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MU Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Farm Gearing up for Missouri Chestnut Roast

Annual festival to take place Oct. 1 in New Franklin

Staff of the University of Missouri’s Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Farm in New Franklin have been hard at work in anticipation of welcoming crowds of people for its annual, signature event, the Missouri Chestnut Roast Festival. “This is such a fun event for us,” said Center for Agroforestry Director Sarah Lovell. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to introduce Missourians to the…

Central Missouri Research, Extension and Education Center Director Named

Dusty Walter named director 

Dusty Walter has been named director of the Central Missouri Research, Extension and Education Center (REEC), effective Tuesday, Feb. 1. The Central Missouri REEC is one of the four research, Extension and education centers of the Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR). Walter has been the director of…

A Big Plan for a Small Berry

Andrew Thomas, research assistant professor in the Division of Plant Science and Technology, has received a Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) grant

Andrew Thomas has big plans for a small berry. Thomas, research assistant professor in the Division of Plant Science and Technology in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri, has received a Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the project Moving American Elderberry into Mainstream Production and…

Celebrating Fall Harvest Season with Roasted Chestnuts

The Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center (HARC) will hold the 15th Annual Missouri Chestnut Roast Festival Oct. 2

The Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center (HARC) will hold the 15th Annual Missouri Chestnut Roast Festival with a variety of activities and presentations for individuals of all ages. The event will be held Saturday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Center in New Franklin. The festival is a signature event of the University of Missouri Center…

A SNAPSHOT of Wildlife Patterns Nationwide

University of Missouri researchers contribute to nationwide study, by setting camera traps at the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center (HARC) 

Wildlife behavioral patterns have been tracked by researchers across the United States for years. While many individual research studies have been done on this topic, a snapshot of the United States as whole, has not. Summer LaRose, research wildlife biologist at the University of Missouri (MU) in College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), participated in a nationwide study…

Cheryl Recker Earns Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Award — Technical/Paraprofessional

The Mizzou Staff Advisory Council honored 10 Outstanding Staff Awards recipients and those celebrating 40 years or more of service to Mizzou with a virtual celebration recently. The finalists and winners of the Outstanding Staff Awards were nominated by their peers for their exemplary service and dedication to Mizzou. Cheryl Recker, a senior research and lab technician at the Horticulture…

Cheryl Recker Receives CAFNR Above & Beyond Award

Cheryl Recker, senior research and lab technician at Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center, was the January 2021 recipient of the Above and Beyond Award from CAFNR Staff Advisory Council. This award recognizes staff who have gone the extra mile in their jobs. She was nominated by Sarah Lovell, associate professor, School of Natural…

A Focus on Community Health and Resilient Food Systems

Free, virtual Agroforestry Symposium scheduled for Jan. 28-30

The annual Agroforestry Symposium returns in 2021 with a focus on community health and resilient food systems. The symposium, led by the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) Center for Agroforestry, will be completely virtual this year – and free of charge. This is the 12th year of the event and registration is currently open.…

Joining a Prestigious Organization

Shibu Jose selected as 2020 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 

Growing up on a small agroforestry farm in India, Shibu Jose found an interest in the land management practice, which combines both agriculture and forestry, at an early age. That interest in agroforestry morphed into a passion as Jose began his bachelor’s degree in forestry at Kerala Agricultural University in Kerala, India. Jose, now the associate dean in the CAFNR…

Staying Connected

Virtual field days allow Agricultural Research Centers to continue outreach

From August to October, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) Agricultural Research Centers showcase research projects and share demonstrations during its field day season. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the Research Centers to reevaluate how they would proceed with their in-person field day events. After discussions with advisory boards and health officials, the decision was…