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After Hours: Dog Tags

The Sykuta family dog, Ella, is an Instagram star

Ella, in many ways, is just like any other 2-year-old golden retriever. She loves attention, going on walks and spending time with her family. But there is one thing that separates her from the pack of other lovable canines and that is her sizable Instagram following. Ella, or @ella.m.thegoldengirl, has amassed a considerable number of followers online. One of her…

Recipe for Networking

CAFNR students apply what they’ve learned in the classroom 

Keric Crow and Andrew Scheiderer both grew up loving to cook. Scheiderer started cooking at a young age with his grandma and eventually began cooking on his own. Crow’s interest in the culinary arts started in high school when he enrolled in ProStart, a two-year program that teaches culinary techniques and management practices to high school students. The two seniors,…

A Learning Opportunity

Future Farmers of Ukraine interact with Missouri FFA, Mizzou 

The National FFA Organization was established in 1928, known then as Future Farmers of America. The organization officially changed its name to the National FFA Organization in 1988, and is one of the largest youth organizations in the United States, featuring more than 669,000 members and more than 8,600 chapters. The goal of the organization is to provide students with…

Patrick Westhoff Receives Mitchell Fellow Award at 2019 Celebration of Excellence

Patrick Westhoff, director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) and Cowden Professor, agricultural and applied economics, received the Roger L. Mitchell Fellow Award at CAFNR’s 2019 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held Thursday, April 11. Patrick Westhoff’s research includes conducting forward-looking analysis of agricultural markets and policies. He provides analysis to policymakers and the public on the…

Jill Moreland Receives Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor Award at 2019 Celebration of Excellence

Jill Moreland, program director and advisor chair for the Division of Applied Social Sciences, received the Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor Award at CAFNR’s 2019 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held Thursday, April 11. Moreland advises 70 undergraduate students in the Agribusiness Management (58) and Agriculture (12) degree programs. Since she began advising undergraduate students in 2015, Moreland has been consistently awarded higher marks than…

Mary Hendrickson Receives Outstanding Senior Teaching Award at 2019 Celebration of Excellence

Mary Hendrickson, assistant professor of rural sociology, received the Outstanding Senior Teaching Award at CAFNR’s 2019 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held Thursday, April 11. After earning her master’s degree (1994) and PhD (1997) in rural sociology from MU, Hendrickson provided sustainable food and farming programming through University of Missouri Extension and eventually reached the rank of Extension associate professor. She…

Maria Kuhns Named Outstanding Senior at 2019 Celebration of Excellence

Maria Kuhns, an agribusiness management major from Mason, Illinois, was named Outstanding Senior at CAFNR’s 2019 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held Thursday, April 11. Kuhns has served as the MFA Undergraduate Research Scholar in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics since 2015. She is the president of the MU Agribusiness Club and part of the Sigma Alpha sorority.…

Colton Spencer Named Outstanding Junior at 2019 Celebration of Excellence

Colton Spencer, an agricultural education and leadership major from Aurora, Missouri, was named Outstanding Junior at CAFNR’s 2019 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held Thursday, April 11. Spencer is the president of CAFNR True Tigers, a CAFNR Ambassador, a student worker for CAFNR Career Services, and has served as a CAFNR Summer Welcome Peer Counselor. He is a past president…

Sydnee Mason Named Outstanding Sophomore at 2019 Celebration of Excellence

Sydnee Mason, an agricultural education and leadership major from Marshall, Missouri, was named Outstanding Sophomore at CAFNR’s 2019 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held Thursday, April 11. Mason is a student recruitment intern in the CAFNR Office of Academic Programs, in addition to serving as the CAFNR Ambassadors team leader and as an outreach specialist with Missouri Farmers Care. She served as…

Paxton Dahmer Named Outstanding Freshman at 2019 Celebration of Excellence

Paxton Dahmer, an agricultural education and leadership major from Nevada, Missouri, was named Outstanding Freshman at CAFNR’s 2019 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held Thursday, April 11. Dahmer is the 2018-19 Missouri FFA State President, in addition to being involved at CAFNR in Collegiate Farm Bureau, Agricultural Communicators and Leaders of Tomorrow, CAFNR True Tigers, and as an Agricultural Education and…