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Q&A with Mallory Rahe

Rahe is an agriculture business and policy education director

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I strive to connect people, support teams, and elevate Extension programming within the broad area of rural development: farms, agribusinesses and communities. I am currently working on funded projects with the Missouri SBDC, the Kansas City Food Hub, and the Oregon Farmers Market Association. How long have…

A Commitment to Those in Need

Jerry Hitzhusen is a national and international advocate for individuals with disabilities

As Jerry Hitzhusen worked on his family’s farm growing up, he would oftentimes walk through the cornfields and wonder what lay beyond the borders of his northern Iowa home. Hitzhusen ended up spending his entire career not only travelling well past those borders – he also supported those in need the whole way. Hitzhusen’s career spanned five decades, and his…

Q&A with Sam Polly

Polly is a Pesticide Safety Education Program Coordinator with Agriculture and Environment Extension Program 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I work as the Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) Coordinator. This entails working with various Extension Specialists to build the pesticide safety program, along with updating our manuals and resources. I also represent the state of Missouri in the American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators and at…

Increasing fruit and vegetable production

Study sheds light on how produce growers can help double the value of Missouri agriculture

With lower initial investments and higher returns, fruit and vegetable production could play a big role in doubling the state’s agricultural economy by 2030, according to a study by University of Missouri researchers. “Compared to row crops, you don’t have to have as many acres of fruit and vegetables to generate a significant return,” said John Kruse, associate research professor in…

Reflections: David Patterson

Patterson recounts his journey of beef and genetic research and serving producers through Extension

Bill Lamberson asked me to think back over my years at Mizzou as I transition from “active faculty” to “retiree” status, and share thoughts as to what motivated my efforts during my years in academia. My interest in animal agriculture began with experiences I had growing up on a diversified farming and ranching operation in south central Montana and through…

Keeping Missourians Up to Speed

CAFNR and MU Extension encourage a passion for lifelong learning

Lifelong learning. It’s an essential part of Agriculture and Environment Extension’s goal of doubling the value of Missouri agriculture by 2030 while sustaining the state’s natural resources. It’s a bold goal where lifelong learning meets real people. When Ron Brown was approached to check out the Missouri Master Gardener Extension Program, he thought the opportunity to expand his already extensive…

Producer Offers Advice to Beginning Farmers

Curtis Millsap spreads MU Extension mission to beginning farmers to ensure they have the information they need to succeed

Missouri’s array of soils and topography allows producers to grow an extensive list of vegetables, from leafy greens to cucurbits. Springfield farmer Curtis Millsap is one of many producers who benefit from the College of Agriculture’s Agriculture and Environment guidance on commercial horticulture. Since 2003 he and his wife, Sarah, have been working with MU Extension, particularly horticulture specialist Patrick…

After the Deluge

More than a year after historic flooding, repairs still ongoing at MU Graves-Chapple Research Center and in NW Missouri

Historic flooding along the Missouri River in 2019 has left many still repairing damage this fall. Cold, snowy weather in early 2019 set the stage for significant flooding in northwestern Missouri as spring approached, said University of Missouri Extension state climatologist Pat Guinan. “The flooding got off to an early start in mid-March when an unusually strong and moisture-laden late…

Cultivating Inclusivity

Gardening webinar leads to growth of Spanish-language resources 

By population, the United States is the second-largest Spanish-speaking country in the world, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Counting both bilingual and native speakers of Spanish, the U.S. has more people who can speak Spanish than Spain itself. How do MU Extension specialists make sure they serve Missourians who speak Spanish? “I first started doing a home gardening webinar…

Creating Inclusive Programming

MU plant diagnostic clinic helps Amish producers in Clark, Missouri

On Friday mornings at the Clark Produce Auction, University of Missouri Agriculture and Environment Extension agronomist Dhruba Dhakal sets up a table, plant posters and an MU Extension sign. MU Extension’s objective is to serve all Missourians with resources and research needed to improve lives, communities and the economy. When Dhakal noticed Amish producers in Clark could benefit from a…