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Join us for a reception, panel discussion and CAFNR's annual lecture honoring the legacy and teachings of William A. Albrecht. Keynote speaker is Dr. Michael Grusak, Center Director of the Edward T. Schafer Agricultural Research Center in Fargo, ND.

  • 2:30 p.m. -- Reception in ABNR Atrium
  • 3 p.m. -- Roundtable Discussion: 100 Years of Albrecht at Mizzou – featuring Neil Kinsey, Bob Perry, Dick Cone, Leroy Deichman, Luke Baker, and Bob Kremer
  • 4 p.m. -- Lecture: Growing Nutritious Foods – It all Begins with Healthy Soils – featuring Dr. Michael Grusak

Keynote speaker Dr. Michael Grusak is a USDA, Agricultural Research Service scientist and the Center Director of the Edward T. Schafer Agricultural Research Center in Fargo, North Dakota. He leads a program consisting of five research units where scientists encompass expertise ranging from crop plants to insects to food safety. The Center’s broad mission is to solve problems that will help farmers produce a safe, nutritious, and sustainable food supply. Prior to his appointment as Center Director in 2017, Dr. Grusak served as a Research Plant Physiologist at the USDA-ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center (CNRC) in Houston, TX and a Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. He joined the CNRC in 1990 to develop an interdisciplinary program to link plant science and production agriculture with human nutrition concerns. His previous and ongoing research involves understanding ways to enhance the nutritional quality of plant foods for human or animal consumption. His group also has contributed to clinical investigations by providing stable isotope-labeled plant material to study nutrient bioavailability and metabolism in humans. Dr. Grusak received his Ph.D. in Botany from the University of California-Davis.  His research has been funded by USDA, NSF, NIH, the US Agency for International Development, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2016, he served as President of the Crop Science Society of America.

The event is free and open to the public.

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