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CAFNR Research Digest
CAFNR Office of Research Newsletter // June 29, 2023 // 5(13)
Feature Story
A Race Against Time (click to read)
A Race Against Time »

A CAFNR researcher searches for answers to a spreading threat, uses CAFNR Joy of Discovery Seed Grant Program to secure NIFA funding

Research Highlights
Missouri Agriculture, Food and Forestry Innovation Center Cultivates growth in Local Agribusinesses (click to read)
Missouri Agriculture, Food and Forestry Innovation Center Cultivates growth in Local Agribusinesses »

The center, using a recent $1.3 million USDA grant, supports Missouri’s value-added agricultural producers with a variety of hands-on assistance and resources

Mo Crops Podcast Celebrates One Year of Streaming (click to read)
Mo Crops Podcast Celebrates One Year of Streaming »

University of Missouri Extension field specialists launched a podcast that explores topics of interest to Missouri row crop producers last April. Since then, 25 podcasts on a wide array of topics have been released.

New episodes of “MO Crops” are released every other Thursday of the month on AmazonSpotifyAppleLibsyn and Audible.

Research Roars

Nutrition and Exercise Physiology Faculty Receives Edwin Bierman Award from ADA

Elizabeth Parks, professor of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, was named by the American Diabetes Association as its 2023 Edwin Bierman Award recipient.

Honoring meritorious achievement in the field of diabetes, the Edwin Bierman Award is presented to a researcher who has made outstanding scientific contributions to the understanding and treatment of diabetes and macrovascular complications. In conjunction with the award, Parks presented the Edwin Bierman Award Lecture during the American Diabetes Association’s 83rd Scientific Sessions on June 23 in San Diego, Cali.

CAFNR Graduate Student Named DCRC Scholar

Isabella Sellmer Ramos, a Master’s student in Animal Sciences, was named the 2023 DCRC Scholar by the Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council.

Studying reproductive physiology, Ramos is investigating the underlying mechanisms of postpartum uterine disease, mainly focusing on the changes that could be observed in uterine histoarchitecture of diseased cows to potentially provide a more efficient course of treatment that could prevent reproductive losses.

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

Jon Simonsen, Agricultural Education Professional Development (In-Service), Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 7/1/23-6/30/24, $84,997

Gurpreet Kaur, Industrial Hemp: Reviving an Ancient Crop For Higher Seed And Fiber Production, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, 6/1/23-5/31/28, $649,006

Joanna Whittier, Estimation of relative depths used by Black Carp in mainstem sections of the Upper and Middle Mississippi, Lower Missouri, and Illinois rivers, US Geological Survey, 6/1/23-5/31/24, $31,777

Kelly Nelson, Field Trial for Protocol# NA23X12042S, Corteva Agriscience, LLC, 4/1/23-12/31/23, $16,000

Reid Smeda, Work Order #4, Bayer Cropscience, LP, 5/1/23-4/30/24, $40,000

Tim Reinbott, Replacing Diesel Fuel Tank with Biofuel Tank, Missouri Agriculture and Small Business Development Authority, 4/19/23-4/19/25, $14,450

Kevin Wells, Swine Somatic Cell Genome Editing Center – Year 5, National Institute of Health, 6/1/23-5/31/24, $2,019,095

John Tanner, Substrate Channeling and Communication in Proline Metabolic Enzymes, National Institute of Health, 6/1/23-5/31/24, $456,465

Kelly Nelson, Channel Tiling to Increase Soybean Yield Resiliency on Sloping Soils, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, 4/1/23-3/31/24, $30,000

In the News

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Mizzou extension center finishes research on lavender plant growth in Missouri

Missouri drought impacts grape farmers, wine producers

Jefferson Farm hosts sixth annual butterfly festival
Columbia Missourian

Livestock economist says risk management crucial as market volatility continues
Brownfield Ag News

Students learn more about STEM, opportunities available at NASA-funded camp
Columbia Missourian

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