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CAFNR Research Digest
CAFNR Office of Research Newsletter // July 11, 2024 // 6(14)
Feature Story
Temple Grandin on autism, education and agriculture (click to read)
Temple Grandin on autism, education and agriculture »

In a recent visit to Mizzou, animal welfare expert Temple Grandin toured South Farm and visited with students and community members.

Research Highlights
Plant Science and Technology researcher part of $10 million USDA grant to accelerate adoption of climate-smart agricultural practices. (click to read)
Plant Science and Technology researcher part of $10 million USDA grant to accelerate adoption of climate-smart agricultural practices. »

The five-year project, funded by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and led by Ohio State University, will work with farmers ‘From the Ground Up’.

CAFNR plant biologist reveals muscle weakness connection (click to read)
CAFNR plant biologist reveals muscle weakness connection »

Plant biologist Ron Mittler and his team have discovered a possible explanation for muscle weakness caused by aging.

Mizzou field days set for sites across state (click to read)
Mizzou field days set for sites across state »

Producers and the public are invited to save the dates for the following regional events in which extension specialists and researchers from the University of Missouri share their agricultural findings.

From August through October, events are planned across the state at Extension and Education Centers (EECs), administered by MU Extension, and at Research, Extension and Education Centers (REECs) that comprise the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station.

CAFNR International Programs hosts Cochran Scholars
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CAFNR International Programs recently hosted a USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Cochran Program on grain handling and storage. During the program, a group of eight scholars from the Dominican Republic visited Washington D.C., Kansas City, Jefferson City, St. Louis and the Fisher Delta Research, Extension and Education Center. Along the way they met with the US Grains Council, National Corn Growers Association, Federal Grain Inspection Service, Missouri Department of Agriculture, University of Missouri Extension, and toured several grain elevators, Missouri farms and equipment dealers.

NextGen Precision Health to offer Clinical Research Study Coordinator Bootcamp

The Clinical Research Study Coordinator Bootcamp is a two-day training designed to provide basic knowledge beneficial for research coordinators and staff. The program includes lectures, interactive activities, and breakout group exercises. The training is Aug. 22 – 23 at NextGen Precision Health.

By the end of this course, learners should be able to:

  • Define the responsibilities of a clinical research coordinator.
  • Understand the principles of good clinical practice.
  • Understand best practices for study start up, conduct and closeout.
  • Understand the resources available to assist with clinical trials at the institutional level.

A Clinical Research Study Coordinator Bootcamp certificate will be provided to those who complete all course modules.

For additional information, visit the NextGen Precision Health website.

Center for Energy Innovation Symposium
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Join the community of researchers driving the Center for Energy Innovation for a symposium Oct. 3, 2024, at Memorial Union.

This symposium will bring together experts in energy innovation with the scientists, engineers and policy scholars exploring this fast-growing space for research, education and community outreach.

Through the Center for Energy Innovation research initiative, the University of Missouri is committed to tackling challenges presented through rising energy concerns and rapid growth in artificial intelligence and how these factors intersect to optimize energy production, transmission and grid security.

Learn more at the Center for Energy Innovation’s website.

Research Roars

CAFNR faculty members have received the following recent grants (listed by Principal Investigator):

Gurbir Singh, From the Ground Up: Using on-farm research and collaboration to accelerate adoption of climate-smart agricultural practices in the Midwest, Ohio State University (NIFA), 7/1/24-6/30/25, $386,895

Michael Sunde, Missouri Soil and Atmospheric Monitoring Plan and Soil Maps Development, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, 6/1/24-12/31/26, $627,929

Henry Nguyen, Field phenotyping using machine learning tools integrated with genetic mapping to address heat and drought induced flower abortion in soybean, Texas Tech University (North Central Soybean Research Program), 1/1/24-9/30/24, $59,967

Jon Simonsen, Strengthening Farm Financial Benchmarking for an agricultural industry in transition, NIFA, 9/1/24-8/31/25, $499,998

Jon Simonsen, Farm Business Management Analysis Program (2024-2025), Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, 7/1/24-6/30/25, $77,000

Jon Simonsen, Agricultural Education Professional Development (In-Service) 2024-2025, Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, 7/1/24-6/30/25, $102,000

Kerry Clark, BFP24 Algeria Desalinization at Mizzou, Foreign Agricultural Service, 7/1/24-7/31/26, $73,212.37

Kerry Clark, SEP24 Women Food Systems at Mizzou, Foreign Agricultural Service, 8/1/24-7/31/26, 298,014.22

Kerry Clark, BFP24 Thailand Genome Editing at Mizzou, Foreign Agricultural Service, 7/1/24-7/31/26, $74,979.11

Kerry Clark, BFP24 Vietnam Climate Change at Mizzou, Foreign Agricultural Service, 7/1/24-7/31/26, $74,979.11

Kerry Clark, BFP24 Turkiye CSA University of Missouri, Foreign Agricultural Service, 7/1/24-7/31/26, $73,796.30

Amy Petry, Real Pork Scholars Program – Rachel Self, National Pork Board, 8/1/24-7/1/26, $30,000

Feng Lin, Developing and releasing high-yielding soybean varieties/germplasm with climate-resilience and genetic diversity across maturity group 00 to VIII, Virginia Tech (North Central Soybean Research Program), 1/1/24-9/30/24, $49,924

John Tummons, Precision Agricultural Mechanics Mentors (PAMM), National Institute for Food and Agriculture, 7/1/24-6/30/27, $500,000

Samuel Lord, Biodiversity Measurements in the Central Mississippi River Basin LTAR Site, Michigan State University (Agricultural Research Service), 9/1/22-8/31/25, $21,635.10

Kelly Nelson, 2024 POLY4 Source and Rate Corn- K Fertility Trial Missouri, Anglo American Woodsmith LTD, 4/15/24-1/31/25, $15,800

In the News

Tar spot, other diseases top Pest Management Field Day
Morning AgClips

Robots, Drones and Driverless Tractors Usher in New Age of Farming
Insurance Journal

UM’s Center for Regenerative Ag Hosts Under Secretary Robert Bonnie
Morning AgClips

MU researchers seek to protect chickens from bird flu through gene editing
KOMU

Beef Production Hasn’t Declined Significantly Despite Smaller Cattle Herd
Brownfield Ag News

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