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Sparking an Interest in Research

FRIPS Program allows first-year students an opportunity to get a first-hand look at plant research at MU

One of the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) Programs of Distinction, the Interdisciplinary Plant Group (IPG) is a community of MU faculty postdoctoral fellows and professionals who are pursuing novel, creative and transformative ideas in the field of plant biology. Students across the Mizzou campus, including those in CAFNR, play an important role in…

Ready for the Ring

Little American Royal event allows students to train and care for a variety of livestock animals

Each fall, Kansas City is home to a premier event that has been around for more than a century – the American Royal. The various competitions held throughout the event include world-class livestock and horse shows. For several years, the Block and Bridle Club at the University of Missouri has held their own version of the American Royal – the…

Q&A With Emma Critchfield

Critchfield is a junior in plant sciences

Why did you decide to come to the University of Missouri and major in plant sciences? What do you enjoy about the program itself? The field of study? I have always wanted to study entomology! I love bugs and insects so much, especially spiders, millipedes and isopods (pill-bugs). I’ve been interested in invertebrates since I was in middle school —…

Plant Sciences Degree Helps CAFNR Alum Connect with Producers

Charlie Ebbesmeyer puts his plant sciences degree to use each day through his job with MFA Incorporated

Working on his neighbor’s row crop farm as a high school student, Charlie Ebbesmeyer developed an interest in plant sciences. Coming to the University of Missouri and majoring in plant sciences turned that interest into a passion. Ebbesmeyer earned his plant sciences degree, with an emphasis in crop management, from the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR)…

Supporting Student Activities

MU Equine Program to host horse sale preview and silent auction on Nov. 6

Each November, the University of Missouri Equine Teaching Facility, part of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) Division of Animal Sciences, offers a select group of horses for sale. All of the proceeds from the sale benefit the MU Equine Program, as well as support student activities at the facility. In preparation for the sale, the program…

Succeeding in a Team Setting

Team and Organizational Leadership course offers service learning opportunities

As part of the CAFNR Experience, undergraduate students in the College have the opportunity to gain real-world skills through hands-on learning. Those experiences are especially true in the Team and Organizational Leadership course (AG_ED_LD 2260) within the agricultural education degree program. Along with team-building exercises, students enrolled in the course participate in an important service learning component. Service learning is…

Q&A With Rylee Page

Page is a senior in personal financial planning

Why did you decide to come to the University of Missouri and major in personal financial planning? What do you enjoy about the program itself? The field of study? I came to Mizzou with little idea of what I really wanted to major in. After researching programs offered at Mizzou, I discovered personal financial planning. I have a passion for…

Preparing for the Next Step

Zach Duncan's time in CAFNR helped equip him for graduate school

As Zach Duncan transitioned to Kansas State University (K-State) to pursue his master’s degree, he knew his time in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) would be vital as he furthered his education. Duncan earned his bachelor’s degree in animal sciences from MU in 2018. “I grew up fairly close to Columbia, so I…

Q&A With Caitlyn Allen

Allen is a senior in parks, recreation and sport

Why did you decide to come to the University of Missouri and major in parks, recreation and sport? What do you enjoy about the program itself? The field of study? My decision to come to Mizzou was originally because of the journalism school. However, shortly into my freshman year I decided to look into CAFNR’s sport management program to supplement…

Taking a Chance

Mason Ward's research portfolio has earned him two awards from the Entomological Society of America

As a freshman, Mason Ward took a chance and applied to the Freshman Research in Plants (FRIPS) Program with the thought that he would give research a try. Ward wasn’t sure if research would be a major part of his collegiate career, but figured by pushing himself he would certainly learn something new. Now, three years later, Ward’s extraordinary research…