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Karisha Devlin to Receive Distinguished Service Award

Karisha Devlin, ag business extension field specialist in Knox County, was recently selected to receive the Distinguished Service Award from the Missouri Agricultural Extension Professionals group and the National Association of County Agricultural Agents. The purpose of the Distinguished Service Award program is to encourage and recognize excellence in the field of professional Extension for members with more than 10…

Jon Simonsen Named to Next ALOT Class

Jon Simonsen, agricultural education and leadership associate professor, director of graduate studies and department chair, was recently named to the ALOT (Agricultural Leadership of Tomorrow) Class XVIII. ALOT is a two-year adult leadership training program targeted to Missouri’s rural leaders and agricultural producers. Access further information about the ALOT program at…

Duane Dailey Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

During the recent Missouri Livestock Symposium, Duane Dailey, Extension writer and professor emeritus of Extension education, received the 2018 Agriculture Education Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize his excellence and dedication to agriculture education. Read more about Dailey and this honor at…

Colleen Abbott Receives Honorary FFA Degree

Colleen Abbott, professional development specialist in the agricultural education and leadership program, received an Honorary American FFA Degree at this fall’s National FFA Convention. Honorary American FFA Degree recipients are those who have excelled as agricultural education teachers or those who have served the agriculture industry, agricultural education efforts or FFA programs on a national scale. More information about the…

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…