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Inside CAFNR
MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

As a future University of Missouri Tiger, we want you to get a glimpse of what you can experience as a student in the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR). Click on the links below to learn more about the CAFNR Experience and click here to schedule a visit with us to see for yourself!

Message from the CAFNR Student Council President
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As a senior in high school I visited three different colleges, one being the University of Missouri. After my college visit, I knew that Mizzou and CAFNR was exactly where I belonged. Something that stood out to me on my visit was the small, family feel that CAFNR offers, as well as the exceptional staff that wanted to see me succeed. I was a bit nervous coming to such a large university, but I quickly learned that CAFNR has so much to offer – both inside and outside of the classroom.

At the beginning of my freshman year, I made sure to join a few of the clubs and organizations that CAFNR offers. The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has over forty clubs and organizations so I was able to find organizations that I was both interested in and would help me network through my time at the university. I have been involved in CAFNR Ambassadors, CAFNR Student Council, Collegiate Farm Bureau, as well as the National Agri-Marketing Association. CAFNR Student Council has been one of my favorite organizations to get involved in. As student council president I have had the opportunity to learn about the many great clubs and organizations that we have through our college, as well as the events that they host that benefit both CAFNR students and the Columbia community. I would have never known about all of these clubs without getting involved.

The clubs and organizations are just a small part of the CAFNR Experience. The experience offers students access to award-winning advisors and teachers; research opportunities with internationally renowned scientists; multiple study abroad options; career expos; hands-on learning experiences; and so much more! Take a peek at the stories below to see how CAFNR prepares students to be successful — not just in the classroom but also in their future careers!

Lauryn Robnett
Senior, Agribusiness Management

CAFNR Has a Lot to Offer

Each of the 14 degree programs in CAFNR impact the largest industries in the region and address the most significant challenges in our world today, including agricultural policy and economics; tourism and hospitality; food nutrition, production, processing and safety; environmental sustainability; and animal and human health.

  • CAFNR awards $1.5 million in scholarships annually
  • Graduation rate is 17% higher than state and national averages
  • 98.8% of graduates are employed full-time or enrolled in graduate school
  • 200-plus employers recruit CAFNR students
  • 51% of CAFNR students graduate debt free
  • Multiple accelerated programs provide opportunities to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees simultaneously
RISE Initiative
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All CAFNR undergraduate students take part in a “signature experience” during their time on campus. This is denoted as the “RISE” Initiative: Research, International, Service learning, Experiential learning. Read more about some of those experiences below!

The Student Experience
Biochemistry students accepted into MU School of Medicine Bryant Scholars Pre-Admissions Program (click to read)
Biochemistry students accepted into MU School of Medicine Bryant Scholars Pre-Admissions Program »

Aidan Dowdney and Luke Smith went from randomly assigned roommates freshman year to Bryant Scholars headed for medical school.

Doing to learn: creating opportunities through the CAFNR experience (click to read)
Doing to learn: creating opportunities through the CAFNR experience »

Incoming freshman Sam Tummons is ready to expand his horizons as a CAFNR student and Missouri State FFA President.

An immersive learning opportunity (click to read)
An immersive learning opportunity »

Unique collaboration between three Mizzou Colleges offers environmental sciences students an opportunity to study weather through virtual reality.

Product development is sweet (click to read)
Product development is sweet »

Food science and nutrition students spent the fall semester developing other UM System universities’ answer to Tiger Stripe ice cream.

Former Marine turned viticulturist Kenzi Schultz finds a community at Mizzou (click to read)
Former Marine turned viticulturist Kenzi Schultz finds a community at Mizzou »

Military service shaped Schultz’s academic future, and she wants other veterans to know that the transition to college is possible.

Big game credentials (click to read)
Big game credentials »

Mizzou students volunteered at the 2023 NFL Draft — earning class credit and taking part in an unforgettable hands-on experience.

CAFNR Senior Spotlight – Q&A with Tamia Ray (click to read)
CAFNR Senior Spotlight – Q&A with Tamia Ray »

Ray is a senior graduating in December with a degree in nutrition and exercise physiology.

Making an Impact
Letting rural America shine (click to read)
Letting rural America shine »

CAFNR Alumnus and new Executive Director of the Hannibal Regional Economic Development Council Maria Kuhns is passionate about making rural Missouri a place to live, work, and thrive.

Clubs and Organizations
Get Involved in CAFNR! (click to read)
Get Involved in CAFNR! »

Build leadership skills and friendships in more than 40 CAFNR-specific clubs and organizations. Each program has activities tailored to its students, in addition to many College-wide opportunities. Getting involved is a great way to expand on classroom learning, meet others with similar interests — and have some fun along the way!

Two-time champs – MU Animal Sciences Quadrathlon team takes home national title once again (click to read)
Two-time champs – MU Animal Sciences Quadrathlon team takes home national title once again »

Aliyah Luntsford, Catriona Chew, Caleigh Grote and Alexia Sweiger represented MU Animal Sciences in a rigorous test of their technical knowledge at the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) National Meeting in Albuquerque, N.M.