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Get to Know Margaret Straw

Straw is the CAFNR Extension Communications Strategist

What are your job duties/job responsibilities in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources? As the CAFNR Extension Communications Strategist, I work to tell the story of the huge impact our Extension specialists have across the state. Some of my job responsibilities include news releases, internal newsletters and social media for the Agriculture and Environment Extension program. How long…

Jordan Thomas Receives Creative Extension Programming by New Faculty Award

Jordan Thomas, assistant Extension professor in the Division of Animal Sciences, has received the Provost’s Award for Creative Extension Programming by New Faculty. This award recognizes a faculty member with a current Extension assignment who has made exceptional accomplishments in their first four years of service at MU in the field of Extension or continuing…

Teng Lim Receives Fancher Outstanding Achievement in Extended & Continuing Education 2022

Teng Lim, Extension professor in the Division of Plant Science and Technology, has received the 2022 Donald W. Fancher Provost Award for Outstanding Achievement in in Extension and Continuing Education. The award provides special recognition to faculty members who have made outstanding contributions to the Extension and continuing education efforts of the…

Q&A with Jamie Gundel

Agronomist Jamie Gundel combats rising input costs with creative solutions 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am a field specialist in agronomy and interim county engagement specialist based in Oregon County in the Southeast Region. I work with producers to help them address issues within their operations and work to educate them on various aspects of crop and forage production. How long…

Q&A with Jenna Monnig

Livestock specialist Jenna Monnig improves calf crops 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am a livestock specialist headquartered in Mercer County in the North Central portion of the state. I also currently serve as the superintendent of the Thompson Farm. As a livestock specialist, I work to answer questions for producers about all species of livestock and bring them unbiased…

Q&A with Anita Ellis

On the trail with livestock specialist Anita Ellis

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am a livestock specialist in the East Central Region and just finished a year of interim work as a county engagement specialist. In addition, I am working on my PhD part-time in animal sciences. While I address a variety of livestock questions and topics, my focus is working with area beef producers in…

Q&A with Joe Horner

Extension specialist Joe Horner serves state

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I’m an extension specialist with the University of Missouri’s Division of Applied Social Sciences. I’m working on a couple of grant-funded feasibility studies and a set of MU guides on the economics of including warm-season grasses in pasture systems.  How long have you worked in this position? I started…

Expanding the Reach of Urban Agriculture

Cabrera-Garcia now serves as director for Center for Urban Horticulture Engineering at UMKC's Missouri Institute for Defense and Energy 

Juan Carlos Cabrera-Garcia is the new horticulture state specialist for the University of Missouri Extension. Juan is also tasked with developing and directing a new Center for Urban Horticulture Engineering at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Missouri Institute for Defense and Energy (MIDE). His dual appointment is a new collaborative arrangement between MU Extension and UMKC-MIDE. Juan’s research and Extension…

Q&A with Sarah Havens

Havens is a field specialist in natural resources with the Agriculture and Environment Extension Program

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am a field specialist in Natural Resources. In my role I offer programs on forest management and wildlife management. These programs include timber sales, forest stand improvement, invasive species, chainsaw operation, food plots for wildlife and agroforestry. I partner with other natural resources agencies for some of this programming.…

Q&A with Daniel Mallory

Mallory is a livestock specialist in northeast Missouri with the Agriculture and Environment Extension Program 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am currently a field specialist in Livestock. I assist livestock producers in northeast Missouri by providing unbiased information to help them be more productive and efficient in their operations.  How long have you worked in this position? I have worked for the University of Missouri for almost 12…