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Fall 2019 Commencement

CAFNR will graduate approximately 200 students Friday, Dec. 13

Approximately 200 students from the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) will graduate as part of commencement ceremonies on Friday, Dec. 13. The ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Hearnes Center. Kristy Weber, MD, will serve as the commencement speaker. Dr. Weber is the chief of orthopaedic oncology in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Perelman…

‘The Pinnacle of My Career’

Peter Sutovsky named 2019 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Growing up in Slovakia, a young Peter Sutovsky would often hold his own science-based lectures in front of his elementary classmates. Those lectures would generally focus on insects, as Sutovsky had a big interest in entomology. “I would bring in my insect collection and explain how the organs of a male beetle were different than the organs of a female…

Honoring Top Students

Four CAFNR Students Named National Merit Scholarship Finalists

Four CAFNR students received National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarships, a program that identifies top high school students in the United States. Leyton Rebori, Joseph Koo, Theresa Scheier and Ella Wright were honored with this award. Since its founding in 1955, NMSC has recognized more than 3.3 million students and provided over $1.7 billion in scholarships to students. High school…

Growing CAFNR’s Research Footprint

Shibu Jose named associate dean for research and director of the Agricultural Experiment Station

It was 10 years ago when Shibu Jose joined the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) as the H.E. Garrett Endowed Chair Professor in the School of Natural Resources (SNR) and the director of The Center for Agroforestry. During the past year, Jose has served as the interim associate dean for research in CAFNR and…

Learning by Doing

Division of Animal Sciences launches new Equine Science and Management Certificate

Experiential learning is embedded throughout MU’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources courses. From Cafe at Eckles, a café operated by students and faculty of the hospitality management program, to Tiger Garden, a student-operated florist shop, there’s no shortage of opportunities for CAFNR students to gain valuable work experience. The Division of Animal Sciences recently added an Equine Science…

Teaching Excellence

John Tummons earns USDA Teaching Award

The son of junior high school teachers, it was only natural that John Tummons would eventually find himself in a classroom setting, empowering and equipping students to make a positive impact throughout the world. Tummons knew where he wanted to make that impact, too. Tummons earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural education from the University of Missouri, and it was…

Test Driving Their Careers

GO CAPS Monett students get a first-hand look at agricultural opportunities

With numerous research projects and demonstration sites, the Southwest Research Center offers many educational opportunities throughout its nearly 900 acres. Students who are part of the Greater Ozark Center for Advance Professional Studies (GO CAPS) program in Monett are getting a first-hand look at those educational opportunities. GO CAPS Monett, a program dedicated to giving high school students hands-on learning…

Unexpected Decisions, Endless Opportunities

CAFNR employee reflects on time working in Washington, D.C. 

During Kristi Livingston’s senior year at Central College in Pella, Iowa, Livingston decided to intern for the State Legislature, a decision that would take her down an unexpected career path. “It turned out to be one of those unexpected decisions that gave me a lot of opportunities,” Livingston said. When she was asked who she wanted to work for in…

A Prestigious Honor

Bob Sharp named Curators' Distinguished Professor

Bob Sharp recently joined a prestigious group of University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources faculty as a Curators’ Distinguished Professor, MU’s highest and most prestigious rank. Sharp is a professor in the Division of Plant Sciences and serves as the director of the campus-wide Interdisciplinary Plant Group (IPG). “I am greatly honored to receive this recognition,”…

A Grand Celebration

CAFNR officially opens Land of the Osages Research Center

The University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) celebrated the grand opening of the new Land of the Osages Research Center on Tuesday, Oct. 29. The center will further research in agroforestry, a sustainability-focused system that combines trees and shrubs with crops — and sometimes livestock — to be managed on the same piece of land…