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Managing Natural Resources

FSRC field day focuses on a variety of topics

With a focus on natural resources, the Forage Systems Research Center dived into a variety of timely agricultural topics during its annual field day on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Forages, sunn hemp, pond management and timber stand improvement were among the many talks during the event. Along with local producers, several high school students from area schools were in attendance. “Our…

Making Research Accessible

Research Center magazine highlights strengths of each Center

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has a system of Agricultural Research Centers across Missouri, extending CAFNR’s research to more than 14,000 acres to meet the regional research and demonstration needs of agricultural producers and natural resource managers. The Research Centers host a variety of events and activities, from field days to MU Extension activities…

Playing a Vital Role

Gifts play a vital role for Research Center operations

This story also appears in our University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Agricultural Research Center Magazine. Stop by your local Research Center to pick up a copy! There are a variety of ways to support the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Agricultural Research Centers. The systems of Research Centers expand Missouri,…

Weather Updates at Your Fingertips

Missouri Mesonet offers real-time weather updates across the state

It was 25 years ago when Pat Guinan, with the help of the University of Missouri’s Extension Commercial Agriculture Program, established the first of a small network of automated weather stations in northwest Missouri. The network, known as the Missouri Mesonet, now includes 34 weather stations – 24 of which provide real-time weather updates. The network covers 24 counties in…

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…

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…

Making Good Management Decisions

MU Extension researchers create automated system to track precipitation

Nearly five years ago, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) revised its CAFO regulatory rules for catastrophic and chronic weather events. CAFOs, concentrated animal feeding operations, are large animal agricultural facilities that raise a specific number of animals in production barns or confinement pens. Because catastrophic and chronic weather events happen, MDNR can issue a permit to a farmer…

Preparing For Planting

Winter months provide opportunity to clean, repair and mend equipment

With the harvest season wrapped up and colder weather settling in, the time is perfect to revisit the farming equipment that was so vital during the past year. The winter months provide an ideal opportunity to not only clean, repair and mend equipment, it gives landowners a chance to prepare for the upcoming planting season. “Right now, it’s important to…

Cooler Temperatures Expected This Winter

Expected snowfall between 15 and 20 inches

Temperatures have started to cool and coats and sweatshirts have been pulled out of the closets. Tony Lupo, University of Missouri professor of atmospheric science, said those coats could get a lot of use this winter, as it could be a tad cooler than the average. “I’m thinking it’s going to be a little colder than normal,” Lupo said. “This…