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Moore in Agricultural Economics Wins National Impromptu Public Speaking Contest

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Karli Moore, a master’s degree student in agricultural economics in the U of A’s Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, won the national Impromptu Public Speaking contest at the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences annual meeting in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Moore, a Native American member of the Lumbee Tribe from Red Springs, North Carolina, is in her first year at the U of A and topped seven other finalists for the MANRRS title.

Karli Moore, center with award, and the U of A contingent at the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences annual meeting, including Bumpers College dean Deacue Fields III (left), and agricultural economics and agribusiness associate professor and graduate program coordinator Daniel Rainey (second from left).

Contestants drew a topic out of a hat, and had 20 minutes to use the internet or any other source to prepare a two- to four-minute speech. Each speech was followed by a three-minute Q&A with the judges. Topics could be anything related to agriculture.

Moore drew “Several medicinal based plants have been documented to improve human health. Choose one and explain the current understood benefits and general response to plants as medicine.”

“I freaked out when I got medicinal plants,” said Moore. “I thought ‘what am I going to say?'” My previous topic (in regionals) was GMO labeling. We talk about that all the time in class so I was a little more comfortable. One thing that helped was I knew how I wanted to structure my comments. Before I drew a topic, I drew up an outline. Having the outline helped me during the research time because I could just find information to fill the categories.”

Moore’s winning presentation was on the recent influenza epidemic, and she introduced elderberry as a possible medicinal plant.

“Indigenous peoples across the U.S. and around the world have always relied on medicinal plants,” said Moore. “We should pay more attention to that and invest in that.”

Moore qualified for finals by winning the regional competition in Oklahoma City, which included participants from Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. The U of A Chapter of MANRRS was one of the groups competing, and Moore topped eight others in the impromptu category to earn a spot at the national meeting.

“The MANRRS conference was an excellent opportunity,” said Moore. “There was time for networking with professionals in industry, academia and the community. I’m planning to pursue a Ph.D. (in agricultural economics) so it was wonderful have deans and all the major players in the industry there to talk to.”

MANRRS promotes academic and professional advancement by empowering minorities in agriculture, natural resources and related sciences.

About the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences: Bumpers College provides life-changing opportunities to position and prepare graduates who will be leaders in the businesses associated with foods, family, the environment, agriculture, sustainability and human quality of life; and who will be first-choice candidates of employers looking for leaders, innovators, policy makers and entrepreneurs. The college is named for Dale Bumpers, former Arkansas governor and longtime U.S. senator who made the state prominent in national and international agriculture.

About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while also providing service to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among only 2 percent of universities in America that have the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring.


JAFSCD and JAIE call for papers: Indigenous Food Sovereignty in North America




The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development and the Journal of American Indian Education jointly seek manuscripts and commentaries on practice-relevant and pedagogical research related to Indigenous food sovereignty issues, especially tribal and government policy, grassroots community organizing, culturally defined foods and practices, and the transfer of Indigenous knowledge.

This special issue draws attention to the roles and responsibilities of knowledge producers, knowledge keepers, and food systems actors in managing and enhancing access to culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods in Indigenous communities in North America. By North Amer­ica, we mean all the regions and subregions, both geographic and cultural, in Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the U.S.

We seek empirical, theoretical, or pedagogical contributions from academics and practitioners that inform policy and practice. We encourage manuscripts documenting interagency and/or nation-to-nation collaboration, as well as collaboration among public, nonprofit, private enterprises, and scholar/practitioner co-partners. We will also accept comparative work that includes other regions of the Global North and Global South if the comparison features a North American Indigenous community. Manuscripts closely examining processes as well as those that interrogate a failed or struggling policy, program, or project can also be very instructive. Areas of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Inclusion (or exclusion) of Indigenous groups in local/regional government food systems planning, policy, and governance processes.
  • Inclusion of Indigenous language revitalization for food system initiatives.
  • Preparation, adoption, and/or implementation of formal plans to strengthen Indigenous food systems through Indigenous value systems.
  • Focus on the role of food and traditional foods (including wild) in Indigenous sovereignty/self-determination.
  • Creation, modification, and/or implementation of agriculture, health, land-use, zoning, or public safety ordinances or bylaws to increase opportunities for or remove barriers to local/regional food production and/or food access in Indigenous communities.
  • Creation of governmental (tribal, state, and federal) incentives for Indigenous food system expansion and/or long-term resilience.
  • Support of or for the development community food initiatives (e.g., a shared-use kitchen, farm incubator, or farm-to-school program) in, with, and for Indigenous communities.
  • Plans or case studies for continued, multigenerational participation in cultural/traditional harvesting strategies at the individual, family, community, and regional levels.
  • The building of leadership or capacity among and with Indigenous food systems stakeholders.
  • Plans or case studies for the reclamation of first foods, traditional diets, and Indigenous modes of food production.
  • Identification of the impacts of climate change on first foods, Indigenous crops, gathering/hunting sites, and the retention of traditional knowledge.
  • Expanded definitions of food systems education and pedagogies that include or elevate Indigenous knowledge and value systems, and include transfer of knowledge as well as larger questions of pedagogy.
  • Retention of traditional values in a nontraditional but Indigenous-controlled food system. 

We especially encourage emerging scholars to submit manuscripts and practitioners to submit commentaries. Additional support is available for free through JAFSCD’s Author Mentoring Program. Authors whose native language is not English should consider assistance from JAFSCD’s Consulting Editor Program. Indicate your interest via the JAFSCD query form.

This announcement can be downloaded as a PDF for posting and sharing!

In addition, JAFSCD welcomes articles at any time on any subject related to the development aspects of agriculture and food systems. See the JAFSCD website at

Editorial Team

Dr. Annie Lorrie Anderson-Lazo, cultural anthropologist, Rural Coalition

Dr. Bryan Brayboy, Director, Center for Indian Education at Arizona State University and Editor in Chief, JAIE

Dr. Janie Hipp, Director, Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the University of Arkansas School of Law

Dr. Elizabeth Hoover, Assistant Professor of American Studies, Brown University

Dr. John Phillips, American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) and First Americans Land-Grant Consortium (FALCON)

Dr. Christopher Wharton, Director, Food Systems Transformation Initiative at Arizona State University