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Fanson Kidwaro

Department Chair & Associate Professor
Clarence R Ropp Agriculture Bldng - RAB 125D
Office Hours
Call the office for an appointment if you need one but will meet anytime he is not in a scheduled meeting. H has an open door policy, so feel free to walk in and talk.
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Fanson Kidwaro moved to the USA from Kenya to pursue higher education in 1983. He has AA Degree from Southeastern Community College in Iowa, BS -Truman State in Missouri, MS from University of Central Missouri and a PhD - Agronomy from University of Missouri-Columbia. He started working as an Assistant professor at University of Central Missouri in 2001 where he rose to become a full professor of Agronomy. He served as Department Chair of Agriculture for two years and Department Chair of Biology and Agriculture for six years.

Current Courses

499.007Independent Research For The Masters Thesis

287.007Independent Study

291.007Undergraduate Teaching Experiences In Agriculture

400.007Independent Study

Teaching Interests & Areas

Taught diverse topics from Global Agriculture, Soil science, Soil Fertility, Weed Science, Agriculture Sprays and Chemicals, Plant Science, Agriculture Pest Management, Forage crops, Row Crops, Soil and Water Management, and Field Crop management.

Research Interests & Areas

His research is focused on cropping systems management to improve sustainability and productivity for farmers. He supports variety testing of field crops to educate farmers and students about the new bio-technology in the agriculture industry. He is also engaged in switch grass research (a nonfood crop) for production of carbonized biomass and cellulosic ethanol.

PhD Agronomy

University of Missouri - Columbia
Columbia, Missouri

MS Agronomy

University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, Missouri

BS Agronomy

Truman State University

AA Agronomy

SouthEastern Community College - Iowa

Honorary State FFA Degree

Missouri FFA Association

Outstanding Agriculture Professor

UCM Department of Agriculture

Teaching Award of Merit


Journal Article

Dowell, C., Hajnal, A., Pouw, W., & Wagman, J. Visual and Haptic Perception of Affordances of Feelies. Perception 49.9 (2020): 905-925.