Category: CAFNR

Preparing students for leadership in a complex world is goal of newest AE&L faculty member

Adam Cletzer believes that leadership is more than simply having a vision and getting others to follow you. The newest member of the MU Department of Agricultural Education and Leadership faculty hopes to prepare students for the real world of…

Payne’s tenure as CAFNR dean marked by wit and compassion

One glance around his office in 2-69 of the Agriculture Building, and you know that Tom Payne lives for the betterment of others. He is the vice chancellor for agriculture and dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural…

Cool fall weather does not mean an end to locally grown produce

Farmers and producers in mid-Missouri continue to grow crops during the fall and winter months thanks to hardy plant breeds and the use of greenhouses and high tunnels, allowing consumers to purchase and prepare fresh produce as the leaves fall. …

CAFNR student’s unusual hobby allows him to fly away home

Dressed in a gray Mizzou Agriculture shirt, cowboy boots, jeans and an agricultural systems management ball cap, Michael Carpenter does not stand out among his peers in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR). However, Carpenter holds a…

Alabama bassist Teddy Gentry is known for more than just music

From Music Row to the rooster’s crow, Teddy Gentry has led an abundantly interesting life. At the age of 64, this member of the popular country music group, Alabama, has traveled the country and written thousands of songs. He has…

Lisa Paige: A mom away from home for the student leaders of MU

College students go about their days, every day, without a parental figure keeping them on task; however, for the various organizations on the second floor of the student center, Lisa Paige, helps to fill that gap as the students’ go-to…

Kaufman goes above and beyond as Maneater editor-in-chief

From opinion columns and copy editing in high school, to radio, newspaper writing and editing in college, Jared Kaufman has worked in various aspects of the world of journalism. The junior at the University of Missouri is currently using his…

Yin Yang Night Club fights technology to continue SoCo legacy

When Nathaniel Paul began performing drag four years ago, technology wasn’t a big part of nightlife. Paul previously performed at the SoCo Night Club in downtown Columbia, Missouri, where drag performances were frequented mostly by those in the LGBTQ community…

Agriculture careers and rural lifestyles appeal to students of all backgrounds

The demographics of the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources student body may surprise the casual observer. Rather than becoming a destination primarily for young academics with farming backgrounds, the college is attracting a population that, more and…

Consumers push producers from grass-fed to grain-fed, and back again

Years ago, producers raised beef cattle on an all-grass diet because there were no other options. After years of advances and changes in diets, the industry is leaning back toward grass-fed beef because of consumer demand. In the 1800s, the term…

Missouri looking to trade agricultural products with Cuba

Leaders in Missouri agriculture are taking steps to export products from the Show-Me State to Cuba. Efforts to initiate trade with Cuba began when President Barack Obama announced he would like to normalize trade relations with the long-isolated country in 2014.…

Genetically modified organisms: Put a label on it?

Recently passed regulations requiring mandatory labeling on products containing genetically modified materials could have lasting effects on many aspects of the agriculture industry. On July 29, 2016, a bill was signed into law requiring labels on all food products containing…

Debate over benefits of laptops for note taking continues

If you visit the MU Student Center, Ellis Library, Memorial Union or any of the other popular spots on campus students frequent between classes, you will see students typing away on a paper, watching Netflix, shopping for new fall boots…

Students from around the nation converge on KC for annual agriculture leader conference

Agriculture Future of America (AFA), an annual agriculture leader conference that has touched the lives of 13,000 young leaders, will celebrate its 20th anniversary this fall. Over the years, students from 150 different majors studying at 200 different colleges and universities from…

CAFNR provides real world business and laboratory experiences

Editor’s Note: This is part one of a three-part series highlighting various businesses and services within the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri that provide job opportunities for students.  > Tiger Garden Tiger Garden and…

Green Dot Day aims to prevent violence on campus

As freshmen arrive at the University of Missouri, education against sexual violence is already happening. They may have seen green dot posters at bus stops or classrooms across campus and around Columbia urging MU students not be silent bystanders. Kim…

New ambulatory facility under construction for MU veterinary school

The ability for MU professors of veterinary medicine and students to make on-farm visits will soon improve. The University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine has a new building under construction that will serve as an ambulatory facility. This facility will…

DNR Director presents public lecture Oct. 5 as Executive-in-Residence program celebrates 20 years

Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Sarah Parker Pauley is the 50th visiting professional for the Executive-in-Residence program sponsored by the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), and will be on campus Oct. 5-6, 2016. “[Pauley]…

Alums offer tales of unique experiences as CAFNR students

Many students have found their passions and reached their career goals thanks to guidance from faculty and staff in the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) and the variety of opportunities available. With 15 degree areas, 24…

Reactions mixed to effectiveness of MU Connect

In the fall of 2014, the University of Missouri introduced a new system — MU Connect — to improve communication among students, professors and advisers. MU Connect is a “one-stop shop that connects students to support offices and individuals who…

MU doctoral student develops a two-in-one breakfast with coffee cereal

A University of Missouri doctoral student developed Coffee Cereal, a breakfast unlike any other. Coffee Cereal was created in Normal, Illinois, and was founded by Andrew Gillespie, company president, and Anthony Galassi, the vice president, who are physics students at MU. Years of study…

New faces in CAFNR academic programs office

New faces fill the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) academic programs office, as the staffing of three important roles changed over the summer months. Bryan Garton, associate dean and director of CAFNR Academic Programs, said hiring three…

Missouri forests have positive impact on state economy

One of the unsung heroes of the Missouri agricultural economy is the forestry industry, which contributes $7.3 billion annually to the state’s economy, according to the Missouri Forest Product Association. The Missouri timber industry is among the strongest in the…

FarmScape brings farm fun to the city

Farm animals, tractors and farmers filled the St. Louis Ballpark Village on the evening of Saturday, Sept. 17. While throngs of people filtered through on their way to Busch Stadium to enjoy a ballgame, many stopped to talk with the…

CAFNR centers and farms are integral to teaching and research

A calf at the Foremost Dairy Farm.

Farmland and livestock may not be the first things that come to mind when you think of the University of Missouri. Often the only thing that differentiates any of the 13 MU teaching and research facilities from a private farm,…

State Fair continues to draw thousands, boost Sedalia economy

The 2016 Missouri State Fair was held during Aug. 11-21 in Sedalia, Missouri, as it has been for over a century, continuing to allow people from throughout the state and across the country to enjoy themselves while learning about agriculture.…

Records yields in fields, but profits may be hard to come by

Across the vibrant 3,010,400 acres of farmland in Missouri, it is not hard to tell this year will be a record harvest. The United States Department of Agriculture projects corn to produce a national average of 175 bushels per acre…