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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…

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.