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Teaching Excellence

John Tummons earns USDA Teaching Award

The son of junior high school teachers, it was only natural that John Tummons would eventually find himself in a classroom setting, empowering and equipping students to make a positive impact throughout the world. Tummons knew where he wanted to make that impact, too. Tummons earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural education from the University of Missouri, and it was…

Unexpected Decisions, Endless Opportunities

CAFNR employee reflects on time working in Washington, D.C. 

During Kristi Livingston’s senior year at Central College in Pella, Iowa, Livingston decided to intern for the State Legislature, a decision that would take her down an unexpected career path. “It turned out to be one of those unexpected decisions that gave me a lot of opportunities,” Livingston said. When she was asked who she wanted to work for in…

Investing in the Future

CAFNR student named National Teach Ag Ambassador

When Alli Abadir walked into her first agricultural course, an animal veterinary science class, as a sophomore at Hickman High School in Columbia, Missouri, she thought she wanted to become a veterinarian. Not coming from an agricultural background, Alli said it was her passion for animals that led her to enroll in the animal veterinary science class. “I thought I…

Honoring CAFNR’s Top Alumni

2019 Column Awards given to six of the college's alumni

The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has honored its second class of recipients of the CAFNR Column Award for Distinguished Alumni. This is the only award specifically for alumni presented by the college. The awardees include one graduate from each of CAFNR’s six divisions, reflecting the six historic columns at the University of Missouri. “We are proud to…

Anadil Iftekhar Places Second at 2019 Rural Sociological Society Annual Meeting

At the 2019 Rural Sociological Society annual meeting, rural sociology PhD student Anadil Iftekhar placed second with her poster titled “Sacred Food Culture.” Anadil’s poster presented findings from her research, which assesses how Muslims living in the U.S. and Canada consume, grow and share food and how their religious and cultural beliefs affect their food attitudes and behaviors. Learn more…

Andres Mesa Receives Best Poster Presentation Award

Rural sociology PhD student Andres Mesa received the Best Poster Presentation of a Theme with International Significance award during the 2019 Community Development Society Conference. The presentation titled, “Identification of food deserts in Colombia,” shared several conclusions focused on how Colombia may begin to identify food deserts and the reasons they developed, consider how policy may facilitate investment in areas…

Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) Celebrates its 35th Anniversary

This year, the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) celebrates its 35th anniversary. With its more than 20 contributing faculty, staff and students, FAPRI works with Congress to shape U.S. farm policy. It provides objective analysis of agricultural markets and policies and uses economic models to estimate how those policies affect consumers and markets. Access more information about the…

Emma Boase Receives Outstanding Student Paper Award

Agricultural and applied economics alumna Emma Boase, who graduated with her master’s degree earlier this year, received the Outstanding Student Paper Award this summer at the International Food Marketing Research Symposium in Australia. Emma’s research paper explored how claims made on food packaging labels can lead consumers to perceive other attributes in the same product differently, which she called a…

Rachel Hopkins Receives the Conservationist of the Year Award

Rachel Hopkins, MU Extension county engagement specialist, received the Conservationist of the Year Award from Women in NRCS for the natural resource conservation efforts she’s adopted on her 1,100-acre family farm. Conservation efforts that Rachel has implemented include building custom paddocks for management-intensive grazing, improving watering systems and laying local timber to slow erosion. Rachel worked alongside the Missouri Department…

Tammy Carmichael Receives CAFNR Above and Beyond Award

In August 2019, the CAFNR Staff Advisory Council presented hospitality management support assistant Tammy Carmichael with the Above and Beyond Award, which recognizes staff who have gone the extra mile in their…