Stories Categorized: Personal Connections

The Vernal Sojourn

CAFNR faculty, staff and students explore the Baskett Wildlife Research and Education Center

They’re not blazing a trail of exploration á la Lewis and Clark, but they are keen observers, and their hiking tradition has not only fulfilled their desire to take in the sights, sounds and smells of the forest, it’s also led to research projects, teaching ideas and forest management strategies.

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Return to the Forest

Dusty Walter named superintendent at the Hugo Wurdack Research Center and director of natural resources management for CAFNR's out-state research center network

Dusty Walter tapped as the natural resources manager for CAFNR's research center network and superintendent of the Hugo Wurdack Research Center. The Columbia, Mo. native brings creative approaches to integrating agriculture and forestry.

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On the Right Track

Roller derby is a fun fit for some CAFNR women

The sport of roller derby embraces and empowers women of all sizes, shapes, ages and personalities on the track. Even through these differences, surprisingly one thing is pretty common among the local players – many of them have ties to MU.

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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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