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Second Time Around

CAFNR professor completes his second tenure in Russia as a Fulbright Scholar

Father-daughter teamwork. That’s what it took to navigate the streets of Belgorod, Russia, in the fall of 2014. When they combined their linguistic powers, Tony Lupo and his daughter Mary were able to form – in the words of the younger Lupo – “an almost fluent person.” “I think what made us able to get along while we were there…

Trains, Planes and Automobiles

CAFNR staff member relies on variety of hobbies to stay young

I’m growing older but not up My metabolic rate is pleasantly stuck So let the winds of change blow over my head I’d rather die while I’m living than live while I’m dead. These words form the chorus of one of Jim Reese’s favorite songs, “Growing Older But Not Up,” by Jimmy Buffett. More than a catchy song of an…

A Project of Patience

CAFNR researchers team up with Dept. of Conservation to track state deer population

To everyday motorists, they might be a potential calamity on a curvy road late at night. To hunters, they might represent an opportunity for a victorious weekend morning. To certain individuals at the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences and the Missouri Department of Conservation, though, white-tailed deer are the reason behind an extensive five-year undertaking to study the survival,…

In High Gear

Waterfowl researcher turns biking into way of life

It’s attention-grabbing. It’s out of the ordinary. And as Lisa Webb will tell you, the souped up “speaker bike” that normally rests in the middle of her garage is fully functional in spite of its front-heavy appearance. “Oh yeah,” says Webb. “My husband’s an engineer.” The red Trek road bike sports twin speakers, a karaoke system, an iPod station and…

A Heated Situation

CAFNR research duo helps conduct North American fish climate change workshop

They came from as far southeast as the Florida Keys and as far northwest as Fairbanks, Alaska, as a congregation normally separated by physical distance, but united by one growing concern: to find ways to help lessen the effects of climate change upon North American fish and fisheries. From June 1-5, a diverse collection of 27 fish experts (plus two remote…

Coming Full Circle

CAFNR professor, former doctoral student win national animal science awards at same time

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I may remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin Mike Smith is no stranger to award podiums. During his 35-year tenure in the Division of Animal Sciences of the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Smith has accumulated a mass of hardware for his achievements in…

Keeping it In-house

New air system designed by MU researchers pays big dividends to CAFNR alumnus, other farmers

It is 1 in the morning and a winter storm is rolling through that could easily cause a huge down swing of the temperature of your poultry barn where thousands of turkeys reside. What do you do? If you’re Austin Kliethermes, nothing. That’s because he has the state-of-the-art Waste Heat Recovery (WHR) system installed inside the starter house of his…

Opportunities for Growth

Eight CAFNR students selected for inaugural AFA Crop Science Institute

For sake of simplicity, Jake Hirniak says that he is from Kirksville – but that can change. “I claim a couple of other home towns depending on how I’m feeling that day,” said Hirniak, a senior who is majoring in agricultural economics. As the son of a colonel who served in the U.S. Army for 28 years, Hirniak has had…

Sharing Strengths

Animal Sciences Division teams up with Veterinary Medicine and Extension Dairy Team for tour of Foremost Dairy Research Center

The timing just seemed right. That was the consensus of those who helped organize the first tour of the University of Missouri’s Foremost Dairy Research Center by members of the Missouri Dairy Association and the Missouri Dairy Growth Council – and several other dairy farmers across the state June 19. “The stars aligned for us this year to be up…

Digging Deep

Research lab hopes to spur statewide, regional soil health through biological testing

To some, it’s a freezer bag stuffed with soil. To those who run the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Soil Health Assessment Center, it’s the lifeblood of a national initiative to analyze the organic matter quality of soil that could reap significant dividends for Missouri farmers and landowners. Traditional soil testing practices — checking the levels of nitrogen,…