Inspirational Impact


Making Good Management Decisions

MU Extension researchers create automated system to track precipitation

Nearly five years ago, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) revised its CAFO regulatory rules for catastrophic and chronic weather events. CAFOs, concentrated animal feeding operations, are large animal agricultural facilities that raise a specific number of animals in production barns or confinement pens. Because catastrophic and chronic weather events happen, MDNR can issue a…

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Growing Agriculture

Agriculture Education Days provide students with vast amounts of information

September and October are plenty busy for the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Agricultural Research Centers. Along with the everyday research that takes place at each Center, there were Field Days to be hosted and crops readied for harvest. Mixed in with that busyness are Agriculture Education Days. These days are designed to give high school and…

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In the Trenches

Students explore Missouri to unpack complex agricultural and environmental issues

Be prepared to get your boots muddy. That just might be the most important piece of advice aspiring journalists receive and it’s a literal and metaphorical creed that Bill Allen, assistant professor of science journalism in the College of Agriculture Food and Natural Resources’ (CAFNR) Science and Agricultural Journalism Program, tells each student who boards the bus for a three-day,…

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Getting His Hands Dirty

After 43 years with MU Extension, Bob Chapple is still advancing Missouri agriculture

Bob Chapple Bob Chapple has spent nearly his entire life helping Missouri farmers. At 80 years old, he isn’t slowing down from that dedication. He still sows seeds, harvests crops, manages research plots, fixes machinery and shares wisdom at the research center which bears his name, the Graves-Chapple Research Center in Rock Port, Mo. “If I have an idea I want to run it past Bob Chapple to…

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