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College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
Dean’s Monthly Newsletter // January 2022
Month in Review
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Welcome to the spring 2022 semester! I look forward to a great term with all of you and our outstanding students.

This new year has already been busy! I kicked off January with the very first meeting of the Missouri Food Entrepreneur Network (Mo-FEN), with representatives from across the state, including Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe and Director Chris Chinn of the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Mo-FEN is an arm of the Show-Me Food, Beverage and Forest Products Manufacturing Initiative. In addition, seven other colleges and universities were represented at the meeting, including Northwest Missouri State University, College of the Ozarks, Lincoln University, Truman State University, Southeast Missouri State University, University of Central Missouri and Missouri State University (group photo, above, courtesy Missouri Department of Agriculture). What a great way to kick off this important initiative! The Show-Me Food, Beverage and Forest Products Manufacturing Initiative is one of the Grand Ideas in our CAFNR strategic plan.

Also this month I have attended two Deans Council Meetings; budget meetings with Mizzou administration as well as CAFNR division directors; a meeting with our Agricultural Systems Technology faculty; the HARC/UMCA advisory board meeting; meetings with President Mun Choi and Provost Latha Ramchand; our CAFNR Core Team regular meeting; and meetings with division directors up for review this semester. I also had lunch with Don Nikodim, Executive Vice President of the Missouri Pork Association, on Jan. 13, and attended the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City board meeting Jan. 20.

This week I look forward to visiting with our CAFNR deans, CFO and division directors at our regular meeting; attending President Choi’s monthly leadership team meeting; and being part of a CAFNR Policy Committee meeting. In addition, I will attend the Missouri Innovation Center Board meeting Jan. 26, and the Annual Boone County Legislative Forum, presented by the Mizzou Alumni Association, on the 27th.

I encourage all of you to attend (virtually!) Mizzou’s celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday this evening. It is always an inspiring event! This year’s keynote speaker is Ashley M. Jones, Alabama’s first Black – and youngest – poet laureate. Find more information, including the livestream link on Mizzou’s website. The virtual event begins at 7 p.m. this evening.

Proud to begin another semester with all of you! Thanks for all you do for our students.

CAFNR Proud,

Christopher R. Daubert, Ph.D.
CAFNR Vice Chancellor & Dean


As we reflect on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., today, I am proud to work in an industry with researchers combatting food insecurity. Feeding the world is only part of our work in CAFNR contributing to the main goal of our strategic plan, “Imagining a healthy world.”

9:23 AM - Jan 17, 2022
Tiger Roars!

CAFNR’s retention rate of students from fall is 95.7% on the second week of the spring 2022 semester. First-time college retention stands at 95.0%. (This is more than 1 percentage point higher than this time last year.)

The recently released career outcomes success rate is 99.0% for CAFNR graduates for AY20 (SU20, F20, and SP21 graduates). (Based on a 92.9% knowledge rate. CAFNR led campus on both outcomes rate and knowledge rate.)

Admitted students for fall 2022 are 44% higher than this time last year. (This includes new programs Personal Financial Planning and Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. Excluding those programs, we are still up 24% from last year.)

Of Note

Save the Date for CAFNR Unlimited! The fun, fundraising event returns in-person Saturday, Feb. 26, in Jefferson City. See more details and get registered at

Please make sure your students are making plans to visit the CAFNR/Arts & Science Career Fair, Wednesday, March 9! The event will feature employers and other organizations seeking students for jobs, internships and other opportunities post-graduation. Visit for details.