CAFNR Extension includes programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension (below) and Community Development.
Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension
The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ (CAFNR) agriculture and natural resources extension program focuses on economic development, crop and livestock production and marketing systems, and increased income from forages, while balancing the consequences for Missouri’s natural resources and environment.
From Science to Substance
ANR Programs transfer research results from Ag Research Centers to communities around Missouri. Citizens throughout the entire state benefit from new knowledge and discoveries.
CAFNR’s agriculture and natural resources (ANR) extension programs are organized around five major interdisciplinary themes. Each area includes state and regional specialists as team members.
Agricultural Business Management
AgrAbility Project: Assistive technologies for farmers with disabilities.
Watershed Management and Planning: Evaluation, planning and implementation of locally designed watershed management programs, thus sustaining the economic and social well-being of communities. Wise watershed management results in improved water quality.
Services include assistance with community organizing and coalition building, development of strategies relating to watershed management and assessment of outcomes.
Integrated Crop Management/Horticulture
Master Gardener: Provides in-depth horticulture training to individuals throughout Missouri who then volunteer their time applying what they have learned to help others in their communities to learn about gardening and environmental education.
Through activities such as Extension hotlines or answer services, workshops, speaker’s bureaus, garden show booths and demonstration projects, Master Gardeners provide gardening information to thousands of Missourians each year.
To become trained as a Master Gardener, an individual must attend a 30-hour classroom Core Course training. Then the Master Gardener trainee is required to give 30 hours of volunteer service back to their community in approved University of Missouri Extension activities.
Livestock Production Systems
Pasture-Based Dairy Systems: Promotes concepts in economically viable and sustainable forage-based dairy production. Participants acquire skills in financial management, high-quality pasture foraging and animal husbandry.
Missouri Woodland Steward: Helps private land owners identify woodland habitats and introduces basic forest and wildlife management concepts and practices.
Participants learn how to write clear goals and objectives; access information on property ownership, aerial photographs, topographic maps and soil productivity; how to conduct perimeter and interior walks of property; and basic tree and grass identification.