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Expanding Opportunties

Groundbreaking held for new livestock handling facility at MU’s Southwest REEC

The University of Missouri’s Southwest Research, Extension and Education Center (REEC) is poised to offer more public education and research opportunities with the addition of a state-of-the-art livestock handling facility. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday in celebration of the joint effort between the College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (CAFNR) and MU Extension. “This one building is going…

Monitoring Missouri

Celebrating 30 years of the Lakes of Missouri Volunteer Program

Boating, swimming, fishing and waterskiing are synonymous with Missouri summers, and, thanks to a dedicated effort between scientists at the Limnology Lab in Mizzou’s School of Natural Resources and volunteers across the state, the water quality in the lakes we enjoy and rely on has been monitored and improved for the last 30 years. Community scientists along with representatives from…

Tourism is On the Go Again in CAFNR

New faculty ramping up research efforts in the revived program

Just a few years after a reboot of the tourism program within the School of Natural Resources, Shuangyu Xu has not only revived the undergraduate program but has developed a robust graduate program buzzing with research while also contributing her own research to help grow tourism for some of Missouri’s more unique qualities. What are these unique qualities Xu is…

Missouri Foundation Seed Planted for Growth

Modernization project is underway

Missouri Foundation Seed was established in 1944 as an avenue for the University of Missouri to take new plant breeds created by CAFNR researchers to market while also providing the highest quality seeds to Missouri farmers. Thanks to new funding from the state of Missouri, it has the opportunity to thrive. “Foundation Seed hasn’t seen anything like this ever,” said…

Precision Agriculture Using Genome Editing for Improving Agricultural Traits

Bhanu Telugu seeks solution for milk allergies through investment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Associate Professor of Animal Sciences Bhanu Telugu hopes his work will ultimately help improve milk yield in livestock, and feed babies with milk allergies and set global precedents for the regulation of genetically engineering animal products for consumption by humans. Telugu recently received a $2.34 million investment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support his research. “We hope…

Get to Know Dale Riley

Riley is the manager of the University of Missouri Beef Research and Teaching Farm

What are your job duties/job responsibilities in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources? I am the manager of the MU beef farm where I tend to the daily care of facilities and livestock, which is challenging because we have cow-calf pairs, feedlots and also feeding trials happening simultaneously. Likewise, there are several acres to tend to including fencing,…

Get to Know Adam Shetley

Shetley is the manager of Foremost Dairy 

What are your job duties/job responsibilities in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources? My job is to manage Foremost Dairy, leading a team of both full time and student employees to accomplish all the tasks involved with being a dairy producer and research center. This includes keeping a strict routine of daily chores, such as milking twice a…

MU Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Farm Gearing up for Missouri Chestnut Roast

Annual festival to take place Oct. 1 in New Franklin

Staff of the University of Missouri’s Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Farm in New Franklin have been hard at work in anticipation of welcoming crowds of people for its annual, signature event, the Missouri Chestnut Roast Festival. “This is such a fun event for us,” said Center for Agroforestry Director Sarah Lovell. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to introduce Missourians to the…

Mizzou Center for Agroforestry to Partner with The Nature Conservancy for USDA-Funded Project

Partnership aimed at helping farmers sequester more carbon, improve water quality, enhance biodiversity, and increase profitability through agroforestry

The University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry is part of a $64-million, 5-year grant led by The Nature Conservancy for Expanding Agroforestry Production & Markets for Producer Profitability and Climate Stabilization, announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture this week. The project aims to advance agroforestry in 38 states across the eastern United States and Hawaii, and is funded by…

Northern Missouri Research, Extension and Education Center to host field day

Lee Greenley Jr. Memorial Research Farm to host event; participants to learn about latest in agricultural research and real-world applications

The University of Missouri’s Northern Missouri Research, Extension and Education Center (NM-REEC) invites the public to its annual Field Day on Tuesday, Aug. 30, where attendees have the opportunity for an in-person look at research conducted at the REEC. The event will take place at the Lee Greenley Jr. Memorial Research Farm just outside of Novelty, Missouri, and participants will…