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‘An Invaluable Experience’

Matthew Caldwell credits CAFNR with preparing him for the workforce

As a seventh grader, Matthew Caldwell was hoping to land in an elective history class. There was just one problem – all of the spots were full. Caldwell was left with one alternative, joining an agriculture class. Caldwell didn’t know the impact of that first agriculture class at the time, but he wasn’t thrilled with his lone option. “I got…

Learning and Pivoting

Craig Bacon shares tips for success with students as part of the Executive-in-Residence program

Keep learning and keep “pivoting” – that was the advice to students from Craig Bacon, senior vice president of technical services for Simmons Prepared Foods. Bacon was on campus Oct. 10-11 as part of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Robert O. Reich Executive-in-Residence program, which brings industry leaders to the college to share knowledge and experiences with…

After Hours: A True Tiger Tailgate

Garton, Langworthy families celebrate Mizzou football through tailgating

A sea of black and gold highlights the tailgating scene before each University of Missouri football game. From shirts, to tents to plates, the Tigers are front and center throughout the campus. There is a little red that stands out in that sea of black and gold – an Ohio State University flag owned by Bryan Garton. The flag flies…

‘Fun’draising for Students

Tiger Classic Golf Tournament brings in $30,000 for scholarship funds and Ag 100 Fund

Mizzou College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources alumni and students and industry professionals gathered for the annual CAFNR Tiger Classic Golf Tournament Friday, Sept. 14, at the Lake of the Woods Golf Course. The event raised $30,000 for the Mizzou CAFNR Alumni Association scholarship fund and the Ag 100 Fund, which is used for teaching enhancement and student opportunities.…

Curating a Career Path

Darryl Chatman’s connections in animal sciences have taken him far

Darryl Chatman has had many educational and career experiences since getting his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Animal Sciences at the University of Missouri. But it’s clear – his heart is still in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. And today, as a Curator of the University of Missouri System, he says he talks to his mentors in…

Columns of Pride

CAFNR recognizes six alumni with the college’s highest honor

CAFNR recently honored its inaugural class of recipients of the CAFNR Column Award for Distinguished Alumni. This is the only award specifically for alumni presented by the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. The awardees include one graduate from each of CAFNR’s six divisions, reflecting the six historic columns at the University of Missouri. “We are proud to recognize…

After Hours: (Teach You How To) Sing the Blues

Animal Sciences assistant professor uses music to teach history

Not long ago, Columbia was segregated. Reminders can be found throughout the city. From a plaque on the side of the Missouri Theater describing their former segregated policies beneath the words “Lest We Forget. Never Again!” in bold letters, to Eliot Battle Elementary, named after a man who helped to integrate Columbia public schools. Reminders of this American past can…

Must Love Food

Sarah Geisert shares insight from career in food industry with CAFNR students

The world today requires a different level of collaboration and partnership, said Sarah Geisert, as part of her visit to the Mizzou College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources April 4-5. She participated in a food industry roundtable and spoke to seven classes during her time on campus, including courses in agricultural economics, food science and soil science, as part…

The Auctioneer

Leroy Van Dyke is living his dream as a singer and auctioneer

Leroy Van Dyke’s life was forever changed in a tent in Korea while he was serving as a special agent in the United States Army Counter-Intelligence Corps. In that tent, Van Dyke penned the song that would put him on the country music map – “Auctioneer.” “While I was riding down those dusty roads, words kept coming to me,” Van…

Leading the Team

Emily Kueker takes the reins of the CAFNR Alumni Association in May

The CAFNR Alumni Association is the (black-and)-gold standard for engagement on campus – and incoming Alumni Association Board of Directors President Emily (Wood) Kueker says she feels this actually starts with the student experience in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and the feeling of family and community. “Whether it’s the advising, teaching, or student organizations, CAFNR provides…