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A New Beginning

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded $500,000 in funding to the “MU-Osage Food & Agriculture Program for Tribal Student Recruitment, Engagement, and Success" project

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded $500,000 in funding for a project titled “MU-Osage Food & Agriculture Program for Tribal Student Recruitment, Engagement, and Success” through the New Beginnings for Tribal Students (NBTS) grant program. NBTS is a competitive grant for land-grant colleges and universities to provide identifiable support, specifically for…

Q&A with Jill Scheidt

Scheidt is an Agronomy Field Specialist with Agriculture and Environment Extension Program

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri?    I serve row crop and forage producers in Southwest Missouri by presenting research-based programs related to relevant topics in agriculture. I also do field site visits and client calls, all while collaborating with local partners to bring timely research to the community.  How long have you worked in this position?    Eight years in the current full-time position. In 2011, I…

Q&A with Sam Polly

Polly is a Pesticide Safety Education Program Coordinator with Agriculture and Environment Extension Program 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I work as the Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) Coordinator. This entails working with various Extension Specialists to build the pesticide safety program, along with updating our manuals and resources. I also represent the state of Missouri in the American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators and at…

Showcasing Agricultural Research

Greenley Research Center field day set for Aug. 4

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) Greenley Research Center will hold an in-person field day this year, on Wednesday, Aug. 4, at the center in Novelty, Mo. Three tours will be offered, focusing on crops, livestock and integrated pest management. The field day is free and open to the public. A breakfast will be…

A SNAPSHOT of Wildlife Patterns Nationwide

University of Missouri researchers contribute to nationwide study, by setting camera traps at the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center (HARC) 

Wildlife behavioral patterns have been tracked by researchers across the United States for years. While many individual research studies have been done on this topic, a snapshot of the United States as whole, has not. Summer LaRose, research wildlife biologist at the University of Missouri (MU) in College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), participated in a nationwide study…

Q&A with Shirin Ghatrehsamani

Ghatrehsamani is an Agricultural Engineering Field Specialist with Agriculture and Environment Extension Program

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? Extension plays a key role in disseminating research to individuals across Missouri so they can in turn make sound agricultural decisions for their operation. As an extension specialist of agricultural technology, my main responsibility is to inform producers, farmers, ranchers and researchers with varying levels of knowledge…

Studying Oxygen Levels in Lakes Around the World

Researchers compile data from lakes throughout the world to look at changing oxygen levels

A recent study shows that oxygen levels in temperate lakes around the world are declining rapidly, a trend that is largely driven by warming temperatures that threatens freshwater biodiversity and drinking water quality. Rebecca North, assistant professor of limnology in the University of Missouri (MU) College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), took part in a world-wide study, which…

Q&A with David Hoffman

Hoffman is a Livestock Field Specialist with Agriculture and Environment Extension Program

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri?    I consult with livestock producers of all ages and all sizes of operations to provide unbiased, research-based information for their everyday questions or concerns that impact their business. This may be answering a single question, or providing continuous guidance to address a long-term issue.    How long have you worked in this position?    25 years  What is…

Building Missouri’s Economic Impact

Thompson's feedlot allows specialists the opportunity to feed and keep cattle in the state

Beef cattle research was introduced at the Thompson Research Center, located in Spickard, Mo., in 1963, and since that time the site has served as an important research location that emphasizes premium cattle genetics. Thompson, part of the University of Missouri (MU) College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) Agricultural Experiment Station, is continuing to build on that prestigious…

Supporting Future Scientists

Two postdoctoral fellows in the Division of Animal Sciences have received Lalor Foundation fellowships in the past three years

Since 1960, the Lalor Foundation has supported promising new researchers through its postdoctoral fellowship program. The foundation has put the focus of its assistance and funding on research in mammalian reproductive biology, and rewarded researchers who are establishing scientific and teaching careers with postdoctoral grants. During the past three years, two postdoctoral fellows within the University of Missouri (MU) College…