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Building Missouri’s Economic Impact

Thompson's feedlot allows specialists the opportunity to feed and keep cattle in the state

Beef cattle research was introduced at the Thompson Research Center, located in Spickard, Mo., in 1963, and since that time the site has served as an important research location that emphasizes premium cattle genetics. Thompson, part of the University of Missouri (MU) College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) Agricultural Experiment Station, is continuing to build on that prestigious…

Supporting Future Scientists

Two postdoctoral fellows in the Division of Animal Sciences have received Lalor Foundation fellowships in the past three years

Since 1960, the Lalor Foundation has supported promising new researchers through its postdoctoral fellowship program. The foundation has put the focus of its assistance and funding on research in mammalian reproductive biology, and rewarded researchers who are establishing scientific and teaching careers with postdoctoral grants. During the past three years, two postdoctoral fellows within the University of Missouri (MU) College…

Science Night to Focus on Importance of Pollinators

Jefferson Farm and Garden will share information regarding pollinators during educational and scientific event

Two years ago, Jefferson Farm and Garden invited the Columbia community out to the research center for two nights of scientific discussion and educational opportunities. The series, branded as Science Night at Jefferson Farm and Garden, allowed University of Missouri (MU) College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) faculty the chance to share their expertise with the local community.…

Root Biology Never Sleeps

Two triennial events recently offered the root research community a closer look at projects from around the globe

Two triennial events, the 11th Symposium of the International Society of Root Research (ISRR11) and the ninth International Symposium on Root Development (Rooting2021), offered the root research community a closer look at projects from around the globe. In 2021, more than 700 participants from 52 countries had the opportunity to virtually attend both events as a joint venture. The two…

A Passion for Peonies

Don Hollingsworth's work with peonies has gained him international recognition

Sitting in his golf cart among endless rows of peonies, 93-year-old Don Hollingsworth is in his element. Hollingsworth has spent the last 53 years breeding dozens of varieties of the popular flower, and still enjoys the crossing process, in which he is still an active participant. “I’ve had a lot of fun over the years – and I’m still having…

Q&A With Kyle Watkinson

Watkinson is a senior in natural resource science and management

Why did you decide to come to the University of Missouri and major in natural resource science and management? What do you enjoy about the program itself? The field of study? Having grown up in the Columbia area, the question “Where do you want to go to college?” has never been tough to answer. I am a legacy student who…

An Important Learning Tool

While following health and safety protocols, CAFNR hosts in-person CDEs for Missouri high school students

Each year, high school students from across the state travel to the University of Missouri to take part in the State FFA Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Career Development Events (CDEs). The MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) offers its expertise for these events, as faculty, staff and students lend a hand in setting up and running…

A Humbling Opportunity

Bryon Wiegand named director of the Division of Animal Sciences

As an alum of the University of Missouri, Bryon Wiegand has worked at his alma mater since 2007, in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) Division of Animal Sciences. Wiegand first joined Mizzou as an associate professor and has served as a professor in the division since 2015, with assignments in teaching, research and Extension. He was…

Taking a Leap of Faith

Claire Shipp was one of just 62 college students named a 2021 Truman Scholar

During her three years as a student in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), Claire Shipp has appreciated the opportunity to explore her passions. Those interests include agriculture, the environment and serving others. Last semester, Shipp found a course where all of those passions crossed paths. The Environmental Law, Policy, and Justice course, taught…

Senior Spotlight: Tanner and Sean Allen

Tanner and Sean Allen will graduate with degrees in agricultural systems technology and agribusiness management

As legacy students growing up in Columbia, Mo., the University of Missouri held a special place for twin brothers Sean and Tanner Allen. After four years at Mizzou, the brothers will walk away with degrees in agricultural systems technology (AST) and agribusiness management, as well as multiple memories from their time as Tigers. “We grew up in Columbia, so Mizzou…