Personal Connections


Making An Observation

Andrew Scaboo has found a passion for bird watching

As a soybean breeder, Andrew Scaboo describes himself as an observational scientist. It’s a personality trait that has transitioned into other aspects of his life. While finishing his master’s degree at the University of Tennessee, Scaboo and his wife received two bird feeders from family members. Scaboo installed both in their backyard – and the observation soon began. “It’s just…

Read More ▸

The Family Genealogist

Thresa Chism has interest in family history

Growing up, Thresa Chism spent each Memorial Day visiting the local cemeteries with her family. Chism grew up near Clark, Mo., a small town 25 miles north of Columbia. Her father has always had a passion for family history. While the Chism family walked through and viewed the headstones, Thresa’s father pointed out their extended family – or anybody else he knew – and told who they were and…

Read More ▸

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…

Read More ▸

Planting Pollinators

Southern Boone students help with native seeding

On November 9 students from Southern Boone Elementary in Ashland joined researchers and other volunteers at Bradford Research Center for the planting of a new native pollinators plot. The site of about an acre sits near one of the ponds at the center and is in the process of being converted to a native prairie and attractant location for native insects. The plot also will provide cover and a food…

Read More ▸

A Taste for Tomatoes

Annual festival draws more than 400

Hundreds of mid-Missourians sampled salsas, tasted and ranked more than 200 tomatoes, tomatillos and peppers and learned how to grow their favorite varieties at Bradford Research Center’s annual tomato festival Thursday evening. Fred Vasey of Harrisburg, Mo. strolled through Bradford’s tomato and pepper patch, where Jim Quinn, regional horticultural specialist for MU Extension, answered…

Read More ▸

A Sweet and Nutritious Treat for Missouri Families

Bradford Research Center donates sweet corn to The Food Bank

Sweet corn says summer in Missouri like sultry afternoons, baseball and lemonade stands. This week, hundreds of families in central and northeast Missouri will have fresh sweet corn to enjoy thanks to a partnership between the College of Agriculture Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) and the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. A vacation Bible school class from Midway Heights Baptist…

Read More ▸