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Q&A with Joe Horner

Extension specialist Joe Horner serves state

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I’m an extension specialist with the University of Missouri’s Division of Applied Social Sciences. I’m working on a couple of grant-funded feasibility studies and a set of MU guides on the economics of including warm-season grasses in pasture systems.  How long have you worked in this position? I started…

Q&A with Sarah Havens

Havens is a field specialist in natural resources with the Agriculture and Environment Extension Program

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am a field specialist in Natural Resources. In my role I offer programs on forest management and wildlife management. These programs include timber sales, forest stand improvement, invasive species, chainsaw operation, food plots for wildlife and agroforestry. I partner with other natural resources agencies for some of this programming.…

Center for Regenerative Agriculture Announces Virtual Conference

The conference will focus on cover crops and soil health

The University of Missouri’s Center for Regenerative Agriculture is excited to announce that registration is now open for the Missouri State Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health. This virtual event will be held via Zoom on the mornings of Dec. 14 and 15, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. This conference will bring together farmers, agribusiness reps, extension and…

Q&A with Daniel Mallory

Mallory is a livestock specialist in northeast Missouri with the Agriculture and Environment Extension Program 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am currently a field specialist in Livestock. I assist livestock producers in northeast Missouri by providing unbiased information to help them be more productive and efficient in their operations.  How long have you worked in this position? I have worked for the University of Missouri for almost 12…

Q&A with Mandy Bish

Bish is a Weed Science Extension Specialist and Integrated Pest Management Coordinator with the Agriculture and Environment Extension Program

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? As an extension specialist, I assist with research and education efforts on weed management issues that affect Missouri row crop producers. In this role, no two days are the same. Monday may consist of filming an educational video on pesticide drift. Tuesday could be analyzing data. Wednesday…

Q&A with Mallory Rahe

Rahe is an agriculture business and policy education director

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I strive to connect people, support teams, and elevate Extension programming within the broad area of rural development: farms, agribusinesses and communities. I am currently working on funded projects with the Missouri SBDC, the Kansas City Food Hub, and the Oregon Farmers Market Association. How long have…

Q&A with Ben Brown

Brown is a senior research associate with the Agriculture and Environment Extension Program

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I have a split appointment between MU Extension and FAPRI. My topic areas include agricultural risk management – markets, policy and finance. Currently, I’m wrapping up a project on land rental rates for Missouri’s crop, pasture and timberland. I also have projects that look at how increased precipitation impacts local basis for Midwest crop…

Seeds of Change

CAFNR alumnus reflects on legacy of introducing hybrid plant to Mexico, creates endowed scholarship

Humberto Castro BS Ag ’50, MS ’59 is not one to normally boast about himself. Even with all of his both business-related and personal successes and accomplishments achieved in the more than nine decades of his life, Humberto prefers to not have the limelight pointed at him. Instead, the man who is still very active at 98 years old, normally…

Q&A with Kendra Graham

Livestock specialist is fifth-generation farmer 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? In my role, I provide Missourians with unbiased, research-based information about livestock. I also help producers understand how they can then take that information and apply it specifically to their operation.    MU Extension programs I am involved in as a livestock specialist include Pearls of Production Women…

MU Plays Crucial Role in New NSF Artificial Intelligence Institute

Collaborative institute will use AI to realistically predict how crops respond to various conditions

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced the establishment of the AI Institute for Resilient Agriculture (AIIRA), one of 11 new NSF National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes that will work to advance AI technologies and their associated benefits to society. The AIIRA will be led by Iowa State University (ISU) and feature collaboration across eight institutions, including the University…