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Looking Through a Wide Lens

Inaugural MU Agribusiness and Policy Symposium to look at array of issues facing farmers, agribusiness community members

Given the current economic climate for Missouri farmers and agribusiness members, it was not hard for the organizers of the inaugural University of Missouri Agribusiness and Policy Symposium to come up with a theme: “Strategic Thinking in Uncertain Times.” This past spring, Joe Parcell, professor and department chair of the department of agricultural and applied economics, and Scott Brown, an…

A Dream Fulfilled

Fara and Richard Maltsbarger are giving back to the school they love

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Executive-in-Residence program was created in 1996 to give students, faculty and staff an opportunity to learn from industry leaders. Richard Maltsbarger was invited back to Mizzou as an Executive-in-Residence in 2012. Maltsbarger earned his bachelor’s in 1997 and his master’s in 1999 – both in agricultural economics. During his…

A Presidential Honor

Thomas Johnson recognized for excellence by UM System

Thomas Johnson, the Frank Miller Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Division of Applied Social Sciences, was awarded the 2012 President’s Award for Economic Development by the University of Missouri System.

A Drought Five Feet Under

A short but significant dry spell has left Missouri soil nearly desiccated

Missouri has not escaped the historic drought that has devastated Texas, Oklahoma and Arizona. A short but critically-timed dry spell has left much of the state’s soil bone dry down to five feet. Unless there is long and heavy rain and snowfall this winter, Missouri’s most important crops will suffer.

Healthier and More Efficient Cows

MU team studies feed efficiency and participates in respiratory disease study

With the help of two grants totaling more than $14 million from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, research teams led by the University of Missouri and Texas A&M University will focus on developing methodologies to breed cattle that more efficiently utilize feed and that are more resistant to Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD).