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Agroforestry Academy Wins National Award

An innovative program designed to train the next generation of agroforestry practitioners earned a national award from the USDA. The project, titled Increasing Agroforestry Adoption and Networking in the Midwest through Targeted Professional Development was named the 2012 Paula Ford Professional Development Program Proposal of the Year. The North Central region selects the project that best exemplifies Ford’s contributions and…

Stretching Feed Supplies

MU Beef Nutritionist Justin Sexten helps producers extend forage supplies through the winter

For the second year in a row, Missouri farmers endured a significant drought, stressing crops, impacting yields and limiting forage supplies for livestock producers. Justin Sexten, beef nutritionist in CAFNR’s Division of Animal Sciences, partnered with the Missouri Corn Merchandizing Council, the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and Mississippi Lime to demonstrate how  to improve digestibility of corn stover and lower-quality CRP…

Putting Cows to Work

Study examines winter feeding strategies to improve pastures

John Lory is in the business of moving and managing nutrients. Lory, an extension associate professor in the Division of Plant Sciences at MU, is exploring three winter feeding strategies to evaluate the best way to use manure from cattle to fertilize the pasture for the following season. Lory said winter feeding practices vary, but traditionally, producers feed hay in…

Vines and Wines

Symposium unites research community to improve Missouri's grape and wine industries

From tales of bold undergraduates who siphoned wine from the basement of Mizzou’s original academic hall while curators met above, to exploring the genetic potential of Missouri’s wild grapes, the second annual Grape and Wine Symposium covered the rich history and recently rediscovered potential of the wine industry in Missouri. The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ (CAFNR) Grape…

Finding Middle Ground

Scholarship supports sustainable agriculture and honors a family's dedication to conservation

With more than 50 years of service to the University of Missouri, Fred Martz has influenced hundreds of farmers, students and fellow faculty members. Though he recently celebrated his retirement, his impact on education will sustain through the Fred and Donna Martz scholarship.

Setting the Table for Food Security

Symposium unites research and communities to tackle hunger in the U.S.

We all think about it every day: what to eat at our next meal. For the millions of American households who experience food insecurity, the question is not what to eat, but if they’ll eat. Addressing that issue was on the table at a recent symposium hosted at MU: Food Insecurity: Assessing Disparities, Consequences, and Policies. The symposium, sponsored by…

Sinking into the Forest

Is a forest a carbon sink, sequestering more carbon dioxide (CO2) than it emits, thus improving air quality for oxygen breathing organisms? It’s a question University of Missouri forestry professor Steven Pallardy has been exploring for the last several years at Baskett Research and Education Area near Ashland, Mo. The answer could provide insights that inform forest management and potentially…

Pursuing the Public Good

Whether the mechanism is a bulldozer or Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Christopher Fulcher wields tools for a singular purpose: to help people improve their communities. Fulcher, Co-Director of the Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems(CARES) in the Division of Applied Social Sciences at CAFNR, launched his career in community development on the island nation of Nevis in the Eastern…

Culinary Connection

Nina Furstenau found her roots in Tunisia—a small North African country she had never been to before. “For the first time in my life I kind of looked like the people around me,” said Furstenau, who teaches food and wine writing in CAFNR’s Science and Agricultural Journalism program. Furstenau grew up in Kansas where her family moved from India when…

From a Few Acres to a Few Continents

FAPRI Director Pat Westhoff's small farm roots guide his global outreach in agricultural policy

When Pat Westhoff boarded the plane to fly from Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Guatemala, it wasn’t just his first out-of-country trip—it was his first plane ride. Westhoff, the director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at MU and a professor in department of agricultural and applied economics in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), grew…