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A Focus on Soil Health

Ninth annual Agroforestry Symposium set for Jan. 25

The ninth annual Agroforestry Symposium, sponsored by the University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry, will focus on soil health in diverse cropping systems. The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25, on the MU campus. The symposium will take place in the Bond Life Sciences Center. It is free and open to the public.…

An Expanding Enterprise

The art of mushroom forest farming

Agroforestry incorporates trees and shrubs into crop and animal farming systems. The goal is to create environmental, economic and social benefits across the farm. One of those agroforestry practices is mushroom forest farming, where landowners can generate an extra income – or extra food – through growing their own varieties of mushrooms in a forest farming practice. Gregory Ormsby Mori,…

A Variety of Agroforestry Research

Missouri Chestnut Roast showcases HARC, agroforestry

The 11th annual Missouri Chestnut Roast not only showcased roasted chestnuts, it showed off the variety of agroforestry research on specialty crops, human health, livestock benefits, wildlife enhancement and environmental protection at the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center in New Franklin. More than 1,500 people attended the event, which took place on Saturday, Oct. 7. “After a rainy start to…

Celebrating Chestnuts

Missouri Chestnut Roast returns for 11th year

The annual Missouri Chestnut Roast returns in 2017, celebrating many of Missouri’s specialty crops, especially the chestnut. The event is hosted by the University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry, the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), and the School of Natural Resources (SNR). This is the 11th year of the Chestnut Roast, which will run from 10…

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…

A Tasty Treat

HARC boasts 65 chestnut cultivars

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! While the chestnut is not as common as other specialty nut and fruit crops grown in the United States, the tasty treat has found a home at the University…

Agroforestry Academy Enters Fifth Year

Academy to focus on numerous agroforestry topics

The University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry will host its annual Agroforestry Academy from July 23-28 in Columbia, Mo. This is the fifth year of the weeklong, hands-on experience. “The Agroforestry Academy is a very exciting event,” said Mike Gold, interim director of the Center for Agroforestry. “We’ve been able to train nearly 110 individuals over four years from across…

Agroforestry Workshop to Focus on Management

Glade and forest management will be featured

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Center for Agroforestry will host a workshop Saturday, April 29, at the Allen Project Site in Laurie, Mo. The workshop will feature numerous hands-on demonstrations, as well as educational presentations. The workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and a lunch will be served. “In keeping with…

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…