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CAFNR Office of Research Newsletter // April 6, 2023 // 5(7)
Feature Story
Putting the AI in AI (click to read)
Putting the AI in AI »

Animal Sciences research team awarded $1 million NIFA grant to improve artificial insemination with artificial intelligence

Research Highlights
Show-Me Research Week (click to read)
Show-Me Research Week

Show Me Research Week is excited to present keynote speaker Ed Yong. Yong is a Pulitzer-prize winning science journalist at the Atlantic who won several awards for his coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic. He is also the author of two best-selling books: “An Immense World” and “I Contain Multitudes.” Learn more:

When: 7 p.m., April 20

Where: Walter Johnson Auditorium, Middlebush

CAFNR Research Council
The CAFNR Research Council is continuing its online webinar series for the spring semester. Registration is not required. Upcoming events include:

  • Thursday, April 6, 3:30 p.m.: Jaime Barros Rios, postdoctoral fellow, Plant Science and Technology will present “Natural Variation of Lignin Metabolism in Poplar.” Join on Zoom.
  • Thursday, April 20, 3:30 p.m.: “Using Cryo-Electron Microscopy to Study Protein Quality Control in Disease,” Stephanie Gates, associate professor, Biochemistry. Join on Zoom.
Grant Tips

NIFA Logic Models

The NIFA Ag & Food Research Initiative (AFRI) grant season is approaching quickly. These proposals require or encourage a logic model document.  A logic model clarifies the links between investments and activities, and outputs and expected outcomes of the program. They can also serve to help you plan your project if you develop it soon after you start the proposal writing process.  NIFA provides an FAQ page that can be very helpful with this document. They also provide a sample to better help you understand their expectations.

The Connector at MU

A partnership between Research, Innovation and Impact and MU Extension, The Connector provides research and professional development opportunities, engagement resources, and programming through meaningful partnerships with faculty, students and staff at our institution and surrounding communities. Find out more on the Connector at MU webpage.

Research Roars

NEP Research Specialist Awarded Outstanding Preceptor Award

Research Specialist Jen Anderson, nutrition and exercise physiology, was recently awarded the Outstanding Preceptor Award from the Nutrition and Dietetic Educator and Preceptor practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Representing more than 112,000 credentialed nutrition and dietetics practitioners, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.

Interdisciplinary Plant Group Director Recognized by Maize Genetic Cooperation

David Braun, professor of plant science and technology and biological sciences and director of the Interdisciplinary Plant Group, was awarded the 2023 L. Stadler Mid-Career Award from the Maize Genetics Cooperation. The L. Stadler Mid-Career Maize Genetics Award is given to an individual who has been in a permanent position for between nine and 20 years and has an outstanding track record of discovery research in maize or related species genetics.

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

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, 1/1/23-9/30/23, $59,967

Heike Buecking, Evaluating the benefits of soybean with high protein and high sulfur amino acid content on gain and feed efficiency of poultry, Agricultural Research Service, 10/1/22-9/30/23, $86,000

Lisa Webb, Evaluating toxicity implications of wetland sediment insecticide concentrations on benthic aquatic insects and temporal changes in aquatic invertebrate communities in Missouri wetland ecosystems, Ducks Unlimited Canada, 4/1/22-3/31/24, $5,970

Robert Myers, Establishment of Center for Regenerative Agriculture, Missouri Department of Conservation, 1/1/23-12/31/23, $50,000

Chase Floyd, Insect Management in Mid-South Cotton, Cotton, Inc., 1/1/23-12/31/23, $22,500

Henry Nguyen, Redefining the effects of beneficial microorganisms on N fixation and nutrient uptake in soybean to provide sustainable solutions to reduce chemical fertilizers use, Texas Tech University, 10/1/22-9/30/23, $49,995

Heike Buecking, Acquisition of Goods and Services – BCIRL FY23/24, Agricultural Research Service, 4/1/23-3/31/24, $2,750

Heike Buecking, Refinement of trypsin inhibitor measurement procedure to improve the assay consistency leading to industry adoption, Agricultural Research Service, 10/1/22-9/30/23, $86,000

William Wiebold, Service Order A-7 – Wiebold/Knuckles Yield Testing, Syngenta, 2/17/23-2/17/24, $30,008

Jacob Westhoff, Distribution of Threatened Endemic Crayfishes of the St. Francis River drainage, MO, and Spread of the Invasive Woodland Crayfish, Missouri Department of Conservation, 7/1/22-6/30/23, $70,430

Michael Sunde, Natural Community and Other Ecological Mapping for the State of Arkansas, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, 4/1/23-6/30/24, $50,000

Craig Paukert, Factors affecting Lake Sturgeon reproduction: the next step in recovery and management, Missouri Department of Conservation, 7/1/22-6/30/23, $121,617

In the News

‘Sacrifice Pastures’ Space Best Cattle Grazing Pastures

Westhoff: High farmland values are both a positive sign and a challenge
Columbia Tribune

Large grant helps University of Missouri expand cover crops

Multi-species grazing can have benefits
Missouri Farmer Today

FAPRI: Farm income to soften as commodity prices weaken
Successful Farming (

National Milk says pricing recommendations are balanced
Brownfield Ag News

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