For row crop farmers transitioning from conventional to organic production, the three-year transition period can be daunting. Controlling weeds and improving soil health are the cornerstones to success, but many questions surround the best approaches to accomplish these goals.
Transition research explores best practices for shifting from conventional to organic production
Center helps faculty add innovative education to research projects
Anna Henry, associate professor and department chair of Agricultural Education, has begun a virtual center to help CAFNR researchers meet the new qualifications. Her Center for the Collaboration and Development of Educational Innovations is designed to partner with faculty members conducting sponsored research from the beginning of a project.
The Center for Agroforestry helps a biobased economy take root in the Midwest
Shibu Jose, director of MU’s Center for Agroforestry, envisions a 10-state biomass corridor that could fuel economic growth, power vehicles and jet planes and provide valuable ecosystem services throughout the region.
Handling heat stress in livestock will soon be as close as your smartphone
A CAFNR team spanning multiple disciplines is collaborating with journalism and computer science students to develop a simple smartphone app to help producers reduce heat stress in production animals.
Photoacoustic device finds cancer cells before they become tumors
Commercial production of a device that measures melanoma using photoacoustics, or laser-induced ultrasound, will soon be available to scientists and academia for cancer studies.
From food waste to compost to fresh vegetables, an innovative recycling program launches at Bradford Research Center
Tim Reinbott, superintendent of Bradford Research Center, is creating a closed-loop system that doesn't require a single ounce of fossil fuel—once all the components are operational. Reinbott's "Zero Carbon Footprint Vegetable and Compost Production System" can become a model for other universities, school districts, prisons and even small communities who aspire to turn their waste stream into a productive resource.