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CAFNR Research Digest
CAFNR Office of Research Newsletter // July 15, 2021 // 3(14)
Message from the Associate Dean

Yesterday it was announced that, over the next nine months, the Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station (MOAES) and its collection of farms and research centers will undergo a restructuring, with the goal of making MOAES more efficient, effective and relevant. The restructuring allows MOAES to better align with the strategic priorities of CAFNR and MU Extension.

Marshall Stewart, MU Extension, and Leslie Holloway, Missouri Farm Bureau, led the “Moving AES Forward” taskforce, and these recommendations were provided to President Mun Choi. We have reviewed the recommendations and fully support the restructuring effort. With the input from both internal and external stakeholders, we have spent the past year studying the needs and challenges facing the research centers and farms, looking at ways to increase efficiency, effectiveness and relevancy.

Additional information about the restructuring plan may be reviewed on the CAFNR website. We appreciate your support of CAFNR and look forward to your collaboration as we implement this new plan.

Shibu Jose
CAFNR Associate Dean for Research

Feature Stories
A SNAPSHOT of Wildlife Patterns Nationwide (click to read)
A SNAPSHOT of Wildlife Patterns Nationwide »

University of Missouri researchers contribute to nationwide study, by setting camera traps at the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center (HARC)

 (click to read)

Mini Land Grant- Virtual Conference 2021

The North Central Region Mini-Land Grant Conference will be held virtually on August 2-3. Join agriculture and Extension colleagues from across the North Central region. Discussions on a wide variety of topics will be held including digital agriculture/smart farms and rural mental health.

Agricultural Research Centers
2021 Greenley Research Center Field Day (click to read)
2021 Greenley Research Center Field Day »

Greenley Research Center in Novelty, Mo., will kick off the field day season on Wednesday, Aug. 4. Check out the tour schedule!

Research Roars

Clark Gantzer Receives 2021 Soil and Water Conservation Society’s Associate Editor Excellence Award

Clark Gantzer, professor emeritus of soil, environmental and atmospheric sciences, was the recipient of the 2021 Soil and Water Conservation Society’s (SWCS) Associate Editor Excellence Award in recognition of associate editors for their contributions to the success and development of the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. Gantzer’s research focuses on soil and water conservation, and management and applied soil physics.

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

Damon Hall, Engaging Communities to Discover Environmentally and Socially Optimal Waste Management Decisions, Penn State University, 7/1/2021-6/30/2024, $82,389

Bruce McClure, EAGER: Self-incompatibility in Elderberry, NSF DIRC BIO SCI, 7/15/2021-6/30/2023, $67,862

Reid Smeda, Bare Ground Control with Flumi + Imazapyrpremix Combinations in Missouri, 5/1/2021-7/1/2022, $15,000

Henry Stelzer, Four Cooperative Feral Hog Outreach Specialist Positions, 7/1/2021- 6/30/22, $400,000

In The News

Stocker cattle could add value to your operation 

Morning Ag Clips

Weed killing technology at MU field day

Brownfield Ag News

MU announces plans to restructure its 22 research farms and centers

Columbia Missourian

The header photo is from a recent video shoot with various CAFNR faculty, staff and students. This shot shows a graduate student washing roots in the East Campus Plant Growth Facility. The videos will be featured during the North Central Region Mini-Land Grant Conference, as well as in other CAFNR outlets.