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Amplifying Agriculture

Amp'd Up Ag gives CAFNR couple the opportunity to help farmers with their operations

Larna Schnitker can’t help but smile. Sure, she just spent half a day rounding up cattle that somehow found their way into the wrong pasture, forcing her to miss lunch completely. Plus she’s trying keep life at home, in Middletown, Mo., organized as she prepares for an important business trip. As a business owner, Schnitker said she knows that some…

Food Pantries Serve Critical Needs for Hungry Missourians

Unprecedented study from MU Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security highlights tough choices made by those who use food pantries and key roles played by hunger relief organizations across Missouri

Missourians using food pantries made difficult trade-offs to feed their families in 2021. A new report from the University of Missouri found that 46% of food pantry clients had to choose between paying for food or utilities last year, while 38% had to decide between paying for food or medicine/medical care and 34% had to choose between purchasing food or…

Mohammad Mobarok Wins the Best Student Agricultural Paper Award

Mohammad Mobarok, PhD student in agricultural and applied economics, won the Best Student Agricultural Paper Award at the 2022 Transportation Research Forum annual meeting. Mobarok’s was paper titled “Climate change-induced shifts in precipitation: response of Missouri corn and soybean…

DASS Showcases Diversity Champions During IDE Awards Ceremony

The second annual Division of Applied Social Sciences (DASS) Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (IDE) Awards Ceremony was held in mid-May and honored students, faculty and alumni. The awards were presented by the DASS IDE Awards Committee. Receiving awards were: Aniyah Jones, a senior in hospitality management. Aniyah was identified by one of her professors as the perfect person to lead and…

Senior Spotlight: Dalton Shust

Shust will graduate with a degree in personal financial planning

Around a year into his education at the University of Missouri, Dalton Shust was still in search of the perfect degree program. Shust had transferred to Mizzou after spending a year playing basketball at the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis. Shust randomly ran into an old high school friend one day on the Mizzou campus as…

Senior Spotlight: Rachael Bagnell

Bagnell will graduate with a degree in agricultural education

When Rachael Bagnell chose the University of Missouri, she knew exactly what she wanted to study – agricultural education. A legacy student, Bagnell’s father and sister both received agricultural education degrees from Mizzou. It was a degree program that Bagnell, who chose the teacher certification route, knew she could find success with. “I was looking for a program that would…

Senior Spotlight: Maddy Meisel

Meisel will graduate with a degree in agriculture

The Academies at Jefferson City High School allow students to choose an area of interest to aid in their educational journeys. Maddy Meisel chose the Agriculture, Engineering, Trade and Industrial (AETI) Academy where she was able to learn more about animals, plants and food science. Along with her participation in the AETI Academy, Meisel joined her local FFA chapter, which…

Senior Spotlight: Audrey Hannah

Hannah will graduate with a degree in agribusiness management

Audrey Hannah knew that she had multiple options when she chose to study at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR). Hannah’s father is a farmer who also enjoys speculative trading, and Hannah said they spent a lot of time discussing both topics. Hannah’s enjoyment of numbers, plus her enriching discussions with her father, led…

Senior Spotlight: Gina Vekkos

Vekkos will graduate with a degree in hospitality management

An avid sports fan, Gina Vekkos was able to secure an internship last summer with the Schaumburg Boomers, a professional independent baseball team that plays in the Frontier League. There was just one minor problem – baseball wasn’t a sport that Vekkos knew much about. However, with the encouragement of a professor in the hospitality management degree program, Vekkos’ major,…

Success On and Off the Mat

Keegan O'Toole and Rocky Elam, NCAA Div. I Wrestling All-Americans, work hard to balance their sport and their studies

Sophomores Rocky Elam and Keegan O’Toole had a singular goal in mind when they began the 2022 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships – win a national title. Both wrestlers improved on their finishes from last season, with O’Toole claiming a national title at 165 pounds and Elam securing a fourth-place finish at 197 pounds. The duo joined elite company in…