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The World Beyond Their Own

Inaugural Missouri Youth Institute to broaden perspective of high school students, provide path to World Food Prize

Out of all the people Willi Meyers could have sat next to at a meal session at the 2014 World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa, a high school student from Eldon, Missouri, certainly seemed like an improbable scenario. Meyers, who serves as the director of CAFNR International Programs, was stunned to bump into Holly Enowksi, a junior from Eldon High School,…

As Heard on Insight: Good Intention, Bad Communication

CAFNR professor addresses issues of behavioral economics through unconventional study

Did you miss the first airing of the eighth installment of our new Insight series? LISTEN NOW to the program or to the extended version of the interview. It was a study that was borne out of frustration in a restaurant in Portland, Oregon. In 2007, Laura McCann, was there attending the annual meeting of the American Agricultural Economics Association…

Outstanding Award

Spencer Hoagland honored as CAFNR's Outstanding Senior

Spencer Hoagland has been named the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Outstanding Senior for Fall 2015. Hoagland graduated Dec. 18, 2015, with a degree in plant sciences with a horticultural science and design emphasis, and a minor in agricultural economics. She is from Schell City, Missouri. One professor stated about Hoagland:  “Spencer is dependable, accountable, and always ready…

A United Cause

CAFNR administrator joins UN-sponsored advisory board to improve agriculture and food systems in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

It takes planning, collaboration and time to improve agriculture and food systems on a broad scale, something that Willi Meyers knows quite well. Meyers, the director of CAFNR International Programs, was recently asked to be a part of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Regional Strategic Thinking Process Advisory Board for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Based at…

A Global Impact

CAFNR is helping develop master's programs for Moscow State University in Russia

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources is at the forefront of research and education – and that reach is extending globally. A group from CAFNR is collaborating with the Eurasian Center of Food Security, based out of Moscow State University, to develop two online master’s programs, both focused on food security needs in the Eurasian region. The…

Rebuilding Ties

Agribusiness program renews partnership between MU and Bulgarian university

On a sunny Monday morning in Room 217 of Mumford Hall, Zlatina Baleva reached for a cup a coffee and looked around at the empty chairs. “I’m surprised I’m one of the first people here,” she said. “I’m not a morning person.” Baleva and the rest of the delegation from the Agricultural University of Plovdiv (AUP) were at the midway point…

Three’s Company

Sibling trio reflects on agricultural and immigrant roots that led to Mizzou

It would not be hard to understand why Homecoming at the University of Missouri may have an extra special meaning to Hli, Yia and See Yang. As first-generation Americans and college students they share a common bond not only through their Mizzou pride but also through the embedded core values of family, hard work and agriculture that helped lead their…

Capital Gain

CAFNR graduate begins new journey as USDA chief of staff

These days, it’s not easy to catch Karla Thieman. As the newly appointed chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the days of Thieman (pronounced TEE-man) include meeting with outside stakeholders, working directly with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the budget and dealing with any personnel issues that come up for a federal agency that employs more than 99,000…

Sunny Outlook

Quartet of CAFNR students use summer internships to accelerate their careers

CAFNR professors do everything to sharpen the understanding and skills of their students, but a student can only grow so much within the confines of the classroom. Over the summer, several CAFNR students seized the opportunity to branch out into professional organizations while also putting their academic knowledge and skills to the test. Abigail McNeill, Hormel Foods Senior Abigail McNeill…

Celebrating a Historic Partnership

MFA pledges $750,000 over four years to establish endowed professorship in CAFNR

Call this gift a team effort. That’s how MFA Incorporated, MFA Oil and the MFA Foundation refer to their newly established MFA Professorship in Agribusiness. Company executives of MFA Incorporated and MFA Oil consider the gift a public demonstration of appreciation for CAFNR and a formal celebration of their historic relationship with the college through mutual missions – service to…