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Developing Student Leaders

Litton Leadership Scholars Program offers students a chance to grow as leaders

Nearly a decade ago, and just one year into his teaching career at the University of Missouri, Jon Simonsen traveled with a handful of MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) faculty and administrators to Chillicothe, Mo. The purpose of the trip was to meet with board members of the Jerry Litton Family Memorial Foundation, which was created…

CAFNR Welcomes New Faculty

Our college introduces six faculty members this fall 

Each fall the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri welcomes new faculty members who are ready to immerse themselves in teaching, research and Extension as integral parts of furthering our land-grant mission. Our six new faculty members bring a wealth of knowledge in their respective fields, and will be proudly welcomed into four of…

Focused on a Safe and Comfortable Return

Trowbridge renovations, other venues open up socially-distanced classroom space for CAFNR students

As the University of Missouri prepares to open its doors for the 2020 fall semester, the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) has spent the past four months making sure the return for its faculty, staff and students will be done safely and according to the Show Me Renewal Plan. An academic operations team comprising one individual…

Making the Most Out of an Opportunity

Rachel Owen named director of MOST, an organization she helped create

While she didn’t know how, Rachel Owen knew in high school that she wanted to help people. A soil science class at Iowa State University opened her eyes to numerous possibilities down that path – and her time at the University of Missouri solidified the direction she wanted to take. Owen came to MU in 2015 to work on her…

Realizing His Dream

Nasruddeen (Nas) Al-Awwal named George Washington Carver Graduate Fellow

While Nasruddeen (Nas) Al-Awwal was less than a year old when his family moved from Missouri back to their home in Nigeria, he always had a desire to come back to the Show-Me State. Al-Awwal was born at University Hospital in Columbia, Mo., and just a few months later his father finished his degree at Lincoln University (Jefferson City, Mo.)…

A Sense of Belonging

Nicole Terherst Amezcua named George Washington Carver Graduate Fellow

Nicole Terherst Amezcua didn’t even tour the University of Missouri before applying to become a Tiger. While studying at the College of the Ozarks, Amezcua felt a desire to pursue a degree at a larger institution, even though it would require a big leap of faith. While Amezcua quickly realized how much bigger MU was, she felt a sense of…

The Importance of Inland Fish

Working group creates online database of academic papers related to the effects of climate change on inland fish

Inland, or freshwater, fish carry considerable economical, recreational and cultural value across the globe. Those species, which include trout, crappie and catfish, among many others, provide critical ecosystem services to communities worldwide – and are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. A working group made up of researchers and scientists from the United States and Canada recently created an…

Randall Miles Receives 2020 Thomas Jefferson Award

Randall Miles, associate professor emeritus of soil science in the School of Natural Resources, received the 2020 Thomas Jefferson Award as part of the UM System President’s Awards. The Thomas Jefferson Award is reserved for faculty who rise above excellence and demonstrate clear distinction, not only in their career, but also in service to the University of Missouri and humankind.…

Chung-Ho Lin Receives 2020 President’s Award for Economic Development

Chung-Ho Lin, associate research professor in the School of Natural Resources, received the 2020 President’s Award for Economic Development from the UM System. This award recognizes faculty for distinguished activity in meeting the University of Missouri’s goal of serving as an economic engine for the state and its citizens. Awardees demonstrate entrepreneurial innovation in using the classroom, outreach programs or…