Hank Stelzer, associate professor in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Missouri (MU) College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) was awarded the SEC Visiting Faculty Travel Program award. This award gives faculty from one SEC institution the opportunity to travel to another SEC campus to exchange ideas, develop grant proposals, and conduct research.
Stelzer was awarded $2,500 and travel for this year should take place by July 1, 2022.
He will be working with the University of Kentucky’s Forestry Extension team. Stelzer will be developing a social media campaign and supporting education resources to increase landowner awareness in the sustainable management of white oak forests and white oak timber assets in the Central Hardwood Region. This work aligns with the White Oak Initiative.
Keri Jacobs, associate professor of agriculture and applied economics at the University of Missouri (MU) College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), testified during the State of Beef Supply Chain: Shocks, Recovery and Rebuilding hearing organized by the U.S. House Ag Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture on Wednesday, July 28.
In her written testimony, Jacobs, who also serves as the GICL Distinguished Fellow and the MFA Chair in Agribusiness, addressed whether producer-ownership through co-ops or other collective action can be a way forward in the beef industry.
“Coordination along the supply chain by producers, when done at scale, can smooth variability in producer incomes by capturing income from downstream markets that are less volatile,” she wrote. “The income producers and their cooperatives generate will flow to the rural communities where they operate instead of to investors. Importantly, this model places producers closer to consumer markets and allows coordination between consumer preferences and production decisions.”
Jacobs’ full testimony can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3saPA9nLy00.
Henry Nguyen, professor of plant sciences, and Jianfeng Zhou, assistant professor in agricultural systems technology, co-edited a book titled High-Throughput Crop Phenotyping. This book provides an overview of the innovations in crop phenotyping using emerging technologies, i.e., high-throughput crop phenotyping technology, including its concept, importance, breakthrough and applications in different crops and environments. Different applications of different organ levels (root, shoot and seed) of different crops (grains, soybean, maize, potato) at different growth environments are also discussed.
The book was published through Springer International Publisher Science and can be found online through Springer’s website.
Caio Canella Vieira was awarded a grant of $3,000 through the Corteva Developing Emerging Leaders and Talent in Agriculture (DELTA) program. Corteva DELTA is a new program that supports students in STEM-related disciplines. The program has two phases, where students are first selected to participate in the Corteva DELTA Symposium and then one student from each discipline is selected to receive a scholarship. Recipients also get a chance to interact with Corteva’s leadership and scientists for a year.
Canella Vieira is now working towards a PhD at MU in plant, insect and microbial science, and is a soybean breeding research specialist at the Fisher Delta Research Center.
Agricultural Leadership, Communication and Education faculty, Adam Cletzer, Rebecca Mott, John Tummons, Jon Simonsen, Jaelyn Peckman and Kate Preston won Outstanding Research Presentation award at the national American Association for Agricultural Education (AAAE) Research Conference in May. The paper was titled Agricultural Leadership: A National Portrait of Undergraduate Courses.”
The paper evaluated undergraduate agricultural leadership courses taught at different universities throughout the country. The project team collected survey responses from AAAE institution members and reviewed over 100 course syllabi. The findings provide empirical data for discussion on the state of agricultural leadership programs nationwide.
Clark Gantzer, professor emeritus of soil, environmental and atmospheric sciences, was the recipient of the 2021 Soil and Water Conservation Society’s (SWCS) Associate Editor Excellence Award in recognition of associate editors for their contributions to the success and development of the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. Gantzer’s research focuses on soil and water conservation, and management and applied soil physics.
The SWCS awards are presented each year to individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions in advocating and advancing the conservation of soil, water and related natural resources.
During the recent North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) annual conference, a peer-reviewed research abstract from a group of CAFNR faculty and staff was presented “live” during the virtual conference. A total of 208 abstracts were submitted and only 12 were presented during the conference. The abstract is titled “Factors Influencing College Choice of Matriculants and Non-Matriculants: A Generational Comparison.”
Adam Cletzer, assistant professor and director of student services in the Division of Applied Social Sciences; Jon Simonsen, associate professor and director of graduate studies in the Division of Applied Social Sciences; and Julie Scroggs, director of student recruitment in the CAFNR Office of Academic Programs; submitted the abstract.
Leon Schumacher, professor and agricultural systems technology program coordinator, received the 2021 Provost’s Award for Leadership in International Education. This award recognizes MU faculty who have provided outstanding leadership in strengthening MU’s international dimension.
Schumacher’s research focuses on topics such as precision agriculture, smart farm initiative, Internet of Things (IOT), automated farming systems and energy conservation including biodiesel, biomass and ethanol, as well as curriculum-related issues associated with agricultural systems technology.
Alba Argerich, assistant professor in the School of Natural Resources, received the 2021 Provost’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching Award. This award recognizes junior faculty for superior teaching and advising on the MU campus.
Argerich is an aquatic scientist interested in understanding the effects of land use on water quality and ecosystem integrity using experimental and modeling approaches. Her current projects include an analysis of the use of different bioengineering techniques to restore water quality in nutrient-loaded streams, the study of natural variability and trends of aquatic nutrients in reference streams, and an experimental analysis of the effects of contemporary forest practices on water quality and quantity.
Felix Fritschi, C. Alice Donaldson Professor in Bioenergy Crop Physiology and Genetics in the Division of Plant Sciences, received the 2021 Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity. This award gives special recognition to MU faculty members who are still in the developmental phases of their careers, have made outstanding contributions in research and/or creative activity and have great promise for achieving wider recognition.
Fritschi has a research/teaching appointment in plant physiology. His main research interests are in the area of plant responses to abiotic stress. In particular, he emphasizes on effects of water deficit and heat on plant growth and productivity. He teaches an introductory classes on grain crop production, crop physiology, and photosynthesis in crop production. In addition, he co-teaches a class on research with plant stress agents.