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Taking a Chance

Mason Ward's research portfolio has earned him two awards from the Entomological Society of America

As a freshman, Mason Ward took a chance and applied to the Freshman Research in Plants (FRIPS) Program with the thought that he would give research a try. Ward wasn’t sure if research would be a major part of his collegiate career, but figured by pushing himself he would certainly learn something new. Now, three years later, Ward’s extraordinary research…

Interdisciplinary Plant Group Celebrates their 40th Anniversary with Seminars

The Interdisciplinary Plant Group (IPG) is celebrating 40th anniversary with seminars 

The Interdisciplinary Plant Group (IPG) is celebrating their 40th Anniversary this year. The IPG is a campus-wide community of University of Missouri (MU) faculty, students, postdoctoral fellows and professionals who are pursuing novel, creative and transformative ideas in the field of plant biology. To celebrate the 40th anniversary, a series of seminars will be presented throughout the months of October…

Q&A with Brenda Schreck

Schreck is a county engagement specialist in livestock with the Agriculture and Environment Extension Program

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? My focus is consulting with elevator firms to maintain compliance with USDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) guidelines for animal feed. I also work with area producers enrolled in the Show-Me-Select (SMS) Replacement Heifer Program and Northeast Missouri Beef Cattle Improvement Association (NEMO BCIA) Performance Tested Bull Program. I also educate youth on animal health…

Q&A With Kate Preston

Preston is the research news strategist in CAFNR Communications

What are your job duties/job responsibilities in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources? I work in CAFNR’s Communications department as a Research News Strategist. I work with researchers on campus to write feature stories promoting their research or grants they’ve received. I also work with the Agricultural Experiment Stations across the state writing stories and promoting events held…

CAFNR Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Notable Hispanic Scholars in Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Eduardo Segarra – MS, ’82 Agricultural Economics Agricultural Economist, Professor Segarra worked with his family’s construction business in Monterrey, Mexico, while earning a BS in economics. He then learned English in four months so he could come to Mizzou for a MS in ag econ. For the last 30+ years, he has been a professor of ag econ at Texas…

Q&A with Ben Brown

Brown is a senior research associate with the Agriculture and Environment Extension Program

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I have a split appointment between MU Extension and FAPRI. My topic areas include agricultural risk management – markets, policy and finance. Currently, I’m wrapping up a project on land rental rates for Missouri’s crop, pasture and timberland. I also have projects that look at how increased precipitation impacts local basis for Midwest crop…

Wurdack Research Center to Host Field Day

The Wurdack Research Center is set to host an in-person field day on Friday, Oct. 8

The Wurdack Research Center will host an in-person field day on Friday, Oct. 8. The event is free and open to the public, with a lunch at noon sponsored by FCNB Bank. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with tours starting at 9 a.m. “We are so appreciative of their support that helps us continue to provide a free event…

Feeling Right at Home

As CAFNR Student Council president, Elizabeth Gunter encourages students to get involved

Growing up in a town of less than 300 people, Elizabeth Gunter’s graduating class at DeKalb High School consisted of just 15 students. Coming to the University of Missouri, with enrollment above 30,000 students, was a big change of pace. The MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) made that change much easier. “It was definitely a little…

An Opportunity to Share Missouri Agriculture

Samantha Turner named director of communications for Missouri Soybean

When Samantha Turner first declared an agricultural education major within the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), she was focused on educating future generations of agriculturists as a high school teacher. Once Turner got into the program and got more involved, she knew that agricultural education was the right path. However, she realized that instead…

Seeds of Change

CAFNR alumnus reflects on legacy of introducing hybrid plant to Mexico, creates endowed scholarship

Humberto Castro BS Ag ’50, MS ’59 is not one to normally boast about himself. Even with all of his both business-related and personal successes and accomplishments achieved in the more than nine decades of his life, Humberto prefers to not have the limelight pointed at him. Instead, the man who is still very active at 98 years old, normally…