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Reaching the Summit

CAFNR grad, former MU wrestler wins UFC welterweight title

While on his phone in early August in Los Angeles, Tyron Woodley was still basking in the glow of his recent accomplishment — just as much as the Southern California sunshine. “It definitely has not worn off,” Woodley says. “I’m still in a state of shock.” That shock came as the result of winning the Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight title against “Ruthless”…

Looking Through a Wide Lens

Inaugural MU Agribusiness and Policy Symposium to look at array of issues facing farmers, agribusiness community members

Given the current economic climate for Missouri farmers and agribusiness members, it was not hard for the organizers of the inaugural University of Missouri Agribusiness and Policy Symposium to come up with a theme: “Strategic Thinking in Uncertain Times.” This past spring, Joe Parcell, professor and department chair of the department of agricultural and applied economics, and Scott Brown, an…

CAFNR Commendations

A number of faculty members honored by Mizzou, UM System this spring

The end of the spring semester brings many awards ceremonies to the University of Missouri campus, for excellence at the MU- or UM System-level in teaching, advising, research, extension and entrepreneurship. The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources was well represented at this year’s various ceremonies. Stephen H. Anderson, Albrecht Distinguished Professor of Soil and Environmental Sciences, and Chris B.…

A Dream Fulfilled

Fara and Richard Maltsbarger are giving back to the school they love

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Executive-in-Residence program was created in 1996 to give students, faculty and staff an opportunity to learn from industry leaders. Richard Maltsbarger was invited back to Mizzou as an Executive-in-Residence in 2012. Maltsbarger earned his bachelor’s in 1997 and his master’s in 1999 – both in agricultural economics. During his…

Outstanding Accomplishment

Morgan Beach receives CAFNR Outstanding Senior Award for Spring 2016

Morgan Beach has been named the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Outstanding Senior for Spring 2016. Beach, from Pilot Grove, Missouri, graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in agricultural economics with an emphasis in public policy. She also earned minors in international agriculture, rural sociology and leadership. She was quoted as saying “I can sleep after I…

Finding Strength

Lauren Jackson's life experiences have allowed her to give back

Lauren Jackson came to the University of Missouri to study journalism in 1997. Jackson lived in Texas before making the trek to Mizzou and had her sights set on becoming a sports broadcaster. She graduated with a degree in advertising in 2001 and developed a love for numbers during those four years. She had a student job in the department…

‘The Gift of Curiosity’

Longtime CAFNR professor to be honored for work done both in the classroom and in city government

For Rex Campbell, the questions never stop. They appear in his mind with clockwork regularity, urging him to seek out new information — or a new understanding of old information — in a way that belies his 85 years of age. Campbell has spent a total of 68 years either studying or teaching at the University of Missouri. “You can take me…

A Well-Deserved Honor

Junior Maria Kalaitzandonakes is a 2016 Truman Scholar

Maria Kalaitzandonakes had a short meeting scheduled Tuesday morning with Bryan Garton, the associate dean and director of academic programs at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. She wasn’t sure what the meeting was going to hold – but there was a huge surprise at the end of it. Kalaitzandonakes, a junior at Mizzou, double…

Investing in the Future

Alumnus finds many ways to help CAFNR students prosper during college and after

It may have been 54 years ago, but Dudley and Virgie Alexander still remember what it was like to be a newlywed couple with an infant son when Dudley was finishing up his master’s degree at the University of Missouri. They were able to get by through a scholarship given by the College of Agriculture (as it was known then).…

Triple Play

MU's Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute starts new year off with three awards for collaborative, communicative work

A farm economist’s work is never done. But despite their ongoing projects, faculty and staff at the University of Missouri’s Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute never abandon their above-and-beyond approach. The institute kicked off 2016 by bringing in a slew of awards for outstanding policy efforts — highlighting its long-term initiatives in creating baseline projections for the farm economy and…