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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…

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…