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Creating New Relationships

Agribusiness management degree program helped set up Allison Allan for her future

As a high school senior, Allison (Stiens) Allan knew she wanted to eventually work in the agriculture industry. When it came to finding the correct college fit, Allan had a couple different options – but an impactful visit to the University of Missouri sealed the deal. Allan chose the agribusiness management degree program after meeting with Joe Parcell, director of…

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…

Succeeding in a Team Setting

Team and Organizational Leadership course offers service learning opportunities

As part of the CAFNR Experience, undergraduate students in the College have the opportunity to gain real-world skills through hands-on learning. Those experiences are especially true in the Team and Organizational Leadership course (AG_ED_LD 2260) within the agricultural education degree program. Along with team-building exercises, students enrolled in the course participate in an important service learning component. Service learning is…

Agriculture Education on the Move

CAFNR partners with Agriculture on the Move, a program of Missouri Farmers Care, for student training

Agriculture Education on the Move (AEOTM), a program of Missouri Farmers Care, began in 2011 as a way to bring free, hands-on agriculture education to third and fourth grade students throughout the state. John Tummons, an assistant teaching professor of agricultural education and leadership in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) Division of Applied…

MU Plays Crucial Role in New NSF Artificial Intelligence Institute

Collaborative institute will use AI to realistically predict how crops respond to various conditions

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced the establishment of the AI Institute for Resilient Agriculture (AIIRA), one of 11 new NSF National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes that will work to advance AI technologies and their associated benefits to society. The AIIRA will be led by Iowa State University (ISU) and feature collaboration across eight institutions, including the University…

Unconscious Biases can Drive Foodborne Illness Outbreaks, MU Researchers Find

Study concludes outbreak prevention policies should account for inadvertent behaviors

In the midst of a pandemic that has claimed more than 2 million lives worldwide and disrupted nearly every facet of society since it appeared more than a year ago, understanding the factors that create and facilitate disease outbreaks is more important than ever. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have determined that cognitive biases — patterns of errors…

Nudging Landowners and Tenants Toward Environmental and Social Stewardship

Grant will focus on promoting societal goals by fostering new leasing communication practices and contract clauses that incorporate landowners' social ethics

Ray Massey, Extension professor, and Michelle Segovia, assistant professor, both faculty of agricultural and applied economics in the Division of Applied Social Sciences, recently received a grant from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The grant is for $498,833 and is titled, “Nudging Landowners and Tenants Toward Environmental and Social Stewardship.” The grant was part of a recent…

Agricultural Markets Still Face Uncertainty, but University of Missouri Analysts See Signs of Optimism

FAPRI releases annual U.S. Agricultural Market Outlook

Farm income could decline in 2021, in spite of large increases in the value of crop and livestock sales, according to the latest analysis of national and global agricultural trends from the University of Missouri. Lower government payments and higher farm production costs could outweigh the increase in sales. Even with the decline projected by analysts at the Food and…

Making a Difference for Communities in Need

Melody Muldrow named George Washington Carver Graduate Fellow

It all started with a high school economics book. Melody Muldrow’s passion for economics was born when a high school teacher gave her an economics textbook to prepare for a city-wide high school economics competition. She spent an entire weekend thumbing through the book, soaking in as much information as she could. Muldrow was instantly hooked. “Economics would forever change…

Teaching Excellence

John Tummons earns USDA Teaching Award

The son of junior high school teachers, it was only natural that John Tummons would eventually find himself in a classroom setting, empowering and equipping students to make a positive impact throughout the world. Tummons knew where he wanted to make that impact, too. Tummons earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural education from the University of Missouri, and it was…