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Mizzou Soil Judging Team Competes at National Collegiate Soil Judging Contest

The Mizzou Soil Judging Team participated in the National Collegiate Soil Judging contest in early April. The contest, which was completely virtual, included group and individual judging with pedon descriptions, feature identification and soil texturing components. The contest featured soils from across the country, including Alaska and Puerto Rico, offering students an opportunity to see diverse soils. The MU team…

An Important Learning Tool

While following health and safety protocols, CAFNR hosts in-person CDEs for Missouri high school students

Each year, high school students from across the state travel to the University of Missouri to take part in the State FFA Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Career Development Events (CDEs). The MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) offers its expertise for these events, as faculty, staff and students lend a hand in setting up and running…

CAFNR Students and Faculty Honored at Tap Day

In a tradition dating back to 1917, small groups of students were selected (or “tapped”) by their peers to join one of the University of Missouri’s six secret honorary societies Friday, April 30. The six societies – QEBH, Mystical Seven, LSV, Mortar Board, Omicron Delta Kappa and the Rollins Society – honor new members for service, leadership and commitment to…

Senior Spotlight: Emily Brune

Brune will graduate with a degree in agricultural education

Growing up, the National FFA Organization played an important role in Emily Brune’s education. When she came to the University of Missouri, she knew that she wanted to choose a degree program that would allow her to give back to the organization that gave her so much. Brune settled on agricultural education with the goal of getting into teaching. She…

Carol Swaim Receives Haynes Distinguished Service Award from the CAFNR Alumni Association

Carol Swaim, administrative assistant, Agricultural Education and Leadership program, has been named the recipient of the 2021 Dana Brown Haynes Distinguished Service Award, given by the CAFNR Alumni Association each spring. Swaim has been part of the Agricultural Education and Leadership team for 16 years, and at Mizzou for 27 years. She is a three-time recipient of the CAFNR Staff…

MU Livestock Judging Team Finishes Spring Season Strong

The University of Missouri Livestock Judging Team finished off the spring contest season with a strong showing at the All-East Livestock Contest at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La. The team finished fifth overall and earned numerous top-five team placings. Matthew Price (junior, agricultural education) earned first place honors in Individual Beef. Cari Green (sophomore, animal sciences); Peyton Niemeier…

CAFNR Students Earn Grand Prize During MU Undergraduate Visual Art and Design Showcase

Two CAFNR students earned grand prize honors during the University of Missouri Undergraduate Visual Art and Design Showcase (VADS). This year, the showcase was a virtual exhibition, co-sponsored by the MU Digital Library. VADS is funded by the vice provost for undergraduate studies. The awards were selected by a group of jury members from outside of MU. Amberlee Gandy (senior,…

Gaining a New Perspective

Abigail Turner has gained valuable insights through study abroad experiences

The day after Abigail Turner graduated from high school she jumped on an airplane and flew to Australia with the encouragement of her parents, who love to travel. Turner grew up in Brookfield, Mo., a town of less than 4,500 people, and the trip to Australia was her first foray into international travel. It wouldn’t be her last. Turner, a…

University of Missouri Livestock Judging Team competes at Southeastern Livestock Expo

The University of Missouri Livestock Judging Team competed at the Southeastern Livestock Expo in Alabama recently. Matthew Price, a junior studying agricultural education, finished third place overall. He was first in Placings; first in Sheeps and Goats; fourth in Reasons; seventh in Swine; and ninth in Cattle. Erica Kauzlarich, a sophomore studying animal sciences, finished eighth in Cattle. Mizzou’s team…

Q&A With Paxton Dahmer

Dahmer is a junior in agricultural education

Why did you decide to come to the University of Missouri and major in agricultural education? What do you enjoy about the program itself? The field of study? I came to the University of Missouri to major in Agricultural Education and Leadership because of the professors in the program and my love for agricultural education. Initially, I was preparing for…