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A Learning Opportunity

Future Farmers of Ukraine interact with Missouri FFA, Mizzou 

The National FFA Organization was established in 1928, known then as Future Farmers of America. The organization officially changed its name to the National FFA Organization in 1988, and is one of the largest youth organizations in the United States, featuring more than 669,000 members and more than 8,600 chapters. The goal of the organization is to provide students with…

Colton Spencer Named Outstanding Junior at 2019 Celebration of Excellence

Colton Spencer, an agricultural education and leadership major from Aurora, Missouri, was named Outstanding Junior at CAFNR’s 2019 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held Thursday, April 11. Spencer is the president of CAFNR True Tigers, a CAFNR Ambassador, a student worker for CAFNR Career Services, and has served as a CAFNR Summer Welcome Peer Counselor. He is a past president…

Sydnee Mason Named Outstanding Sophomore at 2019 Celebration of Excellence

Sydnee Mason, an agricultural education and leadership major from Marshall, Missouri, was named Outstanding Sophomore at CAFNR’s 2019 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held Thursday, April 11. Mason is a student recruitment intern in the CAFNR Office of Academic Programs, in addition to serving as the CAFNR Ambassadors team leader and as an outreach specialist with Missouri Farmers Care. She served as…

Paxton Dahmer Named Outstanding Freshman at 2019 Celebration of Excellence

Paxton Dahmer, an agricultural education and leadership major from Nevada, Missouri, was named Outstanding Freshman at CAFNR’s 2019 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held Thursday, April 11. Dahmer is the 2018-19 Missouri FFA State President, in addition to being involved at CAFNR in Collegiate Farm Bureau, Agricultural Communicators and Leaders of Tomorrow, CAFNR True Tigers, and as an Agricultural Education and…

Bryan Garton Named Distinguished Alumnus

Bryan Garton, senior associate dean for academic programs, received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University in early March. The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes those who have brought distinction to themselves and the college at large through their participation, commitment and leadership. Garton received his Ph.D. in agricultural education from…

Jon Simonsen Named to Next ALOT Class

Jon Simonsen, agricultural education and leadership associate professor, director of graduate studies and department chair, was recently named to the ALOT (Agricultural Leadership of Tomorrow) Class XVIII. ALOT is a two-year adult leadership training program targeted to Missouri’s rural leaders and agricultural producers. Access further information about the ALOT program at…

Colleen Abbott Receives Honorary FFA Degree

Colleen Abbott, professional development specialist in the agricultural education and leadership program, received an Honorary American FFA Degree at this fall’s National FFA Convention. Honorary American FFA Degree recipients are those who have excelled as agricultural education teachers or those who have served the agriculture industry, agricultural education efforts or FFA programs on a national scale. More information about the…

Carol Swaim Recognized with Above and Beyond Award

Carol Swaim, agricultural education and leadership program administrative assistant, received the CAFNR Staff Advisory Council Above and Beyond Award in recognition of her exceptional service, flexibility and mentorship of undergraduate student workers. She was nominated by Jon Simonsen, associate professor and department chair, agricultural education and leadership. Swaim is pictured in the middle here, with Simonsen and Jenna Fusinatto of…

Learning and Pivoting

Craig Bacon shares tips for success with students as part of the Executive-in-Residence program

Keep learning and keep “pivoting” – that was the advice to students from Craig Bacon, senior vice president of technical services for Simmons Prepared Foods. Bacon was on campus Oct. 10-11 as part of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Robert O. Reich Executive-in-Residence program, which brings industry leaders to the college to share knowledge and experiences with…

Brandi Baade Receives Outstanding Teaching Accolade

Brandi Baade, a master’s degree candidate in agricultural leadership, communication and education, will receive an Outstanding Teaching – Ideas Unlimited Award from the National Association of Agricultural Educators during a November awards ceremony. The Ideas Unlimited contest is designed to give members an opportunity to exchange classroom, SAE, leadership, and other teaching ideas. Only six of these awards are presented…