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Preparing Future Agricultural Leaders

CAFNR and FFA are preparing students to address challenging problems

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and the Missouri FFA are both focused on preparing students to address the most challenging problems in the world today. Each year, the Missouri FFA elects a state officer from each of its 16 Areas. A good portion of those officers end up at MU to further their education.…

Directing Strategic Partnerships

Scott Brown tapped to build on and establish affiliations with Missouri agriculture stakeholders

Scott Brown, assistant extension professor of agricultural and applied economics, has been named Director of Strategic Partnerships for the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. His appointment was effective March 1. “This is a new position in our college and Dr. Brown is the ideal person to fill it,” said CAFNR Vice Chancellor and Dean Christopher Daubert. “CAFNR is…

The Gratitude of Latitude

CAFNR alum establishes legacy of fiscal flexibility as reciprocity for his time at MU

A thousand-step staircase. That’s one way Al McQuinn tries to explain his ascent into the annals of American agriculture as an entrepreneurial and visionary businessman who originated more than 80 patents relating to machines that mix and blend fertilizer formulas for variable soil conditions across fields. “Each step up is based on something that happened to me, something that I…

Kalaitzandonakes Named Frank Miller Chair of Innovation Studies

Professor of ag and applied economics selected for endowed professorship for collaborative work

Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes, professor of agricultural and applied economics and director of the Economics and Management of Agrobiotechnology Center (EMAC) and the Food Equation Institute in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, has been named the Frank Miller Chair of Innovation Studies. Kalaitzandonakes was selected for this endowed professorship due to his collaborative work in food,…

MU Grazing School Key to Edgewood Dairy and Creamery

June is Dairy Month

Twenty years ago, Charles Fletcher of Edgewood Dairy and Creamery attended a University of Missouri Extension grazing school. It would change the future of the family dairy operation. Fletcher’s father started the dairy farm in 1966. His father milked cows by hand 365 days a year, morning and night. In 1993, the Fletcher family formed a partnership that included poultry…

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…

Help From Up North

CAFNR International Programs teams up with University of Saskatchewan, Canadian government to improve ag productivity in Ghana

Canada has been involved in the economic development of Ghana for decades, dating back to 1957 when Ghana became the first African country to receive financial assistance from the Canadian government. The University of Missouri has also built a strong presence in the West African country over the years – so perhaps it was only natural that the two entities…

CAFNR Family Feel

JD Manning takes on the role of Ag Alumni Association president

Despite being the new president of the Ag Alumni Association, JD Manning (B.S. ’00) won’t be a new face to the organization. Manning has previously served as a chair of different committees, board member, and first vice president. Manning’s history with the association began after graduating and moving from Columbia back to Clinton, Missouri. Manning said it was the desire…

Making Good Management Decisions

MU Extension researchers create automated system to track precipitation

Nearly five years ago, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) revised its CAFO regulatory rules for catastrophic and chronic weather events. CAFOs, concentrated animal feeding operations, are large animal agricultural facilities that raise a specific number of animals in production barns or confinement pens. Because catastrophic and chronic weather events happen, MDNR can issue a permit to a farmer…

Five Months of New Insights

Four Ukrainian ag econ scholars spend the fall semester at MU through USDA program

Talk about a full itinerary: Phoenix, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco. And that was just part of the two-week trip in the middle of a five-month stay that a group of 10 Ukrainian agriculture professors, some of whom had never been to America before, took across the United States in October. Yet the four professors who were assigned…