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MU Livestock Judging Team Finishes Spring Season Strong

The University of Missouri Livestock Judging Team finished off the spring contest season with a strong showing at the All-East Livestock Contest at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La. The team finished fifth overall and earned numerous top-five team placings.

Matthew Price (junior, agricultural education) earned first place honors in Individual Beef. Cari Green (sophomore, animal sciences); Peyton Niemeier (junior, agricultural education); and Katelyn Robinson (junior, animal sciences) all earned top-10 finishes in select competitions as well.

Tawnie DeJong, instructor in the Division of Animal Sciences, coaches the team.

Pictured, left to right: Green, Niemeier, Price and Robinson. Not pictured: Erica Kauzlarich (sophomore, animal sciences).

CAFNR Students Earn Grand Prize During MU Undergraduate Visual Art and Design Showcase

Two CAFNR students earned grand prize honors during the University of Missouri Undergraduate Visual Art and Design Showcase (VADS). This year, the showcase was a virtual exhibition, co-sponsored by the MU Digital Library. VADS is funded by the vice provost for undergraduate studies. The awards were selected by a group of jury members from outside of MU.

Amberlee Gandy (senior, agricultural education) and Grace Anderson (junior, plant sciences) earned the grand prize in Applied Design, which includes a $2,000 award that they will be able to use toward their own professional development. Gandy and Anderson were mentored by Lesleighan Cravens, instructor in the Division of Plant Sciences.

University of Missouri Livestock Judging Team competes at Southeastern Livestock Expo

The University of Missouri Livestock Judging Team competed at the Southeastern Livestock Expo in Alabama recently. Matthew Price, a junior studying agricultural education, finished third place overall. He was first in Placings; first in Sheeps and Goats; fourth in Reasons; seventh in Swine; and ninth in Cattle. Erica Kauzlarich, a sophomore studying animal sciences, finished eighth in Cattle. Mizzou’s team finished second in Reasons. Additional team members include Katelyn Robinson, a junior in animal sciences, and Cari Green, a sophomore in animal sciences. Tawnie DeJong, instructor, coaches the team.

Allie Lock places in final four of American Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Virtual Collegiate Discussion Meet

Allie Lock, a senior studying agribusiness management, placed in the final four of the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Virtual Collegiate Discussion Meet recently. Lock won at the university and state levels before placing in the final four.

The Virtual Collegiate Discussion Meet, conducted using web conferencing again this year, is designed to replicate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each collegiate participant. Participants are judged on their ability to exchange ideas and information on an agricultural topic and find answers or solutions related to it. As a finalist, Lock received $1,500 courtesy of CHS Foundation.

Agribusiness Management Students Earn Wins in Missouri Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet

Allie Lock (lower left in picture), a senior agribusiness management major was selected as the winner of the annual Missouri Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet out of a group of 11 contestants from seven Collegiate Farm Bureau chapters across Missouri. Lock’s final discussion topic revolved around the use of big data in agriculture. Lock received $300 and will represent Missouri Farm Bureau at the American Farm Bureau Federation Fusion Conference in 2021. Claire Shipp (top left in picture), a junior agribusiness management major, placed third in the discussion meet and received $100.

CAFNR Students Earn S.T.A.R Honors

As Mizzou pivoted to new forms of learning and engagement in Fall 2020, the Office of Undergraduate Research designed and delivered a robust set of online workshops. As part of those workshops, the office created the S.T.A.R. program: Student Training for Advancing Research. For each student who attended at least five workshops or completed compliance training (IRB, RCR, EHS), they were congratulated publicly and awarded a small gift. The following CAFNR students earned S.T.A.R. honors: Anna Barone (biochemistry), Inbal Barzilay (animal sciences), Madisyn Branch (environmental science), Emma Bremer (animal sciences), Miranda Difilippo (biochemistry), Emily Groeper (biochemistry), Elizabeth Gwaltney (animal sciences), Emma Leary (plant sciences), Sophia Liefer (biochemistry), Peter Mallett (environmental science), Carolyn Parasch (biochemistry), Makenna Parks (animal sciences), Kathryn Vanden Hoek (environmental science), Mackensie Wagner (environmental science) and Paige Williams (animal sciences).

