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Faculty & Staff Newsletter // April 2024
Groundbreaking for new building named for former Sen. Roy Blunt held at Fisher Delta Research, Extension and Education Center (click to read)
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The Roy Blunt Soil Testing and Research Laboratory located in Portageville, Missouri, will strengthen research support for southeast Missouri producers.

Message from the Dean
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Spring is always busy, but it’s also one of the best times at a university, as it means awards season!

I hope you will all join us for our college’s annual Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony Tuesday, April 16, beginning at 4 p.m. at Bond Life Sciences Center, with appetizers in the atrium. The program starts at 5 p.m. in Monsanto Auditorium, and desserts and congratulations to the winners will follow in the foyer! We will present awards for outstanding students, researchers, teachers, advisors, staff, service and much more. No RSVP required; just join and help us celebrate!

We are in an exciting season of growth for our college, both on campus and at our REECs across the state, celebrating a groundbreaking last week – and will have a topping off ceremony yet this afternoon!

A groundbreaking (pictured above) was held Friday, April 5, for the Roy Blunt Soil Testing and Research Laboratory at the Fisher Delta Research, Extension and Education Center (FD-REEC) in Portageville, Mo. This $4.6 million facility will enhance agriculture research programs housed at the center, offering advanced resources for soil, water and plant-tissue testing.

This afternoon, we celebrate the “topping-off” of the new Learning Center at the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Farm (HARF) in New Franklin, Mo. This new building will upgrade the ability of the farm to host educational and outreach events, and support the local community, including producers and landowners. HARF is part of the Central Missouri Research, Extension and Education Center.

I was thrilled to help celebrate the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute’s 40th anniversary, as well as the 10th iteration of the Abner Womack Missouri Agriculture Outlook Conference last week. The talks were outstanding, as usual, and showcased the leadership of FAPRI in analysis of markets and policy across the globe.

Also this month I have:

  • Participated in the Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station’s Statewide Advisory Board Meeting at Cornett Farm in Linneus, MO
  • Presented, along with Chad Higgins, Vice Chancellor for Extension and Engagement, at the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City’s annual “Mizzou Showcase”
  • Attended the Ag Hall of Fame event in Jefferson City
  • Spoke to the Paris Rotary Club, at the invitation of alumnus Chuck Brazeale
  • Attended the 4-H Grand Ham Breakfast
  • Performed associate deans and directors evaluations
  • Participated in interviews for the dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine search

Yet to come, I will:

  • Participate in interviews for the dean of the College of Engineering search
  • Visit alumni in St. Louis with our CAFNR Advancement team
  • Attend a Campus Master Plan working group meeting
  • Participate in the Mizzou Book Authors event. (The Mizzou community has an open invitation to join this year and celebrate Mizzou authors, including those in CAFNR! The event will be 4-6 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the Museum of Art and Archaeology; CAFNR’s panel begins at 4:15.)

See you on Tuesday as we recognize and celebrate our people!

CAFNR Proud,

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

Catch Up With CAFNR
Catch Up With CAFNR – April 2024 (click to read)
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A photo gallery of CAFNR happenings

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Get to know Christina Meier (click to read)
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Meier is a strategic communications associate in the School of Natural Resources.

Cultivating Diversity & Inclusion

April marks a number of history, heritage and awareness months at the University of Missouri. Learn more about them all, and see related events:

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Join CAFNR Staff Council as we swing into fun at CAFNR Night with Mizzou Baseball on April 30, when the Tigers take on the Lindenwood Lions.

To celebrate our MVP faculty and staff members, we have FREE tickets to CAFNR Night for you and your family. Enjoy a night at the ballgame and cheer on the Tigers! Reserve your tickets by April 19.

Contact Secley Kennedy with any questions.


This month we recognize the following faculty and staff members for their years of service to Mizzou!

  • William Harold Tackett, dairy worker, Foremost Dairy, celebrated five years of service March 1.
  • Haiying Shi, senior research specialist, Division of Plant Science & Technology, celebrated 15 years of service March 23.
  • Susan Lasley, business administration manager, Division of Plant Science & Technology, celebrated 35 years of service March 29.
  • Scott Jackson, BTS carpenter, MOAES Field Operations, celebrated 25 years of service March 29.