Author: Betty Thomas

Agriculture began to influence my life at a young age. My father is a sixth-generation farmer, so it only seems right to pass on the tradition. I’m from a small, rural community where a large portion of the local economy is centered around agriculture. I was born and raised on a farm outside of Oakford, Ill., and wouldn’t have had it any other way. A friend took a college visit to the University of Missouri one weekend, and I decided to tag along. I immediately fell in love with the hospitality and beauty of the campus. With such a strong agricultural school and journalism school it seemed to be the perfect fit. Looking back there is no place I would rather call home.

Mizzou art education program suspended due to budget cuts

Budget cuts to education have sent universities nationwide into a state of concern. With money becoming scarce, schools are given no other choice but to release programs that are not deemed to be absolutely crucial to their curriculum. The University…

Duathlon promotes intense, but friendly, competition

On Saturday, April 5, anticipation was in the air as people of all ages prepared themselves for the hours that awaited them. Participants used the last minutes before the starting gun fired to stretch, practice and give their bicycles a…

Alcohol-free Friday night provided by Mizzou After Dark

Mizzou’s Memorial Union was transformed into an exciting, color-filled, get away for students and families alike, the evening of Friday, April 7. Tigers in the Chocolate Factory, an event sponsored by Mizzou After Dark and MSA/GPC, offered students a fun…

Record-breaking year for SNR’s Trivia in the Wild

It’s a warm March afternoon at MU’s Bradford Research Center. The doors are open to welcome the springtime air as the sun streams through the windows. To the right, a news team eagerly prepares for an interview. The opposing wall…

PEDv decimates U.S. swine population

Farmers nationwide will wake up tomorrow, many before the sun rises, to check their swine herd. Walking about, all appears to be normal, nothing too out of the ordinary. Not until the farmer checks his sow, who is tending to…

International night promotes diversity at MU

A multitude of students, all with different backgrounds and ethnicities, filled the seats of Jesse Hall Auditorium all eager to attend MU’s International Night, Saturday, March 8, 2014. The event is held every year free of charge by the MSA…

Eat fresh, eat local thanks to Columbia Winter Farmers Market

People of all ages filtered through the doors of Parkade Plaza Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at Columbia’s Winter Farmers Market. The recent snowfall that hit the city might have caused a lower turnout, but producers set up shop nonetheless. In…

CP Editorial: GMOs … Separating fact from fiction

Sitting in my class lecture, the professor announced to the class that today we would be watching a short video instead of taking notes. I was instantly delighted at the idea, always open to the opportunity not to sit in…

CP Eats: Mackenzie’s Prime is classy casual

At first glance, it doesn’t appear to be much. A circular awning, black in color, with the words “Mackenzie’s Prime” is all that distinguishes the restaurant from any other building in downtown Columbia. An additional sign reading “Steak & Seafood”…

Automotive economics 101: U.S. auto industry rises again

Americans are known for having an overwhelming love and admiration for the automobile. The rate at which people purchase automobiles has increased as the industry has progressed. Now, the U.S. economy appears to be bouncing back from its recent economic…

CP Profile: Writing about riding … from passion to profession

Sixth-generation horse enthusiast Alicia Harris is no stranger to the show ring. This senior science and agricultural journalism major has been showing horses since the age of 2 and carries this passion into her professional life. Harris credits her passion…

CAFNR Family Breakfast experiences exceptional turnout

 Hundreds of CAFNR students and their families filtered through the doors of Eckles Culinary Café the morning of Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, to take part in the CAFNR Family Breakfast. People of all ages, including the Smith family, conversed among…

Enrollment drop at MU may be sign of things to come

Universities nationwide are experiencing a decrease in enrollment of incoming freshmen, which is causing students to experience a recruitment effort like never before. The University of Missouri is no exception. This is the first year since 1994 that the newest…