New Director Joins Southwest Research, Extension and Education Center

Jay Chism joins the Center from MU Extension

Extension Jay Chism HeadshotJay Chism joins the Southwest Research, Extension and Education Center (SW-REEC), one of the four research, Extension and education centers of the Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), on Jan. 24 as the director.

Chism is no stranger to the southwest Missouri area, as he has served as the Southwest Regional Director for University of Missouri Extension for the past nine years.

“I am excited to share the innovation and research that is being done at the SW-REEC with farmers in Southwest Missouri. I can’t wait to join this local team,” said Chism.

Chism will help direct unique research, Extension and education opportunities at the Center, located in Mt. Vernon, Missouri. The SW-REEC covers more than 22 counties addressing many different agricultural industries such as beef, forage and horticulture.

Chism’s background is in horticulture and agronomy. He received his bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University and attended the University of Missouri for his master’s in horticulture. Chism currently works for University of Missouri Extension as the Southwest Regional Director. In addition to his current role, Chism worked as an agronomy specialist for MU Extension. His family also operated a horticulture business near Joplin for more than 17 years prior to working for the University.

“In my current role, I am a strong supporter of the research and activities that occur at the Center,” said Chism. “I routinely advocate on behalf of the facility and have partnered closely with the administration on the field days and other events.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Jay to the Southwest Research, Extension and Education Center,” said Shibu Jose, associate dean of research in the CAFNR Office of Research and director of the Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station. “With his familiarity of the Southwest region and background in Extension and research, Jay is a great asset to the SW-REEC.”

Chism stated that CAFNR’s strategic plan, Drive to Distinction, provides an excellent shared vision for all of CAFNR.

“CAFNR’s strategic plan will allow the Southwest Research, Extension and Education Center to focus on the present needs, while anticipating the future of Missouri farmers and ranchers. It’s an exciting time for agriculture and Mizzou in southwest Missouri.”