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An Expanding Enterprise

The art of mushroom forest farming

Agroforestry incorporates trees and shrubs into crop and animal farming systems. The goal is to create environmental, economic and social benefits across the farm. One of those agroforestry practices is mushroom forest farming, where landowners can generate an extra income – or extra food – through growing their own varieties of mushrooms in a forest farming practice. Gregory Ormsby Mori,…

Filling in the Gaps

MU Center for Agroforestry to train high school teachers on agroforestry curriculum

The University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry has a major focus on outreach. With its online program, graduate certificate and Agroforestry Academy, the Center for Agroforestry works hard to promote the many facets of agroforestry to a wide audience. One group who the Center for Agroforestry has been researching on how to more efficiently reach is high school students. With…

As Heard on Insight: Protecting the Monarch

Thirteen MU Agricultural Research Centers will plant monarch waystations across Missouri

Did you miss the first airing of the sixth installment of our new Insight series? LISTEN NOW to the program or to the extended version of the interview. The monarch butterfly population has seen a steady decline during the past two decades. There are many factors beyond our control, including climate, which negatively impact the monarch population. One way to help, though,…

Leafy Alliance

Mark Coggeshall and partners bring a tree to market

Mark Coggeshall has brought a new tree to market with the help of a few friends.

A New Tool for Agriculture

CAFNR iPhone app connects users to Mizzou

The new CAFNR smart phone app features stories, highlights events, showcases CAFNR’s Agricultural Research Centers and provides users a way to easily connect to the college’s social media accounts.

Runoff Remediation

MU research to help improve conditions in the Dead Zone

Over the next nine years the Center for Agroforestry at the School of Natural Resources will be analyzing runoff water from a dozen farms in Missouri.

Pining for Economic Opportunity

Pine straw can be great mulch and boost for Missouri landowners

Research at the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center (HARC) could yield new a new crop for Missouri landowners.

Black and Gold and Green

Research centers improve efficiency in research and practice

From turning today’s tuna salad into tomorrow’s tomatoes, and improving water quality and conservation through advanced irrigation and drainage techniques, CAFNR’s 17 research centers are improving production efficiency, reducing costs and inputs and working to conserve natural resources. Sometimes the solutions involve working with what nature provides, such as capturing ground source air to maintain consistent temperatures for heating and…