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Training for the Future

Agroforestry Academy strong for third straight year

The University of Missouri’s Center for Agroforestry put together another successful Agroforestry Academy in late July. This is the third year the academy has been offered to individuals interested in learning more about agroforestry. The purpose of the weeklong academy is to show the many opportunities agroforestry offers through classroom work and farm visits. Individuals also took part in a…

Keeping it In-house

New air system designed by MU researchers pays big dividends to CAFNR alumnus, other farmers

It is 1 in the morning and a winter storm is rolling through that could easily cause a huge down swing of the temperature of your poultry barn where thousands of turkeys reside. What do you do? If you’re Austin Kliethermes, nothing. That’s because he has the state-of-the-art Waste Heat Recovery (WHR) system installed inside the starter house of his…

A Busy Alum

Avi Rathnakumar has enjoyed his career in the hospitality and restaurant industry

Avi Rathnakumar is an MU alumni who has had an extensive career in the hospitality and restaurant industry. He made the decision to attend the University of Missouri, and graduated with his degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management in 2003. However, this was only the beginning of what would soon be an outstanding career.

Recognized for Visibility

Two CAFNR faculty members honored for citations

Two University of Missouri faculty members, both in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, were recognized by the American Society of Plant Biologists as authors of the most highly cited papers published between 2009 and 2013 in the Plant Cell and Plant Physiology, two top journals in plant biology. Included in the prestigious list are Gary Stacey, Curators Professor…

Big Honor for Study of Little Pest

Melissa Mitchum receives award from American Phytopathological Society

Melissa Mitchum, associate professor of plant sciences in the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, has received the American Phytopathological Society’s 2015 Syngenta Award for outstanding contributions to teaching, research or extension in plant pathology. The awards banquet for this honor will be Aug. 1 at the APS meeting in Pasadena, Calif. Mitchum will receive an engraved award and a $1,500…

An Excellent Advisor

Shari Freyermuth receives the 2015 Excellence in Advising Award from MU's Advisors Forum

Each year MU recognizes a faculty and staff member who possess qualities of a remarkable undergraduate student advisor. Freyermuth was the recipient of the faculty advisor award due to her evidence of effective advising qualities and practices.

Kemper Honor

Trista Strauch selected as 2015 Kemper Fellow

Trista Strauch, assistant teaching professor of animal sciences and fisheries and wildlife sciences in the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, has received one of the 2015 William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence. Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin, Commerce Bank Chairman Jim Schatz and a group of professors, administrators and staff surprised Strauch by honoring her with the Fellowship, which…

Foodie Finds

CAFNR's Ragh Singh shares his Columbia culinary favorites

If you are serious about food, Ragh Singh suggests you make a trip to your alma mater.

Gloves for Ghana

Kerry Clark takes on an unexpected task to help poor farmers

Kerry Clark is seeking donations of work gloves to help farmers in Ghana harvest their soybean crop.

Ouch. Feels Like a Caterpillar

Plants can tell the difference between attacking insects

Plants can recognize attacks from diverse kinds of insects, such as caterpillars and aphids, and respond differently to each attack