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Training program jumpstarts entrepreneurship in Missouri

They came all over Missouri–from Humansville, Fayette and Villa Ridge. Some, like Ana Boatman and her daughter Natalie from Independence, are growing vegetables and raising chickens on just 1.5 acres of land, while others, such as Cathy Johnmeyer of Fayette, are raising cattle on 225 acres. Whether their operations are small, medium or somewhere in between, all of the participants came to CAFNR’s Entrepreneurship Project to learn how to transform their ideas into entrepreneurial successes.

University of Missouri will host first grape and wine symposium

From genetics to chemistry, economics and marketing to health, the science of grape and wine production offer myriad possibilities for collaborative research. The Missouri Grape and Wine Symposium on Dec. 8 is a unique opportunity for researchers across campus to connect and learn about the impactful research going on at CAFNR’s Institute for Continental Climate Viticulture and Enology (ICCVE).

Closing the loop

From food waste to compost to fresh vegetables, an innovative recycling program launches at Bradford Research Center

Tim Reinbott, superintendent of Bradford Research Center, is creating a closed-loop system that doesn’t require a single ounce of fossil fuel—once all the components are operational. Reinbott’s “Zero Carbon Footprint Vegetable and Compost Production System” can become a model for other universities, school districts, prisons and even small communities who aspire to turn their waste stream into a productive resource.

From Field to Table, Connecting Students to their Food

Sustainable agriculture major nationally recognized for leadership

Sustainable agriculture major Monica Everett was recognized nationally for her leadership on food policy at Mizzou. She’s created partnerships on and off campus to increase student awareness of where their food comes from, and worked to bring healthy, local food to campus and to area food pantries.

Closed-loop compost system begins operation Friday, Nov. 18

Tim Reinbott, superintendent of Bradford Research Center, aspires to create a closed-loop system that doesn’t require a single ounce of fossil fuel—once all the components are operational. He hopes the system will become a model for other universities, school districts, prisons and even small communities.

Grazing School provides hands-on learning opportunity

On a warm fall morning, aspiring ranchers and agricultural professionals gathered near Linneus, Mo., for the 2011 Management Intensive Grazing workshop. Participants headed to the pasture after only an hour in the classroom. After looking at five red Angus cross heifers, they estimated the average weight of their five-head heard. Their task was to allocate an area of pasture that their herd would graze to three inches by the next day.

Partnering for improved nutrition

MU interdisciplinary team works to improve nutrition and access to healthy foods

Biting into a fresh tomato or enjoying the crisp sweetness of an apple are pleasures that not everyone always gets to enjoy. While the nutritional value of fresh fruits and vegetables is well-documented, and although the local food industry has grown tremendously in the last several years, access to nutritious, local produce is not something that’s readily available to everyone with a limited income.

Forage Systems Research Center Field Day

This summer’s drought and heat put pressure on many Missouri livestock producers. Researchers from the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources presented strategies to deal with those pressures and shared ongoing research on pasture management and improvement at the Forage Systems Research Center’s Field Day on Sept. 29.

South Farm Showcase delights thousands

For the last five years, CAFNR has invited the public to South Farm Research Center for a day of science, discovery and fun for the whole family. This year more than 3,000 people attended the Showcase and experienced hay rides, negotiated corn and straw bale mazes and watched sawmill and wood chopping demonstrations.