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Healthier and More Efficient Cows

MU team studies feed efficiency and participates in respiratory disease study

With the help of two grants totaling more than $14 million from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, research teams led by the University of Missouri and Texas A&M University will focus on developing methodologies to breed cattle that more efficiently utilize feed and that are more resistant to Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD).

A Better Bean

CAFNR investigates how to market new seed technologies to farmers

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources will investigate the economic impacts and best marketing strategies of new soybean seed technologies designed to improve US production.

Bringing a Bird Back From the Brink

A SNR researcher works to save one of the world's most endangered avians

This kingfisher is one of the world’s most endangered species. A 2008 census revealed only one population with approximately 125 individuals alive – down from approximately 500 birds in 1974. At one time, only 39 birds could be located.

Rolling With the Earthquake

Study abroad students grab shovels to help after New Zealand disaster

Roy Robinson, CAFNR study abroad director, is always proud of how flexible his students are when studying in foreign countries.

He’s particularly proud of his students who, not 24 hours on the ground in New Zealand, grabbed shovels to help in the aftermath of a major earthquake.

Executive-in-Residence: David White

An Ag- Conservation Partnership

MU alumni returns as CAFNR Executive-in-Residence to talk about progress David White, chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, has seen positive changes in conservation since his graduation from the University of Missouri in 1980. Most important, he said, is the realization that agriculture and conservation can work in partnership for the benefit of both. White spoke to MU conservation,…

From Trash Tree to Disease Fighter

A nuisance tree in Missouri may yield a new MRSA treatment

A team of scientists from disparate disciplines at the University of Missouri have found preliminary evidence that a compound from a nuisance tree that hinders farming could be a new anti-microbial agent effective against a dangerous infection plaguing hospitals.

Greater Yields, Fewer Emissions

New farming method reduces nitrous oxide greenhouse gases

Can farmers reduce a gas thought to contribute to global warming and increase production simply by adopting a new tillage practice? A research agronomist at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources thinks he has found the way.

A Suspicious Insect

MU entomologist studies a bug that may transmit a flesh-eating disease

Is a little-known predator insect that lives its life underwater in the tropics the cause of an outbreak of a mysterious flesh-eating disease? Robert Sites, entomologist and professor of entomology at the University of Missouri, recently returned from Tanzania with specimens that may help other scientists and physicians answer that question.

Missouri Farm Bureau Honors Dave Baker For Outstanding Service to Agriculture

David Baker, assistant dean and program director for agricultural and natural resources extension at the University of Missouri, was presented the Missouri Farm Bureau’s Outstanding Service to Ag Award. The award is the highest honor bestowed to an individual by the farm organization. Chosen individuals have a close working relationship with the Farm Bureau and have supported agriculture throughout their…

A Closer Look at Plant Genetics

MU plant scientists receive a $3 million boost from National Science Foundation

Plant genetics research at the University of Missouri got a boost In November with the receipt of three new Plant Genome Research Program awards totaling $3 million from the National Science Foundation.