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Building His Own Degree

Agriculture program allowed Chase Monte to combine his interest areas into one degree

The agriculture degree program in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) allows students to create their own unique college experience. Students tailor a course of study to their interests, choosing concentration areas from CAFNR’s other degree programs. That opportunity was exactly what Chase Monte was looking for when he arrived at MU. “Essentially, I…

Plant Sciences Degree Helps CAFNR Alum Connect with Producers

Charlie Ebbesmeyer puts his plant sciences degree to use each day through his job with MFA Incorporated

Working on his neighbor’s row crop farm as a high school student, Charlie Ebbesmeyer developed an interest in plant sciences. Coming to the University of Missouri and majoring in plant sciences turned that interest into a passion. Ebbesmeyer earned his plant sciences degree, with an emphasis in crop management, from the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR)…

A Legacy of Service

CAFNR alumnus Lowell Mohler honored with MAA’s Distinguished Service Award

Lowell Mohler says he’s had a good life focused around three things – family, friends and “a lot of luck!” While you can debate whether the third one is really “luck” or a lot of hard work, there’s no question he’s had a good life – and one that has had a front seat to – and a big hand…

CAFNR Honors Exceptional Alumni

Six of the college’s outstanding alumni recognized at the 2021 Column Awards ceremony

The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources recently honored the six individuals chosen to receive the 2021 CAFNR Column Award for Distinguished Alumni. This is the only award specifically for alumni presented by the college. The awardee class includes one graduate from each of CAFNR’s six divisions, reflecting the six historic columns at the University of Missouri.   Animal…

Celebrating the First-Generation College Student Experience

CAFNR faculty and staff share their experiences as first-generation college students

First-generation students have unique experiences and challenges that shape how they navigate college. The University of Missouri is celebrating the journeys of students, faculty and staff, and encouraging the next generation of students who are the first in their family to complete a bachelor’s degree throughout the National First-Generation College Celebration Week. Mizzou defines a first-generation college student as one…

Preparing for the Next Step

Zach Duncan's time in CAFNR helped equip him for graduate school

As Zach Duncan transitioned to Kansas State University (K-State) to pursue his master’s degree, he knew his time in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) would be vital as he furthered his education. Duncan earned his bachelor’s degree in animal sciences from MU in 2018. “I grew up fairly close to Columbia, so I…

A Commitment to Those in Need

Jerry Hitzhusen is a national and international advocate for individuals with disabilities

As Jerry Hitzhusen worked on his family’s farm growing up, he would oftentimes walk through the cornfields and wonder what lay beyond the borders of his northern Iowa home. Hitzhusen ended up spending his entire career not only travelling well past those borders – he also supported those in need the whole way. Hitzhusen’s career spanned five decades, and his…

An Opportunity to Share Missouri Agriculture

Samantha Turner named director of communications for Missouri Soybean

When Samantha Turner first declared an agricultural education major within the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), she was focused on educating future generations of agriculturists as a high school teacher. Once Turner got into the program and got more involved, she knew that agricultural education was the right path. However, she realized that instead…

Seeds of Change

CAFNR alumnus reflects on legacy of introducing hybrid plant to Mexico, creates endowed scholarship

Humberto Castro BS Ag ’50, MS ’59 is not one to normally boast about himself. Even with all of his both business-related and personal successes and accomplishments achieved in the more than nine decades of his life, Humberto prefers to not have the limelight pointed at him. Instead, the man who is still very active at 98 years old, normally…

A Well-Rounded Experience

The environmental sciences degree program prepared Matt Beckwith for a career as a broadcast meteorologist

An early passion for broadcast meteorology and a desire to get a degree from a university in the state he grew up in led Matt Beckwith to the University of Missouri. Beckwith thought the atmospheric science emphasis area within the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) environmental sciences degree program would help prepare him for a career…