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CAFNR Professor Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Blake Meyers is the 12th MU faculty member to be elected to the prestigious academy

Blake Meyers, a professor of plant science and technology in the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, was elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Election to membership in the NAS is considered one of the highest honors a U.S. scientist can receive. Meyers was notified of his selection Tuesday, May 3, and is…

‘A Product of CAFNR’

John Tummons earns CAFNR Golden Apple Teaching Award

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) has always been a special place for John Tummons. Tummons earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as his PhD, all in agricultural education, from CAFNR and has served in a teaching role with the College since 2009. During his time leading students at MU, Tummons, an…

CAFNR Welcomes New Faculty

Our college introduces four new faculty members for Spring 2022

As we begin the spring semester, we are excited to welcome the new faculty members in our college who have joined us. The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri is proud to introduce four new faculty members this spring who are ready to advance our core missions of research, teaching and Extension. They each…

Expanding the Reach of Urban Agriculture

Cabrera-Garcia now serves as director for Center for Urban Horticulture Engineering at UMKC's Missouri Institute for Defense and Energy 

Juan Carlos Cabrera-Garcia is the new horticulture state specialist for the University of Missouri Extension. Juan is also tasked with developing and directing a new Center for Urban Horticulture Engineering at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Missouri Institute for Defense and Energy (MIDE). His dual appointment is a new collaborative arrangement between MU Extension and UMKC-MIDE. Juan’s research and Extension…

University of Missouri and University of Georgia Receive NSF-NIFA Award to Help Fight the Soybean Cyst Nematode

MU Lesa Beamer and UGA Melissa Mitchum will co-direct the 4-year award, which totals $1.2 million

The National Science Foundation (NSF) – National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Plant-Biotic Interactions Program has jointly funded an award to researchers at the University of Missouri (MU) and the University of Georgia (UGA) to help combat a devastating soybean pathogen, soybean cyst nematode (SCN). University of Missouri’s (MU) Lesa Beamer, professor in biochemistry, and University of Georgia (UGA),…

Expanding Forestry Efforts

CAFNR announces gift to create landowner engagement position in forestry 

Barrels made from Missouri white oak truly represent a 100 percent value-added product from the Show-Me State. From landowners’ woodlands, to master loggers harvesting mature trees, to the manufacturing plants assembling the barrels, white oak woodlands help sustain rural communities across Missouri. And not just white oak but red oak, too, ensures Missouri’s $10 billion forest products economic engine keeps…

Ahmed Balboula Receives Outstanding Investigator Award

Ahmed Balboula receives grant through the National Institute of General Medicine 

Ahmed Balboula, assistant professor in animal sciences, is working to understand how chromosome segregation is regulated in female gametes (oocytes). During the early stages of pregnancy, chromosome mis-segregation can result in aneuploidy (abnormal number of chromosomes in a cell), the leading genetic cause of miscarriages and congenital abnormalities. His work has implications for both animal and human health. Balboula recently…

A Blooming Passion for Teaching

Lesleighan Cravens earns CAFNR Golden Apple Award

After graduating with a degree in agricultural education, with an emphasis in plant sciences and agricultural economics, from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) in 2013, Lesleighan Cravens soon joined the CAFNR faculty as an instructor of floral design in the Division of Plant Science and Technology. Cravens is still instructing MU students –…

National Science Foundation Taps Danforth Center to Lead New Institute to Advance the Restoration of Natural and Agricultural Ecosystems

The $12.5 million collaborative program includes 26 scientists and educators from eight institutions, including the University of Missouri

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center today announced a $12.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish the New Roots for Restoration Biology Integration Institute (NRR-BII). Allison Miller, Ph.D., a member of the Danforth Center and professor of biology at Saint Louis University, will serve as the director of the NRR-BII, a collaboration between eight organizations, involving…

Building Missouri’s Economic Impact

Thompson's feedlot allows specialists the opportunity to feed and keep cattle in the state

Beef cattle research was introduced at the Thompson Research Center, located in Spickard, Mo., in 1963, and since that time the site has served as an important research location that emphasizes premium cattle genetics. Thompson, part of the University of Missouri (MU) College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) Agricultural Experiment Station, is continuing to build on that prestigious…