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CAFNR Research Digest
CAFNR Office of Research Newsletter // Oct. 18, 2023 // 5(21)
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Research Highlights
MU ag economists expect commodities to lose ground going forward »

The University of Missouri Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute has released an update to its yearly baseline report that examines the impact of current events and market conditions on the agricultural economy

Expert: How to become your own personal finance guru »

After inflation surged to the highest average rates since the 1980s during mid-2022, now remains as good a time as any to reassess financial priorities. Rui Yao, a Certified Financial Planner CFP® and professor of personal financial planning, shares tips on budgeting, investing and emergency funds to help people manage their finances in ways that best serve them

Dunmire Lecture Series

The School of Natural Resources is hosting its Dunmire Lecture Series 6:30 p.m. tonight at Conservation Hall. This year’s speaker is Zeb Hogan, research associate professor at the University of Nevada Reno and host of NatGeo’s “Monster Fish”.

Hogan was recently recognized in the Guiness Book of World Records for finding and tagging the world’s largest freshwater fish — a stingray.

From the Mizzou Office of Research, Innovation and Impact
Accelerate Your Research Week »

Accelerate Your Research Week is coming Nov. 13-16. The week features four days of events full of inspiration and resources to fuel your research endeavors. Events include a keynote speaker, one-on-one sessions with program officers, panel discussions, delicious food and more!

Faculty, staff and students from the University of Missouri System and other regional institutions are invited to attend.

For a full schedule of events, information about the keynote speaker or to register, visit the Office of Research, Innovation and Impact website.

NextGen Precision Health
Inaugural Interdisciplinary Symposium

NextGen Precision Health is gearing up for its first-ever Interdisciplinary Symposium, and CAFNR researchers whose work is focused on health challenges are invited to submit abstracts. Submissions open Nov. 1 and close Dec. 8. Registration for the March 22 event will open Jan. 1. Find more information or submit an abstract online.

From the CAFNR Grants Office
Upcoming Grant Workshop

Save the date for the Grants, Myths and Legends grants workshop on Thursday, Nov. 9, from 1:30-4:30 p.m.. Meet your CAFNR grants office, dispel myths, and discover the truth behind the legends. We will discuss federal sponsors, budget limitations, and subawards, and Rob Myers will present on successful strategies for obtaining grants. All sessions virtual. Details and registration will follow. All faculty, research scientists, postdocs, and grad students are invited to attend.

Research Roars

Research Symposium Poster Winners Announced

Posters from undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdocs were showcased at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ second in-person Research Symposium Oct. 5. The symposium was held in Memorial Union. Winners in three poster categories — undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral — were announced during the closing session Thursday. See photos from the event on CAFNR’s Flickr page. The winners are as follows:

Undergraduate Student Poster Award Winners

  • 3rd Place – Carissa Bersche (Biochemistry, Antje Heese)
  • 2nd Place – Aubrey Pipkins (Food, Nutrition & Exercise Science, Jacqueline Limberg)
  • 1st Place – Anvitha Boosani (Biochemistry, Jonathan Green)

Graduate Student Poster Award Winners

  • 3rd Place – Benjamin Nelson (Animal Sciences, Jonathan Green)
  • 2nd Place – Alyssa Smolensky (School of Natural Resources, Samniqueka Joi-Weaver Halsey)
  • 1st Place – Avery Hlavacek (Animal Sciences, Ahmed Balboula)

Postdoctoral Poster Award Winners

  • 3rd Place – Maria Palaez Vico (Plant Science and Technology, Ron Mittler)
  • 2nd Place – Filip Tirpak (Animal Sciences, Peter Sutovsky)
  • 1st Place – Clayton Kranawetter (Biochemistry, Lloyd Sumner)

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

Daniel Downing, EDEN at Work in the Heartland, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, 10/1/23-9/30/25, $153,040

Derek Brake, Evaluating effects of plant maturity and length of ensiling period on soybean silage produced from either high-oleic or conventional varieties., Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, 9/1/23-8/31/24, $30,013

Deborah Finke, Midwest Bumblebee Atlas, Missouri Department of Conservation, 7/1/23-6/30/24, $46,367

Allen L. Thompson, CEAP Watershed Assessment Study: Relating Rainfall and Erosion Index to Modern Rainfall Characteristics for Improved Classification of the Soil Vulnerability Index, NRCS, 9/25/23-8/31/25, $157,007

Lakshmikantha Channaiah, Food safety education and training to empower value-added food entrepreneurs., Missouri Agriculture and Small Business Development Authority, 6/22/23-9/30/24, $70,740

Kelly Nelson, On-farm Demonstration of Blind Inlets in Missouri, NRCS, 9/29/23-9/30/26, $300,019.72

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