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John Tummons Receives 2020 NAAE Region IV Outstanding Service Citation

John Tummons, assistant agricultural education and leadership teaching professor, received the 2020 Region IV Outstanding Service Citation from the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) earlier this summer. The award, sponsored by Goodheart-Willcox, recognizes those who have provided services to agricultural educators, agricultural programs or agricultural student organizations and have attained leadership in professional…

Showcasing a Competitive Spirit

Mizzou Academic Quadrathlon team finishes tied for first at national competition

The COVID-19 pandemic pushed the national Animal Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Academic Quadrathlon to a virtual competition. That didn’t slow down the Mizzou Academic Quadrathlon team. After winning their regional competition, MU finished tied for first at the national competition, which was held in July. The team finished second overall after tiebreakers were taken into consideration. They finished first…

CAFNR Outstanding Junior: Jacob Blank

Blank, an agricultural education major, earns prestigious student award

Jacob Blank didn’t realize it at the time, but coming to the University of Missouri would open his eyes in ways he would have never believed. Originally, Blank was attending MU out of necessity – as Mizzou features a strong veterinary school and Blank was interested in obtaining a doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM). Once Blank got more involved in…

CAFNR Outstanding Sophomore: Lauren Quinlan

Quinlan, an agricultural education major, earns prestigious student award

Hands-on learning opportunities are a key part of the CAFNR Experience. Those opportunities showcase the uniqueness of the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and include student-run retail, competitive judging teams, research labs and policy centers. For Lauren Quinlan, these types of opportunities are exactly why she chose CAFNR. She has worked with Tiger Garden, the…

CAFNR Outstanding Freshman: Kensie Darst

Darst, an agricultural education major, earns prestigious student award

Kensie Darst’s best advice to high school students gearing up for their first semester of college may be common encouragement, but it’s held true for her – don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone. Darst, from Aurora, Mo., followed her own advice when she made the decision to step foot on the University of Missouri campus this…

Investing in the Future

CAFNR student named National Teach Ag Ambassador

When Alli Abadir walked into her first agricultural course, an animal veterinary science class, as a sophomore at Hickman High School in Columbia, Missouri, she thought she wanted to become a veterinarian. Not coming from an agricultural background, Alli said it was her passion for animals that led her to enroll in the animal veterinary science class. “I thought I…

Campus Writing Program Recognizes DASS Professor, Graduate Students

Jamille Palacios, agricultural and applied economics assistant teaching professor, received a 2019 Writing Intensive Teaching Excellence Award from the Campus Writing Program. (Palacios is pictured at left.) The Campus Writing Program also recognized Madison Byrd, agricultural leadership, communication and education graduate student, and Betsy Smith, agricultural and applied economics graduate student, with the joint 2019 TA Writing Intensive Teaching Excellence…

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…