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A Golden Surprise

Tim Safranski honored with CAFNR Golden Apple Award

Just four years into his tenure as an assistant professor at the University of Missouri, Tim Safranski was given the Provost Award for Creative Extension Programming by New Faculty. A year later, Safranski was honored with the National Pork Producers Council Swine Industry Award for Innovation in Education. Education has always been a focus for Safranski, who is a professor…

Investing in the Future

CAFNR Student Named National Teach Ag Ambassador

When Alli Abadir walked into her first agricultural course, an animal veterinary science class, as a sophomore at Hickman High School in Columbia, Missouri, she thought she wanted to become a veterinarian. Not coming from an agricultural background, Alli said it was her passion for animals that led her to enroll in the animal veterinary science class. “I thought I…

‘A Game Changer’

Southwest Research Center to showcase new facility, hold ribbon cutting

The Southwest Research Center was established in 1959 and serves 22 counties, with a focus on addressing the main agricultural concerns of area industries including beef, forage and horticultural crop production. Serving as a footprint for the University of Missouri in the southwest part of Missouri, the Center is a meeting place for farmers, producers, Extension regional specialists and students.…

Uncovering the Economic Sense of Planting Cover Crops

CAFNR researchers conduct study of the economic effects of cover crops on cash crop production

Proponents say that rotating cash crops such as soybeans, wheat and corn with cover crops such as legumes, grasses and forbs has many benefits. It replenishes the soil, reduces erosion, cuts down on runoff pollution and helps to control pests. However, many farmers don’t use cover crops because they believe it cuts into their bottom line. There’s the cost to…

A Celebration of Chestnuts

Missouri Chestnut Roast featured activities and presentations related to horticulture, agroforestry

Another Missouri Chestnut Roast is in the books, and guests were treated to a variety of activities and presentations related to horticulture and agroforestry during the event, which took place Saturday, Oct. 5. The Missouri Chestnut Roast was held at the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center (HARC), located in New Franklin. The event also celebrated the 200th anniversary of the…

Showcasing Research

Wurdack Research Center Field Day centered on forages, livestock

The Wurdack Research Center Field Day featured numerous discussions centered on forages and livestock, and provided local farmers and producers with information to help them improve their farming operations. The event, which took place Friday, Oct. 4, included a free lunch that was sponsored by First Community National Bank (FCNB). The Field Day included several University of Missouri Extension specialists…

Honoring CAFNR’s Top Alumni

2019 Column Awards given to six of the college's alumni

The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has honored its second class of recipients of the CAFNR Column Award for Distinguished Alumni. This is the only award specifically for alumni presented by the college. The awardees include one graduate from each of CAFNR’s six divisions, reflecting the six historic columns at the University of Missouri. “We are proud to…

A Day of Educational Fun

Thousands learn more about CAFNR during South Farm Showcase

Each year, the South Farm Research Center opens its doors to the public for a day of educational fun, allowing the Center to showcase how unique the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) is. This year’s South Farm Showcase was no different, as thousands flocked to the Research Center to partake in a variety of…

Cultivating a Cattle Culture

Thompson Research Center Field Day focused on beef cattle

Attendees of the Thompson Research Center Field Day were able to learn more about several topics related to beef cattle during the event on Tuesday, Sept. 24. The event featured numerous University of Missouri faculty, experts, specialists and students who shared information on research and projects taking place at Thompson. The Field Day featured a wagon ride before presentations began,…

Interacting with Experts

Southwest Research Center Field Day offered opportunity to meet with MU faculty and experts, local businesses and organizations

The Southwest Research Center was packed with Field Day attendees and Career Exploration students, who each had the opportunity to meet with various University of Missouri faculty and experts, as well as local businesses and organizations. The event, which was held Thursday, Sept. 12, included more than 30 speakers, numerous activities and three afternoon educational tours. More than 1,500 local…