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Greater Yields, Fewer Emissions

New farming method reduces nitrous oxide greenhouse gases

Can farmers reduce a gas thought to contribute to global warming and increase production simply by adopting a new tillage practice? A research agronomist at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources thinks he has found the way.

Who Invited the Germs?

Bacteria may be lurking in the holiday lunch buffet table

‘Tis the season for the holiday party with plates of tasty meats, creamy pies and veggies and dips. But be careful says Andrew Clarke. Unless properly handled, these treats can send you home with a case of food poisoning as a holiday gift.

A Suspicious Insect

MU entomologist studies a bug that may transmit a flesh-eating disease

Is a little-known predator insect that lives its life underwater in the tropics the cause of an outbreak of a mysterious flesh-eating disease? Robert Sites, entomologist and professor of entomology at the University of Missouri, recently returned from Tanzania with specimens that may help other scientists and physicians answer that question.

Missouri Farm Bureau Honors Dave Baker For Outstanding Service to Agriculture

David Baker, assistant dean and program director for agricultural and natural resources extension at the University of Missouri, was presented the Missouri Farm Bureau’s Outstanding Service to Ag Award. The award is the highest honor bestowed to an individual by the farm organization. Chosen individuals have a close working relationship with the Farm Bureau and have supported agriculture throughout their…

A Closer Look at Plant Genetics

MU plant scientists receive a $3 million boost from National Science Foundation

Plant genetics research at the University of Missouri got a boost In November with the receipt of three new Plant Genome Research Program awards totaling $3 million from the National Science Foundation.

An Unorthodox Road to a Golden Apple

Award recipient Linda Sowers experience includes golf and chemical sales

The road to a teaching position at a research university seldom strays from a traditional route of degrees and years of experience in the classroom. Linda Sowers, an instructor of agricultural journalism, agriculture and applied economics at the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, took a very different course to the classroom that included chemical sales, marketing, golf…

Executive in Residence: Bill Buckner

Mizzou makes it worth coming home. Bill Buckner, BS, Ag Econ ’79, came home to Missouri November 12-15 as the 36th Reich Family Executive-in-Residence. Buckner is the CEO and president of Bayer CropScience, LP, and grew up on a farm in Mexico, Mo. Since he graduated from CAFNR, he has moved across the country and around the world to places…

Safer Turkey Dinners

A new test will better identify salmonella-contaminated poultry and eggs

Food scientists at the University of Missouri have developed a faster and more accurate way to test poultry and eggs for live salmonella contamination. The DNA-based process provides results in as little as 2-5 hours versus up to five days for current testing techniques that culture samples in a Petri dish. The technique can allow the poultry industry to test for contamination before product is shipped, thus avoiding costly recalls.

Feeling the Burn

MU Tiger Fire Crew gives students prairie burn experience

John Dwyer, associate professor in forestry, thinks this experience is crucial in developing a resume for potential fire management positions within different federal and state agencies. “I think the Tiger Fire Crew can play an integral role in helping our students realize their full potential in fire management,” he said.

A Room and a Thank You

The Gathering Place B and B honors veterans in nationwide project

Two Missouri military veterans received a free stay at the Gathering Place Bed and Breakfast in Columbia as part of a nationwide project to thank former and current personnel for their service.