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A Humbling Recognition

Jon Cody wins J. Perry Gustafson Award for Outstanding Graduate Research

Teaching and research have been at the forefront of J. Perry Gustafson’s distinguished 40-plus-year career. It makes perfect sense, then, that the J. Perry Gustafson Award for Outstanding Graduate Research in the Life Sciences would be awarded to a stellar Ph.D. student whose quality research deserves wide recognition. Jon Cody, a graduate student in the Division of Biological Sciences, earned…

A Blast From the Past

Horse Plow Demonstration Day set for April 28

The Horse Plow Demonstration Day showcases the importance of horsepower when farmers plowed their land 75 years ago. The event will return this year at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ South Farm Research Center. The event is sponsored by the MU South Farm Research Center and will…

Analyzing Insect Performance

Researchers looking at the role neonicotinoid insecticides play in arthropod performance

Pollinators and other beneficial insects play an important role in the agricultural world, especially in terms of economic value for growers. A study conducted by Cornell University showed that crops pollinated by those beneficial insects contributed $29 billion to farm income in 2010. Unfortunately, several of those insects are facing population declines due to a variety of factors. A team…

After Hours: Marching On

Music has been a mainstay in Christopher Daubert's life

A talented musician, Harlan Daubert made sure all seven of his children developed an understanding and appreciation for music. Daubert served as the band director in the Northern Lebanon School District in Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania, for 37 years, taking his marching bands across the nation to perform. His passion for music made an impression on son Christopher, who began playing the…

Battling an Unseen Pest

Melissa Mitchum has devoted her career to researching soybean cyst nematodes

One of the greatest threats to crops lives underground and can’t be seen by the naked eye. Plant parasitic nematodes are microscopic roundworms that range in size from as small as 250 micrometers, or 0.0098 inches, to a maximum of several millimeters in length. It’s a parasite that Melissa Mitchum has devoted her career to fighting. Mitchum, a professor in…

The Auctioneer

Leroy Van Dyke is living his dream as a singer and auctioneer

Leroy Van Dyke’s life was forever changed in a tent in Korea while he was serving as a special agent in the United States Army Counter-Intelligence Corps. In that tent, Van Dyke penned the song that would put him on the country music map – “Auctioneer.” “While I was riding down those dusty roads, words kept coming to me,” Van…

Preparing Future Agricultural Leaders

CAFNR and FFA are preparing students to address challenging problems

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and the Missouri FFA are both focused on preparing students to address the most challenging problems in the world today. Each year, the Missouri FFA elects a state officer from each of its 16 Areas. A good portion of those officers end up at MU to further their education.…

Turning Observations into Research

FFAR grant helps fund pollinator research

In 2015, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Agricultural Research Centers planted 22 acres of monarch habitat across the state. The goal of the plantings was to bring awareness to the monarch butterfly migration, a treacherous trip that can cover up to 3,000 miles. For the past two years, the habitat has continued to grow…

After Hours: ‘Cotton Tales’

Gene Stevens pens children's book

As a graduate student working on his Ph.D. in agronomy at Mississippi State University, Gene Stevens spent the majority of his nights doing schoolwork, as he was also working full-time. To break up those nighttime study sessions, Stevens would read stories to his son and daughter. While his children enjoyed stories from a book, they really tuned in when Stevens…

Fighting a Global Pest

Susanta Behura researching mosquitoes and their genetics

A global issue, dengue fever kills more than 20,000 individuals every year, most of whom are children, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Forty percent of the world’s population live in areas with a risk of dengue transmission. The World Health Organization reports that 50 to 100 million infections occur each year. Dengue fever is something Susanta Behura…