Category: Faculty Achievement

A Faculty Achievement

Parcell Named First MFA Professor of Agribusiness

MFA Incorporated, MFA Oil and the MFA Foundation pledged $750,000, payable over four years, to the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources in 2015 to establish an endowed professorship that supports education and research. The first professorship role was just recently filled. Joe Parcell, professor and department chair of agricultural and applied economics in the Division…

A Man for All Seasons

Everyone knows about the smiley face. It is part of the brand of Vice Chancellor and Dean Tom Payne. Looking at all of the related memorabilia in his office, one can see how the symbol has become synonymous with his infectious optimism and enthusiasm he has used over the past 18 years to help guide the College of Agriculture, Food and…

Finding the Right Matches

Kristin Bilyeu has been researching soybean seed composition since 2003. Before the fall of 2013, her research, though, strictly dealt with soybean issues in the United States. When she was asked to join a team of researchers from several different institutions to form the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Soybean Value Chain Research, her focus shifted to Africa and…

Engineering a Productive Meeting

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources was well represented at the inaugural Large Animal Genetic Engineering Summit, held Sept. 18-20, in Bethesda, Maryland. Michael Roberts, Curators Distinguished Professor of Animal Sciences and Biochemistry, gave the keynote lecture, “The Current Status of Transgenic Farm Animal Research,” Sept. 19. Roberts is a member of the National Academy…

20 Years Later

For years, Rose-Marie Muzika has shown photos of the dioramas from the Harvard Forest to her forest ecology class when going over the topic of forest succession. But photos pale in comparison to the real thing. Each one of the 23 dioramas, which chronicle the history, management and conservation of central New England forests, are three-dimensional replicas, with each element…

The Trace Elements of Longevity

What is the secret to maintaining the mental and intellectual fortitude to conduct experiments at age 99? The story of Boyd O’Dell, professor emeritus of Biochemistry, may lend some answers to that question, as the man of the hour prepares to celebrate his 100th birthday. Repetition, for one. He’s been on the University of Missouri campus for the better part of 79 years,…

Maintaining Strong Bonds

Some memoranda of understanding (MOUs) mean more than others. Some are essentially pieces of paper tying two academic institutions together from different countries for five years. Others, though, last much longer and become rooted into the fabric of those institutions. Just ask the collective administrators, faculty and students from the four University of Missouri System universities and the University of…

CAFNR Commendations

The end of the spring semester brings many awards ceremonies to the University of Missouri campus, for excellence at the MU- or UM System-level in teaching, advising, research, extension and entrepreneurship. The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources was well represented at this year’s various ceremonies. Stephen H. Anderson, Albrecht Distinguished Professor of Soil and Environmental Sciences, and Chris B.…

Tackling A Challenge

As a beef geneticist and extension specialist, Jared Decker spends a lot of time discussing issues and challenges with Missouri producers, farmers and ranchers. One of those challenges is finding the right cattle for different environments. Cattle that are poorly adapted to their environment don’t perform as well as those that are comfortable with their surroundings. “We’re trying to create…

Triple Play

A farm economist’s work is never done. But despite their ongoing projects, faculty and staff at the University of Missouri’s Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute never abandon their above-and-beyond approach. The institute kicked off 2016 by bringing in a slew of awards for outstanding policy efforts — highlighting its long-term initiatives in creating baseline projections for the farm economy and…