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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…

Environmentally Friendly

CAFNR undergraduate student becomes first MU student in 10 years to earn Udall Scholarship

It was an article about beekeeping that Megan Tyminski wrote for the Columbia Daily Tribune that started Tyminski on a path towards the Udall Scholarship. The article caught the attention of MU Director of Fellowships Tim Parshall, who contacted Tyminski and encouraged her to consider applying for the Udall Scholarship. “He could really tell I had a sense of pride, ownership…

Going Forward

CAFNR’s division directors keep College true to its mission

Let’s make a circle. That was the suggestion of Marc Linit, interim Vice Chancellor and Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, when figuring out how the current CAFNR administrative leadership team could meet with one of his possible successors during an interview session. “I said to him, ‘From where I sit, this is one of the…

Supporting Students

Scholarships are key for CAFNR students

Scholarships play an important role for students in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. CAFNR awarded a total of $1.3 million in scholarships during the 2016-17 academic year – in the form of academic scholarships, graduate scholarships, research internships and study abroad. More than $1 million of the total was awarded in academic scholarships. “The cost…