MU associate professor Raymond Massey traveled to Sedalia on Monday. Earlier this week he was in Marshall. On any given day, he could be anywhere in the state.
He does not spend his time lecturing in MU classrooms; instead, he travels around Missouri teaching nontraditional classes about the connection between agriculture and the environment.
Massey, an associate professor in the MU Department of Agricultural Economics, works through the University of Missouri Extension program.
“My area of expertise is looking at how commercial agriculture affects the environment,” he said.
Massey also works with the Commercial Agriculture Program Crop Focus Team, a group that provides farmers with detailed weather information
He is working on a project to help farmers use weather information to conserve their expenses and maximize their profits.
“I like to think I offer my students information that is not readily available about agriculture and offer them a framework through which they can integrate business concerns and environmental issues,” Massey said. “We can produce in a way that meets the needs of the world and cleans up the environment. The two are not mutually exclusive.”
Besides his teaching and research responsibilities, Massey finds time to be the faculty adviser for Tiger Christian Life, otherwise known as The Rock. The student organization has contemporary worship services at 7 p.m. every Saturday at Middlebush Auditorium on the MU campus.
“The goal is to help college students understand that the teaching of Christ is relevant today,” Massey said.