Month: November 2017

Oregon native puts skills learned from Peace Corps and outdoor challenges to use as a geography graduate TA

Just north of the California border is the town of Klamath Falls, Oregon, where University of Missouri graduate student Bradford Hanson spent his childhood growing-up.  “Klamath Falls had about 20,000 people,” Hanson said, “so it’s a bit of a shock…

New coach means a new beginning for Mizzou livestock judging team

This year, Mizzou’s livestock judging team has a new leader, Britton Francis. While a fresh face to Mizzou, Francis has a long history of showing livestock. He grew up on a diversified livestock farm located outside Paris, Missouri with cattle,…

Teach Ag speech contest sparks interest in ag education as a career

For most Missourians, December is a time for chilly weather, Christmas movies, and family. For Pam Rowland, the teacher recruitment and retention coordinator for Missouri Agricultural Education, December is a time for hope — for the future of agricultural education.…

CP editorial: Images out of context push public opinion of agriculture

“Countless birds crammed into filthy, windowless sheds and forced to live for weeks in their own waste and toxic ammonia fumes ….” This appears in a statement from the group Mercy for Animals following an undercover investigation of a Tyson…

Years in the show ring prepare MU student for challenges ahead

When Jenni Nicole Trentmann decided she wanted to be in the Child Life Specialist program at the University of Missouri in 2014, she didn’t realize the struggles she would endure. Luckily, years spent showing pigs and participating in 4-H helped…

Mizzou Botanic Garden spans entire campus thanks to alumni support

The University of Missouri is home to a botanical garden stretching throughout a campus of more than 30,000 students. The botanical garden has 11 thematic gardens and seven special gardens around campus, which include areas such as the Tiger Plaza…

CP editorial: Why the story of agriculture needs to be told

Everyone should have a passion, E.M. Tiffany’s was believing in the future of agriculture, Norman Borlaug’s was developing high yield varieties and John Deere’s was making plows. What is my passion? When recently asked to answer this question, I turned…

CP editorial: The puppy problem

Puppies. Just the word brings a smile to most faces. Tiny paws, wagging tails and cute little howls. Fuzzy bundles of fur nuzzling their mamma. The last thing we want to think about is the likliehood that a furry bundle…

Hurricane Harvey’s impact on agriculture in Texas

On August 25, 2017, one the worst recorded hurricanes hit one of America’s top agricultural producing states, Texas. With wind gusts up to nearly 130 mph and an accumulated 51.88 inches of rainfall, a variety of Texas’ agricultural operations were…

CP commentary: Harvest time brings challenges and appreciation

Harvest marks the end of the countless hours farmers spent cultivating fields during a long, hot summer. The combine engine fires, and the golden kernels find their way to the hopper. Small particles permeate the air, which leaves a cloud…

Amanda Smith recognized with outstanding first-year educator award

For agricultural education instructor, Amanda Smith, the way she teaches and inspires young agriculturalists each day has been shaped by her past experiences interning for the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) and the Missouri Soybean Association (MSA). Both of…

Grizzly bears feeling at home in new exhibit at St. Louis Zoo

The St. Louis Zoo opened a new exhibit September introducing two new grizzly bears to the park. Grizzly Ridge is a state-of-the-art exhibit located where the original bear grottos were from earlier years. It houses two grizzly bears, they are…

Changes to VFD rules intended to strengthen relationship between producers and vets

We all know doctors must write prescriptions before we can purchase antibiotics for human use, but even animals need similar documentation. For them, it’s called a veterinary feed directive, or VFD. This past January the U.S. Food and Drug Administration…