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College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
Dean’s Monthly Newsletter // January 2018
Month in Review

Welcome back to a new semester! I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful holiday season and winter break.

Campus may have been quiet but our constituents have been quite active. I had the opportunity to connect with our friends in Jefferson City surrounding exciting new initiatives, celebrate the success of the Missouri Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program at the Missouri Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show, and see what’s ahead for the dairy industry in Missouri at the Heart of America Dairy Expo. I look forward to addressing the Missouri Corn Annual Meeting and the Agroforestry Symposium later this week.

As I have mentioned before, our Academic Programs team has been hard at work reaching out to students and families across Missouri. We are seeing signs that these efforts may be paying dividends. Bryan Garton reports we have a 30 percent increase in the number of admitted first-time college students over this time last year, so we are cautiously optimistic about CAFNR’s fall 2018 enrollment.

Our strategic planning process is in full force. The consultants will be on campus the week of January 29 conducting interviews and focus groups. Some of you have been asked to participate. If so, I hope you will take advantage of the opportunity. If you are not involved in this phase, rest assured there will be additional opportunities in the coming weeks and months.

I am truly excited to see what this semester has in store.


Congratulations to Thompson @MUResearchCtr, recognized as a Pioneer Farm by the Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program. #CAFNRproud

8:58 PM - Jan 5, 2018
Tiger Roars!

The CAFNR Alumni Association awarded more than $27,000 in grants in December to 26 recipients, including CAFNR students, faculty and staff, through Ag 100 Endowment grants.

Of Note

Save the Date
CAFNR Administrative Information Meetings (CAFNR AIMs), to learn more about college initiatives in research, academic programs and extension and be transparent regarding budget. All meetings are from 3:30-5 p.m.:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 14 (Research focus), Leadership Auditorium, Mizzou Student Center
  • Monday, March 12 (Extension), Leadership Auditorium, Mizzou Student Center
  • Wednesday, April 18 (Academic Programs), 220 Gwynn Hall

Don’t Miss!
CAFNR Ag Unlimited banquet and fundraising auction, 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10, Holiday Inn Executive Center. Get early-bird tickets by Feb. 3!