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Isaac Rhode Elected to National Junior Hereford Association Board of Directors

Isaac Rhode, a sophomore agriculture major, was elected to the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) Board of Directors during the 2022 VitaFerm® Junior National Hereford Expo, held in July in Louisville, Ky. Rhode was one of four new directors elected this year. The board is made up of 12 individuals who serve three-year terms and help govern the nearly 4,000 member organization. According to the NJHA, its mission is to create and promote enthusiasm for the Hereford breed while providing learning opportunities through leadership, education and teamwork.

Rhode, who is from Stewartsville, Mo., is a 12-year member of the Missouri Junior Hereford Association, where he has served as president, vice president and secretary.

Torq’N Tigers Finish Second During ASABE Quarter Scale Tractor Competition

The University of Missouri Torq’N Tigers team recently earned second place honors during the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) International Quarter-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition. To go along with the second-place finish, the team also took top honors in the Overall Performance Event.

This was the 25th anniversary of the event, which took place June 2-6 in Peoria, Ill. Students are challenged to harness the power and torque of a specified stock engine during the competition, in order to maximize performance during a series of challenges. According to the ASABE website, “Teams of students are given a 31-hp Briggs & Stratton engine and a set of Titan tires. The design of their tractor is up to them. A panel of industry experts then judge each design for innovation, manufacturability, serviceability, safety, sound level, and ergonomics. Teams also submit a written design report in advance of the competition, and on-site, they must sell their design, in a formal presentation to industry experts playing the role of a corporate management team. Finally, machines are put to the test in three performance events – three tractor pulls, a maneuverability course, and a durability course.”

The MU Torq’N Tigers team competes in the ASABE International Quarter-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition each year. The team provides its members the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge and gain hands-on experience, as well as develop professional skills and network.

Members of the Torq’N Tigers team include:

  • Will Adkins, junior, agricultural systems technology
  • Kyle Andrews, senior, agricultural systems technology
  • Trace Chambers, senior, agricultural systems technology
  • Garrett Clark, senior, plant sciences
  • Jonathan Ebbesmeyer, sophomore, mechanical engineering
  • Logan Finke, junior, agricultural systems technology
  • James Fischer, senior, agricultural systems technology
  • Laine Friedrich, senior, mechanical engineering
  • Ethan Gutz, junior, agricultural systems technology
  • Will Hanson, junior, agricultural systems technology
  • Josh Hellebusch, senior, mechanical engineering
  • Evan Hunter, senior, mechanical engineering
  • Tom Kabrick, senior, mechanical engineering
  • Robbie Magruder, senior, agricultural systems technology
  • Elijah Poehlman, senior, plant sciences
  • Andrew Slater, senior, mechanical engineering

Sadia Moumita Honored During Tap Day Ceremony

Sadia Moumita, a junior nutrition and exercise physiology major, was inducted in the QEBH honorary society during the University of Missouri’s 95th Tap Day ceremony, held Friday, April 29.

In a tradition dating back to 1917, small groups of students were selected (or “tapped”) by their peers to join one of MU’s six secret honorary societies. The six societies – QEBH, Mystical Seven, LSV, Mortar Board, Omicron Delta Kappa and the Rollins Society – honor new members for service, leadership and commitment to the Mizzou community. The new initiates’ identities are kept secret until Tap Day, when they were publicly revealed online. Each society also honor taps MU staff and faculty members who have contributed significantly to the university.

Parker Krudop Named Outstanding Sophomore at 2022 Celebration of Excellence

Parker Krudop, an animal sciences major, was named Outstanding Sophomore at CAFNR’s 2022 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held Tuesday, April 18.

Krudop worked at a small animal veterinary clinic (and still does when she has time) and showed horses throughout her high school career. She has added to her animal sciences knowledge-base during her time at the University of Missouri through her studies in the Division of Animal Sciences. Krudop is also a member of the Pre-Veterinary Club and Mizzou Collegiate CattleWomen.

