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Transformative Experiences

Each of Elizabeth Benavides' three degrees prepared her to help connect undergraduate students with science

Elizabeth Benavides learned several important lessons as she worked toward her PhD in animal sciences at the University of Missouri – although she admitted a few of those lessons were more fun than others. Benavides participated in a couple of different research projects while at Mizzou. She said her research didn’t always go to plan. “Honestly, my research resulted in…

Q&A with Joni Harper

Joni is a county engagement specialist in agriculture and environment  

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am a county engagement specialist in agriculture and environment. I am involved in several MU Extension programs, like Heroes to Hives, for which I am the co-PI and one of the lead team members. I’m trained in delivering the Q.P.R. suicide prevention training and teach Weathering…

CAFNR Advisor Spotlight: Amy Marek

Marek serves as an academic advisor for the nutrition and exercise physiology, and food science and nutrition degree programs

How rewarding it is to work with students in the Division of Food, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences? The most rewarding part of the job is getting to know each student and helping them create their own path to graduation. Being the academic advisor for two degree programs, it can seem like student meetings and emails are endless but it’s all…

MU Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Farm Gearing up for Missouri Chestnut Roast

Annual festival to take place Oct. 1 in New Franklin

Staff of the University of Missouri’s Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Farm in New Franklin have been hard at work in anticipation of welcoming crowds of people for its annual, signature event, the Missouri Chestnut Roast Festival. “This is such a fun event for us,” said Center for Agroforestry Director Sarah Lovell. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to introduce Missourians to the…

Mizzou Center for Agroforestry to Partner with The Nature Conservancy for USDA-Funded Project

Partnership aimed at helping farmers sequester more carbon, improve water quality, enhance biodiversity, and increase profitability through agroforestry

The University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry is part of a $64-million, 5-year grant led by The Nature Conservancy for Expanding Agroforestry Production & Markets for Producer Profitability and Climate Stabilization, announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture this week. The project aims to advance agroforestry in 38 states across the eastern United States and Hawaii, and is funded by…

$25 Million MU Grant to Help Farmers Adopt Climate-Smart Practices

USDA award is the largest federal research, education and extension grant ever awarded to an MU faculty member

In recent years, floods, droughts and other severe weather have significantly impacted farmers throughout the country. In an effort to help farmers adapt to the changing climate, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded the University of Missouri $25 million – the largest federal research, education and extension grant ever awarded to MU – from the Partnerships for…

Rural and Farm Finance Policy Analysis Center Releases Missouri Farm Income Outlook

State-level report identifies key changes in projected net farm income

The Rural and Farm Finance Policy Analysis Center (RaFF) at the University of Missouri has released a groundbreaking tool for agricultural finance and policy, the fall 2022 Missouri Farm Income Outlook. The report includes the impact of weather, geopolitical conflict and other factors on net farm income in the Show-Me State. “Our report shows that Missouri net farm income is…

Q&A with Katie Kammler

Katie is a horticulture specialist serving the east-central region. 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am the horticulture specialist serving the east-central region of Missouri based in Ste. Genevieve County. I cover the 17 counties in the east-central region. I am comfortable teaching most horticulture topics, but my favorites are fruits and vegetables, and of course, anything pumpkin related! I teach programs for…

Get to Know Charlie Nilon

Nilon is a professor of urban wildlife management in the School of Natural Resources

What are your job duties/job responsibilities in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources? My primary job is teaching, research and service. All three of those are connected to urban wildlife conservation, urban ecology and human dimensions of natural resources. I’m also the degree coordinator for the Natural Resources Science and Management Emphasis Area and the coordinator for the…

Q&A with Peng Tian

Peng is a plant pathologist and director of the MU Plant Diagnostic Clinic.

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am a plant pathologist and diagnostician working as the director of the University of Missouri Plant Diagnostic Clinic located on campus in Columbia, Missouri. How long have you worked in this position? I have been with University of Missouri Extension for 18 months. What is your…