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Columns of Pride

CAFNR recognizes six alumni with the college’s highest honor

CAFNR will soon honor its inaugural class of recipients of the CAFNR Column Award for Distinguished Alumni. This is the only award specifically for alumni presented by the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. The awardees include one graduate from each of CAFNR’s six divisions, reflecting the six historic columns at the University of Missouri. “We are proud to…

Supporting Each Udder

Dairy Club Supports Breast Cancer Awareness

There’s rarely a dull day for students walking through the University of Missouri’s campus. Oftentimes there’s free food, the opportunity to pet a dog, and some days, even a baby calf. Twice a year, MU’s Dairy Club brings a little bit of the farm to the university with their Calves on Campus event. The event is about more than just showcasing the calves, however. Dairy Club uses the…

Diverse Research Highlighted Thompson Field Day

MU Division of Animal Sciences showcased strong research, programs during Thompson Research Center field day

The University of Missouri Division of Animal Sciences showcased its diverse research and strong graduate student programs during the Thompson Research Center field day, which was held on Monday, Sept. 17. The presentations throughout the evening were primarily led by graduate students, each of whom shared their research and work. “At the Thompson Research Center, we have a great opportunity…

A Day of Celebration

Southwest Research Center welcomes farmers, producers and students, breaks ground on new facility

This year’s field day was a special one for the Southwest Research Center. Along with its normal field day presentations, the Center hosted nearly 2,000 area high school students and broke ground on a new facility. The event took place on Thursday, Sept. 13. “The entire day was really exciting,” Superintendent David Cope said. “Our agriculture education day always draws…

An Emphasis on Forage Management

Wurdack Research Center field day to be held Friday, Oct. 5

The Wurdack Research Center will feature a variety of timely agricultural presentations during its annual field day, which will take place on Friday, Oct. 5, at the Center, which is near Cook Station. The event will focus on forage management, with registration, coffee and donuts beginning at 8:30 a.m. and tours running from 9 a.m. to noon. A free lunch,…

Dealing with Drought-Like Conditions

FSRC field day tackles drought issues

Drought was the main topic of interest during the annual Forage Systems Research Center field day, which took place on Tuesday, Sept. 11. The event featured eight speakers, the majority of whom were focused on showcasing ways farmers and producers could deal with the drought-like conditions across a good portion of Missouri. Not only did farmers and producers from Missouri…

After Hours: Volunteering Unleashed

Caitlin Carr volunteers with the Spay and Neuter Project in Columbia

Caitlin Carr has always loved animals. Growing up, Caitlin found her love for animals when her family took in her uncle’s dog, Gretta, after he moved and could no longer keep her. “That poor dog probably got tired of me smothering it with hugs,” says Caitlin, the business manager in the Division of Applied Social Sciences. “Something about animals and their unconditional love and their innocent nature drew me…

Designing a Great Partnership

Mary Decker joins CAFNR to aid with instructional design

Mary Decker is excited for her new role in CAFNR – what she explains as getting to create “cool partnerships” with professors. Mary is CAFNR’s new instructional designer, which means she helps professors make their courses as high quality as possible both for physical and online classrooms, pairing their subject knowledge and her pedagogical knowledge. This is Mary’s first position…

Tomato Festival Brings out Devoted Crowd

Attendees tasted tomatoes, peppers and salsa throughout the evening

A devoted crowd gathered for the 14th annual Bradford Research Center Tomato Festival on Thursday, Sept. 6. Rainy weather didn’t stop that crowd from tasting tomatoes, peppers and salsa throughout the evening. There were around 220 varieties of tomatoes, peppers and tomatillos for guests to taste. “This is always a fun event, and we appreciate everyone who braved the weather…

Engaging with Cattlemen Across the State

Eric Bailey will speak twice during the Thompson Research Center field day

Eric Bailey has hit the ground running since he joined the University of Missouri last year as an assistant professor in the Division of Animal Sciences and a state beef Extension specialist. Bailey has been a regular at the Agricultural Research Centers’ field days since he came to MU in June 2017, speaking and engaging with farmers, producers and cattlemen…