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Carol Swaim Recognized with Above and Beyond Award

Carol Swaim, agricultural education and leadership program administrative assistant, received the CAFNR Staff Advisory Council Above and Beyond Award in recognition of her exceptional service, flexibility and mentorship of undergraduate student workers. She was nominated by Jon Simonsen, associate professor and department chair, agricultural education and leadership. Swaim is pictured in the middle here, with Simonsen and Jenna Fusinatto of…

Learning and Pivoting

Craig Bacon shares tips for success with students as part of the Executive-in-Residence program

Keep learning and keep “pivoting” – that was the advice to students from Craig Bacon, senior vice president of technical services for Simmons Prepared Foods. Bacon was on campus Oct. 10-11 as part of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Robert O. Reich Executive-in-Residence program, which brings industry leaders to the college to share knowledge and experiences with…

Brandi Baade Receives Outstanding Teaching Accolade

Brandi Baade, a master’s degree candidate in agricultural leadership, communication and education, will receive an Outstanding Teaching – Ideas Unlimited Award from the National Association of Agricultural Educators during a November awards ceremony. The Ideas Unlimited contest is designed to give members an opportunity to exchange classroom, SAE, leadership, and other teaching ideas. Only six of these awards are presented…

Adam Cletzer Honored With Award From Association of Leadership Educators

Adam Cletzer, assistant professor in agricultural education and leadership, won the Outstanding Educator Workshop award for a workshop titled “Leadership Discourses: Exploring Students’ Definitions of Leadership” from the Association of Leadership Educators at their annual conference in summer…

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…