Category: CAFNR

Agriculture careers and rural lifestyles appeal to students of all backgrounds

The demographics of the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources student body may surprise the casual observer. Rather than becoming a destination primarily for young academics with farming backgrounds, the college is attracting a population that, more and…

Consumers push producers from grass-fed to grain-fed, and back again

Years ago, producers raised beef cattle on an all-grass diet because there were no other options. After years of advances and changes in diets, the industry is leaning back toward grass-fed beef because of consumer demand. In the 1800s, the term…

Missouri looking to trade agricultural products with Cuba

Leaders in Missouri agriculture are taking steps to export products from the Show-Me State to Cuba. Efforts to initiate trade with Cuba began when President Barack Obama announced he would like to normalize trade relations with the long-isolated country in 2014.…

Genetically modified organisms: Put a label on it?

Recently passed regulations requiring mandatory labeling on products containing genetically modified materials could have lasting effects on many aspects of the agriculture industry. On July 29, 2016, a bill was signed into law requiring labels on all food products containing…

Debate over benefits of laptops for note taking continues

If you visit the MU Student Center, Ellis Library, Memorial Union or any of the other popular spots on campus students frequent between classes, you will see students typing away on a paper, watching Netflix, shopping for new fall boots…

Students from around the nation converge on KC for annual agriculture leader conference

Agriculture Future of America (AFA), an annual agriculture leader conference that has touched the lives of 13,000 young leaders, will celebrate its 20th anniversary this fall. Over the years, students from 150 different majors studying at 200 different colleges and universities from…

CAFNR provides real world business and laboratory experiences

Editor’s Note: This is part one of a three-part series highlighting various businesses and services within the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri that provide job opportunities for students.  > Tiger Garden Tiger Garden and…

Green Dot Day aims to prevent violence on campus

As freshmen arrive at the University of Missouri, education against sexual violence is already happening. They may have seen green dot posters at bus stops or classrooms across campus and around Columbia urging MU students not be silent bystanders. Kim…

New ambulatory facility under construction for MU veterinary school

The ability for MU professors of veterinary medicine and students to make on-farm visits will soon improve. The University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine has a new building under construction that will serve as an ambulatory facility. This facility will…

DNR Director presents public lecture Oct. 5 as Executive-in-Residence program celebrates 20 years

Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Sarah Parker Pauley is the 50th visiting professional for the Executive-in-Residence program sponsored by the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), and will be on campus Oct. 5-6, 2016. “[Pauley]…

Alums offer tales of unique experiences as CAFNR students

Many students have found their passions and reached their career goals thanks to guidance from faculty and staff in the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) and the variety of opportunities available. With 15 degree areas, 24…

Reactions mixed to effectiveness of MU Connect

In the fall of 2014, the University of Missouri introduced a new system — MU Connect — to improve communication among students, professors and advisers. MU Connect is a “one-stop shop that connects students to support offices and individuals who…

MU doctoral student develops a two-in-one breakfast with coffee cereal

A University of Missouri doctoral student developed Coffee Cereal, a breakfast unlike any other. Coffee Cereal was created in Normal, Illinois, and was founded by Andrew Gillespie, company president, and Anthony Galassi, the vice president, who are physics students at MU. Years of study…

New faces in CAFNR academic programs office

New faces fill the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) academic programs office, as the staffing of three important roles changed over the summer months. Bryan Garton, associate dean and director of CAFNR Academic Programs, said hiring three…

Missouri forests have positive impact on state economy

One of the unsung heroes of the Missouri agricultural economy is the forestry industry, which contributes $7.3 billion annually to the state’s economy, according to the Missouri Forest Product Association. The Missouri timber industry is among the strongest in the…

FarmScape brings farm fun to the city

Farm animals, tractors and farmers filled the St. Louis Ballpark Village on the evening of Saturday, Sept. 17. While throngs of people filtered through on their way to Busch Stadium to enjoy a ballgame, many stopped to talk with the…

CAFNR centers and farms are integral to teaching and research

A calf at the Foremost Dairy Farm.

