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Jon Simonsen Earns Golden Apple Award

Students selected to be a part of the Litton Leadership Scholars cohort engage in a yearlong seminar course centered on leadership and impactful change. The students have the opportunity learn from Jon Simonsen, a stellar leader. “Simo,” as Simonsen’s students affectionately refer to him, was surprised with a Golden Apple Award from the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources during a trip to Chillicothe, Missouri, on April 26, where members of the cohort meet with the Jerry Litton Family Memorial…

Golden Leadership

Jon Simonsen earns Golden Apple Award

Students selected to be a part of the Litton Leadership Scholars cohort engage in a year-long seminar course centered on leadership and impactful change. The students have the opportunity learn from Jon Simonsen, a stellar leader. “Simo,” as Simonsen’s students affectionately refer to him, was surprised with a Golden Apple Award from the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources during a trip to Chillicothe, Missouri, on April 26, where members of the cohort meet with the Jerry Litton Family Memorial…

Noteworthy Recognition

Four CAFNR graduate students receive new award

This year, 18 graduate students were honored as part of the inaugural class of the Mizzou 18 award. The select group was chosen based on a variety of accomplishments achieved during their time in school, including the research they’ve conducted, the leadership they’ve demonstrated, and the service to Mizzou they’ve provided. The students were selected across a wide range of…

Preparing Future Agricultural Leaders

CAFNR and FFA are preparing students to address challenging problems

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and the Missouri FFA are both focused on preparing students to address the most challenging problems in the world today. Each year, the Missouri FFA elects a state officer from each of its 16 Areas. A good portion of those officers end up at MU to further their education.…

CAFNR Grad’s Ranch a Hub for Education and Fun

Greg Buckman will take the reins of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association in January

Greg Buckman, B.S.E. 1976, just wanted to farm when he graduated from high school. College was far from his plans of riding John Deere tractors and working in the family dairy barn. “All I ever wanted to be was a farmer,” he says. He also liked buying and restoring John Deere equipment and decided he wanted to work for Deere.…

MU Grazing School Key to Edgewood Dairy and Creamery

June is Dairy Month

Twenty years ago, Charles Fletcher of Edgewood Dairy and Creamery attended a University of Missouri Extension grazing school. It would change the future of the family dairy operation. Fletcher’s father started the dairy farm in 1966. His father milked cows by hand 365 days a year, morning and night. In 1993, the Fletcher family formed a partnership that included poultry…

Well Awarded

Abrea Mizer named Outstanding Senior

On Friday, May 12, Abrea Mizer was awarded the title of Outstanding Senior from the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the 2017 spring commencement ceremony. Mizer graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in both biochemistry and agricultural education. During her tenure at MU, Mizer served as an ambassador for CAFNR, giving tours and presentations to visiting…

Supporting Students

Scholarships are key for CAFNR students

Scholarships play an important role for students in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. CAFNR awarded a total of $1.3 million in scholarships during the 2016-17 academic year – in the form of academic scholarships, graduate scholarships, research internships and study abroad. More than $1 million of the total was awarded in academic scholarships. “The cost…

Cultivating Futures

Executive-in-Residence, wife, create endowment fund in honor of their fathers

As the famous Beatles tune goes, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” Roger Gardner brought the words to life, not only as a rock radio DJ in college, but by establishing a scholarship fund for students at his alma mater’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. Roger is the executive vice president and chief cultural…

Outstanding Accomplishment

Morgan Beach receives CAFNR Outstanding Senior Award for Spring 2016

Morgan Beach has been named the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Outstanding Senior for Spring 2016. Beach, from Pilot Grove, Missouri, graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in agricultural economics with an emphasis in public policy. She also earned minors in international agriculture, rural sociology and leadership. She was quoted as saying “I can sleep after I…