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A United Cause

CAFNR administrator joins UN-sponsored advisory board to improve agriculture and food systems in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

It takes planning, collaboration and time to improve agriculture and food systems on a broad scale, something that Willi Meyers knows quite well. Meyers, the director of CAFNR International Programs, was recently asked to be a part of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Regional Strategic Thinking Process Advisory Board for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Based at…

Change in the Bucket

CAFNR students come together for food pantry

Students in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources raised $2001.08 for Tiger Pantry, a campus food pantry which provides food assistance to the MU community. The money was raised as part of CAFNR Week, a week-long celebration showcasing CAFNR’s staff, faculty, students and alumni. Throughout the week, directors worked to achieve philanthropic goals while hosting events and networking…

The Taste of Success

Five food science students find success in dairy product evaluation competition

A group of University of Missouri students took home the gold at the 94th Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest held in September in the Chicago area. The team won first place overall in the milk division of the competition. “Anytime you come home placing first, second or third… You always feel successful,” said Rick Linhardt, coach of the dairy products evaluation team…

Wise on Wine

Reproductive biologist doubles as a wine columnist

It’s fair to say that Peter Sutovsky is a man of varied tastes. He knows his way around bovine sperm cells and Cabernet Sauvignon. At the University of Missouri, Sutovsky does double duty as a professor and award-winning researcher of reproductive physiology in the Division of Animal Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and a professor of obstetrics,…

Behind the Voice

Plant sciences Ph.D. candidate doubles as voice actor

  During the day, you can find him in an entomology lab, sending electrical impulses through invasive fruit flies. But after the kids are asleep, plant sciences researcher Grant Bolton moonlights as a freelance voice-over actor. “I didn’t really know much about voice overs until I really got into it, but if you listen for them they’re everywhere. Not just the…

A Noteworthy Pastime

Plant sciences professor makes music with band comprised of MU faculty members

  It all started in a neighborhood park in 2009, when Peter Scharf, a nutrient management extension specialist in MU’s Division of Plant Sciences, hopped on stage to perform at an open mic event with another MU faculty member at Rock Quarry Park in Columbia. The following year, a guitarist joined them, and this time they invited the entire neighborhood…

Seeing into the Future

CAFNR researchers use climate variability patterns to predict crop yields

Researchers at the Department of Soil, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences recently found a correlation between climate variability patterns and crop yields: Missouri crop yields can be positively or negatively affected by two climate patterns in the Pacific. “Really the purpose of this was for long-range forecasting of crop yields, so we can kind of give farmers a heads up of what…

Lending an Ear

MU biochemistry advisor recognized by state advising association

For Shari Freyermuth, advising students is a labor of love. It’s a passion others have recognized, too. Freyermuth has received multiple awards for her achievements as a faculty adviser in the department of biochemistry. On Sept. 24, Freyermuth was recognized as an Outstanding Academic Advisor Award at the Missouri Academic Advising Association’s annual conference in Camden, Missouri. Each year, only one…

Reaching the ‘Summit’

Agricultural journalism students win prizes in 11 categories

A group of science and agricultural journalism students from MU’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources received awards at a national agriculture communications competition. The National Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow’s Critique and Contest was hosted in Scottsdale, Arizona, a few weeks ago, as part of the Agricultural Media Summit. The winners, all members and former members of the Mizzou…

A Business in Bloom

Student-run flower shop celebrates tenth birthday

In its tenth year, Tiger Garden, the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ student-operated floral business, continues to thrive. The shop will celebrate this milestone with a week of events and sales. Since its beginning, students have operated nearly every aspect of Tiger Garden. They do it all, from designing bouquets and arranging flowers to tracking finances to caring…