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Lesleighan Cravens Takes First for Bridal Bouquet at Mid-America Cup

Lesleighan Cravens, instructor of plant sciences, won first place for her bridal bouquet at the 2019 Mid-America Cup design competition in Little Rock, Arkansas. She placed 5th overall out of 26 competitors from across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The competition, hosted by the Arkansas Florists Association, is the only floral design competition that invites one person from each state…

CAFNR Faculty Part of Approximately $11 Million in Funds from UM System, Mizzou Following Strategic Research Investment

The University of Missouri System has announced $20.5 million in awards for its first round of research funding to address grand challenges, foster system-wide collaboration and enhance faculty research through new equipment. This is part of the System’s plan to strategically invest $50 million in research and creative works over the next five years, announced last fall. Researchers from CAFNR…

‘An Exciting Opportunity’

Bruce Barrett named interim director of the Division of Plant Sciences

Bruce Barrett, professor and director of undergraduate studies, has been named the interim director of the Division of Plant Sciences in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. Barrett’s interim director appointment is effective Sept. 1. “For many years, Dr. Barrett has led research and Extension programs that have contributed significantly to the success of Missouri…

A Life of Service and Innovation

CAFNR alumnus has made career of educational and scientific advances

Robert J. Jones, chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has an inspiring list of professional accomplishments over his years in higher education, first as a researcher and teacher, and now as a leader. Still, he says the achievement of receiving an honorary degree from the University of Missouri last December was near the top of that list. Jones…

SCN Coalition Wins NAMA Award

The SCN Coalition, a national awareness campaign targeting soybean cyst nematode management, has won the Best of NAMA (National Agri-Marketing Association) Award this year for its successful campaign launch. The Coalition is a diverse group of University researchers, Extension specialists and agricultural company representatives who are concerned about the evolving threat from soybean cyst nematode. Since the Coalition’s launch, University of…

Christa Smith Receives Mumford Award for Outstanding Staff at 2019 Celebration of Excellence

Christa Smith, executive assistant for the Division of Plant Sciences, received the Frederick B. Mumford Award for Outstanding Staff at CAFNR’s 2019 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony Thursday, April 11. Smith has served as executive assistant in plant sciences since 2008. She supports the division in numerous ways, including supporting undergraduate and graduate programs. Smith helps advance the Division of Plant…

Robert Sharp Receives Deaton Fellow Award at 2019 Celebration of Excellence

Robert Sharp, director of the Interdisciplinary Plant Group (IPG) and professor of plant sciences, received the Brady J. Deaton Fellow in International Agriculture Award at CAFNR’s 2019 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held Thursday, April 11. Sharp has a research/teaching appointment in plant physiology. His research focuses on the regulation of root and shoot growth responses to drought, using maize…

Michelle Brooks Receives Outstanding Staff Award at 2019 Celebration of Excellence

Michelle Brooks, greenhouse coordinator in plant sciences, received the Outstanding Staff Award at CAFNR’s 2019 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held Thursday, April 11. Brooks is responsible for the upkeep and safe operation of approximately 80,000 square feet of greenhouse space at the University of Missouri. She has spent her 20-plus years in CAFNR keeping the structures functioning at a high…

John Lory Receives J.W. Burch Award at 2019 Celebration of Excellence

John Lory, extension associate professor of plant sciences, received the J.W. Burch State Specialist Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Award at CAFNR’s 2019 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held Thursday, April 11. Lory has a commercial agriculture extension/research appointment in environmental nutrient management. His objective is to promote the efficient use of nutrients from manure and other sources for crop production…

Lesleighan Cravens Receives Outstanding Early Career Teaching Award at 2019 Celebration of Excellence

Lesleighan Cravens, instructor of plant sciences, received the Outstanding Early Career Teaching Award at CAFNR’s 2019 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held Thursday, April 11. Cravens joined CAFNR as a floral design instructor after earning her bachelor’s degree from MU in agricultural education, with an emphasis in plant science and agricultural economics. She teaches five floral design courses at Mizzou. Cravens…