Category: Alumni

At the Start

When looking on the west side of the “white campus” across of College Avenue, the Agricultural Engineering Building looks to have the same white limestone as its counterparts, but take a walk inside the courtyard area and the red brick that is synonymous with Lafferre Hall shoots out to the second floor. This was by design as a way to…

Dairy Farmer Carries on Family Tradition

The sun is setting on the well-worn path to the dairy barn where Michelle Eilenstine milks cows. She travels the familiar path twice a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. There are 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. milkings. Eilenstine is part of a small group of women dairy farmers in Missouri. They are deeply passionate about what…

CAFNR Grad’s Photographs Show Love of Farming

University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources graduate Tyler Mudd sees farming through a different lens. He photographs everyday farm events with a keen eye for detail and lighting. Mudd wasn’t always able to see the beauty of the land tilled by four generations of Mudd farmers in Monroe County. He spent his freshman year of high…

Show-Me Hospitality

In January 2015, USA Today ranked Columbia, Missouri, as the No. 2 spot for a “dynamite daytrip.” Two hospitality management graduates have been crucial in creating the city’s fun and relaxed personality that earned such a high rating. Currently serving as the director and sales manager at the Columbia Convention and Visitor’s Bureau respectively, Amy Schneider (’00) and Beth Mead…

A Lasting Impact

Robert R. and Carol Reich had a simple goal in mind when they created the Robert O. Reich Family Executive-in-Residence Program in 1996 – bring industry professionals to the University of Missouri campus to interact with students and faculty. Twenty years and 50 executives later, the program is still running strong. Alvin McQuinn, President and CEO, Ag-Chem Equipment Co., Inc.,…

A Gift of Opportunity

Internships have become a staple for college students looking to gain an understanding of and more experience with a business or company within their interest area. The University of Missouri Division of Animal Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has unveiled a new internship, which began this semester, focused on cattle herd management. The Loewenberg Beef…

A Day at The World Food Prize

Norman Borlaug — a renowned agronomist, wheat geneticist and humanitarian — founded The World Food Prize in 1986 as a way to recognize the accomplishments of people throughout the world who have bettered mankind by increasing the quantity, quality and availability of food throughout the world. At its founding, it was intended to be a Nobel Prize of sorts for food…

Dean Search Update

Vice Chancellor and Dean Tom Payne often speaks of the “CAFNR family” in the way faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources work together for the greater good of all. In May Payne announced there will soon be another branch of this family tree, as he will retire effective end of December…

Taking Her Chances

At the University of Missouri Equine Teaching Facility at the South Farm Research Center, it’s called “a horse fix.” That’s the term commonly associated with the reason students from many different academic pursuits (not just those studying animal science or veterinary medicine) often take a course like the senior-level equine behavior and training class in the Division of Animal Sciences that Natalie Duncan helps…

Cheers from California

In 2015 alone, California produced more than 600 million gallons of wine, accounting for 83 percent of the wine produced in the United States. Two alumni of the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources played a role in those massive numbers as they have each found success while working in the industry. Moberly native Kristina Werner,…