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Building a Network

Agribusiness Career Connections Program allows students to connect with industry

As the director of career services in the CAFNR Office of Academic Programs, Matt Arri dedicates his time to building networks and relationships between CAFNR students and industry professionals. Arri’s goal is to make sure those students are career ready – and he has introduced a variety of new initiatives to help them along the way. One of those initiatives…

An International Explorer

Shanon Dickerson encourages students to see the world

Sitting in an economics class as a business major at Illinois College, Shanon Dickerson wanted to be just about anywhere else in the world. Little did she know that international travel would soon become a massive part of her life and, eventually, her career. Dickerson switched her major from business to Spanish, and quickly fell in love with the opportunities…

Rising to the Occasion

CAFNR Strategic Plan outlines new signature experiences for students

We know CAFNR students always rise above the rest, but now – it’s official. As part of the “CAFNR Strategic Plan, Drive to Distinction,” launched in April, all undergraduate students will take part in a “signature experience” during their time on campus. This is denoted as the “RISE” initiative: Research, International, Service learning, Experiential learning. (Of course, students don’t have…

Making a Broader Impact

MU faculty, staff, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows share their research in China

University of Missouri graduate students Shannon King and Rachel Owen spent the first Sunday of November in Baltimore speaking to a room full of Global Plant Council members and guests about the importance of science communication – especially for graduate students who are beginning their scientific careers. King and Owen shared their experiences from a recent international trip in August,…

Research Center Magazine: Building a Foundation

Graduate student success a focus at Greenley

This story also appears in our University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Agricultural Research Center Magazine. Stop by your local Research Center to pick up a copy! You can view the magazine online by clicking here: Road to Discovery.  Each year, Kelly Nelson advises a handful of University of Missouri graduate students who are doing a…

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…

Art in Ag

Floral design students represent CAFNR at Visual Art and Design Showcase

A few times per year, floral design instructor Lesleighan Kraft Cravens (B.S. ’13, M.S. ’15) takes a group of students to Baisch and Skinner, a wholesale floral distributor in St. Louis. Students assist in production of floral arrangements in a real-world, high-pressure environment. It was during one of these trips when she received the email. “I was just through the…

Collaboration Complete

Habibullah set to complete his studies as part of Agriculture Innovation Program for Pakistan 

Habibullah, who his friends call Habib, has no trouble recalling the moment he was notified of his selection to the Agricultural Innovation Program for Pakistan. “I was over the moon,” Habibullah said. “This was my dream and I’d been working really hard.” The program that caused so much excitement is a joint effort to catalyze growth in agriculture production and…