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Becoming a Rodeo Queen

CAFNR student crowned Miss Ozark Rodeo Association

If you had told Haley Linder when she was a freshman at MU that she would one day be crowned a rodeo queen and aspire to work as a dairy cattle nutritionist, she would have been confused on how she ended up there. Growing up 45 minutes northwest of Chicago, Linder didn’t come from an agricultural background. She did, however,…

From Serving to Feeding America

CAFNR student serves in US Army Reserves

Dixie Litchard found Mizzou and CAFNR in a non-traditional way. While on deployment in Iraq as an active member of the military, a friend told her about MU. After comparing the school and costs to her current school, Michigan State University, she decided to transfer to MU to major in plant sciences after deployment. Growing up in Three Rivers, Michigan,…

Innovative Thinking

MU students place second at Food Distribution Research Society Student Marketing Case Competition

Four University of Missouri students placed second at the recent Food Distribution Research Society (FDRS) Student Marketing Case Competition. The competition took place in Washington, D.C., during the FDRS annual conference, which was held Sept. 14-18. Students who participate have the opportunity to play the role of consultants for an industry client and apply their knowledge of food distribution, marketing,…

Floral Design Team Blossoms

MU students take first at the American Institute of Floral Designers National Symposium Student Competition

University of Missouri students placed first at the American Institute of Floral Designers National Symposium Student Competition this summer. Each year, students compete with other floral design programs within the U.S. and Canada in a four-hour-long competition designed to give students tangible use for their floral design skills. One hour is given to each of the four categories, which vary…

Presidential Achievement

CAFNR Student Wins Jim Evans Presidential Scholarship

University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources student Alexa Nordwald, a senior in science and agricultural journalism, accepted the American Agricultural Editors’ Association (AAEA) Jim Evans Presidential Scholarship at this summer’s Agricultural Media Summit. The $3,000 scholarship is the top scholarship provided by AAEA and recognizes academic and leadership excellence and commitment to the agricultural communications field.…

Supporting Each Udder

Dairy Club Supports Breast Cancer Awareness

There’s rarely a dull day for students walking through the University of Missouri’s campus. Oftentimes there’s free food, the opportunity to pet a dog, and some days, even a baby calf. Twice a year, MU’s Dairy Club brings a little bit of the farm to the university with their Calves on Campus event. The event is about more than just showcasing the calves, however. Dairy Club uses the…

Managing Nitrogen

Curtis Ransom receives NIFA grant to build upon his doctoral research

Curtis Ransom spent his childhood following his father around agricultural fields as his dad worked with farmers to grow a productive crop. The fields Ransom conducts research in now look a little bit different than those previous fields. Ransom was born in Nairobi, Kenya. His father Joel, who serves as an Extension agronomist and professor at North Dakota State University,…

Tree Spirited

Two students help Mizzou achieve designation

The Arbor Day foundation, “the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees,” has recently recognized the conservation efforts of Mizzou by honoring the university with the Tree Campus USA designation. By receiving this title, Mizzou joins a growing list of universities around the country that have taken steps to promote “healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the…

Addressing Big Problems

Hallie Thompson uses the rainout shelters at Bradford to simulate drought

A hard-working attitude was instilled in Hallie Thompson at an early age. Growing up on her family’s beef farm in High Point, Mo., an unincorporated community of around 50 people, Thompson spent much of her early life with her grandfather, learning what it took to operate a farm. That hard-working spirit has served her well at the University of Missouri,…

Four Years in the Making

Three CAFNR seniors named to Mizzou '39

Each year, the Mizzou Alumni Association Student Board recognizes 39 outstanding seniors to honor the school’s founding in 1839. The students represent an array of majors, activities and organizations across campus and are selected based on their academic achievement, leadership and commitment to Mizzou and the community. Three CAFNR students were recently named to the 2018 Mizzou ’39: Michael Chadwick,…