Stories Categorized: Personal Connections

A Friendship Across the Atlantic

Stevens visiting CAFNR exchange students in France this fall

When former CAFNR study abroad director Roy Robinson left last year, Cheryl Stevens, administrative assistant, academic programs, and Bryan Garton, associate dean and director, academic programs, became the interim study abroad officers. Stevens quickly found herself corresponding heavily via email with the five exchange students who soon arrived from Toulouse, France. Eventually, all of those…

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On Call for the Drought

CAFNR experts work to alleviate drought effects, help farmers prepare for next season

The drought and its effects on agriculture have been at the forefront of public discussion this season. In July, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack declared all of Missouri’s 114 counties primary natural disaster areas. Some parts of the state have experienced the hottest temperatures and driest conditions in the last 118 years. While temperatures have…

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A Taste for Tomatoes

Annual festival draws more than 400

Hundreds of mid-Missourians sampled salsas, tasted and ranked more than 200 tomatoes, tomatillos and peppers and learned how to grow their favorite varieties at Bradford Research Center’s annual tomato festival Thursday evening. Fred Vasey of Harrisburg, Mo. strolled through Bradford’s tomato and pepper patch, where Jim Quinn, regional horticultural specialist for MU Extension, answered questions and…

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South Farm Showcase

Research farm open house set for Sept. 22

One of the University of Missouri’s most important research centers, South Farm, will host a day of science and discovery for the entire family. A tornado tracking truck, cockroach races, tethered hot air balloon rides and prize pepper tasting are just a few of the myriad interactive attractions at the event.The sixth annual South Farm…

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A Sweet and Nutritious Treat for Missouri Families

Bradford Research Center donates sweet corn to The Food Bank

Sweet corn says summer in Missouri like sultry afternoons, baseball and lemonade stands. This week, hundreds of families in central and northeast Missouri will have fresh sweet corn to enjoy thanks to a partnership between the College of Agriculture Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) and the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. A vacation…

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Field Challenges

Greenley Research Center Field Day Set for August 7

Whether they grow row crops, biomass or raise cattle, producers can improve their operations by connecting with experts and learning about the latest applied research at Greenley Memorial Research Center’s annual Field Day.

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A Delta Homecoming

Trent Haggard returns to his roots to take the helm at the T.E. "Jake" Fisher Delta Research Center

Trent Haggard is coming home to the Bootheel. On July 16, he’ll report to work as the new director of the T.E. “Jake” Fisher Delta Research Center in Portageville, Mo. Haggard grew up on his family’s farm in Pemiscot County, Mo., where he was involved in all aspects of the 3,200-acre operation growing core Bootheel…

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Collaborating For Clean Water

Tony Thorpe organizes a fleet of volunteers

What’s better than canoeing on a stream with your friends? Doing it for a living and helping to maintain Missouri’s water quality. Tony Thorpe is the coordinator of the Lakes of Missouri Volunteer Program. This effort, funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, leads hundreds of volunteers who sample water from various lakes across the state. The work…

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