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Improving Water Quality

Alba Argerich strengthens MU Limnology Lab

The MU Limnology Laboratory in the School of Natural Resources is focused on improving water quality through numerous projects and research studies. Limnology, the study of inland waters, includes lakes, streams, ponds and other water sources. The group, which is made up of faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, Ph.D. students, master’s students and undergraduate researchers, studies those water sources in an…

Fielding Gifts

2018 CAFNR field day season to include gift matching to support Agricultural Research Centers

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Agricultural Research Centers are spread throughout the state and conduct research on everything from corn to chestnuts to cattle to cotton. The Research Centers represent the uniqueness of agriculture in Missouri. With fertile soil, the Fisher Delta Research Center, located in the Bootheel region, studies numerous crops, including rice…

Training Agricultural Professionals

Crop and Soil Management Workshop set for July 12 at Bradford

The annual Crop and Soil Management Workshop at the Bradford Research Center is right around the corner, scheduled for Thursday, July 12. The workshop is designed to train or update agricultural professionals in the management of crop health and field crop diagnostics. Participants will be able to fine tune their skills in diagnosing crop production and pest problems. There will…

Managing Nitrogen

Curtis Ransom receives NIFA grant to build upon his doctoral research

Curtis Ransom spent his childhood following his father around agricultural fields as his dad worked with farmers to grow a productive crop. The fields Ransom conducts research in now look a little bit different than those previous fields. Ransom was born in Nairobi, Kenya. His father Joel, who serves as an Extension agronomist and professor at North Dakota State University,…

After Hours: Working With His Hands

Michal Zigo volunteers time with Columbia Parks and Rec and Household Hazardous Waste Collection, in addition to being a Recycling Ambassador for the city

It was only after the City of Columbia’s December 2017 Volunteer of the Month had accumulated, as he puts it, “a bunch of” speeding tickets that his volunteer work with the city began. Every other weekend, one can typically find Michal Zigo, a post-doctoral fellow in animal sciences, cleaning up parks and streams around Columbia. According to Michal, going out…

Tree Spirited

Two students help Mizzou achieve designation

The Arbor Day foundation, “the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees,” has recently recognized the conservation efforts of Mizzou by honoring the university with the Tree Campus USA designation. By receiving this title, Mizzou joins a growing list of universities around the country that have taken steps to promote “healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the…

Saying ‘Thank You’

Recent CAFNR alumnus shares why he has chosen to give back to his alma mater

When something matters to you, you figure out how to support it, says Brandon Thiel. Brandon is a 2012 graduate of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources with a degree in plant sciences – crop management. He started giving back to the college soon after graduation. “It’s small gifts,” he says. “But they all add up. “Hopefully, as…

Recognizing Commitment to CAFNR

The annual Monticello Society Brunch shows gratitude to college's major benefactors

April 28 marked CAFNR’s 18th annual Monticello Society Brunch. Held in the Champagne Ballroom on South Providence in Columbia, it was a wonderful time for folks to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. The Monticello Society was established in 2001 and was so named to honor the commitment of Thomas Jefferson to higher education and his belief in…

Jerry Taylor Demonstrates Research on Genetic Improvements of Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle at Capitol Hill Exhibition

National Exhibition demonstrates importance of USDA-funded research in nutrition, obesity, sustainability, energy, healthy forests and more

As Congress considers the Farm Bill and agricultural appropriations, agricultural researchers from a variety of disciplines updated Congressional members and staff on research covering current challenges and emerging threats in agriculture, food, and natural resources. Jerry Taylor, Curators Professor of Genetics and Animal Sciences and Wurdack Chair of Animal Genomics in the College of Agriculture, Food Science and Natural Resources…

Master Gardener’s Coffeehouse Brings Farm to the City

Urban garden brings life to neighborhood 

Master Gardener Paul Whitsitt takes the farm to the city and the city to the farm. Whitsitt owns Kitchen House Coffee in St. Louis’ trendy Tower Grove East community. Out the back door, chickens earn their keep by laying eggs for the restaurant’s quiches and egg sandwiches. They also entertain curious customers who browse books on sustainable gardening and beekeeping.…