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Student Organizations Earn Prizes During College Roadshow Live Taping

CAFNR welcomed alum Tyne Morgan, host of U.S. Farm Report, to campus in early November for the live taping of the College Roadshow. There were two competitions that student organizations participated in, with the top performers earning money for their club.

“We are all Farmers at Heart” Video Competition
First place: Torq’N Tigers – $1,500
Second place: Sigma Alpha – $1,500
Third place: NAMA – $750
Fourth place: Women of Natural Resources – $750

Sign Competition
First place: NAMA – $750

The other 9 winners were: Madelynn Gastler, Lauren Gilbert, Agronomy Club (4 signs), NAMA and Torq’N Tigers (2 signs)

Greatest Number of Members Present
Sigma Alpha – $250

Soil Judging Team Takes Second in Region 5 Contest

The University of Missouri soil judging team competed in the Region 5 contest in early October, finishing second place overall. Iowa State University hosted the event, which featured seven teams and more than 50 students.

Aleksandra (Alex) Kalisz, a junior environmental sciences student, finished second place among individual contestants. The scores from both individual and team competitions were used to determine team rankings.

Each team in the competition practiced at various soil pits throughout the area to gain an understanding of soils and landscapes. The individual portion took place in the morning and team competition took place in the afternoon. Students were tasked with correctly identifying, evaluating, classifying and describing soil profiles in previously unseen soil pits and also rated the soils for land use.

Forestry Club Takes First Place at Conclave Competition

The Forestry Club sent 12 team members to a timber sports competition, known as a Conclave, in late October, coming home with first-place honors. The event was held at the Touch of Nature Outdoor Education Center and hosted by Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Hank Stelzer, an associate professor in the School of Natural Resources, has helped guide the team and was in attendance during the event.

The team competed in double and single buck using a crosscut saw, pulp toss, ax throw, wood indentification, dendrology, DBH estimation and a special event, which composed of a race to obtain water, start a fire and boil the water. Along with the competition, MU students were able to connect with Conclave members from other school. Mizzou’s Conclave team is planning on attending a competition at a different university in the spring.

Litton Lecture Series Features Rick Rigsby

CAFNR, along with the Jerry Litton Family Memorial Foundation, hosted its third Litton Lecture Series on Thursday, Nov. 10, and invited the public to hear from featured speaker Rick Rigsby. Rigsby shared the wisdom of past generations — wisdom that inspires, motivates and empowers individual to make an impact rather than an impression.

Along with sharing his story, Rigsby also met members of the Jerry Litton Family Memorial Foundation, as well as this year’s cohort of Litton Leadership scholars.

Rigsby is a USA Today, Amazon and Wall Street Journal best-selling author who became an Internet sensation when his speech on hope — produced by Goalcast — was viewed by over 300 million people worldwide. An internationally-recognized motivational speaker, Rigsby is founder of Rick Rigsby Communications. With engagements spanning the globe, audiences include Fortune 100 & Fortune 500 companies, service organizations, educational institutions, and professional sports organizations, including the NFL and PGA. Rigsby is a former award-winning journalist, college professor and football character coach at Texas A&M University.

CAFNR Research Symposium Undergraduate Poster Winners Announced

CAFNR hosted its first in-person Research Symposium on Oct. 12-13, featuring numerous speakers and poster presentations. More than 300 people attended the various sessions, including checking out research posters presented by undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students.

Winners were recently announced for the undergraduate poster presenters:

  • 1st Place: Aubrey Pipkins (food, nutrition & exercise science)
  • 2nd Place: Anna Gonsalves (food, nutrition & exercise science)
  • 3rd Place: Kristen Barwick (biochemistry)

Poster winners were selected based on evaluations by participants through an online survey. The winners received a framed certificate and a gift card.

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.”