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Turning Observations into Research

FFAR grant helps fund pollinator research

In 2015, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Agricultural Research Centers planted 22 acres of monarch habitat across the state. The goal of the plantings was to bring awareness to the monarch butterfly migration, a treacherous trip that can cover up to 3,000 miles. For the past two years, the habitat has continued to grow…

After Hours: ‘Cotton Tales’

Gene Stevens pens children's book

As a graduate student working on his Ph.D. in agronomy at Mississippi State University, Gene Stevens spent the majority of his nights doing schoolwork, as he was also working full-time. To break up those nighttime study sessions, Stevens would read stories to his son and daughter. While his children enjoyed stories from a book, they really tuned in when Stevens…

After Hours: The Zine Scene

Logan Howard writes and designs zines, a form of magazine

Logan Howard has always been a fan of stories, especially storytelling. Growing up, Howard found an exciting and fun way to tell stories – writing and drawing zines. Zines are a form of magazine, generally a self-published work by a fan. Howard learned about zines through several music zines in the mid-1970s. “I really got into zines in the early…

A Unanimous Choice

Denbigh honored with Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeder Award

Since 1978, the Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeder Award has honored an individual who is an active Missouri dairy cattle breeder and has achieved recognition for accomplishments in breeding and developing outstanding cattle. John Denbigh, whose career at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has spanned more than 30 years, took home the award in 2018.…

Part of the Team

Collaborations between faculty, Academic Programs enhance CAFNR student experience

The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources is known on the Mizzou campus for an enhanced student experience. Strong relationships between faculty members and the Academic Programs Office is a key part of this. Faculty members like Trista Strauch say the APO staff makes it easy to collaborate on advising questions and sharing Study Abroad and Career Services opportunities…

Observational Excellence

CAFNR/Biological Sciences team up for eclipse observations

When the total solar eclipse swept through Missouri in August of last year, the University of Missouri prepared a number of experiments and projects for the extremely rare occurrence. Mid-Missouri was in an ideal location for the eclipse, as the phenomenon traveled right through the Show-Me State. There was complete darkness at 1:12 p.m. in Columbia and it lasted nearly…

A Wide Variety of Research

Jeff Wood's research allows for unique collaborations

Jeff Wood’s background and current research focus allows him to be a part of numerous unique projects. Wood, an assistant research professor in the School of Natural Resources, who joined the University of Missouri in 2016, played a role in two recently published papers – one involving understanding the cycling of nitrogen, the other focusing on better observing photosynthesis. Wood’s…

After Hours: Evoking Emotion

Cheryl Stevens creates presentations to share memories

Cheryl Stevens has always looked for ways to store, display and share memories. Instead of simply putting her photos in an album, Stevens, office support assistant in the Office of Academic Programs, started to build scrapbooks and placemats for her four children as a unique way to capture the past. That hobby has turned into an opportunity to create slideshow…

The Gratitude of Latitude

CAFNR alum establishes legacy of fiscal flexibility as reciprocity for his time at MU

A thousand-step staircase. That’s one way Al McQuinn tries to explain his ascent into the annals of American agriculture as an entrepreneurial and visionary businessman who originated more than 80 patents relating to machines that mix and blend fertilizer formulas for variable soil conditions across fields. “Each step up is based on something that happened to me, something that I…

After Hours: A Refreshing Project

Mizzou SAIFD creating gingerbread houses for Ronald McDonald House Charities

The University of Missouri Student American Institute of Floral Designers (SAIFD) puts their artistic flair into every project that they partake in. The club is also focused on giving back to the community. That artistic flair has been in overdrive during the club’s most recent project, a special one for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri. The annual Build…