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Fielding Gifts

2018 CAFNR field day season to include gift matching to support Agricultural Research Centers

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Agricultural Research Centers are spread throughout the state and conduct research on everything from corn to chestnuts to cattle to cotton. The Research Centers represent the uniqueness of agriculture in Missouri. With fertile soil, the Fisher Delta Research Center, located in the Bootheel region, studies numerous crops, including rice…

After Hours: ‘Cotton Tales’

Gene Stevens pens children's book

As a graduate student working on his Ph.D. in agronomy at Mississippi State University, Gene Stevens spent the majority of his nights doing schoolwork, as he was also working full-time. To break up those nighttime study sessions, Stevens would read stories to his son and daughter. While his children enjoyed stories from a book, they really tuned in when Stevens…

Making Research Accessible

Research Center magazine highlights strengths of each Center

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has a system of Agricultural Research Centers across Missouri, extending CAFNR’s research to more than 14,000 acres to meet the regional research and demonstration needs of agricultural producers and natural resource managers. The Research Centers host a variety of events and activities, from field days to MU Extension activities…

Providing Pertinent Information for Producers

Rain doesn't dampen Fisher Delta Research Center field day

A few storms didn’t dampen the Fisher Delta Research Center field day, as more than 1,000 guests attended the annual event, held Thursday, Aug. 31, in Portageville. The rain moved the traditional wagon tours inside where attendees learned more about the soybeans, rice and cotton research taking place at the Center. The field day also featured an honorary breakfast with…

Playing a Vital Role

Gifts play a vital role for Research Center operations

This story also appears in our University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Agricultural Research Center Magazine. Stop by your local Research Center to pick up a copy! There are a variety of ways to support the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Agricultural Research Centers. The systems of Research Centers expand Missouri,…

Sharing Soybean Success

Andrew Scaboo brings soybean research to all regions of Missouri

This story also appears in our University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Agricultural Research Center Magazine. Stop by your local Research Center to pick up a copy! Few people can respect the vast differences between soil types across Missouri and what it takes to grow crops in those unique settings. Andrew Scaboo is one such person.…

Weather Updates at Your Fingertips

Missouri Mesonet offers real-time weather updates across the state

It was 25 years ago when Pat Guinan, with the help of the University of Missouri’s Extension Commercial Agriculture Program, established the first of a small network of automated weather stations in northwest Missouri. The network, known as the Missouri Mesonet, now includes 34 weather stations – 24 of which provide real-time weather updates. The network covers 24 counties in…

Scouting Success

The Fisher Delta Research Center Crop Scouting School offers high-quality curriculum

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Fisher Delta Research Center unveiled its Crop Scouting School in 1981. At that time, only 5 percent of cotton fields in the Missouri Bootheel region were being scouted for insects. In just 15 years, that number had grown to 76 percent. The school celebrated its 36th year of teaching…

Promoting Environmental Stewardship

MDA Agricultural Stewardship Assurance Program rewards responsible stewards

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has always put a strong focus on commending farmers, producers, ranchers and landowners who are good stewards of the resources in their care. The Missouri Agricultural Stewardship Assurance Program was unveiled in 2015 to acknowledge and reward those responsible stewards. MDA has certified nearly 90 farms across the state thus far, including the University of…

Making Good Management Decisions

MU Extension researchers create automated system to track precipitation

Nearly five years ago, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) revised its CAFO regulatory rules for catastrophic and chronic weather events. CAFOs, concentrated animal feeding operations, are large animal agricultural facilities that raise a specific number of animals in production barns or confinement pens. Because catastrophic and chronic weather events happen, MDNR can issue a permit to a farmer…