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South Farm Showcase

Research farm open house set for Sept. 22

One of the University of Missouri’s most important research centers, South Farm, will host a day of science and discovery for the entire family. A tornado tracking truck, cockroach races, tethered hot air balloon rides and prize pepper tasting are just a few of the myriad interactive attractions at the event.The sixth annual South Farm Showcase will take place from…

Returning to the Farm

Class helps young farmers step into the profession

Kevin Moore, CAFNR associate professor of agricultural economics in the Division of Applied Social Sciences, teaches Returning to the Farm, a class that prepares young people to overcome the family and financial hurdles of getting into farming.

Professional Recognition

Two professors receive Gold Chalk Award

Jerry Taylor, animal sciences, and Anna Henry, agricultural education, were honored with the MU Graduate Professional Council’s (GPC) annual Gold Chalk Award. Each year since 1988 the GPC has recognized professors who have made significant contributions to the education and training of graduate and professional students with the honors.

Teaching Through Song

Alum Profile

Bruce Blakemore, B.S. Agricultural Education ’96 and M.S. Agricultural Education ’04, discovered the perfect niche for his musical talents. The agriculture teacher and musician has found success targeting his music to rural and “farm” audiences. Although there are pictures of Blakemore playing his toy guitar on-stage with his father’s band at the age of five, he officially started playing guitar…

Adding the Teaching Component

Center helps faculty add innovative education to research projects

Anna Henry, associate professor and department chair of Agricultural Education, has begun a virtual center to help CAFNR researchers meet the new qualifications. Her Center for the Collaboration and Development of Educational Innovations is designed to partner with faculty members conducting sponsored research from the beginning of a project.

Elite Students

CAFNR seniors, faculty part of Mizzou '39 recognition

Six seniors in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources were honored with the prestigious Mizzou ’39 award this spring for their academic achievement, leadership and service to the University and community. In the spirit of service modeled by those who made possible the 1839 founding of the University of Missouri, the Mizzou Alumni Association Student Board annually recognizes…

A Little Apple With That?

Bryon Wiegand earns the CAFNR Golden Apple Teaching Award

Bryon Wiegand, associate professor of animal science, had his class interrupted for a surprise presentation of a CAFNR Golden Apple Award. The award recognizes faculty in the College who excel and go “above and beyond” in teaching and/or advising.

There’ll Be an App for That

Handling heat stress in livestock will soon be as close as your smartphone

A CAFNR team spanning multiple disciplines is collaborating with journalism and computer science students to develop a simple smartphone app to help producers reduce heat stress in production animals.

Kitchel honored with APLU’s New Teacher Award

Tracy Kitchel, associate professor and director of graduate studies, Department of Agricultural Education, has been awarded a national 2011 New Teacher Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).

Mizzou’s Sigma Alpha Chapter Honored by Nationals

The University of Missouri’s Alpha Chi chapter of Sigma Alpha sorority was honored with six 2011 national awards. Sigma Alpha is a national professional agriculture sorority with 53 chapters across the country. They have been on the MU campus since 2002 and have been growing steadily over the years. “The Alpha Chi chapter is honored to be recognized for the…