Farmland and livestock may not be the first things that come to mind when you think of the University of Missouri. Often the only thing that differentiates any of the 13 MU teaching and research facilities from a private farm,…

State Fair continues to draw thousands, boost Sedalia economy

The 2016 Missouri State Fair was held during Aug. 11-21 in Sedalia, Missouri, as it has been for over a century, continuing to allow people from throughout the state and across the country to enjoy themselves while learning about agriculture.…

Records yields in fields, but profits may be hard to come by

Across the vibrant 3,010,400 acres of farmland in Missouri, it is not hard to tell this year will be a record harvest. The United States Department of Agriculture projects corn to produce a national average of 175 bushels per acre…

Columbia schools now offer evening meal for students staying for late activities

Columbia Public Schools have decided to make a difference within their high schools and community. In recent years, many teachers and other administrators have been providing food for their students who had to stay late for after school activities. To…

Swipes program could reduce food insecurity among MU students

“Willing to swipe into Dobbs for $5” postings on class Facebook groups, students standing outside the numerous dining halls begging to swipe fellow students in at no charge and thousands of paid meal swipes unused as the semester comes to…

Greek Town littered with potential recyclables

The lack of a system for recycling, or even encouragement to do so, is causing a build up of recyclable trash throughout the area of the University of Missouri campus known as Greek Town. Across a majority of campus, the…

Chronic wasting disease potential threat to Missouri deer and elk populations

The deer and elk populations of Missouri face a looming threat from chronic wasting disease. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), 33 deer in Missouri have tested positive for this exceptionally destructive disease. Chronic wasting disease affects the…

MU biochemistry department celebrates milestones

The department of biochemistry at the University of Missouri had a lot to celebrate this year — the 40th anniversary of the department and the 100th birthday of one of its most beloved professors, Boyd O’Dell. These milestones and more…

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…

Farm to School program helps students connect to locally grown food one meal at a time

Whether you call it farm-to-fork, farm-to-table, or farm-to-school, the goals are the same — get more locally grown foods into school cafeterias so that students have access to high quality, fresh fruits, vegetables and other products. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids…

SAFE burning promotes ecological health for prairies, pastures and woodlands

For decades, Smokey the Bear implored, “Only YOU can prevent forest fires!” However, according to the MU Student Association for Fire Ecology (SAFE), his new slogan, “Only you can prevent wildfires!” is much more relevant to maintaining ecological health. Members…

CP Editorial: New FDA directive requires strong producer-veterinarian relations to be effective

Family farms have decorated America’s landscape since the country’s founding. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, there are 2.2 million farms in our country, 97 percent of which are operated by families. Family farming operations vary in size,…

University budget woes may shake up the MU campus

The University of Missouri has seen its share of ups and downs over the past 12 months. Recently, it was dealt another blow, not as a protest or resignation, but in the form of budget cuts. On April 27, Gov. Jay Nixon…

CP Editorial: Bigger is not always better in banking

Online bill pay, account transfers from your mobile device and 24/7 access to ATMs anywhere in the country are just a few of the amenities that big banks offer to their customers. We live in a fast-paced society where most…

CAFNR students aspire to have roles in politics

Politics may not seem like a logical career goal for most agriculture majors. However, Mizzou students Morgan Beach, Nora Faris and Cole Edwards plan to use their CAFNR degrees on Capitol Hill. Although their interest might have sparked from their…

Seventh annual Meet Your Meat will be on Lowry Mall April 27

Consumers often don’t have an accurate understanding of how those in the agriculture industry produce our food. Information can be misleading and confusing. Meat production, in particular, comes under scrutiny from a variety of groups. To help educate consumers about…

Plant a tree, recycle electronics and more during Sustainability Week

MU students and the community can experience sustainable living firsthand during Sustainability Week, April 25 through April 29. Events during the fifth annual Sustainability Week will help promote the need for a sustainable lifestyle, just in time for Earth Day. Madelyn Sobey,…