Author: Stephen Schmidt

A ‘Global Journey’

Bob Dixon will never forget the words from an Allied Corporation official after seeing his research for the first time. “I’ve got money burning holes in my pockets,” the executive said. “How do we sponsor this research at the University of Missouri?” Shortly thereafter Dixon, a soon-to-graduate master’s student in forestry in the spring of 1979, agreed to a contract…

Singular Sensation

After opening a cold storage unit nestled inside the Sears Greenhouse, Beverly Agtuca points at one soybean plant growing in an inoculant of rhizobia, a special kind of bacteria that fixes nitrogen. Then she moves those plants next to a batch of soybean sprouts growing without the rhizobia bacteria, but with a traditional nitrogen-laden fertilizer. Given the plants’ collective youth…

A Global Affair

The top experts of the in the field of pig reproductive physiology will gather on the University of Missouri campus from June 11-14 for the 10th installment of the International Conference on Pig Reproduction (ICPR). “This meeting really brings the research, extension and industry components all together so you can see the spectrum,” Randy Prather said. “You can see what’s…

‘A Source of Inspiration’

“I choose you as my advisor.” The words came out of Kamal Yadav with conviction as he re-entered the office of George Garner. Yadav arrived in Columbia the day before when he had stepped off a Greyhound bus on at the corner of Hitt and Broadway at 1 a.m. He had spent a large portion of his day trodding up…

Biology and Beer

On early Thursday evenings at the Craft Beer Cellar in downtown Columbia, one can always listen to a wide variety of rock songs while sipping his or her favorite beer – but it’s the conversations generated that are sweetest song to Tim Beissinger at the weekly sessions known as “Detox.” An adjunct professor in the Division of Plant Sciences and…

Help From Up North

Canada has been involved in the economic development of Ghana for decades, dating back to 1957 when Ghana became the first African country to receive financial assistance from the Canadian government. The University of Missouri has also built a strong presence in the West African country over the years – so perhaps it was only natural that the two entities…

Updating a Classic

Growing up in southwestern Indiana, one of Maria Haag’s favorite pastimes was showing small animals like pigs, goats and rabbits – not cattle – at national events. These days, though, Haag is on the forefront of developing a modern version of what has been known for decades as a “cowgame simulator” to help students in animal breeding classes – both at…

The Start of Something New

The School of Natural Resources has a new division director in Shibu Jose. On May 3, it will also have a new event to highlight and bring awareness of the breadth and quality of research taking place within its walls. That is when the inaugural SNR Research Day will take place at the Bond Life Sciences Center, located adjacent to…

Going Forward

Let’s make a circle. That was the suggestion of Marc Linit, interim Vice Chancellor and Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, when figuring out how the current CAFNR administrative leadership team could meet with one of his possible successors during an interview session. “I said to him, ‘From where I sit, this is one of the…

Technology, Up Close

The third and final installment of a series of events to commemorate 100 years of engineering in agriculture at the University of Missouri will be celebrated at the South Farm Research Center on April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, although donations will be accepted. All donations will go to…