Month: October 2018

CP Editorial: USDA relief package may create long-term headache

From the District of Columbia to Columbia, Missouri, one of the most talked about agricultural news events is the current trade dispute with China. According to CNBC, in April, China announced a 25 percent tariff on 106 American goods, including…

Farm crisis of the 80s led to career change that has benefitted Missouri’s ag educators

The market’s drop during the 1980s farm crisis launched Keith Dietzschold, Missouri FFA executive secretary, into an almost 35-year career in agriculture education. “When I graduated college, all I ever wanted to do was go home and farm,” Dietzschold said.…

Kearney teacher works to change perceptions of agriculture

While most people associate agriculture with cows and plows, educator Erica McBee challenges her students to imagine agriculture in an urban setting. Kearney, Missouri, is located just outside of Kansas City, Missouri, and serves as the perfect breeding ground for…

CP Editorial: When undergraduates pay the price

Why should a college instructor or teaching assistant be required to attend only a one-day orientation, when a four-year degree is required to teach a kindergarten class? Yes, these graduate students have a college degree. However, education majors take several…

CP Editorial: Going strawless — banning the plastic tube benefits the environment

If you have visited Starbucks in recent months, you may have noticed the absence of the characteristic green straw from your morning iced coffee. This is because of the increasing popularity of the “strawless” movement, which advocates for reducing straw…

Missouri FFA president leads by putting others first

The convention hall came to life as bright lights flashed from wall to wall, loud music echoed throughout the arena and thousands of Missouri FFA Association members and family welcomed Truman the Tiger to the stage from above. Among the…

CP Editorial: The absurdity of misleading food labels

Companies are using unnecessary labels such as “organic,” “all-natural,” and “non-GMO” on their products to capitalize on consumers’ misconceptions, and it’s time for them to stop. Uninformed consumers are led to believe that these products are better or healthier and…

CP Editorial: Locally grown means out-of-this-world taste

As you bite into your favorite meal, you don’t want to taste anything short of delicious.  Seared vegetables cooked just right, bursting with flavor and smooth umami, or maybe that perfectly tender, juicy steak that offers a surprise to your…

From polishing up resumes to tweaking interview skills, CAFNR students have multiple opportunities to improve job-search readiness

Based on recent events, CAFNR could change its name to the College of Agriculture, Food, Natural Resources … and Professional Development. In preparation for the CAFNR Internship and Career Fair, held on Sept. 26, CAFNR Career Services hosted a variety…

Tummons lives what he teaches: character, integrity, respect

When John Tummons left his job as a high school ag teacher to work as a professional development specialist at the University of Missouri in 2008, he took a huge pay cut.  However, his skills were recognized immediately, and he…

Focus on Africa sheds light on international scholastic research at the University of Missouri

Attendees of the Focus on Africa Event witnessed the fire, determination, and passion that two African scholars have for socioeconomic and climate issues impacting developing countries and Missouri. Tunde Ojewola opened the discussion, held on Sept. 5, 2018, in the…

CP Editorial: Four-year colleges are not the only path to success

After high school graduation, many students feel pressured by parents and school counselors to attend four-year universities and colleges in hopes of receiving a prestigious degree and higher salaries. But there is another path that can also lead to good,…