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A Look Toward Winter Weather

Long-range forecasts show winter temperatures could be below averages

Nearly a year ago, the city of Columbia was greeted with one of the largest snowstorms in the town’s history – nearly 17 inches. Columbia ended up with around 30 inches of snow in total during the winter months, including some during the spring. Tony Lupo, a University of Missouri professor of atmospheric sciences, said mid-Missourians shouldn’t see that much…

Wild About Trivia

Trivia in the Wild to celebrate 10th anniversary

Nearly 10 years ago, Laura Hertel was answering all types of questions during the Second Chance Trivia Night. After a night of fun, Hertel had a thought – why couldn’t the School of Natural Resources (SNR) do something similar as a fundraising opportunity? Hertel, senior student service coordinator in SNR, pitched the idea to the Natural Resources Alumni Association board,…

Fall 2019 Commencement

CAFNR will graduate approximately 200 students Friday, Dec. 13

Approximately 200 students from the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) will graduate as part of commencement ceremonies on Friday, Dec. 13. The ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Hearnes Center. Kristy Weber, MD, will serve as the commencement speaker. Dr. Weber is the chief of orthopaedic oncology in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Perelman…

‘The Pinnacle of My Career’

Peter Sutovsky named 2019 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Growing up in Slovakia, a young Peter Sutovsky would often hold his own science-based lectures in front of his elementary classmates. Those lectures would generally focus on insects, as Sutovsky had a big interest in entomology. “I would bring in my insect collection and explain how the organs of a male beetle were different than the organs of a female…

Growing CAFNR’s Research Footprint

Shibu Jose named associate dean for research and director of the Agricultural Experiment Station

It was 10 years ago when Shibu Jose joined the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) as the H.E. Garrett Endowed Chair Professor in the School of Natural Resources (SNR) and the director of The Center for Agroforestry. During the past year, Jose has served as the interim associate dean for research in CAFNR and…

Teaching Excellence

John Tummons earns USDA Teaching Award

The son of junior high school teachers, it was only natural that John Tummons would eventually find himself in a classroom setting, empowering and equipping students to make a positive impact throughout the world. Tummons knew where he wanted to make that impact, too. Tummons earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural education from the University of Missouri, and it was…

Test Driving Their Careers

GO CAPS Monett students get a first-hand look at agricultural opportunities

With numerous research projects and demonstration sites, the Southwest Research Center offers many educational opportunities throughout its nearly 900 acres. Students who are part of the Greater Ozark Center for Advance Professional Studies (GO CAPS) program in Monett are getting a first-hand look at those educational opportunities. GO CAPS Monett, a program dedicated to giving high school students hands-on learning…

A Prestigious Honor

Bob Sharp named Curators' Distinguished Professor

Bob Sharp recently joined a prestigious group of University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources faculty as a Curators’ Distinguished Professor, MU’s highest and most prestigious rank. Sharp is a professor in the Division of Plant Sciences and serves as the director of the campus-wide Interdisciplinary Plant Group (IPG). “I am greatly honored to receive this recognition,”…

A Grand Celebration

CAFNR officially opens Land of the Osages Research Center

The University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) celebrated the grand opening of the new Land of the Osages Research Center on Tuesday, Oct. 29. The center will further research in agroforestry, a sustainability-focused system that combines trees and shrubs with crops — and sometimes livestock — to be managed on the same piece of land…

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…