University of Missouri DASS Division of Applied Social Sciences College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
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Division of Applied Social Sciences


DASS News

Special Feature
Students blog from the World Food Prize

Agribusiness Star
CAFNR student entrepreneur recognized by National FFA

Helping Hand
Missouri AgrAbillity funded for four more years

APLU Awards
Anna Ball and Rob Kallenbach win land grant recognition

Traces of Excellence
Kitchel receives Distinguished Researcher Award for the region

Goodbye, Econ Fans
Jan Dauve retires after more than 25 years at CAFNR

Cattle and Hogs Up
Corn and soybean prices could be lowest since 2009

From the Ground Up
Grow Well helps with food insecurity and lack of healthy choices

Little Kids, Big Impact
Informal rural child care is a surprisingly large industry

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The Division of Applied Social Sciences (DASS) is one of six academic units within the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR). DASS is home to the following academic program areas:

In addition, DASS houses several centers, institutes and programs:

Our division's purpose is to develop and empower decision makers who can manage the global food and natural resource systems and lead rural communities. Our mission is to be the leading institution in outreach-driven education and research that integrates science-based information into public and private decision making.

While much of our focus is on issues of concern to Missouri, we do work that directly affects national policy. We also are involved internationally on a significant scale.