Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Programs

Agricultural Business Management Programs

AgrAbility Project: Assistive technologies for farmers with disabilities.

Annie’s Project: Training for women ages 19-84 in production management, financial management, marketing, legal issues and human resources.

Breimyer Seminar: Annual seminar for discussing developing areas of economics; named in memory of Harold Breimyer, an MU professor and USDA agricultural economist. One of his areas of concern was energy policy.

Business Management: Focusing on financial resources, record keeping, computer use, marketing and legal issues.

Community Food Systems: Broadens awareness of locally produced food benefits and the development of community food systems.

Excel Training: Basic and advanced training of the Excel spreadsheet software program.

Farm and Small Business Estate Planning: Estate planning concepts.

Golden Age Farming: Education on estate planning, retirement issues and transition planning.

Healthy Lifestyle Promotion Initiative: Creates healthy communities that support the availability of healthy, affordable, locally-produced food and safe, accessible physical activity through policy and environmental changes.

Introduction to QuickBooks: Covers setting up Quick Books, establishing a chart of accounts and class list, entering vendors, customers and items, preparing payroll and creating reports.

Legal Concerns for Rural Landowners: Covers Missouri’s fence and boundary laws, land leases and contracts, government programs impacting landowners, liability questions, environmental regulations and issues, livestock ownership concerns and overall risk management strategies.

Profit-Focused Agriculture: Focuses on enhancing economic viability and sustainability of Missouri agriculture by providing research-based frontier educational programs.

Quicken for Farmers: Financial and ag production records training for people unfamiliar with accounting terms.

Rural Agriculture Safety and Health: Educates on safety techniques for agriculture and rural living.

Sustainable Agriculture: Teaches farming practices and procedures that are economically profitable, environmentally sound and socially responsible.

Value-Added Agriculture: An entrepreneurial-focused approach to evaluating the potential marketability of a value-added idea.

Your Farm, Your Resources, Your Business: Topics include financial resources, business planning, soils, matching livestock, proper equipment, horticulture production and legality.

Environmental Quality Programs

Individual Waste Water Systems: Provides research-based information on the functionality of on-site septic systems, use of alternative systems, and the important role of soil in site selection.

Water Awareness Festival: Informational festival stressing the importance of water sanitation and community economical viability.

Watershed Management and Planning: Evaluation, planning and implementation of locally designed watershed management programs.

Manure Management: Assists with the planning of manure and organic by-products management, addresses natural resource concerns, soil erosion, and potential impacts on water quality.

Integrated Crop Management/Horticulture Programs

Commercial Pesticide Applicator Training: Initial training and recertification of commercial pesticide applicators. Topics include pesticide safety, handling, updates, health risks and worker protection standards.

Forage Production and Management: Teaches techniquest to improve forage production and economic return while protecting the environment including management intensive grazing, pasture-based dairying, seasonal feeding systems and fescue toxosis.

Garden and Grow: Youth volunteer gardening program teaching vegetable gardening, science, math, team building and language skills.

Integrated Pest Management: Provides research-based horticulture information that recaps the benefits of maintaining healthy turf, ornamental, or fruit and vegetable plantings.

Management of Genetically Improved Crops (MaGIC): Focuses on farming techniques using biotechnology which will help modify and improve management, cost, and economic viability of farmland.

Master Gardener: Provides in-depth horticulture training and prepares volunteers for horticulture questions frequently-asked by citizens around the state.

Missouri Crop Management System: Focuses on techniques that minimize environmental impact and offers research on selecting the best crop genetics, as well as proper crop management decisions.

Missouri Grown: Focuses on marketing high horticulture value crops best suited to Missouri’s climate conditions.

Nutrient Management Planning: Provides manure and organic by-products management skills, and addresses natural resource concerns including soil erosion and by-product impact on water quality.

Plant Protection for the 21st Century:Covers the fundamental concepts of pest control including weeds, disease and inset damage.

Precision Agriculture: Technological approach to farming, emphasizing benefits of geo-referenced data as a means to optimize production management.

Private Pesticide Applicator Training: Trains in methods of safe and proper use of agricultural pesticides on farmland.

Turfgrass Management and the Green Industry: Helps identify and resolve cultural and pest problems in using cost effective and environmentally sound methods.

Livestock Production Systems Programs

Beef Production Systems: Topics span disease prevention, sanitation, vaccinations, site evaluations, appropriate feed rations, nutrition and reproductive physiology.

Dairy Production Systems: Provides information about dairy management, facilities, herd management, expansion, labor, improved dairy cattle genetics and health, waste management, reproductive heath, and techniques in management of dairy records.

Equine: Aimed at issues such as feeding, health management, training, breeding and other management issues.

MO-PORK: Offers strategies to improve nutrient use, reproductive efficiency and management of swine.

Missouri Show-Me Quality Assurance: Covers livestock daily care, management, withdrawal times and bio-securit. Leads to PQA certification.

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.

Premier Beef: Educates in concepts of value-based feeder calf marketing. Focuses on herd health, growth, uniformity and marketing skills necessary to capture the full value of feeder cattle.

Sheep and Goat Production: Strives to improve the competitiveness and diversity of Missouri production enterprises. Topics range from management, genetic improvement, nutrients and health assessment to marketing strategies.

Show-Me-Select: Examines breeding/mating, herd health management, methods of reproduction and production economics.

Natural Resources Programs

Agroforestry for Farm Improvement: Encourages farmers to produce value-added products from forest resources through manipulation of existing forest and configured planting. Focuses include alley cropping, silvopasture, forest farming, windbreaks and riparian buffers.

Energy Conservation, Efficiency and Alternatives: Promotes responsible management of energy through conservation, efficiency and renewable fuels.

Missouri Master Naturalist: Improves the understanding of natural resource ecology and management and provides the framework for conducting volunteer educational programs towards management of natural resources.

Missouri Master Wildlife: Training in managing wildlife resources and enhancing habitat for a variety of wildlife species. Examines alternative management approaches for wildlife in diverse habitats.

Missouri Woodland Steward: Helps private land owners identify woodland habitats and introduces basic forest and wildlife management concepts and practices.