ECC sees increase in number of spring graduates

    East Central College conferred 342 degrees and certificates to spring semester graduates, an increase of nearly 12 percent over last year.
    ECC President Dr. Jon Bauer said there were 306 graduates in the 2019 spring semester, and this year’s total is an increase of 11.7 percent.
    “This is exciting news that is consistent with our five-year strategic plan,” he said.

Hitchhiking hammerhead worm kills native earthworms

Some Missouri gardeners are finding a new type of flatworm in landscape soils.
The hammerhead worm is a “voracious, top-level predator,” says University of Missouri Extension horticulturist Kelly McGowan. “It will eat anything in its path,” she says. It primarily feeds on native earthworms.

USDA provides coronavirus aid to farmers

    On May 19, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, announced details for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). The funding for CFAP comes from a combination of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stability (CARES) Act, the Commodity Credit Corporation Charter (CCC) Act and other USDA sources.

AEL program receives literacy/civics grant

    The East Central College Adult Education & Literacy (AEL) program will receive more than $1.2 million from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to support its programs, including Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE).

Farmers and ranchers in Missouri can now apply for financial assistance through USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

    Agricultural producers can now apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which provides direct payments to offset impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. The application and a payment calculator are now available online, and USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) staff members are available via phone, fax and online tools to help producers complete applications. The agency set up a call center in order to simplify how they serve new customers across the nation.