Stories Categorized: Personal Connections

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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Heartfelt and Handmade Greetings

Lisa Thompson creates and sells cards

Finding the perfect card can be a challenge, but not for Lisa Thompson, executive staff assistant in CAFNR’s Office of Advancement. Instead, Thompson creates and sells her own beautiful cards. Her passion for card making can be traced back to a scrapbooking hobby that began about 12 years ago. “I laugh when I think about…

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Teaching Through Song

Alum Profile

Bruce Blakemore, B.S. Agricultural Education ’96 and M.S. Agricultural Education ’04, discovered the perfect niche for his musical talents. The agriculture teacher and musician has found success targeting his music to rural and “farm” audiences. Although there are pictures of Blakemore playing his toy guitar on-stage with his father’s band at the age of five,…

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A Tasty Homecoming

CAFNR and Top Chef Alum Brings Her "Farm-to-Table" Cooking Style to Gala

On her fourth birthday, Heather Terhune told her parents she wanted to be a chef. And, judging by the dinner she requested that night, before even starting kindergarten – artichokes and spareribs – they couldn’t have been too surprised that she never wavered from that dream. “I never changed my mind,” she said. Although she…

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Randy Races the Extra Mile

To keep up with Indy Car

Randy Miles’ passion for IndyCar racing is well known among his colleagues at CAFNR. “The big day of the Indy 500 race is my personal Christmas,” Miles said with a laugh. The Indiana native has been into IndyCar his whole life. He grew up only about 40 miles west of the track, near Crawfordsville, Indiana.…

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Meet the Chefs

Hospitality Management holds Benefit Gala

The Hospitality Management program at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources will be hosting its Benefit Gala Friday, May 4. The gala will feature the talents of the program’s current students while celebrating and welcoming back its talented alumni, including a recent finalist on Bravo’s Top Chef Texas. The event will begin with…

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