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An Opportunity to Share Missouri Agriculture

Samantha Turner named director of communications for Missouri Soybean

When Samantha Turner first declared an agricultural education major within the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), she was focused on educating future generations of agriculturists as a high school teacher. Once Turner got into the program and got more involved, she knew that agricultural education was the right path. However, she realized that instead…

A Blooming Passion for Teaching

Lesleighan Cravens earns CAFNR Golden Apple Award

After graduating with a degree in agricultural education, with an emphasis in plant sciences and agricultural economics, from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) in 2013, Lesleighan Cravens soon joined the CAFNR faculty as an instructor of floral design in the Division of Plant Science and Technology. Cravens is still instructing MU students –…

Agriculture Education on the Move

CAFNR partners with Agriculture on the Move, a program of Missouri Farmers Care, for student training

Agriculture Education on the Move (AEOTM), a program of Missouri Farmers Care, began in 2011 as a way to bring free, hands-on agriculture education to third and fourth grade students throughout the state. John Tummons, an assistant teaching professor of agricultural education and leadership in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) Division of Applied…

An Innovative Approach to Networking

Rebecca Mott and Amy Leman created an innovative teaching approach to enhance their students' experience 

Even when students returned in person to campus this past year, the  student experience was still not quite the same.  Travel to conferences was suspended, for example, and many events were still virtual. University of Missouri’s (MU) College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CAFNR) Rebecca Mott, assistant teaching professor in the Division of Applied Social Sciences, collaborated with Amy Leman,…

Agricultural Leadership, Communication and Education faculty receive Outstanding Research Presentation award

Agricultural Leadership, Communication and Education faculty, Adam Cletzer, Rebecca Mott, John Tummons, Jon Simonsen, Jaelyn Peckman and Kate Preston won Outstanding Research Presentation award at the national American Association for Agricultural Education (AAAE) Research Conference in May. The paper was titled Agricultural Leadership: A National Portrait of Undergraduate Courses.” The paper evaluated undergraduate agricultural leadership courses taught at different universities…

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…