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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!…

Q&A with Denice Ferguson

Agricultural business field specialist Denice Ferguson supports programming across four counties. 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am a field specialist in agricultural business serving Andrew, Buchanan, Gentry and Daviess counties in the Northwest region. As a member of the ag business group, I bring programs like Ag Lenders and Farm Lease to the communities I serve, and I support other agricultural programming, such as…

Q&A with Tamra Reall

Tamra Reall offers horticulture and entomology expertise in the Kansas City area

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am a field specialist in horticulture in the Kansas City area. I coordinate the Extension Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City, one of the three largest chapters in the state with over 400 motivated volunteers. We train and work with these volunteers to offer horticulture programing for…

Q&A with Jamie Gundel

Agronomist Jamie Gundel combats rising input costs with creative solutions 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am a field specialist in agronomy and interim county engagement specialist based in Oregon County in the Southeast Region. I work with producers to help them address issues within their operations and work to educate them on various aspects of crop and forage production. How long…

Q&A with Jenna Monnig

Livestock specialist Jenna Monnig improves calf crops 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am a livestock specialist headquartered in Mercer County in the North Central portion of the state. I also currently serve as the superintendent of the Thompson Farm. As a livestock specialist, I work to answer questions for producers about all species of livestock and bring them unbiased…

Q&A with Eric Meusch

Livestock field specialist Eric Meusch helps producers improve profitability

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am a field specialist in livestock. I am based in Salem, and I serve seven counties in the East Central (Dent, Phelps, Pulaski, Crawford), Southeast (Shannon and Reynolds) and Southwest (Texas) regions. How long have you worked in this position? I started this position in March…

Q&A with Anita Ellis

On the trail with livestock specialist Anita Ellis

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am a livestock specialist in the East Central Region and just finished a year of interim work as a county engagement specialist. In addition, I am working on my PhD part-time in animal sciences. While I address a variety of livestock questions and topics, my focus is working with area beef producers in…

Q&A with Joe Horner

Extension specialist Joe Horner serves state

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I’m an extension specialist with the University of Missouri’s Division of Applied Social Sciences. I’m working on a couple of grant-funded feasibility studies and a set of MU guides on the economics of including warm-season grasses in pasture systems.  How long have you worked in this position? I started…

Expanding the Reach of Urban Agriculture

Cabrera-Garcia now serves as director for Center for Urban Horticulture Engineering at UMKC's Missouri Institute for Defense and Energy 

Juan Carlos Cabrera-Garcia is the new horticulture state specialist for the University of Missouri Extension. Juan is also tasked with developing and directing a new Center for Urban Horticulture Engineering at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Missouri Institute for Defense and Energy (MIDE). His dual appointment is a new collaborative arrangement between MU Extension and UMKC-MIDE. Juan’s research and Extension…