In an unexpected place, the Bootheel of Missouri, a research program that could increase rice production began just as the world was reading the shortage news. Using a system of watering familiar to Midwestern farmers, center-pivot irrigation, the study is looking to grow rice on land where it cannot now be planted. If successful, the project could significantly increase rice production.
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Erin McMurry, research assistant in the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Tree Ring Laboratory, and colleagues base their conclusion on tree ring records from fire-damaged trees around North America. In the International Journal of Wildland Fire, the researchers report that 1780 was a big year for forest fires in eastern North America, due in part to drought around the Great Lakes.
The listing is also good news for Missouri growers, many of whom have been coping with an unusually cool and wet spring that has delayed production of field tomatoes. “It’s very important that these growers are not interrupted with this recall by having any questions about the safety of their tomatoes,” Quinn said.
A delegation of beef industry officials from Namibia are visiting the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources the week of June 16 to learn more about collective entrepreneurship among beef producers in the U.S.
In this case, the backup is a new, but as yet unnamed, CAFNR program designed to be a clearinghouse for teaching improvement and professional development.
A study by biochemistry researchers at the University of Missouri have found that this type of tomato has properties that help fight prostate cancer. They published their results in the June issue of Cancer Research.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Research, Education and Economics, Gale Buchanan, Ph.D., visited the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources recently to better understand the resources that MU has in undergraduate instruction, research and extension.
Despite recent progress, Afghanistan remains a poor country. Its agriculture industry, that employs 80 percent of all working Afghanis, hasn’t changed much in centuries. It is a nation that can’t feed itself without foreign aid.To help change this, a pilot program called the Agri-business Development Team (ADT) has been created. The effort is being led by Missouri National Guard members, many graduates of the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.
University of Missouri Storm Chase Team leader Taylor Trogdon cringes a bit at TV scenes of storm chasers plunging recklessly toward a tornado. While such antics may gather seconds of dramatic video, the action does little to scientifically understand the mysteries of America’s strongest storms.
Chung-Ho Lin, research assistant professor with the MU Center for Agroforestry, has found that red cedar leaves and fruit have compounds that might help fight bacteria, fungi, agricultural pests and weeds, and malaria.