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Amplifying Agriculture

Amp'd Up Ag gives CAFNR couple the opportunity to help farmers with their operations

Larna Schnitker can’t help but smile. Sure, she just spent half a day rounding up cattle that somehow found their way into the wrong pasture, forcing her to miss lunch completely. Plus she’s trying keep life at home, in Middletown, Mo., organized as she prepares for an important business trip. As a business owner, Schnitker said she knows that some…

Senior Spotlight: Maddy Meisel

Meisel will graduate with a degree in agriculture

The Academies at Jefferson City High School allow students to choose an area of interest to aid in their educational journeys. Maddy Meisel chose the Agriculture, Engineering, Trade and Industrial (AETI) Academy where she was able to learn more about animals, plants and food science. Along with her participation in the AETI Academy, Meisel joined her local FFA chapter, which…

Success On and Off the Mat

Keegan O'Toole and Rocky Elam, NCAA Div. I Wrestling All-Americans, work hard to balance their sport and their studies

Sophomores Rocky Elam and Keegan O’Toole had a singular goal in mind when they began the 2022 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships – win a national title. Both wrestlers improved on their finishes from last season, with O’Toole claiming a national title at 165 pounds and Elam securing a fourth-place finish at 197 pounds. The duo joined elite company in…

Developing Educational Programs

AG_ED_LD 4340 course has given students the chance to connect with industry partners and develop educational programs

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) puts a priority on offering its students hands-on learning opportunities. Many of those opportunities come in the courses offered throughout CAFNR’s 14 degree programs. One of those courses, Designing and Delivering Educational/Leadership Programs (AG_ED_LD 4340), has given students the chance to connect with industry partners and develop educational…

Finding the Perfect Fit

Agriculture degree program has allowed Ellen Phillips to pursue her passions

In high school, Ellen Phillips gained an appreciation for law and policy through the local YMCA’s youth and government program. While Phillips originally thought a career in criminal justice was in her future, when she decided on attending the University of Missouri she veered toward another of her passions – agriculture. Phillips, who grew up in Mexico, Mo., was active…

Building His Own Degree

Agriculture program allowed Chase Monte to combine his interest areas into one degree

The agriculture degree program in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) allows students to create their own unique college experience. Students tailor a course of study to their interests, choosing concentration areas from CAFNR’s other degree programs. That opportunity was exactly what Chase Monte was looking for when he arrived at MU. “Essentially, I…

Q&A with Jill Scheidt

Scheidt is an Agronomy Field Specialist with the Agriculture and Environment Extension Program

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri?    I serve row crop and forage producers in Southwest Missouri by presenting research-based programs related to relevant topics in agriculture. I also do field site visits and client calls, all while collaborating with local partners to bring timely research to the community.  How long have you worked in this position?    Eight years in the current full-time position. In 2011, I…

Q&A with Sam Polly

Polly is a Pesticide Safety Education Program Coordinator with Agriculture and Environment Extension Program 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I work as the Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) Coordinator. This entails working with various Extension Specialists to build the pesticide safety program, along with updating our manuals and resources. I also represent the state of Missouri in the American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators and at…

Q&A with David Hoffman

Hoffman is a Livestock Field Specialist with Agriculture and Environment Extension Program

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri?    I consult with livestock producers of all ages and all sizes of operations to provide unbiased, research-based information for their everyday questions or concerns that impact their business. This may be answering a single question, or providing continuous guidance to address a long-term issue.    How long have you worked in this position?    25 years  What is…

Q&A with Pat Miller

Miller is an Agronomy Field Specialist with Agriculture and Environment Extension Program

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I work with ag crop and forage producers, home gardeners and commercial produce growers to reach our #2xAg2030 goals. How long have you worked in this position? 32 years What is your favorite part about the work you do? Helping producers get answers to their questions, whether…