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CAFNR Research Digest
CAFNR Office of Research Newsletter // October 21, 2021 // 3(21)
Feature Stories
MU Celebrates Grand Opening of Roy Blunt NextGen Facility (click to read)
MU Celebrates Grand Opening of Roy Blunt NextGen Facility »

The building anchors NextGen initiative, which will accelerate critical health care discoveries and treatments

Ahmed Balboula receives Outstanding Investigator Award (click to read)
Ahmed Balboula receives Outstanding Investigator Award »

Balboula receives grant through the National Institute of General Medicine

Interdisciplinary Plant Group (IPG) to Hold Seminars in Honor of Anniversary

IPG is celebrating their 40th Anniversary! To celebrate, IPG will hold a series of seminars throughout the months of October and November. The full schedule can be found on CAFNR’s website.

Agricultural Research Centers
Wurdack Research Center Field Day (click to read)
Wurdack Research Center Field Day »

The Wurdack Research Center held their field day on Friday, Oct. 8 in Cook Station. Attendees heard multiple educational presentations such as body conditioning scoring, silvo-pasture, timber sales and methods and more

Exploring Careers in Agriculture (click to read)
Exploring Careers in Agriculture »

Several Research Centers throughout the state hosted high school students

Research Roars

Samniqueka Halsey Receives Outstanding G.O.L.D. Alumni Award 

Samniqueka Halsey, assistant professor in the School of Natural Resources in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) and CAFNR’s Faculty Fellow for Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity, received the 2021 Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) Outstanding G.O.L.D (Graduates of the Last Decade) Alumni award. The Outstanding G.O.L.D Alumni award recognizes alumnus/alumna who have graduated in the last ten years and have excelled in his or her chosen profession. Honorees offer inspiration and encouragement as models for principled leadership and commitment to serving others.

Halsey was recognized at the NEIU Golden Gala and Alumni Awards banquet on Saturday, Oct. 16.

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

Malia Gehan, Support for GRA, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, 8/1/2021-7/31/2022, $45,743

Sarah Lovell, Agroforestry Outreach and Communications, Forest SVC, 9/17/2021-9/30/2022, $45,237

Brian Mooney, Acquisitions of Goods and Services, Agricultural Research SVC, 9/28/2021-9/27/2022, $3,300

Rebecca North, Bizarro Cyantoxins: When do green reservoirs become toxic?, Geological Survey, 9/1/2021-8/31/2022, $21,736

Andrew Thomas, Moving American Elderberry into Mainstream Production and Processing, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, 9/1/2021-8/31/2025, $5,325,225

Bryon Wiegand, Acquisition Goods and Services, Agricultural Research SVC, 8/15/2021-3/31/2022, $15,000

In The News

‘Tremendous Demand’ Awaits Chestnuts Grown in Midwest

Nebraska Public Media

MU Field Days are for Farmers. Who Knew?

Missouri Ruralist 

Cover Crop Can Reduce Waterhemp in Soybean


Look to Data When Making Fertility Selection Decisions

High Plains Journal


It’s harvest season at the Fisher Delta Research, Extension and Education Center. The header photo showcases the rice harvest at the Center.