The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has a system of Agricultural Research Centers across Missouri, extending CAFNR’s research to more than 14,000 acres to meet the regional research and demonstration needs of agricultural producers and natural resource managers.
The Research Centers host a variety of events and activities, from field days to MU Extension activities to community events. The Centers are also unique in what they research, due to Missouri’s various climate and soil types.
To promote how diverse the projects at the Research Centers are, and to highlight the strengths of each Center, Tim Reinbott spearheaded the creation of a magazine, titled, “Road to Discovery.”
“The type and diversity of research at our Research Centers is amazing, and getting this information out to our stakeholders is critical,” said Reinbott, assistant director of the Agricultural Research Centers. “However, this is not just about research. The magazine contains wonderful outreach and education stories that should interest everyone.”
Physical copies of the magazine can be picked up at each of the Centers. The magazine is also available online, with a link to it on each of the Research Center sites.
“We wanted to make this as accessible as possible and in a format that fits into 21st-Century needs,” Reinbott said.
Stories include looks at the maple syrup operation at Baskett Research Center; the cotton research at Fisher Delta Research Center; and the MU Equine Training Facility, located at South Farm Research Center.
The magazine also shows off the partnerships CAFNR has been able cultivate, including one with the Missouri Soybean Association.
“I really think that this magazine has something of interest for everyone and demonstrates how CAFNR is a partner with the agricultural industry in Missouri,” Reinbott said.
The magazine shows off how individuals can support each of the Centers as well.
“Across the state, the Research Centers are the face and voice of not only CAFNR, but the University of Missouri as a whole,” Reinbott said. “Without the help of our donors throughout the years, and their continuing support, we wouldn’t be able to succeed. The Research Centers are a true partnership with all Missourians.”