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CAFNR Research Digest
CAFNR Office of Research Newsletter // May 21, 2020 // 2(9)
Feature Story
A Consistent Presence (click to read)
A Consistent Presence »

Eldon Cole has served Missourians through MU Extension for 50-plus years

Research Highlights
Making the Cut (click to read)
Making the Cut »

Harly Durbin has been collecting and organizing hair shedding data

Agricultural Research Centers
Q&A With Drew Anderson (click to read)
Q&A With Drew Anderson »

Anderson is a research specialist at the Baskett Research Center

Research Roars

Lisa Groshong Earns MU Distinguished Dissertation Award – Discipline Winner
Lisa Groshong is being honored by the MU Graduate School with the MU Distinguished Dissertation Award for her dissertation titled “Looking Broadly and Deeply into Perceptions of Local Climate Change Impacts Among Visitors to Missouri State Parks.” This work was supervised by Sonja Wilhelm Stanis, associate professor in the School of Natural Resources. The results of Groshong’s research suggest opportunities for state park managers to take action toward locally-oriented climate change mitigation, education and communication. Groshong is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Missouri.

Jim Spain Named Icon of Education by KC’s Ingram’s Magazine
Jim Spain, vice provost for undergraduate studies and eLearning, has been named an “Icon of Education” by Kansas City’s Ingram’s Magazine. The feature is in its 12th year and honors 10 educators at all levels in Missouri and Kansas. Spain is also a professor in our Division of Animal Sciences. Today, he continues to teach and serve as an advisor in CAFNR while also serving in his current administrative roles. Spain first joined MU in 1990 as a state extension dairy scientist and assistant professor. After serving eight years as assistant dean for academic programs for MU’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Spain was named the university’s vice provost for undergraduate studies in 2007 and added vice provost for eLearning to his title in 2011. Read more at

CAFNR faculty members have received the following recent grants (listed by Principal Investigator):
Stephen Anderson, Soil Health Lab Equipment, 3/15/20-6/30/20, $100,000, MO Department of Natural Resources

Bruce Barrett, Acquisition of Goods & Services – Plant Genetics FY20-21, 4/1/20-3/31/2021, $82,280, Agricultural Research Service

Bruce Barrett, Acquisition of Goods & Services: Administrative/Facility Support Services, 4/1/20-3/31/21, $44,000, Agricultural Research Service

Bruce Barrett, Acquisition of Goods and Services – Bio Control of Insects FY20-21, 6/1/2020-5/31/2021, $11,990, Agricultural Research Service

Kevin Bradley, Demonstrate BASF herbicide options in XtendFlex soybeans, 4/15/2020-4/14/2021, $15,000, BASF Corp

Kaitlyn Bissonnette, Evaluation of Bioconsortia products for the effect of biological seed treatments on early soybean growth and seedling disease, 3/15/2020-3/14/2023, $10,000, Bioconsortia

Kerry Clark, SCRP20 Ghana Cocoa Cultivation, 7/1/2020-8/31/2022, $49,747, Foreign Ag Service

Deborah Finke, Evaluating Potential Cross-Resistance between Bacterial Proteins for Western Corn Rootworm and Baseline Toxicity Assays for Northern Corn Rootworm, 4/9/2020-4/8/2021, $59,999, Agricultural Research Service

Benjamin Knapp, Upland Oak Sustainability, 1/1/20-6/30/21, $23,752, University of Kentucky

Menghshi Lin, Exploring the Mechanisms and Applications of 4D Food Printing, 5/1/20-4/30/22, $200,000, USDA NIFA

Calvin Meeks, Refinement of Nitrogen Use in Cotton for the Cotton Belt, 1/1/2020-12/31/2020, $5,000, Cotton Inc.

Gerald Miller Jr, Evaluation of disease control practices on putting greens, 4/1/20-12/31/20, $6,000, BASF Corp

Charles Nilon, National Need for Disciplinary Integration in Forest Resource Management, 4/15/20-4/14/25, $238,500, USDA NIFA

Bethany Redel, Cytokine enhancement of in vitro maturation and developmental competence of swine and cattle oocytes for use in agriculture and biotechnology, 7/1/2020-6/30/2023, $465,000, USDA NIFA

Ronald Revord, Specialty Crop Multi-State Program, 5/1/2020-4/30/2023, $923,155, Department of Agriculture

Peter Sutovsky, Influence of autophagy and mitophagy on preimplantation embryo development and mitocondrial inheritance in livestock animals, 6/1/20-5/31/24, $490,000, USDA NIFA

Jinglu Tan, Acquisition of Goods and Services – Cropping Systems & Water Quality FY20-21, 4/1/2020-3/31/2021, $83,893, Agricultural Research Service

Lisa Webb, Identifying Migration Routes, Timing of Migrations, and Important Breeding, Staging, and Wintering Areas for Blue-Winged Teal, 8/1/2020-7/31/2021, $40,151, LA Wildlife & Fisheries Foundation

Congratulations to Recent CAFNR Graduates!
Our college honored 375 spring and 89 summer graduates this past weekend with a virtual commencement celebration. More than 230 students submitted photos, favorite memories, clubs and organization involvement, hometowns and honors for the 2020 CAFNR Graduate Memories Booklet. Visit our commencement page for the booklet, videos and more!

See Recent Research Webinars Online
CAFNR Research Council Webinar Series recordings are now available online.

In the News

One-week emergence window has little impact on corn yield
Clayton News Daily

Clover causes death in Missouri cow herds
Beef Magazine 

Peoples’ love of bees bodes well for conservation efforts, researcher finds

It’s pollination time for black walnut! The header photo showcases work done by Ronald Revord, an assistant research professor in the School of Natural Resources and part of the MU Center for Agroforestry, a CAFNR Program of Distinction. Revord controls the crosses by installing pollination bags. This is just one part of Revord’s tree breeding program.