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More than a century of tradition and graduates

MU's College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources launches new alumni into the world

Following a tradition started in 1874 with the first graduating class of the University of Missouri College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts, the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources celebrated its 135th graduation ceremony this May.

Living pots

Biodegradable planting pots mean healthier veggies and environment

Starting this growing season the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ teaching greenhouses and in-house florist shop, Tiger Garden, will use 100 percent biodegradable pots to grow tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, melons and herbs.

Helping astronauts live in space

A 2004 bioengineering graduate describes life at NASA

How do you fight a fire on the International Space Station orbiting 200 miles above the surface of the earth? What do astronauts do to adjust the thermostat when one side of the Station is boiling in the heat of the sun and the other, in darkness, is almost absolute zero? Training astronauts in these techniques is the job of Felicity Pino, NASA International Space Station environmental control and life support systems instructor and graduate of the MU biological engineering program.

Ready for the storm

Campus Weather Service helps make MU "storm ready"

Students in the Department of Soils, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences are working to make MU the first university in mid-Missouri to become certified as “storm ready” by the National Weather Service (NWS).

A little science, a lot more fish

Lives of Nepal's subsistence fish farmers dramatically improved with help from an MU professor, some science and vertical cages

In 1985 Jack Jones, now the Dunmire Professor of Water Quality in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, wanted to add an international component to his emerging career. He noticed Nepal’s developing aquaculture and thought his expertise could help. With a National Science Foundation grant, he traveled to the country between Tibet and China.

Tastier meat and profits?

A new chip identifies important bovine genomic traits

With help from a new genetic device recently unveiled by a team of animal science researchers, animal breeders may soon be building betters cows that produce more and better beef and tastier profits.

Is ACRE a good deal for farmers? Ask the spreadsheet at FAPRI

There’s good news and bad news regarding the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program. The good news is that the federal program may provide enrolled farmers a safety net against unexpected losses in revenue. The bad news is that farmers must commit to joining the program that requires complicated computations to see if ACRE is of real benefit.

After the storm

Delta Center personnel help stabilize southern Missouri after one of the worst ice storms in decades

Almost in the dead center bull’s eye of the storm was the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Delta Research Center in Portageville, Mo. After securing their own operation, clearing roads of downed trees and utility poles and starting generators to provide electricity, the staff of the center went out into the community to help others.

Off-hours crime fighter

By day, he studies reproductive efficiency of farm animals, by night, he invents ways to link felons with their victims

In his daytime job as part of the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Animal Sciences faculty, Peter Sutovsky studies mammalian spermatogenesis, fertilization and pre-implantation embryonic development. In his off-hours, he helps detectives solve criminal cases. The associate professor is a member of a joint venture between the University of Missouri and the Paternity Testing Corp. (PTC) that seeks to revolutionize forensic work relating to rape cases.