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Q&A with Alan Spell

Alan is an assistant extension professor in the Division of Applied Social Sciences. 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I’m an assistant extension professor in the Division of Applied Social Sciences where I specialize in economic development research. Economic development is a broad topic but basically involves industry and workforce analysis and occasional contract work. I’m part of the MU Extension Exceed team and every few…

An ‘Outstanding’ Opportunity

Harvey S. James, Jr., named interim director of the Division of Applied Social Sciences

Harvey S. James, Jr., professor and director of graduate studies, agricultural and applied economics, has been named interim director of the Division of Applied Social Sciences, effective Nov. 10, 2022. James joined the University of Missouri in 2001, and has had many roles over the years, including chair of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, associate division director in…

Missouri Foundation Seed Planted for Growth

Modernization project is underway

Missouri Foundation Seed was established in 1944 as an avenue for the University of Missouri to take new plant breeds created by CAFNR researchers to market while also providing the highest quality seeds to Missouri farmers. Thanks to new funding from the state of Missouri, it has the opportunity to thrive. “Foundation Seed hasn’t seen anything like this ever,” said…

Heroes to Hives and other MU Extension programs help veterans

Workshops help veterans make the transition from military to civilian life

Beginning farmer and 25-year Army veteran Eric Work’s calendar is full of educational programs offered by University of Missouri Extension. “MU Extension programs are a godsend,” Work says. “I benefit from the amazing, high-quality learning opportunities that University of Missouri Extension continually provides, not only to veterans but many other diverse groups that are interested in learning and potentially pursuing…

$8 Million Grant Will Expand National Swine Resource and Research Center at CAFNR

NIH grant will support research with genetically modified pigs to study human diseases

After decades of basic research that led to successful scientific innovations, Randall Prather and his team of investigators at the National Swine Resource and Research Center (NSRRC) at the University of Missouri have become the go-to source for genetically modified pigs used by researchers across the United States to study various diseases that impact humans. Keeping up with the ever-growing…

CAFNR Advisor Spotlight: Robyn Holliday (Eschenbre​nner)

Holliday (Eschenbrenner) serves as an academic advisor for the agribusiness management and personal financial planning degree programs

How rewarding is it to work with students in the agribusiness management and personal financial planning degree programs? Being an advisor for agribusiness management and personal financial planning students has been very rewarding. Though I have not been working with them for long, I have enjoyed getting to know each of the students personally and learning about their unique paths.…

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…

Bringing Joy One Pumpkin at a Time

MU Agronomy Club donated pumpkins to groups in Columbia

The pandemic forced clubs and organizations at universities across the world to learn how to interact virtually. For the MU Agronomy Club, like so many others, virtual meetings meant fewer hands-on learning and service opportunities. It also led to a decrease in membership. The Agronomy Club has spent the past year building back its membership base, as well as finding…

Q&A with Jerry Richards

Jerry is a feral hog outreach educator based in Potosi, MO

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am a feral hog outreach educator working through the University of Missouri Extension offices in the southern part of the state. My job is to connect with landowners and help them eliminate “wild” feral hogs that are damaging their property and then restore the land to its…

Get to Know Dale Riley

Riley is the manager of the University of Missouri Beef Research and Teaching Farm

What are your job duties/job responsibilities in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources? I am the manager of the MU beef farm where I tend to the daily care of facilities and livestock, which is challenging because we have cow-calf pairs, feedlots and also feeding trials happening simultaneously. Likewise, there are several acres to tend to including fencing,…