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Making the Most Out of an Opportunity

Rachel Owen named director of MOST, an organization she helped create

While she didn’t know how, Rachel Owen knew in high school that she wanted to help people. A soil science class at Iowa State University opened her eyes to numerous possibilities down that path – and her time at the University of Missouri solidified the direction she wanted to take. Owen came to MU in 2015 to work on her…

History in Bloom

MU Woodland and Floral Gardens marks 40th anniversary

Successful efforts by a handful of energetic horticulture students in the late 1970s led to the planning and execution of an ambitious garden project located next to MU’s Agriculture Building. The space was dedicated as the Woodland and Floral Gardens in April 1980. A public celebration to mark the garden’s 40th anniversary and rededicate what remains of the original landscape…

An Entrepreneurial Spirit

Inspired by his PhD advsior, Kamal Yadav continues to mentor entrepreneurs 

When Kamal Yadav came to the United States from India in 1961, he had never seen snow before. Working toward his master’s degree in biochemistry at the University of Missouri, Yadav stepped out of his apartment early one snowy morning during his first semester and didn’t make it very far before slipping and hurting his back. The injury forced Yadav…

Reflections: G.B. Thompson

Dr. Thompson shares memories of livestock judging, both as a participant and coach

When I was in grade school in Pettis County (Quisenberry Grade School), there was a World Book Encyclopedia with a chapter on animals in it. I practically wore that chapter in the book out I read it so often. I had a passion for animals incredibly early. I just loved to be around livestock. I grew up on a dairy…

Livestock Legacy

Everett Forkner to be inducted into prestigious Saddle & Sirloin Portrait Gallery

As a student in the then-College of Agriculture at the University of Missouri in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, Everett Forkner was able to attend an international competition in Chicago as part of the Mizzou livestock judging team. There he saw the Saddle & Sirloin portrait gallery for the first time. “I was really impressed,” Forkner said of seeing…

Mizzou Made Meteorologists

Nashville boasts two meteorologists who got their degrees at MU

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ atmospheric science program has trained and prepared meteorologists who are now spread throughout the United States, providing timely weather and climate information for the communities they serve. Two of those meteorologists serve one of the country’s largest cities – Nashville, Tennessee. Katy Morgan and Henry Rothenberg were classmates during…

A Great Experience

J. Scott Angle, director of NIFA, earned his PhD at Mizzou

J. Scott Angle never intended to have a career in agriculture. An interest in golf led Angle to turf management (agronomy) at the University of Maryland. The agronomy degree program was in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Maryland. “I had no interest in agriculture,” Angle said. “I grew up in the city, in Baltimore,…

From CAFNR to Career

CAFNR alum and Albertsons Companies Vice President of Procurement returns as Executive-In-Residence 

As a senior in high school, Cathy East had two in-state offers for scholarships to play soccer, one from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and one from Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri. Growing up in St. Louis, East knew she wanted to go somewhere new for college, so she chose Missouri S&T, with the intent to…

‘An Important Family Feel’

CAFNR Office of Advancement strengthens its team with two staff additions

The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Office of Advancement strengthened its team with two staff additions, who joined the office at the beginning of the year. Stefanie Gray and Amber Strong Helwig officially began their respective roles in January. Gray is the senior manager of donor relations. Strong Helwig joins the team as an executive assistant. Both come…