CAFNR is the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources — a collection of academic programs merging personalized teaching and advising, advanced research with global reach and extension programs with a sustained impact on Missouri’s economy. Founded in 1870, today we’re a research and educational leader ensuring sustainability for generations to follow. CAFNR is changing agriculture, food and natural resources — the core components of society that impact what we eat, where we live and how we’ll face tomorrow.

Our programs impact the largest industries in the region and address the most significant challenges in our world today, including human health, food production and environmental sustainability.

CAFNR offers the resources and opportunities of a large public research institution, coupled with the personal connections and attention of a smaller, focused school.

Evidence of Excellence

  • The College is ranked among the top 15 programs in the world for animal and plant science research (Thomson Reuters).
  • Six CAFNR faculty members have won the prestigious USDA National Award for Excellence in College and University Teaching.
  • Twenty-four CAFNR faculty are fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Innovative Thinking

  • The College is home to research initiatives that span all of its departments and divisions, and also the university, country and world.
  • Opportunities at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources go beyond the classroom, the laboratory and the field — at CAFNR, students can dive into real-world experiences through its student-run florist, café, ice cream shop and meat market.
  • CAFNR is a perennial leader on the MU campus in sponsored program expenditures, with more than $40 million annually.

Inspirational Impact

  • Students benefit from more than $1.5 million in annual scholarships within the College. Seventy-two percent of students who apply are offered CAFNR scholarships.
  • CAFNR student each year explore the world through 14+ study abroad programs.
  • Agricultural research centers operate more than 14,000 acres across the state to meet the regional research and demonstration needs of agricultural producers and natural resource managers.

Personal Connections

  • In CAFNR, faculty serve as academic advisors, making the relationships students build with our faculty very powerful.
  • The College offers 50+ CAFNR-specific clubs and organizations.
  • The College offers its own Career Services unit, which helps CAFNR students actively think about their future and engage in activities to make that future a reality. Ninety percent of graduates are placed within six months of graduation.
  • Undergraduates as well as graduate students engage in research projects from predicting thundersnow to genetically identifying soybean traits.
  • The College has a network of more than 30,000 alumni, 200 faculty, 330 staff, 125 academic associates and immeasurable friends of the College — all working together to make a CAFNR education truly outstanding.

In Our College

Academic Divisions

Animal Sciences


Division of Applied Social Sciences

Food Systems and Bioengineering

Plant Sciences

School of Natural Resources

CAFNR Services

Buck’s Ice Cream

Culinary Café

Experiment Station Chem Lab

Mizzou Meat Market

Soil and Plant Testing Lab

Tiger Garden Flower Shop