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Norfleet Selected as National FFA Officer Candidate

CAFNR Student Grant Norfleet will represent Missouri FFA at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, Nov. 1-4.

When Grant Norfleet graduated from Mexico High School, he chose to attend Mizzou because it was “far away enough to get the college experience but close enough to keep mom and dad happy.” Now in his senior year as an agricultural education, communication and leadership major with minors in agribusiness management and digital storytelling, Norfleet has gained much more from…

Blackmore Named to CAFNR International Education Committee After Study Abroad Experience in Austria

Hanna Blackmore is now passionate about encouraging other CAFNR students to get outside the country and outside their comfort zone.

When she began her time at Mizzou, Hanna Blackmore had not considered studying abroad, but in a moment of boredom waiting outside of an animal sciences class, she wandered up to Shanon Dickerson at a CAFNR Study Abroad table. “She encouraged me to sign up but in the back of my mind I was like ‘that’s never going to happen,’”…

U.S. Farm Report Kicks Off College Roadshow at Mizzou

CAFNR Alum and U.S. Farm Report Host Tyne Morgan chose Mizzou as the first stop this year to set the bar for the 5th year of the College Roadshow tour.

The U.S. Farm Report kicked off their annual College Roadshow at Mizzou on September 6, with a taping of the show featuring CAFNR alum Tyne Morgan. Since 2018, the U.S. Farm Report has taken their show on the road to land-grant universities to talk to their policy experts and tell stories showcasing the agricultural research happening at campuses across the…

Doing to Learn: Creating Opportunities Through the CAFNR Experience

Incoming freshman Sam Tummons is ready to expand his horizons as a CAFNR student and Missouri State FFA President

For incoming freshman Sam Tummons, helping other people learn and succeed has always been the “why” behind his decisions. This year, Tummons will embark on a journey to help others learn and grow both as the Missouri State FFA President and a student in the Agricultural Education program in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. As a student…

Letting Rural America Shine

CAFNR Alumnus and new Executive Director of the Hannibal Regional Economic Development Council Maria Kuhns is passionate about making rural Missouri a place to live, work, and thrive

“The reason I picked Mizzou is that it felt so down to Earth,” Maria Kuhns said. “CAFNR felt like they were all humble folks. “It was very understated. I felt very nurtured and so it made a lot of sense to me to choose Mizzou. And I think I needed a little push out of my comfort zone and a…

Hands-on and Diverse Learning: Animal Sciences Youth Leadership Academy 2023

Since 2016, the Animal Sciences Youth Leadership Academy has introduced high school students to diverse college and career opportunities in agriculture

The Animal Sciences Youth Leadership Academy welcomed 17 high school students to campus from May 31–June 3 to learn more about animal science career opportunities. A partnership between MU Extension, CAFNR and the MU Division of Animal Sciences, the four-day academy allows students to network with industry leaders, provides hands-on lab and farm learning opportunities, and introduces students to MU…

More than Math: Financial Planning Academy 2023

Mizzou’s second class of Financial Planning Academy students learned valuable teamwork, personal and professional skills to foster their careers helping others succeed financially

Financial Planning Academy was held July 16-21 in partnership with Texas Tech University and the Charles Schwab Foundation. This collaboration between CAFNR and the Trulaske College of Business invited 17 rising sophomores, juniors and seniors to explore careers in personal financial planning through teamwork and personal development. This camp prepares students to approach finances through their client’s personal lens, rather…

A Passion for Rural Communities

Sarah Low’s entire career has been devoted to rural economic development

Growing up, Sarah Low watched acid rain from Chernobyl decimate the industry around her home in southwest Scotland. She watched the economic and social fallout and decided, as an 9-year-old, she wanted to help rural communities. Low’s entire career has been devoted to rural economic development. She recently joined the University of Missouri as the Fred V. Heinkel Professor in…

Showing Gratitude

Express your appreciation to Mizzou as part of Giving Day 2019

Mizzou and CAFNR mean many things to many different people. A caring college catapulting its students to career and life success. A supportive workplace for faculty and staff. Home to life-long memories and friendships for alumni. Whatever CAFNR has meant to you over the years, we encourage you to show your appreciation on March 13-14 as part of Mizzou Giving…

Feasting on Famine: Fighting ‘Hidden Hunger’ and Food Waste

Kiruba Krishnaswamy focuses on preventing food loss and extracting useful resources from food waste

Like many people, Kiruba Krishnaswamy loves to eat. She even calls herself a foodie, and she loves to explore the cuisines of different cultures. Despite her lifelong love of food, Krishnaswamy, an assistant professor of biological engineering, had never heard of food engineering before she went to college, but she was intrigued by it. One reason for her interest was…