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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…

A Passion for Peonies

Don Hollingsworth's work with peonies has gained him international recognition

Sitting in his golf cart among endless rows of peonies, 93-year-old Don Hollingsworth is in his element. Hollingsworth has spent the last 53 years breeding dozens of varieties of the popular flower, and still enjoys the crossing process, in which he is still an active participant. “I’ve had a lot of fun over the years – and I’m still having…

Reflections: David Patterson

Patterson recounts his journey of beef and genetic research and serving producers through Extension

Bill Lamberson asked me to think back over my years at Mizzou as I transition from “active faculty” to “retiree” status, and share thoughts as to what motivated my efforts during my years in academia. My interest in animal agriculture began with experiences I had growing up on a diversified farming and ranching operation in south central Montana and through…

‘I Bleed Black and Gold’

John Fisher earns Tiger Pride Award from MU Alumni Association

Each year, the University of Missouri Alumni Association hands out a trio of volunteer leader awards – the Alumni Legacy Award, the Tiger Pride Award and the Mizzou G.O.L.D Award. There are two honorees for each award, one for a Missouri resident and one for a volunteer out of state. John Fisher was honored, and a tad surprised, to learn…

CAFNR Proud, Column Strong

2020 Column Awards (virtually) honor six of the college's distinguished alumni

The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has honored the 2020 recipients of the CAFNR Column Award for Distinguished Alumni. Although the recognition process looks different for this year, CAFNR’s outstanding alumni were still celebrated for their notable accomplishments. The Column Awards are the highest honor given by the College to recognize outstanding achievements of its accomplished alumni. The…

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…