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.

ImpactsBaby pigs

  • Master Gardeners contributed 140,191 volunteer hours.
  • CAFNR and MU Extension’s Forage Production and Management Program Team use multiple approaches to educate Missouri’s producers to better manage forage resources for improved economic return and to protect the environment.
  • The National Swine Nutrition Guide enhances the understanding of basic swine nutrition, feeding principles and related management issues. Missouri pork producers have re-evaluated and reformulated their swine diets using the National Swine Nutrition Guide. The economic impact for the Missouri economy is more than $40 million in feed savings.

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.

Program Highlights

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.

Environmental Quality

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.

Tomato plantsIntegrated 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.

Natural Resources

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.