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Q&A with Tawnie DeJong

Tawnie is the MU livestock judging team coach, an animal sciences instructor and 4-H livestock superintendent for the Missouri State Fair. 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am the MU livestock judging team coach, an animal sciences instructor and 4-H livestock superintendent for the Missouri State Fair. During the school year, I spend most of my time coaching the livestock judging team, teaching AN SCI 2115 Livestock Judging and guest lecturing and teaching…

MU Extension helps farmers in the Bahamas

Partnership with Springfield-based nonprofit strengthens food security internationally.

When Hal Donaldson was a young man, he got to meet Mother Teresa. “What are you doing to help the poor?” she asked him. Well, I better not lie to Mother Teresa, he thought to himself, so he said, “I’m not really doing much of anything.” That encounter changed him. Donaldson committed himself to a life of service to others.…

Q&A with Alan Spell

Alan is an assistant extension professor in the Division of Applied Social Sciences. 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I’m an assistant extension professor in the Division of Applied Social Sciences where I specialize in economic development research. Economic development is a broad topic but basically involves industry and workforce analysis and occasional contract work. I’m part of the MU Extension Exceed team and every few…

Q&A with Jerry Richards

Jerry is a feral hog outreach educator based in Potosi, MO

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am a feral hog outreach educator working through the University of Missouri Extension offices in the southern part of the state. My job is to connect with landowners and help them eliminate “wild” feral hogs that are damaging their property and then restore the land to its…

Q&A with Joni Harper

Joni is a county engagement specialist in agriculture and environment  

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am a county engagement specialist in agriculture and environment. I am involved in several MU Extension programs, like Heroes to Hives, for which I am the co-PI and one of the lead team members. I’m trained in delivering the Q.P.R. suicide prevention training and teach Weathering…

Q&A with Katie Kammler

Katie is a horticulture specialist serving the east-central region. 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am the horticulture specialist serving the east-central region of Missouri based in Ste. Genevieve County. I cover the 17 counties in the east-central region. I am comfortable teaching most horticulture topics, but my favorites are fruits and vegetables, and of course, anything pumpkin related! I teach programs for…

Q&A with Peng Tian

Peng is a plant pathologist and director of the MU Plant Diagnostic Clinic.

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am a plant pathologist and diagnostician working as the director of the University of Missouri Plant Diagnostic Clinic located on campus in Columbia, Missouri. How long have you worked in this position? I have been with University of Missouri Extension for 18 months. What is your…

Q&A with Travis Harper

Travis is a field specialist in agronomy. 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am a field specialist in agronomy. I’m involved in several programs, including Private Pesticide Applicator Training, Missouri Grazing Schools, Heroes to Hives, Native Warm-Season Grass Group, Beginner Farmer/Rancher, Missouri AgrAbility, Master Gardener, and Master Pollinator Steward. I also often work with cover crops, novel-endophyte fescue research…

Q&A with Holly Records

Holly is an extension educator in St. Louis County. 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am an extension educator in St. Louis County. I coordinate the St. Louis Master Gardener Program, Youth Master Gardener program, the St. Charles & St. Louis Master Gardener Virtual Speaker Series and offer a variety of horticulture classes for the Master Gardeners and the general public.…

Q&A with Katie Neuner

Katie is a field specialist in agricultural business serving Lafayette and Ray Counties. 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am a field specialist in ag business. I’m currently focused on agribusiness planning and counseling. I started that work with the Ag Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and it has carried forward into what we are calling team-to-one counseling with the 2501 Socially Disadvantaged Grant. I…