Mission & Vision

Since its establishment in 1870, the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) has historically embraced the three missions of the land-grant university — providing accessible educational opportunities to Missouri citizens, conducting applied and basic research to address the needs of Missourians, and delivering research-based information to enhance the quality of life and economic well-being of all Missourians.

The following are our Vision, Values, Mission, Diversity and Nondiscrimination Statements originally developed in 1999 and subsequently improved over the years through conversations with stakeholders, students, staff and faculty.

Our Vision

We will be recognized as a caring College that discovers and enlightens through excellence in teaching, and through research, extension and outreach in agricultural, life sciences and natural resources programs that are life-enhancing, socially sensitive, environmentally responsible and economically beneficial.

Value Statement

CAFNR’s core values — respect, responsibility, caring, discovery and excellence — embrace the Statement of Values established by the University of Missouri.

In that context, we seek to recruit and retain outstanding faculty, staff and students who are:

  • Leaders
  • Committed to blending service with scholarship
  • Good colleagues who will collaborate with others from diverse disciplines and backgrounds
  • Flexible, adaptable and innovative in an era of rapid change

Mission Statement

CAFNR’s vision will be achieved through the missions of:

  • Acquiring new knowledge.

Through research and scholarly endeavors, CAFNR strives to discover and disseminate new knowledge, scientific information and innovations through formal and non-formal educational programs.

  • Developing human and community potential.

CAFNR’s ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life including socioeconomic status, self-esteem, health and leadership abilities. It is dedicated to providing educational opportunities and science-based information to the public to meet the challenges of the new millennium. CAFNR’s programs will examine how present and future research, education and public policy in agriculture and natural resources affect individuals and their communities.

  • Enhancing sustainable use of agricultural and natural resources.

Food, fuel and fiber generation depend on the efficient and sustained use of soil, water and air. CAFNR seeks to improve the management and conservation of Missouri’s agricultural and natural resources that affect human welfare through education, research and service.

  • Developing food and other bio-based products for value-added and new uses.

CAFNR’s programs teach Missouri’s citizens how technology is used to increase the market value of food, fuel and fiber products.

  • Enhancing environmental quality.

Through education, research and service activities, CAFNR seeks to improve management and conservation of regional and global air, water and land systems that affect human welfare.

Diversity Statement

CAFNR aspires to build a community where diversity is embraced through educational and program excellence that we feel leads to:

  • Respect for others.
  • Awareness of choices.
  • Variety of experiences.
  • Understanding of issues.
  • A community where we all feel safe to cross boundaries.

Statement of Nondiscrimination

CAFNR follows the University’s policy of nondiscrimination. The University of Missouri does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.