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A New Mission

Patrick Montgomery's passion for animals, entrepreneurship and helping veterans led to the creation of the KC Cattle Company

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, began just like any other day for sixth grader Patrick Montgomery. When the day ended, Montgomery had a new purpose and focus. Montgomery watched terrorists attack the twin towers that morning and spoke to his father that night. He said that if the United States went to war, and if the war was still going on…

A Career Communicator

Christine Tew honored with Ag Communicator of the Year award from Missouri Department of Agriculture

While not a traditional farm kid, Christine Tew got involved in 4-H at an early age and later joined the National FFA Organization as a middle school student. Those positive experiences have led to a career in agriculture communication. Tew was recently honored by the Missouri Department of Agriculture for her communication efforts, taking home the Ag Communicator of the…

Returning Home

Kaleigh Summers named CAFNR Alumni Relations and Lead Annual Giving Officer

The first concert Kaleigh Summers ever attended was a Martina McBride show at the American Royal in Kansas City. As she waited for McBride to take the stage, she couldn’t stop watching the stage crew as they prepared for the show. It was something Summers felt would be fun to do. “Right away I told my mom that’s what I…

‘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…