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Making a Broader Impact

MU faculty, staff, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows share their research in China

University of Missouri graduate students Shannon King and Rachel Owen spent the first Sunday of November in Baltimore speaking to a room full of Global Plant Council members and guests about the importance of science communication – especially for graduate students who are beginning their scientific careers. King and Owen shared their experiences from a recent international trip in August,…

A Constant, Guiding Influence

Marc Linit helped CAFNR through many transitions during his nearly 40-year career at MU

When Marc Linit joined the University of Missouri in 1980 as an assistant professor of entomology, the first lecture he gave was in a teaching lab in the southwest corner of the second floor of the Agriculture Building. It’s the same room, nearly 40 years later, which Linit occupies as senior associate dean for the Office of Research and Extension…

Returning Home

Kaleigh Summers named CAFNR Alumni Relations and Lead Annual Giving Officer

The first concert Kaleigh Summers ever attended was a Martina McBride show at the American Royal in Kansas City. As she waited for McBride to take the stage, she couldn’t stop watching the stage crew as they prepared for the show. It was something Summers felt would be fun to do. “Right away I told my mom that’s what I…

A Destructive Bug

Billbugs can cause massive damage to numerous turfgrass species

  Proper turf care is absolutely critical for golf course superintendents across the globe. From the tee box to the fairway to the putting green, each section needs to be meticulously cared for and watched over. Superintendents face a constant battle with pests, weeds and disease. One of the pests that many superintendents may not even know about is the…

Forecasting the Winter Weather

Cooler temperatures, 10 to 15 inches of snow expected this winter in mid-Missouri

As temperatures cool, Tony Lupo turns his long-term forecasting efforts toward the upcoming winter months. Lupo, a University of Missouri professor of atmospheric sciences, said mid-Missouri should expect this year’s winter to mirror last year’s for the most part. Lupo estimates that mid-Missouri will receive around 10 to 15 inches of snow and can expect cooler temperatures overall. “The trick…

After Hours: Educating and Coaching

Eric Bailey has trained American Quarter Horses for years

With nearly 130,000 acres to look after, the Bailey family needed reliable transportation to check the more than 1,500 head of cattle they were responsible for. The family turned to American Quarter Horses. That meant Eric Bailey got acclimated to horses at a very young age. “Part of my daily chores included feeding our horses,” Bailey said. “There were between…

Building a Bridge to Success

MU and Danforth Center collaborative agreement showcases Missouri's plant biology strength

It was four years ago when the University of Missouri and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center entered into a collaborative agreement that would lead to the hiring of four new researchers, each of whom would enhance the plant biology research not only in the state, but also across the globe. Three of those positions are now filled, with the…

Giving Back to the Local Community

FSRC donates ground beef to local food pantry

Every so often the Forage Systems Research Center, located near Linneus, Mo., has a beef animal it can’t bring to the sale barn. There are a variety of reasons for this, including a limp leg or unwanted coat defect. While there is nothing actually wrong with the beef animal, its value at the sale barn is dramatically reduced. “With some…

‘A Record of Research and Leadership’

Shibu Jose announced as CAFNR interim associate dean for research 

Shibu Jose, director of the School of Natural Resources (SNR) and superintendent of the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center (HARC) in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), has been named the interim associate dean in the office of research and extension in CAFNR. Jose will also serve as the interim director of the Agricultural…

‘An Invaluable Experience’

Matthew Caldwell credits CAFNR with preparing him for the workforce

As a seventh grader, Matthew Caldwell was hoping to land in an elective history class. There was just one problem – all of the spots were full. Caldwell was left with one alternative, joining an agriculture class. Caldwell didn’t know the impact of that first agriculture class at the time, but he wasn’t thrilled with his lone option. “I got…