Giving to Science and Agricultural Journalism

Gifts of any size can make a big difference for the Science and Agricultural Journalism Program. If you would like to help the program grow and continue to offer outstanding educational experiences, consider making a donation. Your gift can fund scholarships, equipment, field trips, speakers and professional development experiences for students.

Two special gift opportunities described below are the Sonja Hillgren/FARM JOURNAL Ag Journalism Field Reporting Institute and the Hatesohl-Lee Science and Agricultural Journalism Fund for Excellence.

If you have questions about making a gift to support the Science and Agricultural Journalism program, please contact the Office of Advancement at 573-882-9003, Toll-Free: 866-400-4483.

Hatesohl-Lee Agricultural Journalism Fund for Excellence

Created in honor of Delmar Hatesohl and Dick Lee (1925-2011), the Hatesohl-Lee Agricultural Journalism Fund for Excellence supports projects to maintain and increase the excellence of the Science and Agricultural Journalism Program.

Dick and Delmar have given years of dedication and service to the Science and Agricultural Journalism Program at the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

In 1954, they joined the MU Agricultural Journalism faculty. Together, they took an already stellar degree program and made it into one of the top programs of its kind in the nation. Delmar and Dick not only advised their students on course work and helped them find jobs, but they also cared and encouraged students to reach their full potential in their careers and in their lives.

In 1997, which was the 75th anniversary of the MU Agricultural Journalism Program, dedicated alumni came together to honor Dick and Delmar by attempting to raise $1.1 million to create the Hatesohl-Lee Chair for Agricultural Journalism.

Although this goal has not yet been met, the original donors have agreed to use the gifts to establish the Agricultural Journalism Fund for Excellence, which will support educational experiences such as scholarships, internships, field trips, study abroad and new media technologies that are changing the face of science and agricultural journalism. Your gifts will carry on the legacy of Dick Lee and Delmar Hatesohl.

Wine Country Writing Field Course

This fund supports travel and other expenses associated with developing Wine Country Writing, the department's newest field reporting course that focuses on wine writing in current U.S. culture. Informing the public about issues related to all aspects of food production is essential to improving our quality of life and preserving our environment. The courses in our food and Wine Track are designed to develop comunicators who can fill that void.

The Sonja Hillgren/FARM JOURNAL Ag Journalism Field Reporting Institute

Sonja Hillgren

Sonja Hillgren
(Photo courtesy of Farm Journal, copyright Bachrach)

In remembrance of Sonja Hillgren, FARM JOURNAL is funding an experience for journalism students that will allow her spirit to live on. The Sonja Hillgren/FARM JOURNAL Ag Journalism Field Reporting Institute is the backbone of "Field Reporting on Food and Natural Resources," a science and agricultural journalism course at the University of Missouri in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

As an alumna and long-time supporter of the University of Missouri and its School of Journalism, Sonja saw great value in this Institute's mission. She applauded the pilot year of this Institute and its efforts to get students in the field to practice their craft. She also liked the opportunity for students to interact with practicing journalists who take part in this three-day, expedition-style trip.

The Institute explores the vast scientific, economic and social changes under way in U.S. agriculture and their impact on the food supply and the environment. Students meet, learn from and interview leading researchers, government officials, food industry representatives, farmers and others—out in the fields, on the rivers and at the facilities where these issues take shape.

With your support, this Institute will be able to grow and offer an expanded perspective of the industry that Sonja covered for more than 30 years, including the addition of a policy component to its curriculum.

F. Duane Dailey Student Enrichment Fund

Friends and colleagues of Duane Dailey have established a permanently endowed fund at the University of Missouri in his honor.

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