Month: December 2018

New Music Ensemble brings student composers’ works to life

The future of symphonic music is being composed every day in the University of Missouri Music Composition Department. On Sunday, Dec. 2, the New Music Ensemble performed at Whitmore Recital Hall on Mizzou’s campus. The event was co-sponsored by the…

Study abroad director creates connections at home and abroad

Finding a home away from home can be difficult, but for Shanon Dickerson, traveling abroad is as comfortable as working in her office in 2-64 of the Agriculture Building on the MU campus.   Dickerson describes her primary role as…

Floral design program is blooming with success

Sowing seeds for a successful program, Lesleighan Cravens is working to make huge strides for the floral program at the University of Missouri. “This program is all encompassing for the floral industry, you can really get a lot out of…

Urban agriculture bridges the gap between consumer and producer

A simple compost project at the University of Missouri grew into 1.3 acres of urban farm land, 17,000 pounds of food donated to families in need last year , and a community connectedness to agriculture through education, outreach and volunteerism.…

CP editorial: A farmer is a jack of all trades, but not without a foundation of education

To be successful in the agriculture industry, which, as former President Teddy Roosevelt said is “the basis of civilization,” you must have a vast understanding of the functions of your farming or ranching operation. One way you can ensure this…

Transition time for farmers and farmers markets

From sunshine to flurries, winter is marked by several transitions. Whether you are a student, professor, or alum, winter is a time to bundle up and brave the elements. For the Stanton Brothers, however, this new season is nothing but…

Opening day of rifle season is a time to enjoy traditions while controlling deer population

On the second Saturday of November, gunfire can be heard across the once peaceful, quiet countryside.  For those who hadn’t been paying attention, they realize that Saturday is the opening weekend of deer season. For many Missourians, the season is…

CP editorial: Patchwork of CAFO regulations harm rural communities

When it rained, janitors strategically placed trash cans in the hallways to catch the runoff that slipped through the holes in the ceiling of my high school. Transparent layers of cellophane lined gaps in the ceiling tiles to funnel rainwater…

Life comes full circle for Alpha Gamma Rho’s Ms. Mac

Behind the fall welcome sign, walls are decorated with serene farm scenes and paintings that remind her of home. Pausing to view the gray barn framed by wild flowers painted by her sister, Arlene McCollum feels right at home in…

Mizzou floral design student organization hosts artist-in-residence

Laura Parker spoke with students and florists about how flowers can impact lives during her presentation at the University of Missouri on Nov. 7. The Mizzou Student American Institute of Floral Design hosted artist-in-residence Laura Parker. The event, which was…

Wreath-laying ceremony recognizes those from MU community who have served

Students, faculty, community members and veterans gathered at Memorial Union on the University of Missouri campus to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. Beginning promptly at noon on Nov. 9, several members of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program…

Parker helps floral businesses bloom where they’re planted

Laura Parker’s love for the floriculture industry began when she was just 5 years old. She was an active member of her church, and she would take apart large arrangements the church received to remake them into smaller arrangements with…

Elk hunting may become a reality in Missouri by 2020

Just 10 years ago, few people in Missouri could imagine the sound of an elk bull bugling outside of their home. According to Brandon Butler, executive director and editor for the Conservation Federation of Missouri, elk were reintroduced to Missouri…

Commencement signifies a time of transition for CAFNR grads

Change and transition are typical for future College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources graduate Allison Stiens. She grew up in Maryville, Missouri, and traded one college town for another as she pursued a degree in agribusiness management in Columbia,…

Belle craft show provides opportunity to support local youth

Trucks, SUVs and trailers brought dozens of vendors to the Belle FFA Craft Show as the sun rose on a brisk morning in early November. Necklaces, keychains and quilts lined the walls and filled tables. All items were sold to…

Kinder Institute events provide safe space for political discussions

In a divided America, people are continuously searching for common ground and the Kinder Institute is trying to help. The Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy specializes in politics. Located in Jesse Hall, room 410, the Kinder Institute is a center…

CP editorial: University should continue close scrutiny of Greek life

The University of Missouri Interfraternity Council states that its values are brotherhood, leadership, scholarship, and service, but these values are being overshadowed by the continued accusations of hazing and violations of alcohol policies. As a member of a Panhellenic organization…

Trump administration moves to make E15 available year-round

The Environmental Protection Agency is starting a rule making process to allow the sale of E15 year-round. Currently, E15 (a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline) is banned during the summer months. The original ban was based…

New program seeks to improve legislator understanding of science behind many policy issues

A new program called Missouri Science and Technology (MOST) Policy Fellowship will assist in providing answers to science-related policy questions at the Missouri State Capitol. Although MOST’s ultimate goal is to place a fellow in Missouri state government to inform…

CP editorial: Don’t let apathy end the world as we know it

Our rapidly growing population has brought the planet to a crisis point. We must be conscious of our impact on the environment. While many people understand the importance of respecting the planet, few of us feel empowered to make any…

Alternative agriculture businesses are “popping up” nationwide

 Agriculture has always been in Gavin Spoor’s blood. As a first-generation farmer and student at the University of Missouri, Spoor was looking to create an operation outside of the traditional realm of field crops and livestock. Eventually, he found his…

MDA director Chinn shares insights on Missouri agriculture with Columbia business group

Business leaders from the Columbia area gathered on Monday, Oct. 29, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. to hear from Chris Chinn, director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Chinn shared her thoughts about many challenges currently facing the agricultural industry…