Category: CAFNR

Columbia schools now offer evening meal for students staying for late activities

Columbia Public Schools have decided to make a difference within their high schools and community. In recent years, many teachers and other administrators have been providing food for their students who had to stay late for after school activities. To…

Swipes program could reduce food insecurity among MU students

“Willing to swipe into Dobbs for $5” postings on class Facebook groups, students standing outside the numerous dining halls begging to swipe fellow students in at no charge and thousands of paid meal swipes unused as the semester comes to…

Greek Town littered with potential recyclables

The lack of a system for recycling, or even encouragement to do so, is causing a build up of recyclable trash throughout the area of the University of Missouri campus known as Greek Town. Across a majority of campus, the…

Chronic wasting disease potential threat to Missouri deer and elk populations

The deer and elk populations of Missouri face a looming threat from chronic wasting disease. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), 33 deer in Missouri have tested positive for this exceptionally destructive disease. Chronic wasting disease affects the…

MU biochemistry department celebrates milestones

The department of biochemistry at the University of Missouri had a lot to celebrate this year — the 40th anniversary of the department and the 100th birthday of one of its most beloved professors, Boyd O’Dell. These milestones and more…

The cure for most foodborne illness is education and communication

Food recalls are often the most noticeable result of an outbreak of foodborne illnesses, commonly known as food poisoning. Foodborne illnesses are caused not only by contamination of food products somewhere along the production line, but also by not following…

Farm to School program helps students connect to locally grown food one meal at a time

Whether you call it farm-to-fork, farm-to-table, or farm-to-school, the goals are the same — get more locally grown foods into school cafeterias so that students have access to high quality, fresh fruits, vegetables and other products. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids…

SAFE burning promotes ecological health for prairies, pastures and woodlands

For decades, Smokey the Bear implored, “Only YOU can prevent forest fires!” However, according to the MU Student Association for Fire Ecology (SAFE), his new slogan, “Only you can prevent wildfires!” is much more relevant to maintaining ecological health. Members…

CP Editorial: New FDA directive requires strong producer-veterinarian relations to be effective

Family farms have decorated America’s landscape since the country’s founding. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, there are 2.2 million farms in our country, 97 percent of which are operated by families. Family farming operations vary in size,…

University budget woes may shake up the MU campus

The University of Missouri has seen its share of ups and downs over the past 12 months. Recently, it was dealt another blow, not as a protest or resignation, but in the form of budget cuts. On April 27, Gov. Jay Nixon…

CP Editorial: Bigger is not always better in banking

Online bill pay, account transfers from your mobile device and 24/7 access to ATMs anywhere in the country are just a few of the amenities that big banks offer to their customers. We live in a fast-paced society where most…

CAFNR students aspire to have roles in politics

Politics may not seem like a logical career goal for most agriculture majors. However, Mizzou students Morgan Beach, Nora Faris and Cole Edwards plan to use their CAFNR degrees on Capitol Hill. Although their interest might have sparked from their…

Seventh annual Meet Your Meat will be on Lowry Mall April 27

Consumers often don’t have an accurate understanding of how those in the agriculture industry produce our food. Information can be misleading and confusing. Meat production, in particular, comes under scrutiny from a variety of groups. To help educate consumers about…

Plant a tree, recycle electronics and more during Sustainability Week

MU students and the community can experience sustainable living firsthand during Sustainability Week, April 25 through April 29. Events during the fifth annual Sustainability Week will help promote the need for a sustainable lifestyle, just in time for Earth Day. Madelyn Sobey,…

Nontraditional ‘Greek’ organizations connect students with common interests

Not all Mizzou Greek life involves living on Frat Row, attending social and philanthropy events and wearing emblazoned letters. Fifty professional, faith-or interest-based Greek organizations exist on campus but are often forgotten in the shadow of their Greek Town counterparts.…

‘Blazin’ Jane’ lives an abundant, raw, high-energy life

When stepping into the Columbia home of raw vegan Jane Smith, the smell of spices is evident. Fruit sits on the cabinet top and wine bottles are displayed against the red and green walls of her kitchen. Smith lets her cat Maizy inside through the…

New permanent exhibit focused on food production to open this summer at St. Louis Science Center

Beginning this summer, children and adults alike will experience the science of food in the new exhibit space called GROW at the St. Louis Science Center. Visitors will follow the steps from farm to table including the impacts of weather,…

CP editorial: Study abroad can help you be the person you envision

Studying abroad can be one of the most attractive ways to get an education, but only a handful of individuals actually participate. Of all students enrolled in higher education institutions in the United States, only 1.5 percent ever study abroad,…

The ‘fun czar’ in CAFNR academic programs office, Freyermuth finds joy in her work with students

Her research has been published eight times. She is a member of seven scientific and educational organizations. She holds three Mizzou job titles and works in two departments with two separate offices. However, when asked about how she blazed her…

Vegetarian and vegan nutrition: Watch out for CRAAP

The number of vegetarians in the United States is 7.3 million, according to the Statistics Brain Research Institute. One million Americans are vegans. In addition, 22.8 million Americans said they follow a vegetarian-inclined diet. Although the reasons to become a…

Habitat destruction leads to monarch population decline

The population of monarch butterflies throughout the United States has been decreasing rapidly over the years. According to MonarchWatch.org, from 2013 to 2014 the population of monarch butterflies in the East was less than 100 monarchs per 100 acres. In…

FFA members develop leadership skills at Mizzou contest

High schools from all over the state came to the University of Missouri on March 2 to attend the FFA Leadership Development Contest. The Mizzou Collegiate FFA Chapter and the Missouri FFA Association hosted the eighth annual Leadership Development Contest at the…

CP editorial: Why you need to vote (and clean your house)

In the 2014 congressional election, 23.1 percent of the18 to 34-year-old age group voted. In the 2012 presidential election, 18 to 29 year-olds voted only slightly better at 45 percent. Historically, all age demographics have voted at a higher rate…

Dress for Success event provides answers to that elusive question: what is business casual?

When it comes to an interview, the first thing to prepare for is the interviewer’s questions. But what about the outfit? The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, School of Health Professions and Department of Textile and Apparel Management…

CAFNR students run for MSA president/vice president spots; election begins Feb. 29

College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources students Sam Turner and Clay Evans have announced their campaign for Missouri Students Association president and vice president. If elected, Turner will be the first CAFNR MSA President in 13 years. The last…

NAMA chapter builds membership and competitive edge

Every Monday at 11 a.m., nine students gather in Strickland 124A. The University of Missouri’s National Agri-Marketing Association, an assembly of agriculture majors, begin with their executive summary. Using terms and knowledge understood by marketing professionals, such as “competitive market…

Love, and the scent of roses, is in the air at Tiger Garden

Valentine’s Day is upon us. Many floral shops have been busy for months preparing for what is the biggest holiday of the year for the floral industry. This includes Tiger Garden, a University of Missouri student-run floral shop that is…

‘Farmland’ to show at Jesse Auditorium Feb. 2

The Mizzou Collegiate Farm Bureau Chapter along with the Boone County Farm Bureau will be hosting a free showing of the movie Farmland Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 6 p.m. in Jesse Auditorium. Aleesha Ball, Missouri Collegiate Farm Bureau-President, said MU…

CP commentary: In the eye of the storm

The Columbia Missourian staff knew something was going to happen. They didn’t know exactly what that was, but editors, reporters, photographers and designers lined up in the newsroom with their laptops and cameras on standby. I arrived at Lee Hills…