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Q&A with Travis Harper

Travis is a field specialist in agronomy. 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am a field specialist in agronomy. I’m involved in several programs, including Private Pesticide Applicator Training, Missouri Grazing Schools, Heroes to Hives, Native Warm-Season Grass Group, Beginner Farmer/Rancher, Missouri AgrAbility, Master Gardner, and Master Pollinator Steward. I also often work with cover crops, novel-endophyte fescue research…

Q&A with Holly Records

Holly is an extension educator in St. Louis County. 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am an extension educator in St. Louis County. I coordinate the St. Louis Master Gardener Program, Youth Master Gardener program, the St. Charles & St. Louis Master Gardener Virtual Speaker Series and offer a variety of horticulture classes for the Master Gardeners and the general public.…

Q&A with Katie Neuner

Katie is a field specialist in agricultural business serving Lafayette and Ray Counties. 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am a field specialist in ag business. I’m currently focused on agribusiness planning and counseling. I started that work with the Ag Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and it has carried forward into what we are calling team-to-one counseling with the 2501 Socially Disadvantaged Grant. I…

Q&A with Anthony Ohmes

Anthony is a field specialist in agronomy serving the Southeast region.

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am a field specialist in agronomy for the Southeast region. I am headquartered in Cape Girardeau County. How long have you worked in this position? I have served as an extension agronomist since 2001. What is your favorite part about the work you do? My favorite…

Q&A with Elizabeth Picking

Elizabeth is a field specialist in livestock based in Howell County. 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am a field specialist in livestock based in Howell County serving Howell, Oregon, Wright, Texas, Douglas, Ozark and Taney counties. I work with all types of livestock producers but generally do more work with clients with beef cattle, small ruminants and horses. How long have you…

Q&A with Teng Lim

Teng Lim is an Extension professor and agricultural engineer. 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri?  I am an Extension professor and agricultural engineer. I work with agricultural air quality, waste management, and biosecurity. How long have you worked in this position?  I have been in this position for 12+ years. What is your favorite part about the work you do?     My favorite…

Q&A with Ivan Cuvaca

Ivan is an agronomy specialist serving four counties in Southeast Missouri. 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am an agronomy specialist in Southeast Missouri. I work with farmers and other stakeholders (e.g., ag industry retailers and government agencies) to address issues facing crop production in the region. How long have you worked in this position? I have worked in this position for a little over…

Q&A with Donna Aufdenberg

Horticulture field specialist Donna Aufdenberg supports horticulture programming in 18 counties in Southeast Missouri. 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am a field specialist in horticulture based in Cape Girardeau County. I serve the 18 counties in the Southeast region of Missouri. How long have you worked in this position? I have been with University of Missouri Extension for almost 20 years. My anniversary date is in June!…

Q&A with Denice Ferguson

Agricultural business field specialist Denice Ferguson supports programming across four counties. 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am a field specialist in agricultural business serving Andrew, Buchanan, Gentry and Daviess counties in the Northwest region. As a member of the ag business group, I bring programs like Ag Lenders and Farm Lease to the communities I serve, and I support other agricultural programming, such as…

Q&A with Tamra Reall

Tamra Reall offers horticulture and entomology expertise in the Kansas City area

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am a field specialist in horticulture in the Kansas City area. I coordinate the Extension Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City, one of the three largest chapters in the state with over 400 motivated volunteers. We train and work with these volunteers to offer horticulture programing for…