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A Genetic Pioneer

Jerry Litton's dedication to data advanced the Charolais breed on a national stage

In a small town in northwest Missouri, a small farmhouse without electricity and running water stood against the rural landscape that was the Litton Charolais Ranch. This was the childhood home of Jerry L. Litton, the successful cattle rancher and United States Congressman – and the namesake of the Animal Sciences Research Center, known to few as Litton Hall. Litton…

Growing His Writing Portfolio

Joe Butler's job with Gardener's Path allows him to combine his two passions – plants and writing

Through numerous hands-on learning opportunities as a plant sciences major at the University of Missouri – and a variety of jobs and internships – Joe Butler gained valuable experiences that he knew would one day prepare him for the workforce. Those experiences showcased multiple industry options to Butler, who realized that he wanted to find a career where he could…

Meeting Her Goals

Verónica Negrón-Pérez's educational journey has brought her back to Puerto Rico for an important research role

After finishing her undergraduate degree in animal science at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, Verónica Negrón-Pérez was excited to continue to her educational journey. Negrón-Pérez set a very specific goal for herself – she would spend the next 10 years gaining important research and hands-on learning experiences through the pursuit of advanced degrees. After those 10 years were up, she…

An Advocate for CAFNR

Alex Muñoz shares all CAFNR has to offer as director of student recruitment

During a college visit to the University of Missouri as a high school senior, Alex Muñoz was ready to go home. Munoz said his morning meeting didn’t quite go to plan and he was ready to skip out on his second session, which was to take place with a representative from the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR).…

An Entrepreneurial Desire

Jason Zhang's interest in food science led him to the University of Missouri

Jason Zhang grew up with an entrepreneurial spirit – as well as an interest in food science. He now pursues both passions as cofounder of Layer Origin Nutrition, a group focused on human gut health, specifically forward-thinking prebiotics. Zhang’s path to running his own business comprised of a handful of stops, including a few years at the University of Missouri,…

Immersed in the Outdoors

Natural resource science and management degree program has helped Lisette Perez connect people to the outdoors

Growing up in Chicago, Ill., Lisette Perez said she didn’t have many opportunities to explore the outdoors during her formative years. When she chose the natural resource science and management degree program at the University of the Missouri, the outdoors suddenly became her classroom. “I definitely took a chance choosing a degree that I wasn’t completely familiar with, but I…

A New World of Opportunities

Sebastian Moreno's time at MU allowed him to discover his passions

While Sebastian Moreno strengthened his passions for urban ecology and ornithology, the scientific study of birds, as a graduate student in natural resources at the University of Missouri, he also discovered a desire to connect with people on a deeper level. Moreno’s graduate research in CAFNR centered on how large concentrations of vacant lots in northern neighborhoods of St. Louis…

Pursuing His Passions

A job with The Basketball Tournament allows Luke Rubin to explore his passion for sports

A self-proclaimed “sports geek,” Luke Rubin grew up dreaming of one day spending his Saturdays as a television analyst breaking down college football games. That passion took him 1,300 miles from his hometown in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to the University of Missouri campus, as Rubin was interested in pursuing a journalism degree. “In high school, my primary goal was to…

Amplifying Agriculture

Amp'd Up Ag gives CAFNR couple the opportunity to help farmers with their operations

Larna Schnitker can’t help but smile. Sure, she just spent half a day rounding up cattle that somehow found their way into the wrong pasture, forcing her to miss lunch completely. Plus she’s trying keep life at home, in Middletown, Mo., organized as she prepares for an important business trip. As a business owner, Schnitker said she knows that some…

Making a Great First Impression

Hospitality management workshop showcases proper dining etiquette for a business setting

Greg Chase has returned to his alma mater a handful of times to share his expertise with University of Missouri students on proper dining etiquette in a business setting. Chase graduated with a degree in hospitality management from Mizzou in 2007, and is certified by the Protocol School of Washington as a corporate etiquette and international protocol consultant. Chase’s most…