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Showcasing the Uniqueness of Missouri Agriculture

Numerous research topics will be featured during upcoming Agricultural Research Center Field Days

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ (CAFNR) Agricultural Research Centers are spread throughout the state and conduct research on everything from cattle genetics to soybeans to pawpaws. The Research Centers represent the uniqueness of agriculture in Missouri. With fertile soil, the Fisher Delta Research Center, located in the Bootheel region, studies rice and cotton. In…

A Tasty Treat

Tomato Day at the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center set for Aug. 1

The Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center will host a Tomato Day on Thursday, Aug. 1, at the Center in New Franklin. The event will feature tomato tastings, demonstrations and presentations. The Tomato Day will begin at 6 p.m. and run until 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. “We’re so excited to welcome everyone out to…

Throwing New Light on Photosynthesis

Jeff Wood is interested in discovering how vegetative systems and the atmosphere interact

In the summer months, Jeff Wood, a biometeorologist in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Missouri, likes to spend his days with his head in the clouds, or at least the canopies of forests. Sometimes starting before dawn and staying until dusk, he uses a 32-meter tall instrument-studded tower at the Missouri Ozark AmeriFlux site (MOFLUX) at…

‘An Important Family Feel’

CAFNR Office of Advancement strengthens its team with two staff additions

The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Office of Advancement strengthened its team with two staff additions, who joined the office at the beginning of the year. Stefanie Gray and Amber Strong Helwig officially began their respective roles in January. Gray is the senior manager of donor relations. Strong Helwig joins the team as an executive assistant. Both come…

A Conservation Showcase

Greenley Research Center, Missouri LICA partner for final phase of a three-year project

During the week of July 22-26, the Missouri Land Improvement Contractors Association (LICA) will partner with the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Greenley Research Center to host a Conservation Showcase at the Grace Greenley Farm in Novelty, Mo. With the assistance of a USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA) and Environmental…

Aiding Disease Treatment

CAFNR researchers receive $8.6 million federal grant for new biomedical research center

The University of Missouri recently announced that researchers in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources have received an $8.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish a new national research center. The Swine Somatic Cell Genome Editing Center will focus on aiding the development of biomedical treatments for human diseases such as cystic fibrosis. The center will…

‘Sharing CAFNR’s Message’

Michelle Enger named director for the CAFNR Office of Marketing and Communications

Michelle Enger was recently named director for the CAFNR Office of Marketing and Communications. Enger has been the marketing communications coordinator in the same office since 2011. Her new role as director is effective July 1, 2019. “I am confident Michelle will serve CAFNR well in this important role for our College,” said CAFNR Vice Chancellor and Dean Christopher Daubert.…

A Lifetime of International Work

Kerry Clark named director of CAFNR International Programs

Kerry Clark, assistant research professor in the Division of Applied Social Sciences (DASS) and project manager for smallholder productivity for the USAID Soybean Innovation Lab (SIL), has been named director of CAFNR International Programs, effective Aug. 1, 2019. Clark has worked internationally throughout her career. Through the USAID Soybean Innovation Lab, she works with a multidisciplinary team to bridge seed…

Top Tigers

Mizzou’s quarter-scale tractor team has best-ever finish at recent competition

The University of Missouri Torq’N Tigers Quarter-Scale Tractor Team had its best finish ever at the recent American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineering Quarter Scale Tractor Competition. The event was held May 30 through June 2 in Peoria, Illinois. The Torq’N Tigers placed third behind the University of Nebraska and South Dakota State University. More than 20 universities from all over…

After Hours: Catwoman

CAFNR coordinator provides a tem-purr-ary home

Vicki Bryan is a cat person. A coordinator for the Interdisciplinary Plant Group at the University of Missouri, she also regularly fosters cats from the animal rescue group Second Chance here in Columbia. The role of a foster pet parent is to provide a temporary home for animals while they are waiting to be adopted, something Vicki began doing in…