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Nurturing Cross-Disciplinary Thinking

Mizzou students’ idea becomes reality 

It’s a program where political science, business, chemical engineering, food science and students from many disciplines come together to solve problems associated with poverty and food insecurity. A part of the Brady and Anne Deaton Institute for University Leadership in International Development, the Deaton Scholars Program (DSP) is devoted to growing global sharing and application of knowledge to combat local…

Influential Leader

CAFNR student selected for Agriculture Future of America Student Advisory Board

Three years ago, Jamee Scearce was attending her first Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Leaders Conference. Now, Scearce will be returning for her fourth conference – this time with a different role. Scearce is one of only 10 students nationwide to be selected to serve as a member of the Student Advisory Team for AFA. The team held their first…

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…