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A Full-Time Function

Foremost Dairy relies on student workers to help with operations

Work begins at 4 a.m. each day at the Foremost Dairy Research Center in Columbia – and it doesn’t end until 9 p.m. Dairy cows need to be milked twice a day. Foremost Dairy has 210 head of cattle to milk, plus another 250 head of younger calves. That means extra help is always needed. Dairy Farm Manager John Denbigh…

An Unusual Month

Hot and dry conditions have been prevalent throughout June

Tony Lupo, a University of Missouri professor of atmospheric sciences, had one word to describe the rather hot and dry month of June: unusual. “When you have a strong El Niño like we did this winter, the summers are hot and dry,” Lupo said. “That heat is usually upfront, in the months of June and July.” Lupo said his team…

Advocating for Pollinators

CAFNR Agricultural Research Centers focused on aiding pollinators

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Agricultural Research Centers continue to be advocates for monarch butterflies and other pollinators. Thirteen Research Centers planted monarch waystations, beginning in late January. The waystations include milkweed and other nectar sources that benefit all pollinators. “By establishing a diverse habitat we’re helping the monarch population – and we’re also…

Diving Deep Into Research

CAFNR Agricultural Research Centers showcase various research during Field Days

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Agricultural Research Centers are spread throughout the state and conduct research on everything from corn to shrimp. The Research Centers represent the uniqueness of agriculture in Missouri. With fertile soil, the Fisher Delta Research Center, located in the Bootheel region, studies rice and cotton. In the northwest part of…

The Potential of Pennycress

Greenley Research Center seeing positives with pennycress

The United States Department of Agriculture approached Western Illinois University’s Win Phippen in 2009 with a simple bottle of seeds. The USDA thought those seeds had some big potential. The seeds were field pennycress. Phippen, a professor of plant breeding and genetics, has been studying the crop ever since. WIU created a plant breeding program specifically for pennycress in 2009.…

Taking in the Scenery

Steve Borgelt has developed a passion for train travel

Steve Borgelt loves to travel. His trips have taken him across the United States and into Canada. Borgelt wants his journeys to be relaxing. Instead of always flying or hopping in his car to drive, Borgelt tours the United States from a train car. “I really like ground travel,” Borgelt said. “I like to see things, and I don’t really…

Developing a Bond

First-ever MU Animal Sciences Youth Leadership Academy brings in 20 high school students

For the past year, David Hoffman, Wendy Flatt and Marcia Carlson Shannon have been preparing for the first-ever University of Missouri Animal Sciences Youth Leadership Academy. The academy is focused on bringing in high school students to learn more about the livestock industry and network with industry leaders. “I’ve had the idea for several years, and I know there are…

A Dream Fulfilled

Fara and Richard Maltsbarger are giving back to the school they love

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Executive-in-Residence program was created in 1996 to give students, faculty and staff an opportunity to learn from industry leaders. Richard Maltsbarger was invited back to Mizzou as an Executive-in-Residence in 2012. Maltsbarger earned his bachelor’s in 1997 and his master’s in 1999 – both in agricultural economics. During his…

Showcasing Natural Resource Management

Thompson Research Center timber harvest focuses on good stewardship

The University of Missouri CAFNR Agricultural Experiment Station is focused on showcasing strong natural resource management. At the Thompson Research Center in Spickard, Mo., they are demonstrating that management with a recent timber harvest. “In general, we want to maintain or improve the health of our forests,” said Dusty Walter, AES director of natural resources. “We also want to improve…

Finding Strength

Lauren Jackson's life experiences have allowed her to give back

Lauren Jackson came to the University of Missouri to study journalism in 1997. Jackson lived in Texas before making the trek to Mizzou and had her sights set on becoming a sports broadcaster. She graduated with a degree in advertising in 2001 and developed a love for numbers during those four years. She had a student job in the department…