Category: CAFNR

World Food Day focus is on efforts to end food insecurity and hunger

A screening of films focused on food insecurity brought the topic into the spotlight on World Food Day, Oct. 16, 2018. “Food insecurity is a problem that affects anyone, especially students,” said Kiruba Krishnaswamy, assistant professor of Bioengineering and Food…

Birds on campus and in downtown Columbia not welcomed by all

University of Missouri students who pass the student center on their way to classes would have had their attention stolen from their phone or coffee on Oct. 25 by an out-of-place spectacle: a large electronic road sign that read, “BIRDS…

Changing the perspective on poverty one box at a time

As Ashley Yong prepared for her prom as a Chicago high school senior, she faced a grueling conflict. Being tempted by the pricey dresses and jewels through store windows couldn’t compare to watching thousands of homeless people living right outside…

MU initiatives to increase enrollment prove successful

Freshman enrollment at the University of Missouri has increased 13.1 percent over 2017, with 5,695 new students now attending. This increase makes university officials feel optimistic for a return to normal or even record high numbers after experiencing two years…

CP editorial: R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means

In 1967, Aretha Franklin’s classic hit “Respect” instantly captured the hearts of millions worldwide. Flash forward several decades. I come from a completely different generation, one where the importance of respect has become tarnished. Today, children grow up with little…

Professor’s diverse interests make him a modern Renaissance man

In the first months of college at the University of Missouri, there have been a multitude of fun activities. The students in Media Communications in Society and New Technologies and Communications have had their own activity to take part in.…

CP editorial: Labels matter

Got milk? Based on the products that are found in the dairy section at the local grocery store, just about everything from almonds to soybeans produce the frothy fluid known as milk. When products made from almonds and soy are…

Garton creates history with MU while sharing traditions with others

From college student to senior associate dean, Bryan Garton has become an integral part of the University of Missouri’s history himself, while enthusiastically sharing campus traditions with others. “I just think it’s fun to be able to go over on…

Deep love of nature informs Sonderman’s approach to life

As the manager of Tucker Greenhouse, nestled in the center of the University of Missouri campus, Barbara Sonderman has cared for between 500 to 800 species of plants for about 30 years now. “I have the best job on campus,”…

Center for Food Security considers all aspects of living with hunger

“Do I tell my mom or dad that I am hungry?” said Fiorella Chavez. Chavez, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Human Development and Family Science, presented her research on Latino household food security at a meeting of the Interdisciplinary…

Hermann focuses on agritourism to boost economy

It is an early Friday morning in the small town of Hermann, Missouri. Business owners are putting the finishing touches on their wineries, shops, restaurants, and bed and breakfasts. It was time for the weekend, and there were only two…

Ag education and leadership program celebrates a centennial achievement

The University of Missouri celebrated 100 years of growing leaders and teachers around the globe through the agricultural education and leadership program. Faculty, supporters, alumni, and students of the program gathered to celebrate the centennial achievement on Sept. 15. The…

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,…

MU Collegiate Cattlewomen host hands-on beef education event

MU Collegiate Cattlewomen held their ninth annual Meet Your Meat event on Wednesday, April 18, at Tradition’s Plaza on the MU campus. The event ran from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. and featured educational games and materials, ribeye sandwiches and…

Monsanto’s Brett Begemann teaches CAFNR students to change, grow and develop

According to Brett Begemann, president and chief operating officer of the Monsanto Company, the key to personal and professional success is to, “change, grow and develop.” Begemann shared this message during a roundtable discussion and lunch with CAFNR students on…