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Achieving His Goal

Andrew Biggs was named the superintendent of the Bradford Research Center on March 15

Andrew Biggs set a goal for himself when he became the farm manager at the Bradford Research Center last year – he wanted to eventually become the superintendent. That goal came to fruition sooner than Biggs expected. Biggs was named the superintendent at Bradford on March 15. He replaces Tim Reinbott, who became the director of field operations for the…

A Man Dedicated to His Work

Robert K. Schattgen built a loyal customer base as a florist

Robert K. Schattgen was always dedicated to his craft. Robert, who graduated from the University of Missouri in 1971 with a degree in horticulture, served the Columbia community as a retail florist for more than 40 years. “Robert loved his work,” Sharon Ford Schattgen, Robert’s wife, said. “He enjoyed serving and supporting his customers – and he had a large…

As Heard on Insight: The Soybean Sleuth

Kristin Bilyeu's research is leading to a healthier soybean

Did you miss the first airing of the thirteenth installment of our new Insight series? LISTEN NOW to the program or to the extended version of the interview. The soybean is an extremely complex plant. Kristin Bilyeu knows this all too well. Bilyeu, a research molecular biologist for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service and an adjunct associate professor at…

Challenge Accepted

Rodney Geisert has developed a passion for randonneuring

Randonneuring, or long-distance cycling, is a sport that tests the physical strength, mental endurance and determination of an individual. For Rodney Geisert, it’s the perfect test. Geisert is a University of Missouri professor of animal sciences. He started cycling seriously in 2006. While Geisert began with shorter rides, he quickly moved on to longer ones – and now participates in…

As Heard on Insight: Cleaning Up Food Waste

Bradford's closed-loop system is using food waste to produce compost

Did you miss the first airing of the twelfth installment of our new Insight series? LISTEN NOW to the program or to the extended version of the interview. The Tomato Festival is one of the most popular events at the Bradford Research Center. More than 1,000 people flock to the event, which includes tomato and pepper tasting. The festival also led to a unique…

Making a Difference

Whitney Kinne is helping people in the beef industry and in the mission field

Whitney Kinne has always wanted to make a difference, whether it be in the agriculture industry or the mission field. Kinne, CAFNR Career Services assistant director, is doing just that – on both fronts. Kinne was named the 2015 Missouri Cattlewoman of the Year during the Missouri Cattle Industry Convention in early January. Kinne and her husband, Shane, were also…

Expanding Information and Opportunities

The Show-Me Grape and Wine Conference and Symposium will take place in March

The University of Missouri Grape and Wine Institute has two exciting events set for March. The 2016 Show-Me Grape and Wine Conference and Symposium will run from Wednesday, March 16 to Friday, March. 18. This is the fifth year for the Grape and Wine Symposium, which will take place on Friday, March 18. This is the first year for the…

Not Your Typical Angus

Charlie the calf has found a new home with the Gaudet family

Charlie isn’t your typical calf. Charlie was born at the University of Missouri Forage Systems Research Center in Linneus, Mo., last year. He was a twin and an unfortunate accident left Charlie with a broken leg. With few options, farm worker Derek Search called a friend, Bob Barrows, who has several bottle calves he raises. Barrows said he would take…

As Heard on Insight: Keeping Nutrients in the Field

Greenley Research Center uses drainage water management to generate and regulate water on fields

Did you miss the first airing of the seventh installment of our new Insight series? LISTEN NOW to the program or to the extended version of the interview. For years, producers have looked for ways to manage the water on their fields. The Greenley Research Center near Novelty, Mo., has turned to drainage water management in an effort to generate and regulate…

Building Relationships

Dean Volenberg tapped as director of the MU Grape and Wine Institute

Working in Extension in Missouri and Wisconsin, Dean Volenberg has always focused on building relationships with individuals and organizations. As the new Director of the Grape and Wine Institute (GWI) at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Volenberg will have ample opportunity to build and cultivate relationships with grape growers and wineries. “These relationships happen…