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The Family Genealogist

Thresa Chism has interest in family history

Growing up, Thresa Chism spent each Memorial Day visiting the local cemeteries with her family. Chism grew up near Clark, Mo., a small town 25 miles north of Columbia. Her father has always had a passion for family history. While the Chism family walked through and viewed the headstones, Thresa’s father pointed out their extended family – or anybody else…

Getting Social

Jared Decker uses social media channels to educate beef producers

University of Missouri Extension specialists put a strong focus on interacting with Missouri producers, farmers and ranchers. Jared Decker, a beef geneticist, is taking that interaction one step further. Decker has put forth extra effort on several social media channels, including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and message boards. He uses those channels to promote his blog, A Steak in Genomics. The blog…

Parcell Named First MFA Professor of Agribusiness

MFA and CAFNR partnership leads to first professorship

MFA Incorporated, MFA Oil and the MFA Foundation pledged $750,000, payable over four years, to the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources in 2015 to establish an endowed professorship that supports education and research. The first professorship role was just recently filled. Joe Parcell, professor and department chair of agricultural and applied economics in the Division…

Cooler Temperatures Expected This Winter

Expected snowfall between 15 and 20 inches

Temperatures have started to cool and coats and sweatshirts have been pulled out of the closets. Tony Lupo, University of Missouri professor of atmospheric science, said those coats could get a lot of use this winter, as it could be a tad cooler than the average. “I’m thinking it’s going to be a little colder than normal,” Lupo said. “This…

A Lasting Impact

Executive-in-Residence Program celebrates 20 years and 50 executives

Robert R. and Carol Reich had a simple goal in mind when they created the Robert O. Reich Family Executive-in-Residence Program in 1996 – bring industry professionals to the University of Missouri campus to interact with students and faculty. Twenty years and 50 executives later, the program is still running strong. Alvin McQuinn, President and CEO, Ag-Chem Equipment Co., Inc.,…

A Gift of Opportunity

Bruce Loewenberg's Salers donations have opened a door for CAFNR students

Internships have become a staple for college students looking to gain an understanding of and more experience with a business or company within their interest area. The University of Missouri Division of Animal Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has unveiled a new internship, which began this semester, focused on cattle herd management. The Loewenberg Beef…

Commanding Respect

Those who knew Miss Hortense Greenley reflect on her humbleness

The same words continually come up when those who knew Grace Hortense Greenley reflect on her life. Humble. Fair. Honest. Wonderful. Miss Greenley served students for the majority of her life as a teacher and principal. She earned a reputation as a hardnosed, strict disciplinarian. A hidden sense of humor could be found underneath the tough exterior, though. “When she…

A Terrific Team

Missouri-based researchers to tackle grapevine research

Anthony Peccoux spent eight months as the leader of the viticulture area in the wine and grape program at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources before he tragically passed away in 2012. Peccoux made the most out of his time at Mizzou, connecting individuals in the grape and wine industry across Missouri. Allison Miller, an evolutionary…

A Little Horse Power

Mike Baumgartner has jumped into the world of team roping

Mike Baumgartner has always enjoyed being around horses. That interest sparked others, including a jump into the rodeo world. Baumgartner has been involved in various rodeo events since his high school years. His most recent trek has been into team roping. Team roping pairs two individuals together – a header and a heeler. Each sit on a horse parallel to…

FDA Changes Coming for Livestock Owners

New changes go into effect on Jan. 1

Livestock owners across Missouri are encouraged to be prepared for the upcoming Food and Drug Administration changes to antibiotics that will go into effect on Jan. 1. Craig Payne, director of veterinary medical extension at the University of Missouri, said there are two main changes. The first deals with medically-important feed grade or water soluble antibiotics that have a claim…