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A Commitment to Those in Need

Jerry Hitzhusen is a national and international advocate for individuals with disabilities

As Jerry Hitzhusen worked on his family’s farm growing up, he would oftentimes walk through the cornfields and wonder what lay beyond the borders of his northern Iowa home. Hitzhusen ended up spending his entire career not only travelling well past those borders – he also supported those in need the whole way. Hitzhusen’s career spanned five decades, and his…

Q&A with Brenda Schreck

Schreck is a county engagement specialist in livestock with the Agriculture and Environment Extension Program

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? My focus is consulting with elevator firms to maintain compliance with USDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) guidelines for animal feed. I also work with area producers enrolled in the Show-Me-Select (SMS) Replacement Heifer Program and Northeast Missouri Beef Cattle Improvement Association (NEMO BCIA) Performance Tested Bull Program. I also educate youth on animal health…

Q&A with Jim Humphrey

Humphrey is a field specialist in livestock with the Agriculture and Environment Extension Program 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri?  I work with forage and livestock producers in northwest Missouri. With my position, I present unbiased research-based information, while developing timely and relevant programs and resources for their use.  I provide expertise for the following areas: carcass evaluation, co-product utilization, ration balancing, cattle feeding phase, beef production, forage quality and production,…

Q&A with Corinne Bromfield

Bromfield is an assistant professor of swine production medicine with the Agriculture and Environment Extension Program

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri?    My role is a split appointment between the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and University of Missouri Extension as well as the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM).   This position is a really great spot to be in. I’m training the next class of veterinarians to understand swine…

Q&A with Jason Morris

Morris is a county engagement specialist with the Agriculture and Environment Extension Program

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri?    I currently serve in a dual role with the University of Missouri Extension’s Agriculture and Environment program. I am an agricultural business specialist and a county engagement specialist. Often, these two roles intersect with each other allowing me to engage with community members, landowners, farmers, producers, government…

Soils, Cropping Systems Specialist Joins Delta Research Center

Justin Calhoun will also be an assistant professor in the Division of Plant Science and Technology

Justin S. Calhoun starts Sept. 1 as a University of Missouri Extension state specialist in soils and cropping systems. He will be based at the Fisher Delta Research Center (FDRC) in southeastern Missouri near Portageville. Calhoun will also be an assistant professor in the MU Division of Plant Science and Technology. “Research at FDRC is key to the success of…

CAFNR Welcomes New Faculty

Our college introduces 12 faculty members this fall 

At the beginning of each semester, we welcome the new faculty members who have joined us. The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri is proud to introduce 12 new faculty members this fall who are ready to immerse themselves in our core areas of teaching, research and Extension. Each of them brings a wealth…

Q&A with Jill Scheidt

Scheidt is an Agronomy Field Specialist with the Agriculture and Environment Extension Program

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri?    I serve row crop and forage producers in Southwest Missouri by presenting research-based programs related to relevant topics in agriculture. I also do field site visits and client calls, all while collaborating with local partners to bring timely research to the community.  How long have you worked in this position?    Eight years in the current full-time position. In 2011, I…

Q&A with David Hoffman

Hoffman is a Livestock Field Specialist with Agriculture and Environment Extension Program

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri?    I consult with livestock producers of all ages and all sizes of operations to provide unbiased, research-based information for their everyday questions or concerns that impact their business. This may be answering a single question, or providing continuous guidance to address a long-term issue.    How long have you worked in this position?    25 years  What is…

Building Missouri’s Economic Impact

Thompson's feedlot allows specialists the opportunity to feed and keep cattle in the state

Beef cattle research was introduced at the Thompson Research Center, located in Spickard, Mo., in 1963, and since that time the site has served as an important research location that emphasizes premium cattle genetics. Thompson, part of the University of Missouri (MU) College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) Agricultural Experiment Station, is continuing to build on that prestigious…