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A Smashing Success

South Farm Showcase connects the Columbia community with CAFNR

The Columbia community was treated to a day of educational and fun activities this past weekend, showcasing the wide variety of research and projects being conducted at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. The 11th annual South Farm Showcase, held on Saturday, Sept. 30, featured a little bit of everything, including animals, plants, forestry and…

A Change in Pace

Thompson Research Center field day moves to evening format

With a change in field day format, the Thompson Research Center brought the same informative presentations at a different time on Thursday, Sept. 21. In the past, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Thompson Research Center field day has been held in the morning hours with a free lunch. This year’s event was moved to…

Celebrating Chestnuts

Missouri Chestnut Roast returns for 11th year

The annual Missouri Chestnut Roast returns in 2017, celebrating many of Missouri’s specialty crops, especially the chestnut. The event is hosted by the University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry, the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), and the School of Natural Resources (SNR). This is the 11th year of the Chestnut Roast, which will run from 10…

‘A Local Resource’

Wurdack Research Center field day set for Oct. 6

The Wurdack Research Center is made up of some 1,200 acres – the majority of which includes upland hardwood forest. The rest of those acres are made up of Meramec River bottom soil and provides demonstration and research of rotational grazing practices, novel fescue and cattle husbandry. The Center’s annual field day will feature presentations on the research taking place…

Managing Natural Resources

FSRC field day focuses on a variety of topics

With a focus on natural resources, the Forage Systems Research Center dived into a variety of timely agricultural topics during its annual field day on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Forages, sunn hemp, pond management and timber stand improvement were among the many talks during the event. Along with local producers, several high school students from area schools were in attendance. “Our…

After Hours: Collecting Memories

Eric Gooding has shifted his focus during the past year

A self-described pack rat, Eric Gooding collected a little bit of everything growing up. His collecting ways have continued through the years, up until this past year. He has shifted his focus, instead, to collecting memories. Gooding and his wife sold their house a year ago, which included a large barn that housed a good portion of Gooding’s collected items.…

Making Research Accessible

Research Center magazine highlights strengths of each Center

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has a system of Agricultural Research Centers across Missouri, extending CAFNR’s research to more than 14,000 acres to meet the regional research and demonstration needs of agricultural producers and natural resource managers. The Research Centers host a variety of events and activities, from field days to MU Extension activities…

Crafting the Perfect Brew

MU Extension horticulturalists researching hops

Most often used as a flavoring and stability agent in beer, hops have become more popular during the past few years, due in large part to the boom in the craft brewing industry. Hops, which are cone-shaped flowers, aren’t a new crop for Missouri, but it’s been years since hops have been a mainstay in the state. “If you go…

A Coastal Career

SNR student receives two-year coastal management fellowship from NOAA

Growing up in Bangalore, India, Vidya Balasubramanyam wanted to be a plumber. “The city that I lived in, Bangalore, used to have a lot of water shortages. It used to have power cuts — we used to go as long as three days without water, as long as three days without electricity. That made me acutely aware of resource shortages…

From Trash to Treasure

Collaboration across CAFNR looks to use nuisance fish product for humanitarian aid

Since he started promoting eating Asian carp as a way to reduce the environmental impact to Midwestern waterways from these invasive fish about four years ago, Mark Morgan has received many calls and emails from folks with suggestions of their own on reducing the population. One call caught his attention a few years back, and just this fall, all the…