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Matching Cattle to Their Best Environments

Troy Rowan earns podium presentation at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

In 2015, Jared Decker received a $2 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture with the goal of creating genetic and genomic predictions that would allow producers, farmers and ranchers to identify the cattle that are going to perform the best in their specific environment. Troy Rowan arrived at the University of Missouri in 2016 – and has…

A Combination of Research

Amanda Patterson’s research focuses on understanding how the uterus is repaired after pregnancy, in both animals and women

Last year, Amanda Patterson was looking for a place where she could combine her reproductive research interests in animals and her stem cell research interests in women. She found the perfect opportunity at the University of Missouri. Patterson joined the Division of Animal Sciences in November 2018 as an assistant professor. She also has a joint appointment in Obstetrics, Gynecology…

After Hours: Dog Tags

The Sykuta family dog, Ella, is an Instagram star

Ella, in many ways, is just like any other 2-year-old golden retriever. She loves attention, going on walks and spending time with her family. But there is one thing that separates her from the pack of other lovable canines and that is her sizable Instagram following. Ella, or @ella.m.thegoldengirl, has amassed a considerable number of followers online. One of her…

Excellence in Academics

Sage Eichenburch wins Hesburgh Scholarship

Sage Eichenburch grew up in downtown Prairie Home, Missouri, a small town where he could see a cornfield from the backdoor of his home. While he didn’t grow up on a farm, Sage gained his agricultural background by being involved in the agricultural community and by being a fourth generation 4-H member. Sage, a sophomore studying agriculture with an emphasis…

Recipe for Networking

CAFNR students apply what they’ve learned in the classroom 

Keric Crow and Andrew Scheiderer both grew up loving to cook. Scheiderer started cooking at a young age with his grandma and eventually began cooking on his own. Crow’s interest in the culinary arts started in high school when he enrolled in ProStart, a two-year program that teaches culinary techniques and management practices to high school students. The two seniors,…

A Learning Opportunity

Future Farmers of Ukraine interact with Missouri FFA, Mizzou 

The National FFA Organization was established in 1928, known then as Future Farmers of America. The organization officially changed its name to the National FFA Organization in 1988, and is one of the largest youth organizations in the United States, featuring more than 669,000 members and more than 8,600 chapters. The goal of the organization is to provide students with…

Waiting for the Big Catch

Jefferson Farm and Garden will host six Fun Family Fishing Nights

The Jefferson Farm and Garden Fun Family Fishing Nights return in 2019, offering families and friends an opportunity to fish in Jefferson’s 7-acre stocked pond. There will be a total of six fun family fishing nights, all of which are on Fridays, from May to August. “Our Fun Family Fishing Nights are always a great time for families, as well…

From Farm Kid to Executive

Crop Science division COO of Bayer returns to campus 

It was 1979 when Missouri farm kid Brett Begemann anxiously started his freshman year at Mizzou. Growing up on his family’s farm near Mayview, Missouri, Begemann came to MU with the intention of returning to the farm. He described himself as “just a farm kid back then” and remembers thinking how big the city of Columbia was, which led him…

Spencer Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Curators Distinguished Professor of Animal Sciences is 10th MU faculty member elected to prestigious academy

Thomas Spencer, a Curators Distinguished Professor in the Division of Animal Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) at the University of Missouri, has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Election to membership in the NAS is considered one of the highest honors a U.S. scientist can receive. The National…

A Passion for Animals

Nichole Anderson joins Division of Animal Sciences faculty

Nichole Anderson’s love for animals, specifically horses, took her to North Dakota State University (NDSU) to study equine science. Her goal was to eventually become a professional horse trainer. Anderson grew up riding horses and joined the equestrian team at NDSU right away. She rode for the team for a year. “After a year of riding I really didn’t win…