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An Eye-Opening Honor

Marco Walden, CAFNR's first Henry Kirklin Memorial Scholarship awardee, has worked in numerous greenhouses on the MU campus

A member of the Missouri National Guard, Marco Walden was called into disaster and humanitarian relief efforts during the initial COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in mid-2020. Walden served the state in multiple ways as a combat medic, from helping with testing to providing vaccinations for individuals in smaller communities and towns. Walden, a junior majoring in plant sciences, took a gap…

A Video View of Hands-On Learning

Chase Goldinger, a third-generation Mizzou student, uses YouTube to showcase farm life, technology

With just a couple days left before he graduated from Palmyra High School, Chase Goldinger’s friends thought it would be funny if he made a YouTube video about him working out on his family’s farm. Goldinger thought the idea actually sounded like a lot of fun. “I put something together real quick and showed it to all my friends,” Goldinger…

Cotton Specialist Joins the Fisher Delta Research, Extension and Education Center

Bradley Wilson joins as an assistant research professor 

Bradley Wilson joined CAFNR as an assistant research professor at the Fisher Delta Research, Extension and Education Center (FD-REEC) on Jan. 2.  In this role, he will focus on developing, funding and conducting field experiments that improve cotton production practices in southeast Missouri. “We are so glad to welcome Bradley to the Fisher Delta Research, Extension and Education Center,” said Shibu…

Interdisciplinary Plant Group Celebrates 40th Year

IPG's 40th Anniversary is 2021

Established in 1981, the Interdisciplinary Plant Group (IPG) celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2021. The IPG is a community of University of Missouri (MU) faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and professionals pursuing transformative ideas in the field of plant biology. The group seeks to encourage cooperation between scientists engaged in plant molecular biology, physiology, biochemistry, genetics, biotechnology, evolution, ecology and…

Senior Spotlight: Maya Puller

Puller will graduate with a degree in plant sciences

As a track and field athlete at the University of Missouri, time management was key for Maya Puller as she navigated being a college athlete and earning a degree in plant sciences. Some of Puller’s days began as early as 5 or 6 a.m. with practice and weightlifting, followed by her various classes and assignments. Puller, who will graduate from…

Sparking an Interest in Research

FRIPS Program allows first-year students an opportunity to get a first-hand look at plant research at MU

One of the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) Programs of Distinction, the Interdisciplinary Plant Group (IPG) is a community of MU faculty postdoctoral fellows and professionals who are pursuing novel, creative and transformative ideas in the field of plant biology. Students across the Mizzou campus, including those in CAFNR, play an important role in…

Q&A With Emma Critchfield

Critchfield is a junior in plant sciences

Why did you decide to come to the University of Missouri and major in plant sciences? What do you enjoy about the program itself? The field of study? I have always wanted to study entomology! I love bugs and insects so much, especially spiders, millipedes and isopods (pill-bugs). I’ve been interested in invertebrates since I was in middle school —…

Plant Sciences Degree Helps CAFNR Alum Connect with Producers

Charlie Ebbesmeyer puts his plant sciences degree to use each day through his job with MFA Incorporated

Working on his neighbor’s row crop farm as a high school student, Charlie Ebbesmeyer developed an interest in plant sciences. Coming to the University of Missouri and majoring in plant sciences turned that interest into a passion. Ebbesmeyer earned his plant sciences degree, with an emphasis in crop management, from the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR)…

Three IPG Faculty Listed Among 2021 Highly Cited Researchers

Ron Mittler, professor of plant science and technology; Bing Yang, professor of plant science and technology; and Shuqun Zhang, professor of biochemistry; all part of the Interdisciplinary Plant Group (IPG) at the University of Missouri, have been recognized by the Web of Science list of Highly Cited Researchers for 2021.  This list recognizes world-class researchers selected for their exceptional research…

MU Soil Judging Team Competes in Minnesota

The University of Missouri Soil Judging team recently competed in the Region V Collegiate Soil Judging Contest in Crookston, Minnesota. A total of seven universities and more than 150 students competed. Jacob Wolken, a senior in environmental sciences, finished fourth overall in the individual competition. In a competition for group judging with mixed teams from different universities, MU combined its…