Author: Alexa Nordwald

Hi, my name is Alexa Nordwald, and I am currently a freshman at the University of Missouri majoring in science and agricultural journalism. I hail from about five hours southeast of Columbia in the small town of East Prairie, Missouri. Although my grandparents raise Charolais cattle in Audrain County, I did not grow up on a farm. On campus I participate in Christian Campus House Ministries, Agricultural Communicators and Leaders of Tomorrow, and the professional agricultural sorority, Sigma Alpha. I also work at the University of Missour Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) and serve as a Missouri FFA State Officer.

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…

‘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…

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…

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…

Conflicting consumer demands create need for both conventional and organic agriculture

Organic agriculture is a growing niche market that has farmers and consumers racing to defend their points of view. The agriculture industry continues its struggle to feed a hungry world with limited resources and almost unlimited human wants and needs.…

CP Editorial: CAFNR, not just for farm kids anymore

I did not grow up on a family farm. Yes, it’s true. I am in the College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources but I have almost no farm background. About five hours away from my hometown of East Prairie,…

Annual showcase will feature unveiling of new Doppler radar

The Columbia area will have access to a new level of safety from severe weather. The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources will debut a new Doppler radar at the ninth annual South Farm Showcase on…