To support Missouri youth involved in agriculture, the Independent Aggies, a student group at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, purchased Missouri’s 2009 champion hog for $19,000.
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An almost 40 percent return on investment today would make a stock broker’s heart swoon. The Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station has been delivering those kinds of returns to the state for more than four decades, a new study has found.
Dairy science is making a comeback in the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. The College’s Food Science program has seen an influx of students, and many are interested in careers in the dairy industry. In addition, the College is in the process of hiring a new faculty member with an emphasis in dairy foods that has resulted from a push for support for the dairy program despite an economic downturn for the dairy industry.
The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources is seeing its own surge. This year’s undergraduate enrollment is a record 2,239 (preliminary figures). With approximately 400 graduate level students, CAFNR accounts for just under 10 percent Mizzou’s total enrollment.
Everyone is in favor of going green. But how much more will the average consumer pay to help the environment? Francisco Aguilar, assistant professor in forestry at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, is finding out.
Two University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources faculty members’ work has been showcased in Science. Published in the journal’s August issue, the co-authors’ two articles describe a massive genetic resource geneticists and breeders can use to unlock the basis of corn diversity.
Judy Wall, a professor of biochemistry at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, is working on an alternative way to clean up such sites. Her laboratory, in partnership with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, Calif., is looking at eventually using bacteria to reduce toxic metals to inert substances.
Researchers at the University of Missouri may someday be able to help ranchers identify cattle that mysteriously have the ability to gain weight while eating less. By breeding herds of these otherwise ordinary animals, farmers may be able to decrease one of their significant business costs.
University of Missouri scientists have played a key role in developing new technology that takes the guesswork out of deciding how much nitrogen to apply to crops. The technology has the potential to keep money in farmers’ pockets and help protect the environment.
What do swine flu pandemics and stem cell biology have in common? Medical scientists use sophisticated mapping tools to track the development of both. The University of Missouri, with funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, is using mapping to give Missouri high school teachers and students a better understanding of fundamental concepts of human health, biology and medical sciences.