In addition, Krudop is part of the University Philharmonic Orchestra, where she plays the viola. She is also a member of the Tiger’s Lair, the official student cheering section for Missouri Tigers football.

“Parker has excelled in everything she has participated in so far in her college career, and I am certain she will continue to do so,” said Hannah Anderson, a junior studying agribusiness management and president of Mizzou Collegiate CattleWomen. “Her work ethic and commitment to achieving as highly as possible in everything she is involved in has translated into her college career. She is active in many clubs and works on the weekend. As part of Mizzou Collegiate CattleWomen, I know I can depend on her to be at all meetings and events. She is also willing to help plan and organize events in any way she can. Parker demonstrates every core value of the University and qualities of excellence associated with CAFNR in her academic performance and capabilities as an individual.”

Hannah Anderson Named Outstanding Junior at 2022 Celebration of Excellence

Hannah Anderson, an agribusiness management major, was named Outstanding Junior at CAFNR’s 2022 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held Tuesday, April 19.

Anderson, who is also minoring in animal sciences, serves as president of Mizzou Collegiate CattleWomen, and has been involved in the equine program as well as the Division of Applied Social Sciences (DASS) director’s office while at MU.

As president of Mizzou Collegiate CattleWomen, Anderson planned multiple events and coordinated numerous industry tours for students. With the equine program, she assisted in the planning and organization of the online horse auction and fundraiser. While Anderson worked in the DASS director’s office, she helped create presentations, reviewed and edited documents, and posted weekly updates to the DASS website, among many other responsibilities.

Anderson recently gained valuable real-world experience as part of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Pathways Internship Program. She worked in rural development, providing information and customer service to the public, initiated and prepared correspondence, served as a loan originator for home repair and purchase loans for low-income applicants in rural areas, and received training and utilized software and information systems to perform work assignments.

“Hannah is the quintessential emerging agricultural leader, blending academic facility with common sense and humility,” said Joe Parcell, DASS division director. “It’s not just that Hannah is academically talented. She has a robust loyalty, a passion to serve, an unassuming personality that inspires trust and a humbleness that hides her abilities. She is an exceptional student, and she was a very strong contributor to my office.”

Kate Thompson Named Outstanding Senior at 2022 Celebration of Excellence

Kate Thompson, an agribusiness management major, was named Outstanding Senior at CAFNR’s 2022 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held Tuesday, April 19.

Thompson is the president of the Mizzou National Agricultural Marketing Association (NAMA). NAMA is an organization for agri-marketing professionals and for over 60 years has provided education and insights that position NAMA members for success and equip them to deliver greater value for their companies and employers in a rapidly changing world. She is also the founding president of the MU Young Americans for Liberty organization.

Thompson serves as a CAFNR videography and photograph intern, where she collaborates with instructors, students and faculty to create promotional videos for CAFNR degree programs. She also gained hands-on learning experiences as a communications intern with the Missouri Department of Agriculture last year. In that role, Thompson edited 26 videos for two external-facing video series; created social media graphics; composed talking points; and sent daily agriculture news to 66 of MDA’s leaders.

“As current president of the NAMA student organization, Kate’s leadership style is highly effective and it is a joy to watch her in action,” said Annette Kendall, advisor for the Mizzou NAMA team. “She has been a strong member of the team since she joined and has consistently gone above and beyond in terms of her contribution to the group, setting the standard for what is expected from members. Her ability to balance the need for focused and dedicated work with a fun atmosphere has been a key driver in maintaining a strong membership within a student organization that essentially prepares the equivalent of a semester-long course workload as students prepare for competition each year.”

Elizabeth Gunter Named Outstanding Senior at 2022 Celebration of Excellence

Elizabeth Gunter, an animal sciences major, was named Outstanding Senior at CAFNR’s 2022 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held Tuesday, April 19.

