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Exploring Medicinal Plants

Eighth annual Agroforestry Symposium a big success

More than 300 guests attended the eighth annual Agroforestry Symposium on Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Bond Life Sciences Building on the University of Missouri campus. The symposium, sponsored by the MU Center for Agroforestry, focused on medicinal plants in agroforestry and was titled, “Enhancing Health, Conservation and Livelihoods: Medicinal Plants in Agroforestry.” The symposium was also broadcasted live, reaching…

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…

Agroforestry Symposium to Focus on Medicinal Plants

The University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry will discuss several key dimensions of medicinal plants during its eighth annual Agroforestry Symposium. The symposium will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Bond Life Sciences Center on the MU campus. The symposium will feature numerous speakers, as well as a panel of medicinal plant growers…

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…

FDA Changes Coming for Livestock Owners

New changes go into effect on Jan. 1

Livestock owners across Missouri are encouraged to be prepared for the upcoming Food and Drug Administration changes to antibiotics that will go into effect on Jan. 1. Craig Payne, director of veterinary medical extension at the University of Missouri, said there are two main changes. The first deals with medically-important feed grade or water soluble antibiotics that have a claim…

Center for Agroforestry to Host Green Lands Blue Waters Conference on Conservation-Based Farming

Green Lands Blue Waters is a regional organization using continuous living cover farming systems, including winter cover crops, deep-rooted perennial crops, pastures and agroforestry, to secure our agricultural and ecological future with productive and verdant farms. The 2016 conference brings a market-based focus to complement innovative, science-based approaches to conservation of soil and water quality. GLBW hosts an annual conference…

Filling in the Gaps

MU Center for Agroforestry to train high school teachers on agroforestry curriculum

The University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry has a major focus on outreach. With its online program, graduate certificate and Agroforestry Academy, the Center for Agroforestry works hard to promote the many facets of agroforestry to a wide audience. One group who the Center for Agroforestry has been researching on how to more efficiently reach is high school students. With…

Connecting With the Community

More than 3,000 attend Missouri Chestnut Roast at HARC

The Missouri Chestnut Roast celebrated its 10th anniversary with a fun, family-friendly event on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center in New Franklin. More than 3,000 attended the event, which included tours of HARC, samples of roasted chestnuts, kids’ activities and educational booths and demonstrations. “The…

A Signature Event

After a four-year hiatus, the Missouri Chestnut Roast returned to the University of Missouri Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center last year, with more than 1,000 people attending the event. The Missouri Chestnut Roast is the MU Center for Agroforestry’s signature event – and it will return for its 10th anniversary in October. The event will run from 10 a.m. to…

Reaching Out

The North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) program recently announced several grants and awards. Michael Gold, associate director of the University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry, along with colleagues Hank Stelzer, chair of the forestry department, and Anna Ball, agricultural education and leadership department professor and chair, received one of six Professional Development Program awards. Gold, Stelzer…