The average age of an American farmer is 57, and has risen for the past several years. An innovative program led by Professor Randy Westgren and Peter Hofherr, assistant director of the McQuinn Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, works to change that trend by leading new farmers and ranchers to entrepreneurial success.
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Six seniors in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources were honored with the prestigious Mizzou ’39 award this spring for their academic achievement, leadership and service to the University and community. In the spirit of service modeled by those who made possible the 1839 founding of the University of Missouri, the Mizzou Alumni Association Student Board annually recognizes…
The program, led by Randy Westgren, professor of agricultural and applied economics and the McQuinn Chair for Entrepreneurial Leadership in the Division of Applied Social Sciences, and Peter Hofherr, CEO of St. James Winery, takes beginning farmers and ranchers through a four-module course that helps them transform their ideas into profitable ventures in production agriculture.
A CAFNR team spanning multiple disciplines is collaborating with journalism and computer science students to develop a simple smartphone app to help producers reduce heat stress in production animals.
They came all over Missouri–from Humansville, Fayette and Villa Ridge. Some, like Ana Boatman and her daughter Natalie from Independence, are growing vegetables and raising chickens on just 1.5 acres of land, while others, such as Cathy Johnmeyer of Fayette, are raising cattle on 225 acres. Whether their operations are small, medium or somewhere in between, all of the participants came to CAFNR’s Entrepreneurship Project to learn how to transform their ideas into entrepreneurial successes.
Judith Stallmann, a professor of community development extension, agricultural and applied economics and rural sociology in the College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, said that state governments should treat tax policy as they would an investment portfolio.
Jeff Firman, a CAFNR professor of poultry production and nutrition, has developed a new turkey diet that can save producers $13-25 per ton. That’s a lot of scratch – almost 15 billion pounds of chow go to fatten the birds each year.
CAFNR alum Andrea Woolverton has travelled the globe pursuing both her profession and her passion.
Faustine Williams and Steve Jeanetta’s poster entitled “Spatial Cluster of Female Breast Cancer in Missouri” won second place in the poster competition.
Christine Cochran, who graduated magna cum laude from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources with a bachelor’s of science degree in agricultural economics, has been named president of the Commodity Markets Council in Washington, D.C.