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An Outstanding Recognition

CAFNR students earn Mizzou '39, Mizzou 18 Awards

Each year, the Mizzou Alumni Association Student Board selects 39 outstanding seniors and 18 outstanding graduate students for its annual Mizzou ‘39 and Mizzou 18 Awards. Mizzou ‘39 recipients are chosen for their academic achievement, leadership and service to Mizzou and the community. Mizzou 18 recipients are chosen for their world-class research, collaboration with faculty and staff, and their demonstrated leadership with…

Farm Economy Outlook Depends on New Trade Agreements, Evolution of Disease Outbreaks

Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) releases annual U.S. Agricultural Market Outlook report

The outlook for the United States farm economy depends on the implementation of new trade agreements and the evolution of animal and human disease outbreaks, according to the latest analysis of national and global agricultural trends from the University of Missouri. While net farm income increases in 2020, under a baseline assumption of continued trade friction with China, other indicators…

Q&A With Rhonda Turner

Turner is the executive assistant in the CAFNR Office of Research

What are your job duties/job responsibilities in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources? I am the executive assistant to Shibu Jose, the associate dean in the CAFNR Office of Research. I maintain his calendar of meetings and events ensuring he is prepared in advance. I also handle the administrative duties of the office and act as liaison to…

Becoming a More Inclusive College

Samniqueka Halsey named first CAFNR Faculty Fellow for Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity

Last year, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) unveiled its strategic plan, “Drive to Distinction.” As part of the plan, numerous priority areas were defined, including cultivating a diverse and inclusive community. Samniqueka Halsey has always had a passion for establishing and building a culture of acceptance, equity and inclusivity. That passion made her…

An Important Comparison

Group of researchers compare the three most recent reference genome accessions 

It was nearly a decade ago when the first soybean reference genome, “Williams 82,” was published in 2010. For the next several years, that cultivar, which was chosen to represent the northern United States germplasm, served as the main soybean reference genome – the sequence that gives scientists a baseline of a species’ set of genes. A few years after…

Strengthening CAFNR Communication

Office of Marketing and Communications adds to team

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) Office of Marketing and Communications recently added two individuals to its team – Reagan Brown and Ashley Craft. Brown has been named the CAFNR marketing communications coordinator. Craft’s new role is as the Extension communications strategist. “We are so excited to add Reagan and Ashley to our team,”…

Building a Network

Agribusiness Career Connections Program allows students to connect with industry

As the director of career services in the CAFNR Office of Academic Programs, Matt Arri dedicates his time to building networks and relationships between CAFNR students and industry professionals. Arri’s goal is to make sure those students are career ready – and he has introduced a variety of new initiatives to help them along the way. One of those initiatives…

A Humble Giver

Doug Allen's gifts have opened the door for unique collaborations

Sarah Lovell officially joined the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) in August 2019, as the H.E. Garrett Endowed Chair Professor and director of the Center for Agroforestry. Two months later, Lovell, who became just the second individual to hold the endowed chair position after Shibu Jose served eight years in the role, welcomed guests…

A Great Experience

J. Scott Angle, director of NIFA, earned his PhD at Mizzou

J. Scott Angle never intended to have a career in agriculture. An interest in golf led Angle to turf management (agronomy) at the University of Maryland. The agronomy degree program was in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Maryland. “I had no interest in agriculture,” Angle said. “I grew up in the city, in Baltimore,…

Excellence in Evaluation

Three CAFNR students finish fifth in the undergraduate division at recent Animal Welfare Evaluation Contest

Three University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) students took home fifth place in the undergraduate division at the recent Animal Welfare Evaluation Contest at Colorado State University. The annual event featured 22 undergraduate teams and 95 undergraduate students. Junior Chloe Momphard (Troy, Mo.) tied for fifth place. Senior Jewel Gant (Schaumburg, Ill.) and junior Elyse…