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Soaring Land Prices

Missouri farmland costs at record high

A University of Missouri survey of farmland values in July 2012 shows record-high values for cropland, pasture, timberland and recreational ground in Missouri.

Entrepreneurship?

Book seeks to define a buzzword

Peter Klein, associate professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics, is helping to answer the question: What is Entrepreneurship? His co-authored book, “Organizing Entrepreneurial Judgment: A New Approach to the Firm,” was published in April by Cambridge University Press.

Tom Johnson Receives Provost Award

Tom Johnson, professor of agricultural economics at the University of Missouri, was one of two recipients of the 2012 MU Provost’s Award for Leadership in International Education. The award recognize faculty who have provided outstanding leadership in strengthening MU’s international dimension. Johnson joined the MU faculty in 1997 as the Frank Miller Professor of Agricultural Economics. He accepted a joint…

Washington View

Econ class gives students look at agriculture policy process

At the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Agricultural Economics 4230 is a nontraditional class that gives students hands-on ag policy experience. Part of that experience is a trip to Washington, D.C., to meet with the people who are really making agricultural policy happen.

Pursuing the Public Good

Whether the mechanism is a bulldozer or Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Christopher Fulcher wields tools for a singular purpose: to help people improve their communities. Fulcher, Co-Director of the Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems(CARES) in the Division of Applied Social Sciences at CAFNR, launched his career in community development on the island nation of Nevis in the Eastern…

From a Few Acres to a Few Continents

FAPRI Director Pat Westhoff's small farm roots guide his global outreach in agricultural policy

When Pat Westhoff boarded the plane to fly from Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Guatemala, it wasn’t just his first out-of-country trip—it was his first plane ride. Westhoff, the director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at MU and a professor in department of agricultural and applied economics in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), grew…

Sewing Economic Success

Sometimes, small town skills lead to big places. For Judy Stallmann, an MU professor of agricultural and applied economics, rural sociology and community development extension in the College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (CAFNR), and public affairs at the Truman School of Public Affairs, the skills she gained growing up on a farm in Iowa helped launch an international career…

Mizzou Globetrotter

Basketball skills launch a global career for MU Professor Mike Cook

A meat tenderizer is one of Mike Cook’s most prized possessions. It’s autographed, not by Jamie Oliver, Wolfgang Puck, or any other famous chef. It bears the names of the Garre family who gave it to Cook nearly five decades ago when he was their son’s basketball coach in Uruguay, where Cook served as a Peace Corps volunteer from 1965-67.…

Big Screen Collaborators

CAFNR faculty are appearing on a Jumbotron near you

You may have noticed some friendly faces at MU football games this fall. Friendly CAFNR faces. On the big screen, no less. Just before the start of the football season, CAFNR Communications asked representatives from around the College to help us with a big project – in a short amount of time. This season, Buck’s Ice Cream became the official ice…

Feeding the Future

From Kentucky to Thailand and across the globe, MU Chancellor Brady Deaton improves agriculture and education

Brady Deaton crouched down as his bus passed through the barrier and police were drawing their guns.  His ride had just passed through a police barricade. Fortunately, no shots were fired—the police had been paid off – as asserted by a Thai colleague. “Boom there you are,” said Deaton, the 21st Chancellor of the University of Missouri. “We were just…