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Lee Miller Receives Donald W. Fancher Provost Award

Lee Miller, associate professor in the Division of Plant Sciences, was honored with the 2019 Donald W. Fancher Provost Award for Outstanding Achievement in Extension and Continuing Education. The award recognizes a faculty member who has made outstanding contributions to Extension and in continuing education efforts of campus. Miller was recognized for his work providing disease diagnosis and control recommendations…

A Prestigious Honor

Bob Sharp named Curators' Distinguished Professor

Bob Sharp recently joined a prestigious group of University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources faculty as a Curators’ Distinguished Professor, MU’s highest and most prestigious rank. Sharp is a professor in the Division of Plant Sciences and serves as the director of the campus-wide Interdisciplinary Plant Group (IPG). “I am greatly honored to receive this recognition,”…

Honoring CAFNR’s Top Alumni

2019 Column Awards given to six of the college's alumni

The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has honored its second class of recipients of the CAFNR Column Award for Distinguished Alumni. This is the only award specifically for alumni presented by the college. The awardees include one graduate from each of CAFNR’s six divisions, reflecting the six historic columns at the University of Missouri. “We are proud to…

Canella Vieira Receives Borlaug Scholar Award and First Place in NAPB Poster Competition

Caio Canella Vieira, master’s student in plant, insect and microbial sciences, received the two highest awards from the National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB) last month at the 2019 NAPB annual meeting. He was the recipient of the Borlaug Scholar award and received first place on the research poster competition among 150+ posters. The photo shows Donn Cummings (left), chair…

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…