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Maintaining Strong Bonds

CAFNR collaborators play key roles in success of 30-year partnership between UM System, University of Western Cape

Some memoranda of understanding (MOUs) mean more than others. Some are essentially pieces of paper tying two academic institutions together from different countries for five years. Others, though, last much longer and become rooted into the fabric of those institutions. Just ask the collective administrators, faculty and students from the four University of Missouri System universities and the University of…

Outstanding Accomplishment

Morgan Beach receives CAFNR Outstanding Senior Award for Spring 2016

Morgan Beach has been named the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Outstanding Senior for Spring 2016. Beach, from Pilot Grove, Missouri, graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in agricultural economics with an emphasis in public policy. She also earned minors in international agriculture, rural sociology and leadership. She was quoted as saying “I can sleep after I…

‘The Gift of Curiosity’

Longtime CAFNR professor to be honored for work done both in the classroom and in city government

For Rex Campbell, the questions never stop. They appear in his mind with clockwork regularity, urging him to seek out new information — or a new understanding of old information — in a way that belies his 85 years of age. Campbell has spent a total of 68 years either studying or teaching at the University of Missouri. “You can take me…

Making the Most of an ‘Opportunity’

CAFNR-affiliated organization creates new mapping tool as part of White House challenge

Chris Fulcher and the rest of the Community Commons team are no strangers to visiting the Washington, D.C., area for meetings, conferences and seminars, but before January they had never been asked to make a presentation at the White House. That changed when the team received an invitation from the White House Innovation Fellows Program to take part as one of 12…

The World Beyond Their Own

Inaugural Missouri Youth Institute to broaden perspective of high school students, provide path to World Food Prize

Out of all the people Willi Meyers could have sat next to at a meal session at the 2014 World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa, a high school student from Eldon, Missouri, certainly seemed like an improbable scenario. Meyers, who serves as the director of CAFNR International Programs, was stunned to bump into Holly Enowksi, a junior from Eldon High School,…

Sharing the Stage

National community engagement academy inducts CAFNR assistant dean

If Mary Leuci had a favorite proposition, it would definitely be the word “with.” When discussing the concept of community engagement and the role it plays at the University of Missouri and the surrounding community, she gives the word a special emphasis. “Engagement is really about how the University engages with the community for mutually beneficial reasons and it’s not…

A Circle of Giving

CAFNR doctoral student, alumnus discover Kenyan connection through scholarship

To Fridah Mubichi, the church missionaries who would frequent her hometown of Meru, Kenya, were just people passing through town. She didn’t know their names or their stories — not until she had lunch with Rodney Fink, that is. “It’s not like you take pictures with everyone and save them,” says Mubichi, who is working on her doctoral degree in…

Rural Excellence

Hendrickson presented award by Rural Sociological Society

Mary Hendrickson was awarded the Excellence in Extension and Outreach Award.

From the Ground Up

Grow Well helps with food insecurity and lack of healthy choices

There’s hope growing in the backyard of Missourians who are food insecure.

Little Kids, Big Impact

Informal rural child care is a surprisingly large industry

The informal child care industry created more than 128,000 jobs and added about $971.5 million in total value to the state of Kansas in 2005.