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Q&A with First-Generation Student Harleigh Lewis

In honor of National First-Generation Student Week, Harleigh Lewis, sophomore agricultural education major from Brunswick, Missouri, discusses her experience as a first-generation college student. 

Q: Why did you choose Mizzou? A: I chose the University of Missouri for multiple reasons. The main reason was that during my first tour at Mizzou I felt at home. I remember having a feeling lifted off my shoulders of choosing where I was going to go to college because right then I knew I wanted to be a…

Telling the Soy Story

CAFNR alumnus is passionate about being a voice for the agriculture industry through telling Missouri soybean farmers’ stories.

“Farmers truly are stewards who are investing in the future; even if they don’t have livestock relying on them, they’re still feeding into the planet,” Madelyn Warren said. “We have to bridge the gap between producers and consumers through lighthearted and relatable content. Whether that’s talking about generational farming and raising kids on the farm or sharing in the humor…

CAFNR Students Gain Industry Involvement and Knowledge Through Summer Internships

Students throughout CAFNR participated in internships across the nation and many facets of the agricultural industry to prepare for their future careers. 

On October 4, CAFNR students will flood Brewer Fieldhouse to network with businesses looking for summer interns. Internships are a beneficial way to apply what students learn at Mizzou to real-world situations. Many CAFNR students completed internship in the summer of 2023. Learn more about some of their experiences outside of the classroom: Abby Loesing Sophomore, Agricultural Education, Communications, and…

Norfleet Selected as National FFA Officer Candidate

CAFNR Student Grant Norfleet will represent Missouri FFA at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, Nov. 1-4.

When Grant Norfleet graduated from Mexico High School, he chose to attend Mizzou because it was “far away enough to get the college experience but close enough to keep mom and dad happy.” Now in his senior year as an agricultural education, communication and leadership major with minors in agribusiness management and digital storytelling, Norfleet has gained much more from…

Doing to Learn: Creating Opportunities Through the CAFNR Experience

Incoming freshman Sam Tummons is ready to expand his horizons as a CAFNR student and Missouri State FFA President

For incoming freshman Sam Tummons, helping other people learn and succeed has always been the “why” behind his decisions. This year, Tummons will embark on a journey to help others learn and grow both as the Missouri State FFA President and a student in the Agricultural Education program in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. As a student…

Past and Present CAFNR Students Learn and Grow at the Missouri State Fair

Since 1901, the Missouri State Fair has been ‘Where Traditions Grow,’ and CAFNR students have also grown their skills and network at the yearly ‘ag family reunion’

The fairgrounds in Sedalia become a summer home to youth livestock exhibitors, agriculture education teachers, and agriculture industry professionals for 11 days each year. For many Missouri State Fair participants, CAFNR also has been a part of their life and their fair experience both inside and outside of the Mizzou Central building. For Clint Bailey, rising senior majoring in agriculture…

Grant Norfleet Received Outstanding Junior Award as Part of 2023 Celebration of Excellence 

Grant Norfleet, an agricultural education major, was named Outstanding Junior at CAFNR’s 2023 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held Tuesday, April 11.   Norfleet, who is also completing a minor in both agribusiness management and digital storytelling, has taken on numerous leadership roles in CAFNR. He is currently a CAFNR Ambassador, where he serves as president, and discusses all that the…

Abby Loesing Received Outstanding Sophomore Award as Part of 2023 Celebration of Excellence 

Abby Loesing, an agricultural education major, was named Outstanding Sophomore at CAFNR’s 2023 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held Tuesday, April 11.   Loesing is a CAFNR Ambassador and member of Sigma Alpha. She is also part of the Agriculture Education Society, where she serves as part of the executive team.    Loesing spent her first semester at Mizzou working for Tiger…

Morgan Watkins Received Outstanding Freshman Award as Part of 2023 Celebration of Excellence  

Morgan Watkins, an agricultural education major, was named Outstanding Freshman at CAFNR’s 2023 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held Tuesday, April 11.   Watkins is an active member of Missouri 4-H and the National FFA Organization. She is currently serving as a 2022-23 Missouri state FFA vice president, where she educates high school students and is focused on building a bright…

Finding Her Passion

Bailey Henry is educating the next generation of agriculture students after earning degrees in agricultural education from Mizzou

Although she didn’t grow up with a traditional agriculture background, Bailey Henry found a passion for the industry through the National FFA Organization. That passion led her to the University of Missouri – and eventually to a career where she is educating high school students about all things agriculture. Henry earned her agricultural education degree from Mizzou in 2019. She…