Gunter, who is also minoring in food science and nutrition, has served in multiple leadership roles during her time at the University of Missouri, including as president of the CAFNR student council for a year. She has been a CAFNR ambassador since 2019, where she helped promote all that the college has to offer to potential students. Gunter served in a similar ambassador role with the Division of Animal Sciences. She was a Dickinson’s Scholar in 2019

Gunter is also a member of Sigma Alpha and was part of the Mizzou meat judging team for a year. She has served as a site leader and ambassador for Mizzou Alternative Breaks and is part of the Mizzou Student Foundation.

Gunter has multiple hands-on research experiences as a Tiger, serving as a lab assistant in two different animal science laboratories. She has worn numerous hats in those roles, from weighing feed samples to exploring research data. Gunter also works as a clerical assistant with the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute.

“Elizabeth excels at leadership and is an outstanding communicator,” said Matt Arri, director of CAFNR Career Services. “Her ability to juggle a busy school and work schedule is quite remarkable and is a testament to her strong work ethic and inner drive. Elizabeth has been very active in numerous programs, and has led by example by always being on time and having an exemplary attitude.”

Dawn Sherman Named Outstanding Freshman at 2022 Celebration of Excellence

Dawn Sherman, an agribusiness management major, was named Outstanding Freshman at CAFNR’s 2022 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held Tuesday, April 19.

Sherman has been incredibly involved her first year at MU, joining the Mizzou Agribusiness Club, the Mizzou Floral Design Club and Mizzou Collegiate 4-H. Sherman is also a member of Sigma Alpha.

In addition to her organization involvement, Sherman serves as a student intern with the Missouri 4-H Center for Youth Development. In this role, she promotes and advocates for Missouri 4-H in 114 counties throughout the state; works with MU Extension staff in completing daily tasks; and keeps 55,000 4-H members and families up-to-date on sponsored events through monthly newsletters.

“Since Dawn has become a sister in our sorority, she has impressed me with her strong work ethic and positive attitude, which is already leaving a mark on our chapter,” said Mary Watt, senior studying agricultural education and president of Sigma Alpha. “Dawn is a natural leader of her peers and uses those skills to serve in formal leadership roles, especially in 4-H. She takes her academic success very seriously and is always going the extra mile to ensure she obtains that success. Dawn has been a CAFNR student for less than a year but has already begun to become highly involved within CAFNR organizations and is eager to take on leadership roles. I am excited to see what she accomplishes during her time at Mizzou and have no doubt she will represent CAFNR and our values well.”

CAFNR Students Present During Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol

Four CAFNR students participated in the Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol on Monday, April 11, in Jefferson City. A total of 11 projects were shared with legislators during the event.

Brogan Eyre, a senior majoring in plant sciences, presented on the efficacy of selected fungicides for the protection of wine grapes in Missouri. Lydia Jefferson, a senior studying environmental sciences, shared her research related to improving the understanding of how the overall health of freshwater bodies relates to land-use practices. Kathryn Vanden Hoek, junior biochemistry major, discussed her research on utilizing plant stress responses to clean up polluted soils. Brooke Weiler, a senior biochemistry major, showcased her research which focuses on measuring gene activity of bone-building cells in a mouse model of brittle bone disease.

Dairy Products Evaluation Team Competes at National Contest

The Mizzou dairy products evaluation team competed at the National Dairy Products Evaluation Contest on Wednesday, April 13, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The event was hosted by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association. The MU team finished second in ice cream; third in butter; third in cottage cheese; and fourth in all products.

Undergraduate students Neilson Hadlock (sophomore, food science and nutrition) and Michael Tran (junior, food science and nutrition) earned a third-place finish in butter and a fourth-place finish fourth all products, respectively. Graduate student Yun Wang (food and hospitality systems) finished third in butter.

Along with Hadlock, Tran and Wang, the Mizzou team includes Alex Dickinson (junior, agribusiness management) and Samantha Morris (senior, food science and nutrition). The team is coached by Rick Linhardt, instructor of food science.