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CAFNR’s Center for Regenerative Agriculture leading the way in soil regeneration efforts across the country

The CAFNR Center for Regenerative Agriculture (CRA) recently received the largest grant in University of Missouri history – $25 million to help farmers adopt climate-smart practices that will ultimately help them improve the resiliency of their crops and livestock. In addition, they are also part of a $95 million award as part of the same grant program – Partnerships for…

$8 Million Grant Will Expand National Swine Resource and Research Center at CAFNR

NIH grant will support research with genetically modified pigs to study human diseases

After decades of basic research that led to successful scientific innovations, Randall Prather and his team of investigators at the National Swine Resource and Research Center (NSRRC) at the University of Missouri have become the go-to source for genetically modified pigs used by researchers across the United States to study various diseases that impact humans. Keeping up with the ever-growing…

CAFNR/MOAES Research Magazine: Finding the Perfect Partner

MOAES partnerships allow for unique research opportunities

This story appears in our MU CAFNR/Agricultural Experiment Station Research Magazine. A major focus of the Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station (MOAES) has been finding unique collaborations and partnerships to take research projects to the next level. Those partnerships come in many forms – and seeking out collaborations of all types is a primary goal of the newly restructured MOAES. “We can…

CAFNR/MOAES Research Magazine: Weather Updates at Your Fingertips

Missouri Mesonet offers real-time weather updates across the state

This story appears in our MU CAFNR/Agricultural Experiment Station Research Magazine. It was 30 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 40 weather stations – 32 of which…

CAFNR/MOAES Research Magazine: Exploring Careers

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

This story appears in our MU CAFNR/Agricultural Experiment Station Research Magazine. For years, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) has opened the doors of its Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station (MOAES) 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…

CAFNR/MOAES Research Magazine: New Faces in New Places

New directors, resident faculty focused on driving the MOAES to distinction

This story appears in our MU CAFNR/Agricultural Experiment Station Research Magazine. One of the most important changes during the Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station (MOAES) restructure was the consolidation of the research farms into four Research, Extension and Education Centers (REECs) – each with its own director. Hiring committees were formed for each REEC, and, in tandem with CAFNR leadership, directors…

CAFNR Ag-celerator for Agricultural Technologies (CAAT) Winners Announced

Two CAFNR faculty and their teams were recently awarded inaugural CAAT grants

The CAFNR Ag-celerator for Agricultural Technologies (CAAT) is a new translational research funding opportunity for faculty in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR). The CAFNR Strategic Plan established an ambitious goal to double intellectual property metrics such as invention disclosures, patents and start-up companies based on translational research done in the college. CAAT is designed to accelerate…

Marc Linit Named Honorary Member of the CAFNR Alumni Association

Marc Linit, professor emeritus of plant sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), has been named an Honorary Member of the CAFNR Alumni Association. Linit joined Mizzou in 1980 as an assistant professor of entomology and is a decorated researcher and teacher. At the time of his retirement in 2018, he was the senior associate dean…

CAFNR Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (C-DRIG) Winners Announced

The CAFNR Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (C-DRIG) are offered through the CAFNR Office of Research. The C-DRIG grant supports up to $2,000 or partially support dissertation research projects proposed by doctoral students in the College. Eligible students will have completed their coursework and have advanced to candidacy or will advance to candidacy within six months of the C-DRIG awards. The…

Alexis Jones Awarded the USDA-NIFA-AFRI Merit Award

Alexis Jones, graduate student in the Division of Animal Sciences, was named the USDA-NIFA-AFRI (National Institute of Food and Agriculture-Agriculture and Food Research Initiative) Merit Award for her abstract submitted for the 2022 Society for The Study of Reproduction Meeting. Jones’ abstract was titled “Identification of Novel Mitophagy Determinants in The Mammalian Cell Free System for the Study of Mitochondrial…