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Directing Strategic Partnerships

Scott Brown tapped to build on and establish affiliations with Missouri agriculture stakeholders

Scott Brown, assistant extension professor of agricultural and applied economics, has been named Director of Strategic Partnerships for the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. His appointment was effective March 1. “This is a new position in our college and Dr. Brown is the ideal person to fill it,” said CAFNR Vice Chancellor and Dean Christopher Daubert. “CAFNR is…

Finding Strength

Lauren Jackson's life experiences have allowed her to give back

Lauren Jackson came to the University of Missouri to study journalism in 1997. Jackson lived in Texas before making the trek to Mizzou and had her sights set on becoming a sports broadcaster. She graduated with a degree in advertising in 2001 and developed a love for numbers during those four years. She had a student job in the department…

Triple Play

MU's Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute starts new year off with three awards for collaborative, communicative work

A farm economist’s work is never done. But despite their ongoing projects, faculty and staff at the University of Missouri’s Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute never abandon their above-and-beyond approach. The institute kicked off 2016 by bringing in a slew of awards for outstanding policy efforts — highlighting its long-term initiatives in creating baseline projections for the farm economy and…

A United Cause

CAFNR administrator joins UN-sponsored advisory board to improve agriculture and food systems in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

It takes planning, collaboration and time to improve agriculture and food systems on a broad scale, something that Willi Meyers knows quite well. Meyers, the director of CAFNR International Programs, was recently asked to be a part of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Regional Strategic Thinking Process Advisory Board for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Based at…

Capital Gain

CAFNR graduate begins new journey as USDA chief of staff

These days, it’s not easy to catch Karla Thieman. As the newly appointed chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the days of Thieman (pronounced TEE-man) include meeting with outside stakeholders, working directly with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the budget and dealing with any personnel issues that come up for a federal agency that employs more than 99,000…

Sunny Outlook

Quartet of CAFNR students use summer internships to accelerate their careers

CAFNR professors do everything to sharpen the understanding and skills of their students, but a student can only grow so much within the confines of the classroom. Over the summer, several CAFNR students seized the opportunity to branch out into professional organizations while also putting their academic knowledge and skills to the test. Abigail McNeill, Hormel Foods Senior Abigail McNeill…

Cattle and Hogs Up

Corn and soybean prices could be lowest since 2009

Prices for cattle, hogs and milk are at record highs, but prices for grains, oilseeds and cotton have declined sharply from recent peaks.

Projection 2014

Good for cattle, not so good for crop producers, FAPRI estimates

Grain prices and crop producer income dropped sharply in 2013 and will probably remain there in 2014, while prices for cattle will continue record levels.

Farm Savings Ahead?

FAPRI analysis of ag bills indicate program cost reductions

Two pending legislative bills could save $16 billion to $18 billion over 10 years

Safeguarding History

Pat Westhoff and Elena Vega work to restore the famous Guitar Mansion

At the beginning of February 2011, blizzard-like conditions set in as a snowstorm blanketed much of central Missouri with nearly two feet of snow. Pat Westhoff, director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) and professor of agricultural and applied economics, and his wife, Elena Vega, had just moved into their Columbia home and waited out the storm. “With all…