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MU Extension helps farmers in the Bahamas

Partnership with Springfield-based nonprofit strengthens food security internationally.

When Hal Donaldson was a young man, he got to meet Mother Teresa. “What are you doing to help the poor?” she asked him. Well, I better not lie to Mother Teresa, he thought to himself, so he said, “I’m not really doing much of anything.” That encounter changed him. Donaldson committed himself to a life of service to others.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Q&A with Travis Harper

Travis is a field specialist in agronomy. 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am a field specialist in agronomy. I’m involved in several programs, including Private Pesticide Applicator Training, Missouri Grazing Schools, Heroes to Hives, Native Warm-Season Grass Group, Beginner Farmer/Rancher, Missouri AgrAbility, Master Gardener, and Master Pollinator Steward. I also often work with cover crops, novel-endophyte fescue research…

T.E. “Jake” Fisher Delta Research, Extension and Education Center to Host Field Day Aug. 26

Participants to learn about the latest in agricultural research and real-world applications

University of Missouri’s T.E. “Jake” Fisher Delta Research, Extension and Education Center (FD-REEC) invites the public to its annual Field Day on Friday, Aug. 26, where farmers and other individuals have the opportunity for an in-person look at the latest research conducted at the REEC. “Field Day provides a great way for Missouri’s agricultural producers to talk directly with some…

Mizzou South Farm to Host First Home Garden Showcase

Event to be held Saturday, Aug. 27

University of Missouri South Farm faculty and staff are hoping to help make your thumb a little greener this summer. Eleven researchers and extension specialists will be on hand to help you grow bigger vegetables, attract more pollinators, beautify your ornamental gardens, eradicate more weeds from your lawn, and more from 7:30 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Aug. 27 at the first Home…

Q&A with Holly Records

Holly is an extension educator in St. Louis County. 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am an extension educator in St. Louis County. I coordinate the St. Louis Master Gardener Program, Youth Master Gardener program, the St. Charles & St. Louis Master Gardener Virtual Speaker Series and offer a variety of horticulture classes for the Master Gardeners and the general public.…

Q&A with Katie Neuner

Katie is a field specialist in agricultural business serving Lafayette and Ray Counties. 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am a field specialist in ag business. I’m currently focused on agribusiness planning and counseling. I started that work with the Ag Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and it has carried forward into what we are calling team-to-one counseling with the 2501 Socially Disadvantaged Grant. I…