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Making a Broader Impact

MU faculty, staff, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows share their research in China

University of Missouri graduate students Shannon King and Rachel Owen spent the first Sunday of November in Baltimore speaking to a room full of Global Plant Council members and guests about the importance of science communication – especially for graduate students who are beginning their scientific careers. King and Owen shared their experiences from a recent international trip in August,…

A Constant, Guiding Influence

Marc Linit helped CAFNR through many transitions during his nearly 40-year career at MU

When Marc Linit joined the University of Missouri in 1980 as an assistant professor of entomology, the first lecture he gave was in a teaching lab in the southwest corner of the second floor of the Agriculture Building. It’s the same room, nearly 40 years later, which Linit occupies as senior associate dean for the Office of Research and Extension…

After Hours: House for the Holidays

CAFNR director’s idea has become fun Columbia holiday tradition

As an avid baker with a retired custom home builder for a husband, Kristen Smarr has always been “fascinated” by gingerbread houses. But until last year, she’d never built one. “Not even a kit!” she says. “I’ve just always admired them.” But even without her own previous personal experience, she has helped bring a new holiday tradition to mid-Missouri in…

Returning Home

Kaleigh Summers named CAFNR Alumni Relations and Lead Annual Giving Officer

The first concert Kaleigh Summers ever attended was a Martina McBride show at the American Royal in Kansas City. As she waited for McBride to take the stage, she couldn’t stop watching the stage crew as they prepared for the show. It was something Summers felt would be fun to do. “Right away I told my mom that’s what I…

A Destructive Bug

Billbugs can cause massive damage to numerous turfgrass species

  Proper turf care is absolutely critical for golf course superintendents across the globe. From the tee box to the fairway to the putting green, each section needs to be meticulously cared for and watched over. Superintendents face a constant battle with pests, weeds and disease. One of the pests that many superintendents may not even know about is the…

Success in Research

CAFNR Student Wins Outstanding Poster Presentation at National Conference 

Paxton Kostos, a junior majoring in biochemistry in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, has always been curious. It was this curiosity that led her to win Outstanding Poster Presentation in the Cell Biology category at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS). Kostos’ interest in science was sparked in elementary school. “I have always been…

Field of Study

Ph.D. student from Rwanda studies crop breeding to help home country

For doctoral student Doreen Mutoni, coming to the United States to study crop breeding was due, in part, to the crop devastation she witnessed upon returning home to Rwanda after receiving her Master’s degree in the United Kingdom. Doreen is in her final year of the Borlaug Higher Education for Agricultural Research and Development, scholarship program, or BHEARD. The program, which…

Discovering a New Industry

MU students attend Private Label Manufacturers Association University Outreach Program 

There’s most likely a few store brands tucked away in your pantry or refrigerator. Most people, however, probably don’t think about how store brands, various products that carry a retailer’s name, come to be. College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources agribusiness management seniors Drew Cox and Caitlyn McGuire didn’t give much thought to this until they attended the Private Label…

Celebrating Excellence

SNR students, faculty, staff and alumni honored at awards banquet

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, students, faculty, staff and alumni of the School of Natural Resources were honored at the 2018 SNR Awards Banquet. This was the second year for the event, which recognizes excellence in service, advising, research and teaching. Shibu Jose, director of SNR, spoke at the event and presented the awards. Those honored on Nov. 6 included: Mark…

Fall 2018 Commencement

CAFNR graduation ceremony to be held on the Mizzou campus Dec. 15

On Saturday, Dec. 15, at noon, 222 College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources students will celebrate their graduation at commencement ceremonies in the Hearnes Center. As part of the event, the graduates and their families will hear from commencement speaker Blake Hurst (pictured left), a CAFNR alumnus and president of Missouri Farm Bureau. Hurst received a B.S. in agricultural…