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A Blooming Passion for Teaching

Lesleighan Cravens earns CAFNR Golden Apple Award

After graduating with a degree in agricultural education, with an emphasis in plant sciences and agricultural economics, from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) in 2013, Lesleighan Cravens soon joined the CAFNR faculty as an instructor of floral design in the Division of Plant Science and Technology. Cravens is still instructing MU students –…

Agriculture Education on the Move

CAFNR partners with Agriculture on the Move, a program of Missouri Farmers Care, for student training

Agriculture Education on the Move (AEOTM), a program of Missouri Farmers Care, began in 2011 as a way to bring free, hands-on agriculture education to third and fourth grade students throughout the state. John Tummons, an assistant teaching professor of agricultural education and leadership in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) Division of Applied…

An Innovative Approach to Networking

Rebecca Mott and Amy Leman created an innovative teaching approach to enhance their students' experience 

Even when students returned in person to campus this past year, the  student experience was still not quite the same.  Travel to conferences was suspended, for example, and many events were still virtual. University of Missouri’s (MU) College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CAFNR) Rebecca Mott, assistant teaching professor in the Division of Applied Social Sciences, collaborated with Amy Leman,…

MU Plays Crucial Role in New NSF Artificial Intelligence Institute

Collaborative institute will use AI to realistically predict how crops respond to various conditions

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced the establishment of the AI Institute for Resilient Agriculture (AIIRA), one of 11 new NSF National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes that will work to advance AI technologies and their associated benefits to society. The AIIRA will be led by Iowa State University (ISU) and feature collaboration across eight institutions, including the University…

Unconscious Biases can Drive Foodborne Illness Outbreaks, MU Researchers Find

Study concludes outbreak prevention policies should account for inadvertent behaviors

In the midst of a pandemic that has claimed more than 2 million lives worldwide and disrupted nearly every facet of society since it appeared more than a year ago, understanding the factors that create and facilitate disease outbreaks is more important than ever. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have determined that cognitive biases — patterns of errors…

Finding Joy in New Experiences

The Italy study abroad program allowed Lauren Tippen to experience growth in numerous ways

As a hospitality management student, Lauren Tippen was excited to participate in the Italy study abroad program last year through the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR). That program is focused on the hospitality industry in Italy, as well as Italian culture. The pandemic forced the cancellation of the program, though, and Tippen, a senior,…

Jamille Palacios Rivera receives the CWAE Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award

Jamille Palacios Rivera, assistant teaching professor of agricultural and applied economics, received the CWAE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award through the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA). The CWAE Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award recognizes and celebrates individuals who have actively worked to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in the applied economics profession and who have had a positive impact…

Q&A with Jung Ha-Brookshire

Ha-Brookshire is the program chair for Personal Financial Planning

What are your job duties/job responsibilities in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources? I am chairing the Personal Financial Planning program. The PFP program has undergraduate and graduate programs that meet the educational requirement to sit for the national CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ exam and other finance-related credentials. We have award-winning faculty members who conduct cutting-edge research on personal…

Keri Jacobs Testified During the State of Beef Supply Chain Hearing

Keri Jacobs, associate professor of agriculture and applied economics at the University of Missouri (MU) College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), testified during the State of Beef Supply Chain: Shocks, Recovery and Rebuilding hearing organized by the U.S. House Ag Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture on Wednesday, July 28. In her written testimony, Jacobs, who also serves…

Agricultural Leadership, Communication and Education faculty receive Outstanding Research Presentation award

Agricultural Leadership, Communication and Education faculty, Adam Cletzer, Rebecca Mott, John Tummons, Jon Simonsen, Jaelyn Peckman and Kate Preston won Outstanding Research Presentation award at the national American Association for Agricultural Education (AAAE) Research Conference in May. The paper was titled Agricultural Leadership: A National Portrait of Undergraduate Courses.” The paper evaluated undergraduate agricultural leadership courses taught at different universities…