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Preparing Students for the Workforce

Robin Rotman brings a unique background to the SNR faculty

Robin Rotman has taken a unique path to becoming an assistant professor at the University of Missouri. She joined the School of Natural Resources after 10 years of practicing law; first at the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and more recently in private practice in Washington, D.C. Rotman holds a bachelor’s degree from Sewanee: The University of the South, a…

A ‘Responsibility to Respond’

Mel West receives honorary degree for humanitarian efforts

One August afternoon in 1930, 6-year-old Mel West and his family finished their chores early, put on their going-to-town clothes and hopped in their vehicle for the eight-mile drive to Golden City, Mo. West’s father had made homemade ice cream and his mother had made an angel food cake earlier that day for an ice cream social at the local…

A Combination of Research

Amanda Patterson’s research focuses on understanding how the uterus is repaired after pregnancy, in both animals and women

Last year, Amanda Patterson was looking for a place where she could combine her reproductive research interests in animals and her stem cell research interests in women. She found the perfect opportunity at the University of Missouri. Patterson joined the Division of Animal Sciences in November 2018 as an assistant professor. She also has a joint appointment in Obstetrics, Gynecology…

Matching Cattle to Their Best Environments

Troy Rowan earns podium presentation at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

In 2015, Jared Decker received a $2 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture with the goal of creating genetic and genomic predictions that would allow producers, farmers and ranchers to identify the cattle that are going to perform the best in their specific environment. Troy Rowan arrived at the University of Missouri in 2016 – and has…

A Learning Opportunity

Future Farmers of Ukraine interact with Missouri FFA, Mizzou 

The National FFA Organization was established in 1928, known then as Future Farmers of America. The organization officially changed its name to the National FFA Organization in 1988, and is one of the largest youth organizations in the United States, featuring more than 669,000 members and more than 8,600 chapters. The goal of the organization is to provide students with…

Waiting for the Big Catch

Jefferson Farm and Garden will host six Fun Family Fishing Nights

The Jefferson Farm and Garden Fun Family Fishing Nights return in 2019, offering families and friends an opportunity to fish in Jefferson’s 7-acre stocked pond. There will be a total of six fun family fishing nights, all of which are on Fridays, from May to August. “Our Fun Family Fishing Nights are always a great time for families, as well…

A Passion for Animals

Nichole Anderson joins Division of Animal Sciences faculty

Nichole Anderson’s love for animals, specifically horses, took her to North Dakota State University (NDSU) to study equine science. Her goal was to eventually become a professional horse trainer. Anderson grew up riding horses and joined the equestrian team at NDSU right away. She rode for the team for a year. “After a year of riding I really didn’t win…

An Intriguing Inclusion

Graduate student researching incorporation of tree nuts in a pig’s finishing diet

Katelyn Burdick was on the hunt for a graduate project two years ago after earning her bachelor’s degree from the Division of Animal Sciences – and Professor Bryon Wiegand had a perfect venture. Wiegand was interested to know if the inclusion of tree nuts in a pig’s finishing diet would affect the fatty acid composition and the overall processed meat…

Defining the Objective

Division of Animal Sciences bringing cattle breeding plans to Agricultural Research Centers

For years, the Thompson Research Center, near Spickard, Mo., has been home to a very defined breeding plan for its straight bred, commercial Angus cattle herd. That plan contains a variety of objectives, including reproductive and genetic goals. With the strong success of that plan, a team from the University of Missouri Division of Animal Sciences is looking to expand…

Transitioning to a New Role

Donnie Hubble named Greenley Research Center superintendent

Donnie Hubble grew up just 30 minutes away from the Greenley Research Center – and he was recently selected to serve as the Center’s superintendent. Hubble officially joined the Greenley Research Center, one of the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ (CAFNR) Agricultural Research Centers, on April 1. Hubble follows Dana Harder, who served as superintendent…