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CAFNR Research Digest
CAFNR Office of Research Newsletter // November 7, 2019 // 1(19)
Feature Story
An Exciting Mission (click to read)
An Exciting Mission »

Rob Kallenbach named associate dean of CAFNR Extension/senior program director of Agriculture and Environment Extension

Agricultural Research Centers
Land of the Osages Research Center (click to read)
Land of the Osages Research Center »

The Land of the Osages Research Center recently joined CAFNR’s network of centers throughout the state known collectively as the Agricultural Experiment Station (AES), and it is the first such center to open in more than 30 years. The grand opening featured an opening ceremony that paid tribute to the center’s partnership with the Osage Nation. The more than 500 acres that make up the center were an estate gift from Doug Allen, who established MU’s H.E. Garrett Endowed Chair Professorship in 2006 and passed away in 2017.

Southwest Research Center (click to read)
Southwest Research Center »

The Southwest Research Center broke ground for a new facility last year, and held an official ribbon cutting on Friday, Oct. 25, to showcase the finished building. The new facility is part of the recently announced $6.5 million investment in CAFNR’s Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station. The joint investment comes from the UM System, MU, CAFNR and MU Extension.

Funding Agency News

The CAFNR Research Team is hosting professional development sessions to help you with your research efforts.

Maximizing Your Research Identity and Impact
Presented by Janice Dysart, Science Librarian, and Rebecca Graves, Educational Services Librarian
November 15, 2019, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in 2-43 Ag Building

Learn how to effectively use researcher profiles and scholarly communications networks to develop and manage your online scholarly presence. Utilize ORCID, Google Scholar Profile, MOspace, h-index, impact factors and more to maximize your professional impact.

Register here

Give the Granting Agency What They Want
Presented by Liz Bent and Sheryl Koenig, CAFNR Grants Team
January 31, 2020, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in 2-43 Ag Building

The best project won’t get the funding if you don’t give the sponsoring agency what they want. We’ll talk about communicating with the sponsor before you start the proposal process, reading the guidelines to see what the sponsor really wants — writing style, proposal organization, and other proposal tips.

Register here

Why is the Budget Important in a Grant Application?
Presented by Sheryl Koenig and Liz Bent, CAFNR Grants Team
February 11, 2020, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in 2-43 Ag Building

After spending long hours putting together the perfect project description/narrative for your grant application, don’t blow it all with a lousy budget and budget justification. You’re asking for money and the reviewers want to know what you’ll do with it and how you’ll manage it. A solid budget and justification give credibility to the rest of your proposal. We’ll discuss what reviewers are looking for in these documents and how to develop and structure the budget and justification.

Register here

Research Roars
Chen Wins Jorgensen Travel Grant

Paula Chen, PhD student in animal sciences, was selected as a Jorgensen Travel Grant winner for the Swine Genome Subcommittee. This award allows her to attend the Plant and Animal Genome XXVIII Conference in January 2020 where she will give a poster presentation as well as an oral presentation summary of her poster at the Swine Workshop and the NRSP-8 workshop.

CAFNR Researchers Part of $10 Million Award

CAFNR researchers are part of a $10 million award from the USDA-NIFA-AFRI-Sustainable Agriculture Systems program to study how to enhance the sustainability of U.S. cropping systems. The award will support a five-year project that aims to increase crop profitability, resilience and sustainability by enhancing the effectiveness of cover crop-based conservation tillage systems for commodity crops such as corn, soybeans and cotton.

By focusing on cover crops and conservation tillage, the project will contribute to both improved profit for farmers and reduced environmental impacts of agriculture. The project will also include an emphasis on precision sustainable agriculture approaches that enhance research, education and Extension through real-time data flow, edge and cloud-based platforms, decision support tools, and on-farm monitoring systems.

University of Missouri team members include Ray Massey, Extension professor, Applied Social Sciences; Kerry Clark, director of CAFNR International Programs and assistant research professor, Applied Social Sciences; Charles Ellis, Extension field specialist, agricultural engineering; and Rob Myers, program director, agricultural systems management. Alan Weber of MARC-IV, a CAFNR alumnus, is also cooperating with the Missouri team.

In the News

Frost-damaged soybeans need special attention

MU Specialist Shares Economics Of Switching From Dairy To Beef
Memphis Democrat

Marketing EPDs
Ozarks Farm and Neighbor

Nutritional Needs Different for Dairy and Beef Cattle
Missouri Ag Connection

Show-Me-Select Heifer Sales Set for Fall
Missouri Ag Connection

MU Celebrates Grand Opening of Land of the Osages Research Center
Douglas County Herald

Free ‘Recipes’ Tell Farmers How To Start Growing Cover Crops
Successful Farming

Beef Producers Seminar to held be held mid-November

Carcass ultrasound can help producers make selection decisions

The photo featured in the header is from a recent celebration of the grand opening of the new Land of the Osages Research Center, which took place on Tuesday, Oct. 29. The center will further research in agroforestry, a sustainability-focused system that combines trees and shrubs with crops — and sometimes livestock — to be managed on the same piece of land as a single ecosystem.