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An Exciting Mission

Rob Kallenbach named associate dean of CAFNR Extension/senior program director of Agriculture and Environment Extension

It was more than 20 years ago when Rob Kallenbach joined the University of Missouri as an assistant professor and state Extension specialist in forage crops. Kallenbach served farmers and producers across the state, educating, answering questions and building relationships. With more experience, Kallenbach gained more responsibility, which in turn led to more leadership opportunities. Those opportunities led to new…

Exploring Careers

Career Exploration Days offer students a look at careers in agriculture, food and natural resources

For years, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) has opened the doors of its Agricultural Research Centers to thousands of high school students to showcase its research, programs and academic opportunities. Referred to as Agricultural Education Days, these events also give students an idea of what future careers they can seek with a degree…

An International Explorer

Shanon Dickerson encourages students to see the world

Sitting in an economics class as a business major at Illinois College, Shanon Dickerson wanted to be just about anywhere else in the world. Little did she know that international travel would soon become a massive part of her life and, eventually, her career. Dickerson switched her major from business to Spanish, and quickly fell in love with the opportunities…

‘A Game Changer’

Southwest Research Center showcases new facility, holds ribbon cutting

The Southwest Research Center was established in 1959 and serves 22 counties, with a focus on addressing the main agricultural concerns of area industries including beef, forage and horticultural crop production. Serving as a footprint for the University of Missouri in the southwest part of Missouri, the Center is a meeting place for farmers, producers, Extension regional specialists and students.…

A Celebration of Chestnuts

Missouri Chestnut Roast featured activities and presentations related to horticulture, agroforestry

Another Missouri Chestnut Roast is in the books, and guests were treated to a variety of activities and presentations related to horticulture and agroforestry during the event, which took place Saturday, Oct. 5. The Missouri Chestnut Roast was held at the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center (HARC), located in New Franklin. The event also celebrated the 200th anniversary of the…

Showcasing Research

Wurdack Research Center Field Day centered on forages, livestock

The Wurdack Research Center Field Day featured numerous discussions centered on forages and livestock, and provided local farmers and producers with information to help them improve their farming operations. The event, which took place Friday, Oct. 4, included a free lunch that was sponsored by First Community National Bank (FCNB). The Field Day included several University of Missouri Extension specialists…

A Golden Surprise

Tim Safranski honored with CAFNR Golden Apple Award

Just four years into his tenure as an assistant professor at the University of Missouri, Tim Safranski was given the Provost Award for Creative Extension Programming by New Faculty. A year later, Safranski was honored with the National Pork Producers Council Swine Industry Award for Innovation in Education. Education has always been a focus for Safranski, who is a professor…

A Day of Educational Fun

Thousands learn more about CAFNR during South Farm Showcase

Each year, the South Farm Research Center opens its doors to the public for a day of educational fun, allowing the Center to showcase how unique the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) is. This year’s South Farm Showcase was no different, as thousands flocked to the Research Center to partake in a variety of…

Cultivating a Cattle Culture

Thompson Research Center Field Day focused on beef cattle

Attendees of the Thompson Research Center Field Day were able to learn more about several topics related to beef cattle during the event on Tuesday, Sept. 24. The event featured numerous University of Missouri faculty, experts, specialists and students who shared information on research and projects taking place at Thompson. The Field Day featured a wagon ride before presentations began,…

Interacting with Experts

Southwest Research Center Field Day offered opportunity to meet with MU faculty and experts, local businesses and organizations

The Southwest Research Center was packed with Field Day attendees and Career Exploration students, who each had the opportunity to meet with various University of Missouri faculty and experts, as well as local businesses and organizations. The event, which was held Thursday, Sept. 12, included more than 30 speakers, numerous activities and three afternoon educational tours. More than 1,500 local…