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Michael F. Smith Named Honorary Member of the CAFNR Alumni Association

Michael F. Smith, Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Animal Sciences, has been named an Honorary Member of the CAFNR Alumni Association as part of their 2021 awards celebration. Smith joined Mizzou in 1980 and has had sustained excellence over his 40-year career in teaching undergraduate students, mentoring graduate students and in discovery research in reproductive biology. He has published 158 papers…

Al Kennett Honored With True Tiger Volunteer Award From CAFNR Alumni Association

Al Kennett, New London, Mo., has received the 2021 True Tiger Award, given each spring by the CAFNR Alumni Association. Kennett served for 43 years as an Extension livestock specialist in northeast Missouri. He received both his BS (’66) and MS (’68) in Animal Sciences, and during his time at Mizzou was on both the meats and livestock judging teams…

Reflections: David Patterson

Patterson recounts his journey of beef and genetic research and serving producers through Extension

Bill Lamberson asked me to think back over my years at Mizzou as I transition from “active faculty” to “retiree” status, and share thoughts as to what motivated my efforts during my years in academia. My interest in animal agriculture began with experiences I had growing up on a diversified farming and ranching operation in south central Montana and through…

Enhancing Animal Reproduction

Division of Animal Sciences receives more than $1 million in USDA NIFA funding

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded nearly $11 million in funding for grants related to enhancing animal reproduction, and improving the welfare and well-being of agriculture animals. Researchers in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) Division of Animal Sciences earned three of the 15 grants…

Emma Rose Ploch Receives CAFNR’s Outstanding Sophomore Award

Emma Rose Ploch, an animal sciences major with a minor in science and agricultural journalism, recently received CAFNR’s Outstanding Sophomore Award. Ploch, from Labadie, Mo., completed an internship with the Missouri Pork Association last year and will serve as an intern for MFA Incorporated this summer. Ploch is the founder of Found in the Field, an agriculture-based social media platform…

Krista Orf Receives CAFNR’s Outstanding Junior Award

Krista Orf, an animal sciences major with a minor in captive wild animal management, recently received CAFNR’s Outstanding Junior Award. Orf, from Troy, Mo., has served as an Animal Science Representative since 2019 and joined the Sigma Alpha – Alpha Chi Chapter in 2018. Orf has served as a fundraising committee member, fundraising co-chair, secretary and executive committee member during…

Sharing Insights and Opportunities

Inaugural CAFNR Research Day will provide research-related information in a virtual format

The inaugural University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) Research Day will not only showcase the variety of research conducted within the College, the event will share insights about grants and programs for faculty, staff and students. CAFNR Research Day will be held Friday, May 7, and will be completely virtual. Registration is required for the…

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 Announces Dissertation Research Improvement Grantees

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) Office of Research recently announced its inaugural award winners of the CAFNR Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (C-DRIG). Each grant is worth up to $2,000 to support or partially support dissertation research projects proposed by doctoral students in the College. Proposals were evaluated by the CAFNR Research Council, an…

Keeping Missourians Up to Speed

CAFNR and MU Extension encourage a passion for lifelong learning

Lifelong learning. It’s an essential part of Agriculture and Environment Extension’s goal of doubling the value of Missouri agriculture by 2030 while sustaining the state’s natural resources. It’s a bold goal where lifelong learning meets real people. When Ron Brown was approached to check out the Missouri Master Gardener Extension Program, he thought the opportunity to expand his already extensive…