CAFNR is the University of Missouri's College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources — a collection of academic programs merging personalized teaching and advising, advanced research with global reach and extension programs with a sustained impact on Missouri's economy. Founded in 1870, today we're a research and educational leader ensuring sustainability for generations to follow. CAFNR is changing agriculture, food and natural resources — the core components of society that impact what we eat, where we live and how we'll face tomorrow.
CAFNR offers the resources and opportunities of a large public research institution, coupled with the personal connections and attention of a smaller, focused school. While MU is large, the College is comparatively small! CAFNR means:
- Evidence of Excellence.
While most colleges of ag across the nation are experiencing declines in enrollment, CAFNR continues to show steady growth. The College is ranked among the top 15 programs in the world for animal and plant science research (Thomson Reuters). In seven of the past 12 years an advisor from CAFNR has been recognized with the MU Excellence in Advising Award. Four CAFNR faculty members have won the prestigious national USDA teaching award.
- Innovative Thinking.
The College is home to research initiatives that span all of its departments and divisions, and also the university, country and world. Mizzou Advantage programs — competitive assets that set MU apart from other universities — incorporate research from all over CAFNR. Opportunities at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources go beyond the classroom, the laboratory and the field — at CAFNR, students can dive into real-world experiences through its student-run florist, bed and breakfast, café, ice cream shop and meat market.
- Inspirational Impact.
CAFNR's research affects every part of our lives—health, environment, food and much more. Students benefit from nearly $1 million in annual scholarships within the College and can explore 15 degree programs and nearly 15 countries through study abroad programs.
- Personal Connections.
In CAFNR, academic advisors are also full-time faculty members, making the relationships students build with our faculty very meaningful. The College offers its own Career Services unit which helps CAFNR students actively think about their future and engage in activities to make that future a reality. This includes a network of alumni, employers, faculty, staff, students and friends of the College — all working together to make a CAFNR education truly outstanding.
CAFNR... Collaborating for the Greater Good!