Biochemistry Students Credited as Co-Authors on Plant Physiology Paper

Four biochemistry students in the lab of Antje Heese, an associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry, were credited as co-authors on a paper recently accepted in Plant Physiology. The students include: Kody Jones, who received funding from the MU Honors College – Discovery Fellowship and Life Sciences Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (LS UROP); Hayley Stiers, who received funding from the CAFNR Undergraduate Research Internship; Samuel Robinson, who received funding from Dudley Alexander – CAFNR Undergraduate Research Internship; and Paxton Kostos, who received funding from the MU Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity Program (IMSD-EXPRESS).

Heather Snow Selected as Agriculture Future of America Student Advisory Team Member

Heather Snow, a junior in animal sciences, was recently selected as an Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Student Advisory Team member. Each year, AFA selects a Student Advisory Team that serves as AFA’s student voice and helps bring their programs to life. Snow joins 10 other students from across the country who make up the 2021 team.

“I am excited to serve on the Student Advisory Team because I love planning events, and I can’t wait to provide the best opportunities possible for agriculture students around the country,” Snow said in a press release sent by AFA.

MU Students Take 3rd in Global Food Systems Dashboard Competition

University of Missouri students won third place at the Global Food Systems Dashboard Competition this fall. The students competed against not only other students, but various key stakeholders, including civil society workers, industry, NGO and policymakers, in food systems.

Mizzou students who were part of the winning teams included Delanie Vinzant, senior in biological sciences and economics; Brett Taylor, senior in biological engineering; Mercy Nani, PhD student in food science; Evann Twitchell, senior in journalism; Nevin Alexander, senior in biological engineering; and Sintha Santosa, graduate student in natural resources. Competition results were announced during the World Food Prize 2020 events.

The students were chosen from the Zero Hunger Challenge course designed by Kiruba Krishnaswamy, assistant professor of biomedical, biological and chemical engineering and food science. The challenge helps to bring students from multidisciplinary backgrounds together as a team to focus on food and nutrition security. During the course, the teams are formed to develop a research proposal to address the UN’s Sustainable Developments Goal 2: Zero Hunger.

Global Food Systems Dashboard

A total of four teams from the course participated in the competition this year. Out of the Mizzou teams, two teams won third place. The course is open to all students interested in food sustainability.

Students were challenged to compare three to four countries and analyze food system indicators, food system type, maternal and child malnutrition, and accessibility to sustainable nutritious food. They had to learn how to function in multidisciplinary teams while being open to diverse perspectives and approach, Krishnaswamy said. The competition helped improve scientific communication, innovation pitching, critical thinking, and transdisciplinary work.

“Once students graduate, most jobs require working with multidisciplinary teams,” she said. “Providing a safe and supportive platform for students to work in transdisciplinary teams before they graduate provides a unique skillset and experimental learning experience.”

The competition was introduced this year and the dashboard is useful for users to visualize information about the complex food systems across countries and regions. The dashboard has over 150 indicators covering various portions of the food system such as food productions, processing, distribution, food environments and more. It exists to support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger, which strives to eliminate malnutrition. This tool can be used by anyone interested or involved in the food system.

“We wanted to bring this experience to students at Mizzou,” said Krishnaswamy. With the support from Brady Deaton, chancellor emeritus of the University of Missouri, the Deaton Institute, deans and faculty from CAFNR, College of Engineering and the Honors College, the course was launched in Fall 2019.

“Students have made this a reality. The prize is a testimony for their passion and dedication towards food sustainability.”

The Food Systems Dashboard was developed by Johns Hopkins University and The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition along with contributors from Harvard University, University of Michigan, Michigan State University and the UN Food Agriculture Organization (FAO). The winners were announced at the 2020 International Borlaug Dialogue at World Food Prize 2020.