The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Agricultural Research Centers are a unique resource of the Mizzou system that supports both basic and applied research programs. The Research Centers are where basic research is conducted in the lab, tested in the greenhouse and brought to the field for the ultimate test in our varied climatic conditions. These techniques and crops are often several years, and sometimes decades, away from being utilized by Missouri farmers but serve as the backbone for new practices, food quality and efficiencies. Our applied research is directly utilized by farmers to improve their production methods including animal and plant pest management, animal and crop management, stress management, and animal and plant nutritional needs. The Research Centers do not support research only in food production, but also fiber through cotton research, and fuel through agroforestry and biomass production. Several of our Research Centers have forest management as part of their focus as well. Our Research Centers also serve as a testing ground for new production practices to improve our water, air, wildlife and overall environment. The Research Centers serve as a conduit for getting these new production practices out to the farmers, landowners and professionals through their many field days, specialized workshops and clinics. However, in the modern world with busy schedules and ever-changing challenges, many do not have time to attend these events. That is why we are also committed to creating a “Virtual Field Day” where our information can be accessed 24/7 in a clear and concise way. The Research Centers are also reaching out to our nontraditional stakeholders with special events that show how agriculture is important to their everyday life. Born and raised on a farm in the Missouri Bootheel, I have been involved in agriculture my entire life. However, it was my experiences as a high school student at the agriculture education field day at the Fisher Delta Research Center that really got me excited about agronomy as a profession and doing research. Our Research Centers excel in hosting and teaching several thousand Missouri FFA students each year in all aspects of what CAFNR is about, from animal science to parks and recreation to forestry and plant science. What does the future look like? In my 30-plus years as an agriculture professional, I have never seen so many opportunities and collaborations across the disciplines, and our Research Centers are at the forefront. Our CAFNR faculty are collaborating with one another, and our Research Centers are the vehicle for this. Want to know more? Come and see us in person, online or through our various social media channels – you are always welcome! Tim Reinbott Director of Field Operations for the Agricultural Research Centers
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