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Q&A with Sarah Kenyon

Sarah is a field specialist in agronomy serving the southwest region. 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am a field specialist in agronomy serving six counties in the southwest region. Based in West Plains, Missouri, I conduct educational programs for producers in forage production and management. I also participate with local farmer cooperators with on-farm demonstrations concerning grazing management, weed control and fertility…

Q&A with Ray Massey

Ray Massey is an extension professor in agricultural economics 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am an extension economist in the Division of Applied Social Sciences. My primary responsibilities revolve around crop production economics. I tend to focus on the intersection of production and the environment. So, I have done research and education on manure value, biosecurity, managing under extreme weather…

Q&A with Nick Wesslak

Nick is a field specialist in agronomy serving the northeast region. 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am an agronomy field specialist based in Marion County. I cover the eight northeast counties of Missouri. How long have you worked in this position? I have worked in this position since April 2022. What is your favorite part about the work you do? It is…

Q&A with Shawn Deering

Shawn is a field specialist in livestock based in Gentry county. 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am a field specialist in livestock. I’m on the planning committee and as a presenter with the MU Feedlot Schools. To date, we have held three schools and are planning to hold more this coming year. I am also working on a project with Craig Payne,…

Q&A with Tawnie DeJong

Tawnie is the MU livestock judging team coach, an animal sciences instructor and 4-H livestock superintendent for the Missouri State Fair. 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am the MU livestock judging team coach, an animal sciences instructor and 4-H livestock superintendent for the Missouri State Fair. During the school year, I spend most of my time coaching the livestock judging team, teaching AN SCI 2115 Livestock Judging and guest lecturing and teaching…

MU Extension helps farmers in the Bahamas

Partnership with Springfield-based nonprofit strengthens food security internationally.

When Hal Donaldson was a young man, he got to meet Mother Teresa. “What are you doing to help the poor?” she asked him. Well, I better not lie to Mother Teresa, he thought to himself, so he said, “I’m not really doing much of anything.” That encounter changed him. Donaldson committed himself to a life of service to others.…

Q&A with Alan Spell

Alan is an assistant extension professor in the Division of Applied Social Sciences. 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I’m an assistant extension professor in the Division of Applied Social Sciences where I specialize in economic development research. Economic development is a broad topic but basically involves industry and workforce analysis and occasional contract work. I’m part of the MU Extension Exceed team and every few…

Q&A with Jerry Richards

Jerry is a feral hog outreach educator based in Potosi, MO

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am a feral hog outreach educator working through the University of Missouri Extension offices in the southern part of the state. My job is to connect with landowners and help them eliminate “wild” feral hogs that are damaging their property and then restore the land to its…

Q&A with Joni Harper

Joni is a county engagement specialist in agriculture and environment  

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am a county engagement specialist in agriculture and environment. I am involved in several MU Extension programs, like Heroes to Hives, for which I am the co-PI and one of the lead team members. I’m trained in delivering the Q.P.R. suicide prevention training and teach Weathering…

Q&A with Katie Kammler

Katie is a horticulture specialist serving the east-central region. 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am the horticulture specialist serving the east-central region of Missouri based in Ste. Genevieve County. I cover the 17 counties in the east-central region. I am comfortable teaching most horticulture topics, but my favorites are fruits and vegetables, and of course, anything pumpkin related! I teach programs for…