The Mississippi River region that was flooded when the Army Corps of Engineers blew a two-mile hole on the 35-mile-long Bird’s Point-New Madrid floodway is too economically important not to restore to agricultural use, said a University of Missouri professor who conducts soil and crop research in the area.
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Two of four recipients of the 2011 Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Award were CAFNR staff members. The awards recognize individual staff contributions to the University.
With the help of two grants totaling more than $14 million from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, research teams led by the University of Missouri and Texas A&M University will focus on developing methodologies to breed cattle that more efficiently utilize feed and that are more resistant to Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD).
Can farmers reduce a gas thought to contribute to global warming and increase production simply by adopting a new tillage practice? A research agronomist at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources thinks he has found the way.
Horses love apples. Equine teachers like them, too, especially when they are golden. Marci Crosby, equine instructor at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, University of Missouri, was presented a Golden Apple Award this October for her contributions to students both in and out of class. “Marci not only teaches, but also manages the horse facilities and program…
From nearby Rangeline Road, Bradford Research and Extension Center, east of Columbia, looks like any other typical Missouri farm. The metal buildings and greenhouses, however, use only a fraction of the energy of similar structures. And these energy saving secrets are just a mouse click away for all to see.
The corn-like grass, which can grow to 12 feet, shows promise as a source of ethanol, said Gene Stevens, MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources extension associate professor. He is evaluating initial research results on ways to genetically adapt a plant that is not normally productive in Missouri to create something that could serve as a homegrown source of alternative fuel.
Usually, a trip to a research farm involves a long ride from main campus to the facility. When University of Missouri President Gary Forsee and Chancellor Brady Deaton visited the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource’s South Farm, the trip took only a few minutes.
Almost in the dead center bull’s eye of the storm was the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Delta Research Center in Portageville, Mo. After securing their own operation, clearing roads of downed trees and utility poles and starting generators to provide electricity, the staff of the center went out into the community to help others.
In an unexpected place, the Bootheel of Missouri, a research program that could increase rice production began just as the world was reading the shortage news. Using a system of watering familiar to Midwestern farmers, center-pivot irrigation, the study is looking to grow rice on land where it cannot now be planted. If successful, the project could significantly increase rice production.