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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…

Pat Westhoff Named to Howard Cowden Professorship

Pat Westhoff has been named as the newest holder of the Howard Cowden Professorship. Dr. Westhoff is a professor of agricultural and applied economics, and the director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at MU. His contribution to agricultural policy is critical to agricultural cooperatives and their member-owners in Missouri and across the nation. Dr. Westhoff and his FAPRI colleagues…

Michelle Segovia Selected for Mentoring Workshop

Michelle Segovia, assistant professor, Division of Applied Social Sciences, has been selected to participate in the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP) CeMENT workshop to be held in January. Funded by the American Economic Association, the workshop aims to mentor female faculty in tenure-track positions at Ph.D.-granting economics departments in the U.S. For more information…

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…

Innovative Thinking

MU students place second at Food Distribution Research Society Student Marketing Case Competition

Four University of Missouri students placed second at the recent Food Distribution Research Society (FDRS) Student Marketing Case Competition. The competition took place in Washington, D.C., during the FDRS annual conference, which was held Sept. 14-18. Students who participate have the opportunity to play the role of consultants for an industry client and apply their knowledge of food distribution, marketing,…

CAFNR Welcomes New Faculty

Our college introduces 23 faculty members this fall 

Each fall the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources welcomes new faculty members to fulfill teaching, research and extension missions. This fall, CAFNR’s 23 new faculty members are at the forefront in a breadth of fields, including wildlife population modeling, nutrient metabolism in cattle, animal well-being, structural biology of viral/host interactions, collective entrepreneurship, water resources planning, genome editing and…

CAFNR Launches Career

CAFNR alum and host of U.S. Farm Report Tyne Morgan returns to campus to share experience with students

As an agriculture journalism student at the University of Missouri in the late 2000s, Tyne Morgan found herself questioning how her agriculture economics classes applied to her. Now, as the first female host of U.S. Farm Report, she talks about prices, supply and demand and other fundamental factors that impact prices on a daily basis. From Sept. 19-20, 2018, Tyne…

Presidential Achievement

CAFNR Student Wins Jim Evans Presidential Scholarship

University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources student Alexa Nordwald, a senior in science and agricultural journalism, accepted the American Agricultural Editors’ Association (AAEA) Jim Evans Presidential Scholarship at this summer’s Agricultural Media Summit. The $3,000 scholarship is the top scholarship provided by AAEA and recognizes academic and leadership excellence and commitment to the agricultural communications field.…

Curating a Career Path

Darryl Chatman’s connections in animal sciences have taken him far

Darryl Chatman has had many educational and career experiences since getting his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Animal Sciences at the University of Missouri. But it’s clear – his heart is still in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. And today, as a Curator of the University of Missouri System, he says he talks to his mentors in…

Corinne Valdivia Awarded D. Howard Doane Professorship

Corinne Valdivia, professor of agricultural and applied economics, has been awarded the D. Howard Doane Professorship. Valdivia’s research on the translational effect of innovation on farming with the intersection of community, and her involvement with interdisciplinary mixed practice systems focused on environmental and community sustainability continue Doane’s work at the forefront of the development of agriculture economics, helping farmers to…