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College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
Dean’s Monthly Newsletter // February 2019
Month in Review
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The bravery of a crocus breaking through the snow, with daffodils soon to follow, serves as a reminder that spring is coming! This is a lively, exciting time at Mizzou as we enjoy more sunshine and warmer temperatures, and wrap up a challenging semester.

Recently, I enjoyed visiting with the Forage Systems Research Center advisory board members in Linneus; presenting to the new ALOT (Agricultural Leadership of Tomorrow) class here on campus; and seeing Sarah Parker Pauley, a Mizzou alum and director of the Missouri Department of Conservation, receive the Carnahan Public Service Award from the Mizzou Truman School of Public Affairs. CAFNR faculty members Randy Prather and Melissa Mitchum, along with Marshall Stewart, presented last week at the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City’s Ag Innovation Forum at the American Royal. I was proud to represent our college at the forum, after attending the GICL (Graduate Institute of Cooperative Leadership) board meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona. GICL is led by Dr. Michael Cook and Kristi Livingston of DASS, and the program provides executive education to cooperative leaders around the world. The future of agriculture in Missouri is bright with exceptional leaders like these.

Speaking of outstanding leaders, we are honored to welcome Kellie Bray to CAFNR as an Executive-in-Residence on Thursday, Feb. 21, and Friday, Feb. 22. Kellie is Chief of Staff for CropLife America. We appreciate Kellie taking time from her busy schedule to visit with our students, faculty and staff!

The recent Missouri Legislative Update Breakfast here in Columbia last week provided a great opportunity to visit with our local delegation. I look forward to attending the University of Missouri Legislative Day Showcase in Jefferson City later this week.

Provost Latha Ramchand invited MU leadership to participate in a Diversity and Inclusion Workshop on campus next week, and later this month I will be visiting with CAFNR leaders, the Provost and the campus chief financial officer about our budget for the next fiscal year. Both of these priorities are incredibly important to the success of our college.

I will provide an update on the Food, Beverage and Forest Product Manufacturing Initiative – the first Grand Idea to come from our Strategic Planning process – at our first spring CAFNR faculty and staff meeting this Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 3:30 p.m. in Jesse Wrench Auditorium (S107 Memorial Union). Director Jinglu Tan will inform the college about our Division of Food Systems and Bioengineering, sharing details of FSBE’s people, programs and partnership. I hope you will join us!

The annual CAFNR Unlimited banquet and auctions are this Saturday in Jefferson City. This is always a fun event where I look forward to visiting with our dedicated alumni and supporters. I am so grateful for the network of support we enjoy – including all of you!

Thank you for all that you do for our college!

CAFNR Proud!

Christopher R. Daubert
CAFNR Vice Chancellor & Dean


Thrilled to welcome my friend and colleague, Dr. Rodolphe Barrangou, to give the 10th annual MU Center for Agroforestry Symposium keynote address on CRISPR innovation! #CAFNRproud!

7:11 PM - Jan 30, 2019
Tiger Roars!

The Office of Research launched its semimonthly newsletter last week to keep faculty, staff and stakeholders informed about the exciting basic and applied research conducted in CAFNR and the impact it makes. CAFNR Research Digest includes feature stories on current research projects, spotlights on the many collaborative research clusters in the college and our talented graduate students, briefs about Research Center activities, grants and awards received, and more.

Of Note

Congratulations To

The two awardees of the CAFNR Staff Advisory Council’s Enrichment Award are: 

  • Caroline Todd, Business Specialist II, School of Natural Resources, who will attend the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers Conference in Denver, Colorado.
  • Michael Sunde, Senior Research Specialist, School of Natural Resources, who will attend the US-IALE (International Association for Landscape Ecology) Annual Meeting in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Don’t Miss! 

Black History Month events at the University of Missouri are ongoing through the first week in March. This year’s theme is “Black Migrations: New Destinations, New Realities.” Upcoming events include speakers and panels, in addition to a film screening and trivia night. See the full list of events on Mizzou’s website. In addition, CAFNR digital displays will be running a series about notable African-Americans in agriculture, food and natural resources through the end of February in honor of Black History Month.

Need a new or updated professional portrait? CAFNR Communications is holding a Faculty, Staff and Graduate Student Photo Day tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 1-98 Agriculture Building (southwest corner of the basement). WEATHER PERMITTING; keep an eye out for an email from CAFNR Info if anything changes.

Faculty members should also consider signing up for a photo shoot through Mizzou’s Communicate on Demand office. After the head-to-toe photo session with Academic Support Center, the Communicate on Demand office writers will put together a 200-word profile story on your research, layout the design, and share it with you before posting to their website. Communicate on Demand is designed to help faculty, staff and administrators create quick, custom on-demand booklets, presentations and videos. Free booklets can be downloaded or printed and used in materials for recruitment, at conferences, with donors, legislators, corporations and other constituents. The tool currently offers more than 1,050 stories and is growing weekly. Upcoming photo shoot days include: