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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…

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…

Celebrating the First-Generation College Student Experience

CAFNR faculty and staff share their experiences as first-generation college students

First-generation students have unique experiences and challenges that shape how they navigate college. The University of Missouri is celebrating the journeys of students, faculty and staff, and encouraging the next generation of students who are the first in their family to complete a bachelor’s degree throughout the National First-Generation College Celebration Week. Mizzou defines a first-generation college student as one…

Keeping Missourians Up to Speed

CAFNR and MU Extension encourage a passion for lifelong learning

Lifelong learning. It’s an essential part of Agriculture and Environment Extension’s goal of doubling the value of Missouri agriculture by 2030 while sustaining the state’s natural resources. It’s a bold goal where lifelong learning meets real people. When Ron Brown was approached to check out the Missouri Master Gardener Extension Program, he thought the opportunity to expand his already extensive…

Keeping Consumers Safe

MU Extension and partners offer online training for Midwest produce growers

Produce contamination accounts for an estimated 46% of foodborne illnesses across the United States each year — a serious issue affecting health, the economy and society as a whole. Even in the midst of the current pandemic, safety training for produce farmers is not only vital, but required for many, said MU Extension horticulture field specialist Patrick Byers. To combat contamination issues, the federal…

An Exciting Mission

Rob Kallenbach named associate dean of CAFNR Extension/senior program director of Agriculture and Environment Extension

It was more than 20 years ago when Rob Kallenbach joined the University of Missouri as an assistant professor and state Extension specialist in forage crops. Kallenbach served farmers and producers across the state, educating, answering questions and building relationships. With more experience, Kallenbach gained more responsibility, which in turn led to more leadership opportunities. Those opportunities led to new…

Exploring Careers

Career Exploration Days offer students a look at careers in agriculture, food and natural resources

For years, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) has opened the doors of its Agricultural Research Centers to thousands of high school students to showcase its research, programs and academic opportunities. Referred to as Agricultural Education Days, these events also give students an idea of what future careers they can seek with a degree…

Turning Data into Insights

Partnership puts MU at forefront of precision agriculture technology

Working toward earning his Precision Agriculture Technology Certificate from the University of Missouri, Bo Young understands the importance of implementing precision practices on the farm. Young, who is also a climate activation specialist with The Climate Corporation, works with farmers and producers, helping them incorporate Climate FieldView technology in their operation. Young and The Climate Corporation are now partnering with…