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Making Research Accessible

Research Center magazine highlights strengths of each Center

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has a system of Agricultural Research Centers across Missouri, extending CAFNR’s research to more than 14,000 acres to meet the regional research and demonstration needs of agricultural producers and natural resource managers. The Research Centers host a variety of events and activities, from field days to MU…

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Playing a Vital Role

Gifts play a vital role for Research Center operations

This story also appears in our University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Agricultural Research Center Magazine. Stop by your local Research Center to pick up a copy! There are a variety of ways to support the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Agricultural Research Centers. Individuals like Marilyn Graves, whose…

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A Community Asset

Jefferson partners with Columbia FFA to help with projects

For several years, the Columbia FFA chapter has partnered with local landowners and entities to provide a space for student projects. The goal of these partnerships is to provide an area for students to raise livestock. These students may not have enough room at their homes to have a full-scale livestock operation. “We’re very appreciative of the partnerships we’ve had,” said Kevin…

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Monticello Society Brunch

Jefferson Farm and Garden: Connecting the community to food, farming

Guest Speaker, Amy Dooley, director, Jefferson Farm and Garden. Even the relentless pouring rain could not deter nearly 100 CAFNR folks from attending the 2017 Monticello Society Brunch Saturday, April 29, at the Courtyard Marriott in Columbia. Though it was a soggy day, which cancelled tours of Jefferson Farm and Garden (JFG), the facility’s director Amy Dooley gave the crowd a wonderful…

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‘Growing Knowledge at the Farm’

Jefferson Farm and Garden offering gardening workshops

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Jefferson Farm and Garden is partnering with the Heart of Missouri Master Gardeners for a six-part series called “Growing Knowledge at the Farm.” The focus of the series is to offer tips and techniques to individuals to create a successful garden at home. The workshops will take place the second Tuesday of each…

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Promoting Environmental Stewardship

MDA Agricultural Stewardship Assurance Program rewards responsible stewards

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has always put a strong focus on commending farmers, producers, ranchers and landowners who are good stewards of the resources in their care. The Missouri Agricultural Stewardship Assurance Program was unveiled in 2015 to acknowledge and reward those responsible stewards. MDA has certified nearly 90 farms across the state thus far, including the University…

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Extending the Growing Season

South Farm, Jefferson Farm and Garden adding high tunnels

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Agricultural Research Centers are no stranger to high tunnels, also known as hoop houses. High tunnels are unheated greenhouses designed to extend the growing season for landowners and maximize their profits. They come in a variety of sizes, with a focus on aiding fruit and vegetable crop production in a way that is…

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Cooler Temperatures Expected This Winter

Expected snowfall between 15 and 20 inches

Temperatures have started to cool and coats and sweatshirts have been pulled out of the closets. Tony Lupo, University of Missouri professor of atmospheric science, said those coats could get a lot of use this winter, as it could be a tad cooler than the average. “I’m thinking it’s going to be a little colder than normal,” Lupo said. “This is due to the neutral-to-weak La Niña…

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An Unusual Month

Hot and dry conditions have been prevalent throughout June

Tony Lupo, a University of Missouri professor of atmospheric sciences, had one word to describe the rather hot and dry month of June: unusual. “When you have a strong El Niño like we did this winter, the summers are hot and dry,” Lupo said. “That heat is usually upfront, in the months of June and July.” Lupo said his team predicted the hot June temperatures back in January. El Niño was…

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Advocating for Pollinators

CAFNR Agricultural Research Centers focused on aiding pollinators

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Agricultural Research Centers continue to be advocates for monarch butterflies and other pollinators. Thirteen Research Centers planted monarch waystations, beginning in late January. The waystations include milkweed and other nectar sources that benefit all pollinators. “By establishing a diverse habitat we’re…

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