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Uncovering the Economic Sense of Planting Cover Crops

CAFNR researchers conduct study of the economic effects of cover crops on cash crop production

Proponents say that rotating cash crops such as soybeans, wheat and corn with cover crops such as legumes, grasses and forbs has many benefits. It replenishes the soil, reduces erosion, cuts down on runoff pollution and helps to control pests. However, many farmers don’t use cover crops because they believe it cuts into their bottom line. There’s the cost to…

Honoring CAFNR’s Top Alumni

2019 Column Awards given to six of the college's alumni

The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has honored its second class of recipients of the CAFNR Column Award for Distinguished Alumni. This is the only award specifically for alumni presented by the college. The awardees include one graduate from each of CAFNR’s six divisions, reflecting the six historic columns at the University of Missouri. “We are proud to…

Adding a Unique Perspective

Sarah Lovell joins CAFNR as H.E. Garrett Endowed Chair Professor and director of the Center for Agroforestry

As an associate professor at the University of Illinois, Sarah Lovell interacted with the University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry (UMCA) often on a variety of projects. Lovell’s research focuses broadly on the analysis and design of multifunctional landscapes, with an emphasis on agroforestry and urban agriculture, so working with UMCA was a no-brainer. Lovell is now joining the Center…

Science Night at Jefferson Farm and Garden

JFG to host an evening of discussion on various weather and climate topics

Jefferson Farm and Garden will host an evening of scientific discussion centered on weather and climate in late August. The event will feature the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ atmospheric science program, as well as two live broadcasts by KOMU-TV Chief Meteorologist Kenton Gewecke, who has a bachelor’s degree in atmospheric sciences from MU. The…

Throwing New Light on Photosynthesis

Jeff Wood is interested in discovering how vegetative systems and the atmosphere interact

In the summer months, Jeff Wood, a biometeorologist in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Missouri, likes to spend his days with his head in the clouds, or at least the canopies of forests. Sometimes starting before dawn and staying until dusk, he uses a 32-meter tall instrument-studded tower at the Missouri Ozark AmeriFlux site (MOFLUX) at…

Lisa Webb Wins Scientific Excellence Award

Lisa Webb, cooperative associate professor in the School of Natural Resources, has received the U.S. Geological Survey, Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Scientific Excellence Award for 2018. This award is given to one Cooperative Research Unit faculty member nationwide (out of about 85 scientists) and is based on research productivity, student engagement and placement, and collaboration with cooperators. In…

Preparing Students for the Workforce

Robin Rotman brings a unique background to the SNR faculty

Robin Rotman has taken a unique path to becoming an assistant professor at the University of Missouri. She joined the School of Natural Resources after 10 years of practicing law; first at the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and more recently in private practice in Washington, D.C. Rotman holds a bachelor’s degree from Sewanee: The University of the South, a…

Fusinatto Named Regional Advisor of the Year

Jenna Fusinatto, senior academic advisor, School of Natural Resources, was named Region 2 Advisor of the Year by the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS). NSCS is an honors organization that recognizes and elevates high-achieving students. Benefits include scholarships, access to career resources and internship positions, and leadership opportunities as both the campus and national levels. With active chapters at more than 300…

Patrick Guinan Receives Mumford Award for Outstanding Faculty at 2019 Celebration of Excellence

Patrick Guinan, associate extension professor and director of the Missouri Climate Center, received the Frederick B. Mumford Award for Outstanding Faculty at CAFNR’s 2019 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony Thursday, April 11. Guinan joined MU as a station climatologist with the Agricultural Experiment Station in 1988. He has been an associate extension professor since 2013 and director of the Missouri…

Ben Knapp Receives Early Investigator Researcher Award at 2019 Celebration of Excellence

Ben Knapp, associate professor of silviculture, received the Early Investigator Researcher Award at CAFNR’s 2019 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held Thursday, April 11. Knapp joined CAFNR in 2012 after earning his PhD from Clemson University. In addition to his duties as a professor, Knapp was named superintendent of the Baskett Wildlife Research and Education Center in 2015. Knapp has…