Stories Categorized: Personal Connections

Tools to Communicate Science

SCAPE challenges the science community

Science Communication and Public Engagement is an organization for graduate students in the science community. The purpose of SCAPE is to provide members with the “tools they need to more effectively communicate their research to each other, their professional community and public,” according to their constitution.

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Rumbling in the Soil

From kernels of inspiration to quarterly reports, empowering farmers and ranchers for success

The average age of an American farmer is 57, and has risen for the past several years. An innovative program led by Professor Randy Westgren and Peter Hofherr, assistant director of the McQuinn Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, works to change that trend by leading new farmers and ranchers to entrepreneurial success.

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Pure Missouri Maple Syrup

Tapping nature's sweetness in an unexpected place

Grade A, Missouri maple syrup can be had right here in Boone County. Rich Guyette, professor of forestry at MU, has been harvesting, boiling and bottling the sweet stuff for the last 36 years on his property near the Baskett Wildlife Research and Education Center.

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Training program jumpstarts entrepreneurship in Missouri

They came all over Missouri–from Humansville, Fayette and Villa Ridge. Some, like Ana Boatman and her daughter Natalie from Independence, are growing vegetables and raising chickens on just 1.5 acres of land, while others, such as Cathy Johnmeyer of Fayette, are raising cattle on 225 acres. Whether their operations are small, medium or somewhere in between, all of the participants came to CAFNR's Entrepreneurship Project to learn how to transform their ideas into entrepreneurial successes.

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Grazing School provides hands-on learning opportunity

On a warm fall morning, aspiring ranchers and agricultural professionals gathered near Linneus, Mo., for the 2011 Management Intensive Grazing workshop. Participants headed to the pasture after only an hour in the classroom. After looking at five red Angus cross heifers, they estimated the average weight of their five-head heard. Their task was to allocate an area of pasture that their herd would graze to three inches by the next day.

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Collaborating for a Healthy Future

CAFNR partners with the Food Bank to boost healthy food donations

The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has established a year-long relationship with The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri to boost healthy food donations to the Food Bank.

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Partnering for improved nutrition

MU interdisciplinary team works to improve nutrition and access to healthy foods

Biting into a fresh tomato or enjoying the crisp sweetness of an apple are pleasures that not everyone always gets to enjoy. While the nutritional value of fresh fruits and vegetables is well-documented, and although the local food industry has grown tremendously in the last several years, access to nutritious, local produce is not something that's readily available to everyone with a limited income.

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