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An Untapped Industry

Putting Maple on the Map in the Lower Midwest

Maple syrup production is most known in the Northeastern United States, but is there a potential maple industry in the lower Midwest? Hannah Hemmelgarn, assistant program director of the Center for Agroforestry, recently received a grant totaling $473,481 for the project, Putting Maple on the Map in the Lower Midwest, to explore just that. This project involves partners in Missouri…

Central Missouri Research, Extension and Education Center Director Named

Dusty Walter named director 

Dusty Walter has been named director of the Central Missouri Research, Extension and Education Center (REEC), effective Tuesday, Feb. 1. The Central Missouri REEC is one of the four research, Extension and education centers of the Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR). Walter has been the director of…

A Focus on Food, Fire & Agroforestry

Free, virtual Agroforestry Symposium scheduled for Jan. 24

The annual Agroforestry Symposium returns in 2022 with a focus on diverse ecological knowledges that contribute to climate resilience. The symposium, led by the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) Center for Agroforestry, will again be completely virtual this year – and free of charge. This is the 13th year of the event and registration is currently…

New Director Joins Southwest Research, Extension and Education Center

Jay Chism joins the Center from MU Extension

Jay Chism joins the Southwest Research, Extension and Education Center (SW-REEC), one of the four research, Extension and education centers of the Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), on Jan. 24 as the director. Chism is no stranger to the southwest Missouri area, as he has served as the Southwest Regional Director…

Interdisciplinary Plant Group Celebrates 40th Year

IPG's 40th Anniversary is 2021

Established in 1981, the Interdisciplinary Plant Group (IPG) celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2021. The IPG is a community of University of Missouri (MU) faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and professionals pursuing transformative ideas in the field of plant biology. The group seeks to encourage cooperation between scientists engaged in plant molecular biology, physiology, biochemistry, genetics, biotechnology, evolution, ecology and…

Potential for a Warmer Winter

Tony Lupo's long-term forecast shows mid-Missouri could see a warmer winter

Tony Lupo, a professor of atmospheric science in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), said this past fall – the months of September, October and November – was the sixth warmest in Missouri since the state began keeping records in 1889. Halfway through December, mid-Missouri is seeing temperatures that are averaging 10 degrees above…

An Innovative Study Abroad Program

Nix Cannady is working toward their veterinary medicine degree through the FEEPASS Programme at the University of Glasgow

Through an innovative study abroad program, University of Missouri senior Nix Cannady is finishing their animal sciences degree in Scotland – and getting a jumpstart in the University of Glasgow’s veterinary medicine degree program. Cannady is working toward their veterinary medicine degree through the Facilitated Early Entry Programme for Animal Science Students (FEEPASS) in the School of Veterinary Medicine at…

Building His Own Degree

Agriculture program allowed Chase Monte to combine his interest areas into one degree

The agriculture degree program in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) allows students to create their own unique college experience. Students tailor a course of study to their interests, choosing concentration areas from CAFNR’s other degree programs. That opportunity was exactly what Chase Monte was looking for when he arrived at MU. “Essentially, I…

Senior Spotlight: Emerald McKinley

McKinley will graduate with a degree in biochemistry

Emerald McKinley had no doubt about her decision to attend the University of Missouri – it was the only college she applied to. McKinley became familiar with the university through her aunt, who worked on campus in residential life. Growing up, McKinley spent numerous summers with her aunt, taking in campus life. Those experiences were more than enough for McKinley…

Senior Spotlight: Quentin Carlyle

Carlyle will graduate with a degree in agricultural education

Quentin Carlyle knew he was going to get what he calls the “best of both worlds” when he came to the University of Missouri. Carlyle wanted the big college experience, as well as a faculty and staff who knew his name. He found that within the agricultural education degree program in the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources…