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Investing in the Future

CAFNR Student Named National Teach Ag Ambassador

When Alli Abadir walked into her first agricultural course, an animal veterinary science class, as a sophomore at Hickman High School in Columbia, Missouri, she thought she wanted to become a veterinarian. Not coming from an agricultural background, Alli said it was her passion for animals that led her to enroll in the animal veterinary science class. “I thought I…

Passion for Pigs

CAFNR student named 2019 Pig Farmer of Tomorrow

Before Ben Luebbering could even tie his shoes, he was feeding pigs with his dad. Growing up on a 160-sow, farrow-to-finish farm, Ben gained a passion for the swine industry from an early age. He even recalls “carpet farming” the floor of his living room when he wasn’t helping around the farm. Ben was one of three named a 2019…

Digging up a New Hobby

Stefanie Gray becomes a Master Gardener

Little did Stefanie Gray’s neighbors know that when they let her borrow their tiller, she would soon be on her way to becoming a master gardener. When she’s not cultivating relationships with donors as the senior manager for donor relations in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Office of Advancement, Stefanie’s busy cultivating her backyard. With an undergraduate…

Excellence in Academics

Sage Eichenburch wins Hesburgh Scholarship

Sage Eichenburch grew up in downtown Prairie Home, Missouri, a small town where he could see a cornfield from the backdoor of his home. While he didn’t grow up on a farm, Sage gained his agricultural background by being involved in the agricultural community and by being a fourth generation 4-H member. Sage, a sophomore studying agriculture with an emphasis…

Recipe for Networking

CAFNR students apply what they’ve learned in the classroom 

Keric Crow and Andrew Scheiderer both grew up loving to cook. Scheiderer started cooking at a young age with his grandma and eventually began cooking on his own. Crow’s interest in the culinary arts started in high school when he enrolled in ProStart, a two-year program that teaches culinary techniques and management practices to high school students. The two seniors,…

From Farm Kid to Executive

Crop Science division COO of Bayer returns to campus 

It was 1979 when Missouri farm kid Brett Begemann anxiously started his freshman year at Mizzou. Growing up on his family’s farm near Mayview, Missouri, Begemann came to MU with the intention of returning to the farm. He described himself as “just a farm kid back then” and remembers thinking how big the city of Columbia was, which led him…

Continuing to Learn

President of Missouri Farm Bureau and CAFNR alumnus returns as Executive-in-Residence

Spread throughout Blake Hurst’s home near Tarkio, Missouri, are newspapers, magazines and books. To read, and read, and then read some more was part of the advice Hurst gave students while on campus from April 3-4 as CAFNR’s Robert O. Reich Executive-in-Residence. The program brings industry leaders to the college to share knowledge and experience with students, faculty and staff.…

Testing Their Knowledge

MU students compete at regional Animal Science Academic Quadrathlon

Four University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources students tested their animal sciences knowledge this spring by representing MU at the regional Animal Science Academic Quadrathlon.    Anne Dolan, Sara Gholson, Jessica Klasing and Christina Scherer captured third place in the regional competition, which was held March 10-11. Part of the competition was held on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s campus…

Achieving Excellence

CAFNR students selected for Mizzou '39 and Mizzou 18 awards 

Every year, Mizzou recognizes 39 seniors and 18 graduate students to honor the school’s founding in 1839. The students represent various majors, activities and organization across campus and are selected based on their academic achievement, leadership and commitment to MU and the community. CAFNR senior Brooke Novinger was chosen for the Mizzou ’39 award. Two CAFNR graduate students were chosen…

Coming Home

CAFNR alum and CropLife America Chief of Staff returns as Executive-In-Residence 

Four values – respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence – can often be read hanging from banners attached to the iconic Mizzou columns. For Mizzou students, alumni, faculty and staff, the four words can evoke a certain pride. For College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources alumnus Kellie Bray, the values remind her of her time on MU’s campus. Bray served as…