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Observational Excellence

CAFNR/Biological Sciences team up for eclipse observations

When the total solar eclipse swept through Missouri in August of last year, the University of Missouri prepared a number of experiments and projects for the extremely rare occurrence. Mid-Missouri was in an ideal location for the eclipse, as the phenomenon traveled right through the Show-Me State. There was complete darkness at 1:12 p.m. in Columbia and it lasted nearly…

A Smashing Success

South Farm Showcase connects the Columbia community with CAFNR

The Columbia community was treated to a day of educational and fun activities this past weekend, showcasing the wide variety of research and projects being conducted at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. The 11th annual South Farm Showcase, held on Saturday, Sept. 30, featured a little bit of everything, including animals, plants, forestry and…

After Hours: Collecting Memories

Eric Gooding has shifted his focus during the past year

A self-described pack rat, Eric Gooding collected a little bit of everything growing up. His collecting ways have continued through the years, up until this past year. He has shifted his focus, instead, to collecting memories. Gooding and his wife sold their house a year ago, which included a large barn that housed a good portion of Gooding’s collected items.…

Making Research Accessible

Research Center magazine highlights strengths of each Center

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has a system of Agricultural Research Centers across Missouri, extending CAFNR’s research to more than 14,000 acres to meet the regional research and demonstration needs of agricultural producers and natural resource managers. The Research Centers host a variety of events and activities, from field days to MU Extension activities…

Fishing for Data

South Farm recruiting anglers for upcoming eclipse

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ South Farm Research Center is recruiting anglers for the upcoming solar eclipse, which will sweep across the United States on Monday, Aug. 21. The South Farm Research Center is hoping to prove an increase in feeding activity within the direct path of the eclipse. To do that, the Center is…

Watching the Skies

Bradford, South Farm open to visitors for eclipse

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources will be conducting a variety of research during the upcoming eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21. The School of Natural Resources earned a grant from NASA and will be doing a variety of work on the day of the eclipse. Alum Eric Aldrich will broadcast live Jefferson City for NASA…

Providing Leadership Development Opportunities

MU Animal Sciences Youth Leadership Academy returns for second year

The University of Missouri Animal Sciences Youth Leadership Academy returned in 2017 with a focus on teaching high school students more about the livestock industry. The four-day academy allowed an opportunity for networking with industry leaders. The goal of the program is to provide leadership development opportunities for youth in agriculture. The academy is a partnership between MU Extension, the…

Weather Updates at Your Fingertips

Missouri Mesonet offers real-time weather updates across the state

It was 25 years ago when Pat Guinan, with the help of the University of Missouri’s Extension Commercial Agriculture Program, established the first of a small network of automated weather stations in northwest Missouri. The network, known as the Missouri Mesonet, now includes 34 weather stations – 24 of which provide real-time weather updates. The network covers 24 counties in…

Technology, Up Close

South Farm Research Center to host free event April 29 featuring a tractor show, demonstrations of ag-related innovations

The third and final installment of a series of events to commemorate 100 years of engineering in agriculture at the University of Missouri will be celebrated at the South Farm Research Center on April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, although donations will be accepted. All donations will go to…

Promoting Environmental Stewardship

MDA Agricultural Stewardship Assurance Program rewards responsible stewards

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has always put a strong focus on commending farmers, producers, ranchers and landowners who are good stewards of the resources in their care. The Missouri Agricultural Stewardship Assurance Program was unveiled in 2015 to acknowledge and reward those responsible stewards. MDA has certified nearly 90 farms across the state thus far, including the University of…