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.
The MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Outstate Research Centers are a system of outstate centers across Missouri, extending CAFNR's research to nearly 14,000 acres to meet the regional research and demonstration needs of agricultural producers and natural resource managers. The varied soil, topographic and climatic conditions in the glaciated northern region, the Ozark Highlands, the Mississippi flood plain of the bootheel, and the central part of the state surrounding Columbia necessitate a regionalized approach to agricultural and natural resource management. These research and demonstration facilities host more than 35,000 people each year for field days, FFA days, other extension activities, community events and more.