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Building a Network

Agribusiness Career Connections Program allows students to connect with industry

As the director of career services in the CAFNR Office of Academic Programs, Matt Arri dedicates his time to building networks and relationships between CAFNR students and industry professionals. Arri’s goal is to make sure those students are career ready – and he has introduced a variety of new initiatives to help them along the way. One of those initiatives…

An Important Comparison

Group of researchers compare the three most recent reference genome accessions 

It was nearly a decade ago when the first soybean reference genome, “Williams 82,” was published in 2010. For the next several years, that cultivar, which was chosen to represent the northern United States germplasm, served as the main soybean reference genome – the sequence that gives scientists a baseline of a species’ set of genes. A few years after…

Strengthening CAFNR Communication

Office of Marketing and Communications adds to team

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) Office of Marketing and Communications recently added two individuals to its team – Reagan Brown and Ashley Craft. Brown has been named the CAFNR marketing communications coordinator. Craft’s new role is as the Extension communications strategist. “We are so excited to add Reagan and Ashley to our team,”…

Celebrate CAFNR’s 150th Anniversary

The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources looks back on a golden legacy, forward to a bold future

It’s a big year in CAFNR! We are proud to be observing the 150th anniversary of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources in 2020. Make plans to join us in celebrating the golden legacy and bold future of our college. Save the date to join us for the CAFNR Founding Day celebration, Monday, Feb. 24. We will have…

A Humble Giver

Doug Allen's gifts have opened the door for unique collaborations

Sarah Lovell officially joined the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) in August 2019, as the H.E. Garrett Endowed Chair Professor and director of the Center for Agroforestry. Two months later, Lovell, who became just the second individual to hold the endowed chair position after Shibu Jose served eight years in the role, welcomed guests…

A Great Experience

J. Scott Angle, director of NIFA, earned his PhD at Mizzou

J. Scott Angle never intended to have a career in agriculture. An interest in golf led Angle to turf management (agronomy) at the University of Maryland. The agronomy degree program was in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Maryland. “I had no interest in agriculture,” Angle said. “I grew up in the city, in Baltimore,…

Excellence in Evaluation

Three CAFNR students finish fifth in the undergraduate division at recent Animal Welfare Evaluation Contest

Three University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) students took home fifth place in the undergraduate division at the recent Animal Welfare Evaluation Contest at Colorado State University. The annual event featured 22 undergraduate teams and 95 undergraduate students. Junior Chloe Momphard (Troy, Mo.) tied for fifth place. Senior Jewel Gant (Schaumburg, Ill.) and junior Elyse…

Studying Soybeans

Two NIFA grants will help Henry Nguyen tackle issues related to soybeans

A Curators’ Distinguished Professor in the Division of Plant Sciences, Henry Nguyen’s longstanding research focus is related to abiotic stress tolerance and disease resistance in plants, primarily soybeans. Two United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) grants, totaling almost $900,000, will allow Nguyen to build on those focus areas. The grants will help Nguyen…

From CAFNR to Career

CAFNR alum and Albertsons Companies Vice President of Procurement returns as Executive-In-Residence 

As a senior in high school, Cathy East had two in-state offers for scholarships to play soccer, one from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and one from Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri. Growing up in St. Louis, East knew she wanted to go somewhere new for college, so she chose Missouri S&T, with the intent to…

A Look Toward Winter Weather

Long-range forecasts show winter temperatures could be below averages

Nearly a year ago, the city of Columbia was greeted with one of the largest snowstorms in the town’s history – nearly 17 inches. Columbia ended up with around 30 inches of snow in total during the winter months, including some during the spring. Tony Lupo, a University of Missouri professor of atmospheric sciences, said mid-Missourians shouldn’t see that much…