricultural economists and Missouri SBDC will combine expertise and resources to serve Missouri agriculture. The partnership is formally known as the Missouri SBDC for Agriculture, Food and Forestry.

Carlee Quinn, CES in agriculture and environment for the area, has joined the partnership as a center-wide counselor.

Quinn grew up on a cattle and row crop operation in Grundy County. She also had a small swine operation with her sisters. Today, she and her husband reside in Livingston County where they row crop and raise market hogs. She feels her background in diversified agriculture production will be an asset to local producers.

“COVID-19 and the resulting national recession has accelerated economic disruption and the need for business adaptation,” said Mallory Rahe, MU Extension’s educational director of agriculture business policy programs. “We are drawing widely across our extension experts to build a responsive team that can help producers and other business owners think about their options and make informed decisions.”

“Extension specialists’ local relationships and expertise, combined with the Missouri SBDC’s business knowledge and resources, can provide a powerful new level of services to agriculture businesses facing today’s challenges,” said David Steffes, Missouri SBDC director of agricultural business services.

If you are interested in more information, contact Carlee Quinn at carleequinn@missouri.edu or 816-586-1010 at the Caldwell County MU Extension office.

Learn more at extension2.missouri.edu/programs/growing-agribusiness-sustainably/missouri-sbdc-for-agriculture-food- and-forestry .