Category: CAFNR

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…

Action track chairs provide greater access to outdoor activities

The Missouri Department of Conservation has created a new motorized wheelchair program. Thanks to donations from organizations around the state, MDC now provides action track wheelchairs for outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing. The Department received donations for 10…

The calm before the storm: Story of the 2018 Farm Bill

Everyone knows when it’s a farm bill year. The news cycle is full of deadlines, issues and policy. But this year, there’s nothing but crickets chirping. One real question stands. Why is the farm bill making so little noise? Trade.…

CP editorial: The Birds should stay

You’re walking down the sidewalk when suddenly a Bird flies past you.  Bird, the popular motorized scooter brand, has become a hot topic around the University of Missouri.  Some see them as a nuisance, but they actually have several benefits…

Hot air balloons lift spirits at autumn festival

Floating hot air balloons glowed throughout the night sky as children raced between carnival rides with their parents in tow at the Missouri Autumn Carnival and Balloon Festival. The festival was held Thursday, Oct. 18, through Sunday, Oct. 21, at…

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…