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Promoting Farm Safety

Forage Systems Research Center hosts farm safety day

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Forage Systems Research Center hosted more than 90 fifth grade students from three local schools on Wednesday, May 3 for a farm safety day. The focus of the safety day was to teach students the importance of safety, especially as those students head into summer break. This was the…

Battling Soil Saturation

Poorly drained soils cause headaches for landowners

Poorly drained soils cause numerous headaches for landowners, including reduced crop production and environmental nitrogen loss. It’s a problem that Peter Motavalli and Kelly Nelson, both with the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, have worked for years to combat. One of their field trials was published in the first Agronomy Journal of 2017. The trial…

Adding Another Tool

Drones are becoming more common in agriculture

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), such as drones, are becoming more and more common in the world of agriculture. Over the years, the rules and regulations have become more clear and defined – meaning the potential uses for drones in agriculture continues to grow. The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has found a handful of ways…

A Precise Vision of Agriculture

Visiting research scientist looking at light and shade in agroforestry

When Adolfo Rosati, a research scientist in Italy, received a scholarship from the Fulbright Scholars Program to further his studies in the United States, those who know him had one simple question – with 50 states to choose from why was he going to Missouri? The answer was quite simple for Rosati. “I knew nothing about Missouri – except for…

Scouting Success

The Fisher Delta Research Center Crop Scouting School offers high-quality curriculum

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Fisher Delta Research Center unveiled its Crop Scouting School in 1981. At that time, only 5 percent of cotton fields in the Missouri Bootheel region were being scouted for insects. In just 15 years, that number had grown to 76 percent. The school celebrated its 36th year of teaching…

A Strong Foundation

Upcoming book showcases J.C. Penney's role at Foremost Dairy

James Cash Penney – better known as J.C. Penney – always had a passion for agriculture. Most well-known for his department stores across the United States, Penney also had an extensive background in agriculture. He was instrumental in the development of the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Foremost Dairy Research Center, donating the money to…

‘Growing Knowledge at the Farm’

Jefferson Farm and Garden offering gardening workshops

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Jefferson Farm and Garden is partnering with the Heart of Missouri Master Gardeners for a six-part series called “Growing Knowledge at the Farm.” The focus of the series is to offer tips and techniques to individuals to create a successful garden at home. The workshops will take place the…

A Sweet Success

Baskett collected and boiled 200 gallons of sap this year

This is part two of a two-part story exploring the process of collecting sap and turning it into maple syrup at the Baskett Wildlife Research and Education Center near Ashland. Part one can be found by clicking here. Once the taps are set in the sugar maple trees, the sap flow is in Mother Nature’s hands. While the maple syrup…

A Syrupy Tradition

FSRC Superintendent Dave Davis has boiled maple syrup for nearly 25 years

For a guy who doesn’t like pancakes, Dave Davis generally has quite a stockpile of maple syrup at his house during the early part of each year. Davis, superintendent of the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Forage Systems Research Center, has been collecting sap and boiling his own maple syrup for nearly 25 years –…

Promoting Environmental Stewardship

MDA Agricultural Stewardship Assurance Program rewards responsible stewards

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has always put a strong focus on commending farmers, producers, ranchers and landowners who are good stewards of the resources in their care. The Missouri Agricultural Stewardship Assurance Program was unveiled in 2015 to acknowledge and reward those responsible stewards. MDA has certified nearly 90 farms across the state thus far, including the University of…