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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…

Q&A with Elizabeth Picking

Elizabeth is a field specialist in livestock based in Howell County. 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am a field specialist in livestock based in Howell County serving Howell, Oregon, Wright, Texas, Douglas, Ozark and Taney counties. I work with all types of livestock producers but generally do more work with clients with beef cattle, small ruminants and horses. How long have you…

Q&A with Teng Lim

Teng Lim is an Extension professor and agricultural engineer. 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri?  I am an Extension professor and agricultural engineer. I work with agricultural air quality, waste management, and biosecurity. How long have you worked in this position?  I have been in this position for 12+ years. What is your favorite part about the work you do?     My favorite…

Q&A with Ivan Cuvaca

Ivan is an agronomy specialist serving four counties in Southeast Missouri. 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am an agronomy specialist in Southeast Missouri. I work with farmers and other stakeholders (e.g., ag industry retailers and government agencies) to address issues facing crop production in the region. How long have you worked in this position? I have worked in this position for a little over…

Q&A with Donna Aufdenberg

Horticulture field specialist Donna Aufdenberg supports horticulture programming in 18 counties in Southeast Missouri. 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am a field specialist in horticulture based in Cape Girardeau County. I serve the 18 counties in the Southeast region of Missouri. How long have you worked in this position? I have been with University of Missouri Extension for almost 20 years. My anniversary date is in June!…