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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…

Q&A with Sarah Havens

Havens is a field specialist in natural resources with the Agriculture and Environment Extension Program

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am a field specialist in Natural Resources. In my role I offer programs on forest management and wildlife management. These programs include timber sales, forest stand improvement, invasive species, chainsaw operation, food plots for wildlife and agroforestry. I partner with other natural resources agencies for some of this programming.…

Expanding Forestry Efforts

CAFNR announces gift to create landowner engagement position in forestry 

Barrels made from Missouri white oak truly represent a 100 percent value-added product from the Show-Me State. From landowners’ woodlands, to master loggers harvesting mature trees, to the manufacturing plants assembling the barrels, white oak woodlands help sustain rural communities across Missouri. And not just white oak but red oak, too, ensures Missouri’s $10 billion forest products economic engine keeps…

Q&A with Daniel Mallory

Mallory is a livestock specialist in northeast Missouri with the Agriculture and Environment Extension Program 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am currently a field specialist in Livestock. I assist livestock producers in northeast Missouri by providing unbiased information to help them be more productive and efficient in their operations.  How long have you worked in this position? I have worked for the University of Missouri for almost 12…

Celebrating the First-Generation College Student Experience

CAFNR faculty and staff share their experiences as first-generation college students

First-generation students have unique experiences and challenges that shape how they navigate college. The University of Missouri is celebrating the journeys of students, faculty and staff, and encouraging the next generation of students who are the first in their family to complete a bachelor’s degree throughout the National First-Generation College Celebration Week. Mizzou defines a first-generation college student as one…

Q&A with Mandy Bish

Bish is a Weed Science Extension Specialist and Integrated Pest Management Coordinator with the Agriculture and Environment Extension Program

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? As an extension specialist, I assist with research and education efforts on weed management issues that affect Missouri row crop producers. In this role, no two days are the same. Monday may consist of filming an educational video on pesticide drift. Tuesday could be analyzing data. Wednesday…

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

Editor’s Note: Jerry Hitzhusen passed away in January 2022. 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…

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…