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A Global Pioneer

MU professor Jere Gilles builds bridges across cultures

Jere Gilles knew he wanted to serve in the Peace Corps before it even existed. “When I was in sixth grade I sort of thought JFK (President John F. Kennedy) stole the idea from me,” said Gilles, an associate professor of rural sociology in CAFNR’s Division of Applied Social Sciences. Gilles’ grandparents were homesteaders in Montana and he grew up…

Food Insecurity

MU summit focuses on causes, consequences, solutions

Hunger in America, and its causes, consequences and possible solutions, will be the topic of a University of Missouri national symposium Oct. 17-19.

RSS Win

Students and Faculty Earn Rural Sociology Society Recognition

Students and faculty members of the Rural Sociology Department in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources presented and were honored at the Rural Sociology Society (RSS) 2012 annual meetings in Chicago.

EEZ?

Judith Stallmann details impact of Enhanced Economic Zone

Judith Stallmann, professor of agricultural and applied economics, was a guest expert in a League of Women Voters television discussion on an effort in Boone County, Mo. to use an Enhanced Economic Zone to spur area job development. The EEZ is the topic of a heated debate in the county.  The plan uses tax incentives as a way to attract…

A Sweet and Nutritious Treat for Missouri Families

Bradford Research Center donates sweet corn to The Food Bank

Sweet corn says summer in Missouri like sultry afternoons, baseball and lemonade stands. This week, hundreds of families in central and northeast Missouri will have fresh sweet corn to enjoy thanks to a partnership between the College of Agriculture Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) and the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. A vacation Bible school class from Midway…

Returning to the Farm

Class helps young farmers step into the profession

Kevin Moore, CAFNR associate professor of agricultural economics in the Division of Applied Social Sciences, teaches Returning to the Farm, a class that prepares young people to overcome the family and financial hurdles of getting into farming.

Noodling in Missouri

Mary Grigsby writes book on rural subculture

Mary Grigsby, associate professor and department chair of Rural Sociology, has written a new book, “Noodlers in Missouri: Fishing for Identity in a Rural Subculture.” The book captures the folk tradition of hand-fishing for catfish, also known as noodling, in Missouri and examines its appeal to the community. Hand-fishing for spawning catfish has been passed down for generations in rural…

Legislative Legacy

Professor describes importance of Morrill Act of 1862 to NPR

Sandy Rikoon, professor and Curators Distinguished Teaching Professor of Rural Sociology in the Division of Applied Social Sciences at CAFNR, was interviewed by NPR about the importance of the Morrill Act of 1862.

Uncommon Commons

CARES project creates a network for community engagement

Combing public information with advanced technology, CARES created a powerful tool for community engagement and action to address the nation’s obesity epidemic.

A Heavy Award

CDC recognizes CARES for innovative obesity prevention

Christopher Fulcher, Co-Director of the Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems (CARES) in the Division of Applied Social Sciences at CAFNR, received the Weight of the Nation 2012 Pioneering Innovation Award by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He received the award on behalf of his center’s work with Community Commons, a website that collects data on health…