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A Presidential Honor

Thomas Johnson recognized for excellence by UM System

Thomas Johnson, the Frank Miller Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Division of Applied Social Sciences, was awarded the 2012 President’s Award for Economic Development by the University of Missouri System.

Better Food Choices

CAFNR team collaborates to improve food pantry nutrition

CAFNR wants to help make the lives of low-income families a little healthier. The Food Pantry Nutrition Project is partnering researchers with eight mid-Missouri food pantries to improve nutrition.

Mary Hendrickson honored with Meritorious Service Award

Mary Hendrickson, extension associate professor of rural sociology at CAFNR, was honored with the National Farmers Union’s (NFU) Meritorious Service Award at their 110thAnniversary Convention in La Vista, Neb., March 7, 2012. The award recognizes two individuals each year who have made particularly noteworthy contributions to agriculture, humanity and the Farmers Union. It is the highest award the NFU Board…

On the Right Track

Roller derby is a fun fit for some CAFNR women

The sport of roller derby embraces and empowers women of all sizes, shapes, ages and personalities on the track. Even through these differences, surprisingly one thing is pretty common among the local players – many of them have ties to MU.

A Question of Revenue

States should treat tax policy as an investment portfolio

Judith Stallmann, a professor of community development extension, agricultural and applied economics and rural sociology in the College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, said that state governments should treat tax policy as they would an investment portfolio.

From Field to Table, Connecting Students to their Food

Sustainable agriculture major nationally recognized for leadership

Sustainable agriculture major Monica Everett was recognized nationally for her leadership on food policy at Mizzou. She’s created partnerships on and off campus to increase student awareness of where their food comes from, and worked to bring healthy, local food to campus and to area food pantries.

Dying for a Ride

Barriers cause rural women to suffer a higher incidence of breast cancer

Women living in rural Missouri who must drive long distances to health care providers are more likely to be diagnosed with late stage breast cancer, research at the University of Missouri shows.

Partnering for improved nutrition

MU interdisciplinary team works to improve nutrition and access to healthy foods

Biting into a fresh tomato or enjoying the crisp sweetness of an apple are pleasures that not everyone always gets to enjoy. While the nutritional value of fresh fruits and vegetables is well-documented, and although the local food industry has grown tremendously in the last several years, access to nutritious, local produce is not something that’s readily available to everyone with a limited income.

Rural Sociology Graduate Student Jordan Dawdy inducted into Rollins Society

On April 22, Jordan Dawdy, a second-year doctoral student in Rural Sociology, was inducted into the Rollins Society during Tap Day ceremonies at the University of Missouri. The Rollins Society was created in 1994 by the Graduate and Professional Council to recognize graduate and professional students at MU who have significantly advanced the well-being of communities — academic or otherwise…