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Cultivating Diversity & Inclusion

An update from Dean Daubert and Dr. Halsey

Nearly six months ago, we charged our CAFNR divisions and programs to commit to specific actions to increase cultural awareness and understanding throughout our college and campus. We share this update to our progress. Cultivating a Diverse and Inclusive Community is a strategic priority identified in our CAFNR Drive to Distinction strategic plan. We appreciate how our CAFNR units responded…

After the Deluge

More than a year after historic flooding, repairs still ongoing at MU Graves-Chapple Research Center and in NW Missouri

Historic flooding along the Missouri River in 2019 has left many still repairing damage this fall. Cold, snowy weather in early 2019 set the stage for significant flooding in northwestern Missouri as spring approached, said University of Missouri Extension state climatologist Pat Guinan. “The flooding got off to an early start in mid-March when an unusually strong and moisture-laden late…

History in Bloom

MU Woodland and Floral Gardens marks 40th anniversary

Successful efforts by a handful of energetic horticulture students in the late 1970s led to the planning and execution of an ambitious garden project located next to MU’s Agriculture Building. The space was dedicated as the Woodland and Floral Gardens in April 1980. A public celebration to mark the garden’s 40th anniversary and rededicate what remains of the original landscape…

CAFNR Faculty Earn 2020 President’s Awards

Three CAFNR faculty recognized for 'exceptional contributions'

Each year, the UM System President’s Awards are presented on behalf of President Mun Choi to faculty members across the four universities of the UM System. These highly competitive awards recognize faculty who have made exceptional contributions in advancing the mission of the University. President’s Award recipients will be recognized at a Board of Curators meeting on their university campus,…

Uncovering the Economic Sense of Planting Cover Crops

CAFNR researchers conduct study of the economic effects of cover crops on cash crop production

Proponents say that rotating cash crops such as soybeans, wheat and corn with cover crops such as legumes, grasses and forbs has many benefits. It replenishes the soil, reduces erosion, cuts down on runoff pollution and helps to control pests. However, many farmers don’t use cover crops because they believe it cuts into their bottom line. There’s the cost to…

An Investment in Agriculture

University officials announce $6.5 million investment in MU’s Agricultural Experiment Station, network of Research Centers

University of Missouri officials announced today a $6.5 million investment in the Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station of MU’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. The investment will enhance the university’s ability to share next-generation agricultural technologies developed by MU researchers with Missouri’s farmers and ranchers. “CAFNR’s world-class animal and plant researchers use these centers to translate research from the…

Drive to Distinction: The First Two Years

Together we are driving to distinction

Dear Friends of CAFNR: Hard to believe, but it’s two years since my family and I located to Columbia, Missouri. When contemplating the move, I felt drawn to Mizzou and the people of Missouri. Although there have been difficult and challenging days as Vice Chancellor and Dean for the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, I know the right…

Throwing New Light on Photosynthesis

Jeff Wood is interested in discovering how vegetative systems and the atmosphere interact

In the summer months, Jeff Wood, a biometeorologist in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Missouri, likes to spend his days with his head in the clouds, or at least the canopies of forests. Sometimes starting before dawn and staying until dusk, he uses a 32-meter tall instrument-studded tower at the Missouri Ozark AmeriFlux site (MOFLUX) at…

Aiding Disease Treatment

CAFNR researchers receive $8.6 million federal grant for new biomedical research center

The University of Missouri recently announced that researchers in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources have received an $8.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish a new national research center. The Swine Somatic Cell Genome Editing Center will focus on aiding the development of biomedical treatments for human diseases such as cystic fibrosis. The center will…

Spencer Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Curators Distinguished Professor of Animal Sciences is 10th MU faculty member elected to prestigious academy

Thomas Spencer, a Curators Distinguished Professor in the Division of Animal Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) at the University of Missouri, has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Election to membership in the NAS is considered one of the highest honors a U.S. scientist can receive. The National…