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Chew on This

Cash strapped consumers are eating less meat

Tighter household budgets, higher grocery prices, fewer animals on the market and more meat going to foreign countries are causing the average U.S. consumer to eat less meat and poultry, according to a University of Missouri professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

On the Right Track

Roller derby is a fun fit for some CAFNR women

The sport of roller derby embraces and empowers women of all sizes, shapes, ages and personalities on the track. Even through these differences, surprisingly one thing is pretty common among the local players – many of them have ties to MU.

Clean Water

Alum John Cowherd appointed to the Clean Water Commission

Governor Jay Nixon has appointed John Cowherd, B.S. Agricultural Economics ’81 and J.D. ‘85, to the Clean Water Commission. Along with the other six members of the Commission, Cowherd will implement regulations and policies to carry out planning, monitoring, permitting, enforcement and grant assistance activities that transmit the objectives of the Clean Water Law. The commission also handles all appeals…

Apples and Dice

Focusing students with the Dice of Dread

The Golden Apple Award was good news to Chris Boessen, who received it in late February. What came with it was bad news for his students.

Rumbling in the Soil

From kernels of inspiration to quarterly reports, empowering farmers and ranchers for success

The average age of an American farmer is 57, and has risen for the past several years. An innovative program led by Professor Randy Westgren and Peter Hofherr, assistant director of the McQuinn Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, works to change that trend by leading new farmers and ranchers to entrepreneurial success.

Adding the Teaching Component

Center helps faculty add innovative education to research projects

Anna Henry, associate professor and department chair of Agricultural Education, has begun a virtual center to help CAFNR researchers meet the new qualifications. Her Center for the Collaboration and Development of Educational Innovations is designed to partner with faculty members conducting sponsored research from the beginning of a project.

Elite Students

CAFNR seniors, faculty part of Mizzou '39 recognition

Six seniors in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources were honored with the prestigious Mizzou ’39 award this spring for their academic achievement, leadership and service to the University and community. In the spirit of service modeled by those who made possible the 1839 founding of the University of Missouri, the Mizzou Alumni Association Student Board annually recognizes…

A Little Apple With That?

Bryon Wiegand earns the CAFNR Golden Apple Teaching Award

Bryon Wiegand, associate professor of animal science, had his class interrupted for a surprise presentation of a CAFNR Golden Apple Award. The award recognizes faculty in the College who excel and go “above and beyond” in teaching and/or advising.

A Very Good Year

But farm exports could stumble in 2012

Against a backdrop of economic uncertainty, American agriculture last year stood as a shining example of growth.

Seeds of Entrepreneurship

Innovative farming program fuels entrepreneurial spark

The program, led by Randy Westgren, professor of agricultural and applied economics and the McQuinn Chair for Entrepreneurial Leadership in the Division of Applied Social Sciences, and Peter Hofherr, CEO of St. James Winery, takes beginning farmers and ranchers through a four-module course that helps them transform their ideas into profitable ventures in production agriculture.