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$25 Million MU Grant to Help Farmers Adopt Climate-Smart Practices

USDA award is the largest federal research, education and extension grant ever awarded to an MU faculty member

In recent years, floods, droughts and other severe weather have significantly impacted farmers throughout the country. In an effort to help farmers adapt to the changing climate, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded the University of Missouri $25 million – the largest federal research, education and extension grant ever awarded to MU – from the Partnerships for…

CAFNR/MOAES Research Magazine: Farm of the Future — The Digital Age of Agriculture

CAFNR, USDA-ARS collaboration helps farmers adopt digital technologies to improve their operations

This story appears in our MU CAFNR/Agricultural Experiment Station Research Magazine. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has a long and productive history of research collaborations that have resulted in important long-term data for farmers and producers across Missouri. CAFNR serves as a regular collaborator with USDA-ARS, including numerous current projects within the Cropping Systems and…

Signaling ‘Stressed-Out’ Plants

For more than 30 years, Ron Mittler has studied a chemical compound called reactive oxygen species, and his ongoing work is uncovering a new view on its importance

A CAFNR plant scientist has discovered a new way of measuring stress in plants, which comes at a time when plants are experiencing multiple stressors from heat, drought and flooding because of extreme weather events. The discovery involves a once maligned collection of molecules called reactive oxygen species (ROS), which are produced by anything that uses oxygen, like animals, people…

Sherry Flint-Garcia Named Alumnus of the Year by CAFNR Alumni Association

Sherry Flint-Garcia (PhD Genetics ’01), lead scientist, USDA-Agricultural Research Service Plant Genetics Unit, has received the CAFNR Alumni Association’s Alumnus of Year honor for 2022. Sherry, who is also an adjunct professor in the Divisions of Plant Science and Technology, and Biological Sciences at Mizzou, is a world-leader in maize (corn) quantitative genetics and breeding. She, along with colleagues, developed…

Making Valuable Connections

Grace Anderson has gained incredible hands-on learning experiences through Tiger Garden

Tiger Garden, the University of Missouri’s full-service, student-ran floral shop, opened its doors in 2005 and has provided numerous hands-on learning experiences for students across the MU campus. Those opportunities are what brought Grace Anderson to Mizzou. “I was really interested in the plant sciences degree program and when I toured, I had the opportunity to meet with Lesleighan (Cravens),”…

Senior Spotlight: Wes Bradshaw

Bradshaw will graduate with a degree in agricultural systems technology

When Wes Bradshaw made the decision to attend the University of Missouri, he was in search of a degree program that would be the most helpful to him as he returned to the family farm after graduation. Bradshaw’s family has farmed for generations, and he wanted to make sure his education at Mizzou would allow him to build on his…

Senior Spotlight: Hunter Seubert

Seubert will graduate with a degree in plant sciences

As a college freshman, Hunter Seubert was working toward a degree in aviation when he realized that path wasn’t the correct one for him. He returned home to Blue Springs, Mo., and was soon connected with Colonial Gardens, a community greenhouse and local nursery. Seubert worked for Kevin Keilig, greenhouse manager at Colonial Gardens, who introduced Seubert to the University…

‘A Perfect Weekend’

Two CAFNR graduate students helped Mizzou capture men's and women's disc golf national championships

The University of Missouri men’s and women’s disc golf teams carried undefeated seasons into 2022 College Disc Golf National Championship competition, and both teams would end their seasons the same way – as national champions. The women’s team led the tournament field from start to finish, winning by four strokes. The men’s team overcame a slow start with a strong…

Taking Home Top Honors

Mizzou NAMA team wins National Student Marketing Competition

Last year, the Mizzou National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) team placed fourth during NAMA’s National Student Marketing Competition — the first time Mizzou NAMA had made it to the final round of the national competition in more than 10 years. This year, Mizzou took home top honors. Their first-place presentation centered on the GerriRig Grain Management System, a product the team…

Connecting the Dots Between Soils and Plants

A double major, Khader Saleh is pursuing his passions for plants and horticulture

As a high school student at Centralia High School, Khader Saleh found himself spending a lot of time at Chance Gardens, a horticultural attraction listed on Missouri’s National Historic Registry. Saleh’s family lived 20 minutes outside of Centralia, so as he waited for them to pick him up after school or football practice, he would kill time by taking in…