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CAFNR Research Digest
CAFNR Office of Research Newsletter // Sept. 21, 2023 // 5(19)
Feature Stories
Growing green for the future (click to read)
Growing green for the future »

The Missouri Climate-Resilient Crop and Livestock Project has secured $35 million in federal grants, igniting a regenerative awakening across the state’s agricultural community. The aim: revolutionizing Missouri farming.

MU ag economists expect commodities to lose ground going forward (click to read)
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.

Missouri Agriculture Experiment Station
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Research and Grant Tips

Make your proposal graphics pop
Get tips and strategies for creating illustrations that will make your grant proposal stand out from the crowd in a Zoom workshop at noon Sept. 22 taught by Samantha Peters, proposal illustrator on the Strategic Proposal Development Service team.

Research Council Grants due Oct. 9
Apply for the second round of Research Council grants by Oct. 9. Worth up to $15,000, these internal grants often support activities that contribute to the competitiveness of grant proposals for external funding.

American Heart Association to fund new research centers
This American Heart Association Strategically Focused Research Network on Inflammation in Cardiac and Neurovascular Disease is establishing at least three centers. Pre-proposals are due Oct. 23 for this $4.4 million limited-submission award. The Strategic Proposal Development Service can coordinate with your department to support an application

CAFNR Research Council
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You are invited to attend the third annual CAFNR Research Symposium presented by CAFNR Research Council. Join us on Thursday, Oct. 5, to hear from faculty and graduate and undergraduate students about how they are creating a healthier world. Events will begin at 9 a.m. in 201/214 North Memorial Union; a poster session and reception will be held from 4 to 5 p.m., with award winners announced at 5 p.m.

Research Roars

Two CAFNR Faculty Named as Curators’ Distinguished Professors

The University of Missouri Board of Curators recently named two CAFNR faculty members as Curators’ Distinguished Professors. The classification is the highest and most prestigious academic rank awarded by the Board of Curators.

This year’s recipients in CAFNR are:

  • Blake Meyers, professor of plant sciences and technology. Meyers’ research focuses on plant molecular biology with an emphasis on RNA sequencing in plants.
  • Patrick Westhoff, Howard Cowden Professor of Agriculture and Applied Economics. Westhoff is the director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI-MU) and conducts research on agricultural markets and policymaking.

Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry Receives Fellows Award from Academy of Science-St. Louis

Gary Weisman, curators’ distinguished professor of biochemistry, was recognized by the Academy of Science-St. Louis as a 2020 fellows awardee. The organization delayed their 2020 celebration due to COVID-19, and recognized those awardees, including Weisman, in its 2023 celebration on Sept. 20.

Since its inception, the Academy has promoted the recognition of the impressive scientists of the St. Louis region. The organization focuses the region’s attention upon individuals, institutions and corporations known worldwide for their scientific contributions to research, industry, and quality of life. In every category, preference is given to candidates who also have a record of excellence in communicating with the public, mentoring colleagues, or leadership in the field of science or industry.

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

Jon Simonsen, Expanding a diverse database to aid in making high risk decisions under volatile profit margins and adoptions of climate smart technologies, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, 9/1/23-8/31/24, $500,000

Amy Petry, Increasing corn-based fiber utilization in swine by understanding its impact on gastrointestinal microbiota and the intestinal transcriptome, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, 5/15/23-1/14/24, $232,232.16

Michael Stambaugh, Oak Woodlands & Forests Fire Consortium, FY2024 and 2025, US Forest Service, 8/23/23-9/30/25, $378,705

Jeffrey Case, Enhancing outreach in Missouri for climate smart agriculture, drainage water management and water quality improvement via education, demonstration, and training, US Department of Agriculture–NRCS, 10/1/23-9/30/26, $864,648

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