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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…

Korean Connection

First recipient of MU-Korea Ag Alumni Fellowship finishes studies

The first recipient of the Dr. C. Jerry and Barbara Nelson MU-Korea Ag Alumni Fellowship, Jinhyoung (Jin) Kim, recently completed his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri in agricultural and applied economics in May 2017. In 2003, Korean students at MU and the MU-Korea Ag Alumni Association established the fellowship in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. Jerry…

Well Awarded

Abrea Mizer named Outstanding Senior

On Friday, May 12, Abrea Mizer was awarded the title of Outstanding Senior from the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the 2017 spring commencement ceremony. Mizer graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in both biochemistry and agricultural education. During her tenure at MU, Mizer served as an ambassador for CAFNR, giving tours and presentations to visiting…

Help From Up North

CAFNR International Programs teams up with University of Saskatchewan, Canadian government to improve ag productivity in Ghana

Canada has been involved in the economic development of Ghana for decades, dating back to 1957 when Ghana became the first African country to receive financial assistance from the Canadian government. The University of Missouri has also built a strong presence in the West African country over the years – so perhaps it was only natural that the two entities…