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Enhancing Animal Reproduction

Division of Animal Sciences receives more than $1 million in USDA NIFA funding

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded nearly $11 million in funding for grants related to enhancing animal reproduction, and improving the welfare and well-being of agriculture animals. Researchers in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) Division of Animal Sciences earned three of the 15 grants…

Nudging Landowners and Tenants Toward Environmental and Social Stewardship

Grant will focus on promoting societal goals by fostering new leasing communication practices and contract clauses that incorporate landowners' social ethics

Ray Massey, Extension professor, and Michelle Segovia, assistant professor, both faculty of agricultural and applied economics in the Division of Applied Social Sciences, recently received a grant from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The grant is for $498,833 and is titled, “Nudging Landowners and Tenants Toward Environmental and Social Stewardship.” The grant was part of a recent…

A Different Perspective

CAFNR researchers use UAV imagery and artificial intelligence to improve soybean breeding

High yield potential is often the top trait crop breeders look at, as higher yielding crops can lead to more money in a producer’s pocket. Researchers in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) conduct a variety of trait-related trials through various breeding programs. The Precision and Automated Agriculture Lab (PAAL) in the CAFNR Division…

Collective Entrepreneurship Research and Education for Socially Disadvantaged Small- and Medium-Food System Enterprises

Randall Westgren receives grant from USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

Randall Westgren, professor in the Division of Applied Social Sciences and McQuinn Chair of Entrepreneurial Leadership, recently received a grant from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The grant is for $499,975 and is titled “Collective Entrepreneurship Research and Education for Socially Disadvantaged Small- and Medium-Food System Enterprises.” The project builds the capacity of socially-disadvantaged food system entrepreneurs…

Food Innovations to Address Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 – Zero Hunger

Kiruba Krishnaswamy receives VentureWell Faculty Grant

Kiruba Krishnaswamy, assistant professor of food science in the Division of Food Systems and Bioengineering, recently received a VentureWell Faculty Grant that will support a new course that incorporates experiential learning to create innovative solutions in food and agricultural systems. The course will be aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goal to eradicate hunger. “Students will learn about global challenges…

Agricultural Markets Still Face Uncertainty, but University of Missouri Analysts See Signs of Optimism

FAPRI releases annual U.S. Agricultural Market Outlook

Farm income could decline in 2021, in spite of large increases in the value of crop and livestock sales, according to the latest analysis of national and global agricultural trends from the University of Missouri. Lower government payments and higher farm production costs could outweigh the increase in sales. Even with the decline projected by analysts at the Food and…

Raising the Research Profile

CAFNR Research Council working to promote researchers and projects

When Shibu Jose was named the interim associate dean for research in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) in late 2018, one of his first goals was to develop a CAFNR Research Council. The council would be made up of faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars and graduate students, and would help share and spread CAFNR’s…

Part of the Frontline Discovery Group

Undergraduate research opportunities open doors for CAFNR students

When Lauren Eagon came to the University of Missouri to study natural resource science and management, one of her goals was to complete her own research project. With the help of faculty mentors in the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), Eagon, who is now a senior, has been an active participant in undergraduate research throughout her…

‘Just the Tip of the Iceberg’

Soil cores from Sanborn Field offer soil health analysis opportunities

Nearly 30 years after it was established in 1888, researchers at the University of Missouri began the process of taking and studying soil cores at Sanborn Field. About every 25 years, those cores are taken again to gain an understanding of the changes in the soil over time, given the variety of treatments and rotations that occur each year. It’s…

Diving Deeper Into Regenerative Agriculture

CAFNR, partners forming Center for Regenerative Agriculture

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) is going to dive deeper into regenerative agriculture by forming a new Center for Regenerative Agriculture. While there is no single definition for regenerative agriculture, some key elements of the practice include increasing soil health and biodiversity, integrating a mix of conservation practices, and contributing to overall sustainability and…