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Picking Through the Feed

Graduate student searching for pigweed in bird feed

Finding the unique ways that weeds can spread has become a calling card for the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Division of Plant Sciences’ weed science program. For the past year, graduate student Eric Oseland has dug through more than 60 bags of bird feed, looking for which weed seeds show up in the various…

Global Traveling, Warming Interest

SNR senior in Alaska researching Arctic Ocean

In 2005 the nation quaked as one of the most disastrous hurricanes in American history landed on the Gulf Coast. Hurricane Katrina hit in late August and less than one month later Hurricane Rita followed. Rachel Patteson, a senior in the School of Natural Resources, remembers it well. Patteson had just moved from Montana to Shreveport, Louisiana when the storms…

One In A Million

SNR graduate honored by National Wildlife Federation

For David Calandro (B.S. ’16), it was not a complicated process to be named the National Conservation Youth Leader of the Year. “Well I got a phone call and was told, ‘Hey you got nominated for an award,’ and then I was called a couple months later and was told, ‘Hey you won the award,’” the Joplin native said, then…

Entrepreneurial Internship

California, Mo., native participates in entrepreneurial program at MU

As a senior at the University of Missouri at Columbia, Libby Martin is already looking to help solve problems in the production agriculture industry through the development of veterinary medical technology specific to cattle production. Martin is working to solve the problem of calving ease and efficiency in an effort to make calving season easier for producers and yield lower mortality…

Providing Leadership Development Opportunities

MU Animal Sciences Youth Leadership Academy returns for second year

The University of Missouri Animal Sciences Youth Leadership Academy returned in 2017 with a focus on teaching high school students more about the livestock industry. The four-day academy allowed an opportunity for networking with industry leaders. The goal of the program is to provide leadership development opportunities for youth in agriculture. The academy is a partnership between MU Extension, the…

Sewing Seeds

Rural sociology Ph.D. student uses her experience for economic betterment

Fear is common on the streets of San Salvador, El Salvador. The capital city of the Central American country is a hot spot for gang violence and brutality. With bloody streets often being literal, rather than figurative, many young women fear the trek to school where the pressure from the gangs is a constant. Families are forced to give money…

Korean Connection

First recipient of MU-Korea Ag Alumni Fellowship finishes studies

The first recipient of the Dr. C. Jerry and Barbara Nelson MU-Korea Ag Alumni Fellowship, Jinhyoung (Jin) Kim, recently completed his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri in agricultural and applied economics in May 2017. In 2003, Korean students at MU and the MU-Korea Ag Alumni Association established the fellowship in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. Jerry…

Well Awarded

Abrea Mizer named Outstanding Senior

On Friday, May 12, Abrea Mizer was awarded the title of Outstanding Senior from the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the 2017 spring commencement ceremony. Mizer graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in both biochemistry and agricultural education. During her tenure at MU, Mizer served as an ambassador for CAFNR, giving tours and presentations to visiting…

A Prestigious Program

Biochemistry student selected for Cornell undergraduate research program

Alex Clarke, a junior majoring in biochemistry, has been selected to serve as a summer research scholar at Cornell University. The program will run from May 31 through July 28 and will take place at Cornell’s New York Agricultural Research Station in Geneva, New York. The Ashland, Missouri, native will be working under Marc Fuchs, associate professor of plant pathology…

Environmentally Friendly

CAFNR undergraduate student becomes first MU student in 10 years to earn Udall Scholarship

It was an article about beekeeping that Megan Tyminski wrote for the Columbia Daily Tribune that started Tyminski on a path towards the Udall Scholarship. The article caught the attention of MU Director of Fellowships Tim Parshall, who contacted Tyminski and encouraged her to consider applying for the Udall Scholarship. “He could really tell I had a sense of pride, ownership…