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Deep Roots

CAFNR's Colorful Wine History

Wine is back in Missouri.  Vineyards plowed under during Prohibition are blooming again.  The state’s wineries are winning international competitions.  Viticulture, enology and winemaking are popular courses at the Institute for Continental Climate Viticulture and Enology at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri. It’s all but forgotten that grape growing and wine making…

Cultivating The Elusive Black Truffle

Bruhn’s years of mushroom research are coming to fruition

Bruhn has been researching truffles since 1999 – and now knows enough about their cultivation in Missouri to promote commercial truffières – truffle orchards – with interested farmers and entrepreneurs.

Black and Gold and Green

Research centers improve efficiency in research and practice

From turning today’s tuna salad into tomorrow’s tomatoes, and improving water quality and conservation through advanced irrigation and drainage techniques, CAFNR’s 17 research centers are improving production efficiency, reducing costs and inputs and working to conserve natural resources. Sometimes the solutions involve working with what nature provides, such as capturing ground source air to maintain consistent temperatures for heating and…

New Pasture Strategies

Forage Systems Research Center hosts Summer Pasture Workshop

Summer forage workshop will help producers establish healthy pastures that can sustain a hot, dry summer.

Coming Up Roses

Growing Valentine's Day Sales at Tiger Garden

Employees of Tiger Garden have been working around the clock as Valentine’s Day sales for the CAFNR floral shop were up this year compared to last. The campus floral shop is closing in on their goal of 500 arrangements, said Kim Martin, Tiger Gardens’ supervisor and instructor of plant sciences. She estimates they had around 250 pre-orders. For the holiday…

Certified

Bent, Lingle named Certified Research Administrators

Two CAFNR staff members have recently earned the designation of Certified Research Administrator from the Research Administrators Certification Council.

Seeds of Change

Transition research explores best practices for shifting from conventional to organic production

For row crop farmers transitioning from conventional to organic production, the three-year transition period can be daunting. Controlling weeds and improving soil health are the cornerstones to success, but many questions surround the best approaches to accomplish these goals.

Elite Students

CAFNR seniors, faculty part of Mizzou '39 recognition

Six seniors in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources were honored with the prestigious Mizzou ’39 award this spring for their academic achievement, leadership and service to the University and community. In the spirit of service modeled by those who made possible the 1839 founding of the University of Missouri, the Mizzou Alumni Association Student Board annually recognizes…

Scientific Honors

Five CAFNR faculty members elected Fellows in AAAS

Five faculty members in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources have been elected to the rank of Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science; seven were selected University-wide in 2011.