The president of the University of Missouri says the university system has a big impact on rural Missouri. Tim Wolfe tells Brownfield Ag News that the failed veto override attempt of a state tax cut bill that would have greatly reduced higher education funding means the four-campus university system can continue to help meet rural needs.
“The fact that House Bill 253 veto was sustained means we now have access to much-needed funding for the MU Medical School expansion and Large Animal Veterinary Medicine program. We now look forward to getting to work using these resources to address the critical needs in our state such as educating more doctors, nurses, pharmacists to fill shortages of medical professions in rural Missouri and, also, to educate more large animal veterinarians to address the needs of livestock producers in our state.”
Wolfe says MU’s statewide Extension system, although restructured, continues to assist farmers and people in every county of Missouri, urban and rural. Plus, he says, MU’s College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources is growing “tremendously fast.”
Total enrollment in the University of Missouri system tops 75-thousand students.