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Noteworthy Recognition

Four CAFNR graduate students receive new award

This year, 18 graduate students were honored as part of the inaugural class of the Mizzou 18 award. The select group was chosen based on a variety of accomplishments achieved during their time in school, including the research they’ve conducted, the leadership they’ve demonstrated, and the service to Mizzou they’ve provided. The students were selected across a wide range of…

Preparing Future Agricultural Leaders

CAFNR and FFA are preparing students to address challenging problems

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and the Missouri FFA are both focused on preparing students to address the most challenging problems in the world today. Each year, the Missouri FFA elects a state officer from each of its 16 Areas. A good portion of those officers end up at MU to further their education.…

Directing Strategic Partnerships

Scott Brown tapped to build on and establish affiliations with Missouri agriculture stakeholders

Scott Brown, assistant extension professor of agricultural and applied economics, has been named Director of Strategic Partnerships for the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. His appointment was effective March 1. “This is a new position in our college and Dr. Brown is the ideal person to fill it,” said CAFNR Vice Chancellor and Dean Christopher Daubert. “CAFNR is…

Charting a Course

Joe Parcell named director of Division of Applied Social Sciences

Joe Parcell, MFA Professor of Agribusiness and interim director of the Division of Applied Social Sciences, has been named permanent head of the division by Christopher Daubert, vice chancellor and dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR). Parcell’s appointment is effective Dec. 15, 2017. Parcell joined Mizzou in 1998 as an assistant professor of agricultural and…

CAFNR Grad’s Ranch a Hub for Education and Fun

Greg Buckman will take the reins of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association in January

Greg Buckman, B.S.E. 1976, just wanted to farm when he graduated from high school. College was far from his plans of riding John Deere tractors and working in the family dairy barn. “All I ever wanted to be was a farmer,” he says. He also liked buying and restoring John Deere equipment and decided he wanted to work for Deere.…

The Gratitude of Latitude

CAFNR alum establishes legacy of fiscal flexibility as reciprocity for his time at MU

A thousand-step staircase. That’s one way Al McQuinn tries to explain his ascent into the annals of American agriculture as an entrepreneurial and visionary businessman who originated more than 80 patents relating to machines that mix and blend fertilizer formulas for variable soil conditions across fields. “Each step up is based on something that happened to me, something that I…

Kalaitzandonakes Named Frank Miller Chair of Innovation Studies

Professor of ag and applied economics selected for endowed professorship for collaborative work

Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes, professor of agricultural and applied economics and director of the Economics and Management of Agrobiotechnology Center (EMAC) and the Food Equation Institute in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, has been named the Frank Miller Chair of Innovation Studies. Kalaitzandonakes was selected for this endowed professorship due to his collaborative work in food,…

Blindness Doesn’t Stop Sixth Generation Farmer

District supervisor for Rehabilitation Services for the Blind serves on MU Extension's AgrAbility team

Jim Brinkmann’s blindness does not keep him from helping others with vision problems reach their potential. Brinkmann helps people with visual impairments succeed in agriculture, says Karen Funkenbusch, Missouri AgrAbility Project state director and University of Missouri Extension specialist. Brinkmann serves with Funkenbusch on the AgrAbility team. He is mid-Missouri district supervisor for Rehabilitation Services for the Blind (RSB), one…

Sewing Seeds

Rural sociology Ph.D. student uses her experience for economic betterment

Fear is common on the streets of San Salvador, El Salvador. The capital city of the Central American country is a hot spot for gang violence and brutality. With bloody streets often being literal, rather than figurative, many young women fear the trek to school where the pressure from the gangs is a constant. Families are forced to give money…

MU Grazing School Key to Edgewood Dairy and Creamery

June is Dairy Month

Twenty years ago, Charles Fletcher of Edgewood Dairy and Creamery attended a University of Missouri Extension grazing school. It would change the future of the family dairy operation. Fletcher’s father started the dairy farm in 1966. His father milked cows by hand 365 days a year, morning and night. In 1993, the Fletcher family formed a partnership that included poultry…