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The Popcorn Machine

CAFNR student owns and operates his own business  

During his freshman year, Gavin Spoor planted his first crop. Six acres of soybean in Martinsburg, Missouri, about an hour outside of Columbia. Gavin, now a junior and studying agricultural systems management in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, knew he wanted to be a farmer since he was a kid, when he rode tractors with local farmers.…

Spreading the Message

Jacqueline Janorschke wins prestigious scholarship

Whether people choose to be aware of it or not, agriculture is something that affects every human being alive today. But with less than 2 percent of the U.S. population farming, the other 98 percent of people in this country are largely removed from the world of agriculture. One way for people to get the message across about the important…

A Passion for Rural Communities

Sarah Low’s entire career has been devoted to rural economic development

Growing up, Sarah Low watched acid rain from Chernobyl decimate the industry around her home in southwest Scotland. She watched the economic and social fallout and decided, as an 9-year-old, she wanted to help rural communities. Low’s entire career has been devoted to rural economic development. She recently joined the University of Missouri as the Fred V. Heinkel Professor in…

Coming Home

CAFNR alum and CropLife America Chief of Staff returns as Executive-In-Residence 

Four values – respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence – can often be read hanging from banners attached to the iconic Mizzou columns. For Mizzou students, alumni, faculty and staff, the four words can evoke a certain pride. For College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources alumnus Kellie Bray, the values remind her of her time on MU’s campus. Bray served as…

An Icelandic Adventure

Mary Hendrickson awarded 2019-20 Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant

Mary Hendrickson and her husband had been itching to do some traveling. Hendrickson had kicked around the idea of applying to become a Fulbright Scholar, or find something in the same vein. An opportunity of that nature would give her the chance to not only travel, but to teach and do research on another continent. Carol Lorenzen, a professor in…

Understanding Consumer Behavior

Michelle Segovia joins CAFNR as a behavioral and experimental economist

During her senior year at the Panamerican School of Agriculture, Zamorano, in Honduras, Michelle Segovia was required to complete a short-term internship. Segovia interned at Texas A&M University, where she completed her undergraduate thesis in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science. Segovia earned her bachelor’s degree in food science and technology, but found a new passion while at Texas…

Showing Gratitude

Express your appreciation to Mizzou as part of Giving Day 2019

Mizzou and CAFNR mean many things to many different people. A caring college catapulting its students to career and life success. A supportive workplace for faculty and staff. Home to life-long memories and friendships for alumni. Whatever CAFNR has meant to you over the years, we encourage you to show your appreciation on March 13-14 as part of Mizzou Giving…

After Hours: In Harmony

Hank Stelzer is member of Columbia-based barbershop chorus

Last Saturday, a man who had been singing for less than a year took the stage before a packed ballroom in Jefferson City and performed songs for the crowd in a straw hat, bowtie, and suspenders. That man is state forestry extension specialist for the School of Natural Resources at Mizzou, Hank Stelzer, who has recently become a part of…

Study Finds Vast Opportunities for Food, Beverage & Forest Product Manufacturing in Missouri

New study finds significant potential for transforming Missouri agriculture commodities into value-added products

Food, beverage and forest product manufacturing in the state of Missouri could soon be a more than $70 billion industry. A new study found significant potential for transforming Missouri agriculture commodities, in state, into value-added products. This study was the first step in the Show-Me-State Food, Beverage and Forest Products Manufacturing Initiative, a project of the Missouri Agricultural Foundation. TEConomy…

Tracking the Trends

Thomas Bonnot's research focuses on the conservation of wildlife populations amidst landscape and climate changes

Thomas Bonnot’s love for science and the outdoors brought him to the University of Missouri in 1999 as a student. Three Mizzou degrees later and Bonnot is an assistant research professor in the School of Natural Resources. Bonnot earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fisheries and wildlife sciences. After a stint with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), Bonnot…