Featured Profile: Jo Britt-Rankin
Dr. Jo Britt-Rankin provides food for thought.
Britt-Rankin understands food from many angles. As the regional nutrition specialist, Missouri state nutrition specialist and administrative director for the Family Nutrition Education Programs (SNAP Ed and EFNEP), she regularly meets with the food insecure—those who are struggling to have their food needs met every day. As an extension professor and the associate dean for Human Environmental Sciences Extension at the University of Missouri, Britt-Rankin actively participates in solving the international problems of obesity and the need to educate people on the wide range of benefits of a healthy lifestyle including physical activity and a nutritious diet. In addition, she has years of hands-on farming and livestock experience—providing her a personal understanding of agriculture economics and the food supply chain.
For many years, Britt-Rankin served as a facilitator in the area of Food for the Future for The Mizzou Advantage Initiative, which capitalizes on MU’s areas of greatest strength. In that role, she worked to connect on- and-off-campus researchers working in plant and animal sciences, food safety and biosecurity, water safety and treatment, local food systems, and food-related topics within the arts, humanities and social sciences.
Dr. Jo Britt-Rankin holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Illinois, as well as a master’s degree and doctorate in nutrition from the University of Missouri.
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