Integrating Practices That Benefit Wildlife With Crops Grown for Biomass in Missouri

This MU Extension guide describes management practices that can be conducted in fields used for biomass production to benefit wildlife. It also provides information to help landowners make informed decisions on enhancing habitats on surrounding areas of their property while producing crops for biomass.

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Missouri Prairie Foundation: Prairie Strips

Missouri Prairie Foundation: Prairie Strips

This Missouri Prairie Foundation’s resource on explains the benefits of prairie strips and offers resources on how to establish them on your land, including how the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) can support adoption.

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2021 Conference videos – Missouri State Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health

Watch video recordings of this virtual conference, held December 14th and 15th, 2021. Sessions include: Welcome and opening remarks with Scott Edwards, MO NRCS State Conservationist Farmer Panel 1: Farmer experiences with cover crops in Missouri –with Dr. Rob Myers and producers Johnny Hunter, Kate Lambert, Liz Graznak and Cecil Harness Boosting soil health...

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How Regenerative Agriculture and Diversity Saved the Hemme Family Farm

The Hemmes believe in the power of diversity, both in terms of the plants and animals on the land and the markets they channel their product through. The family has built their brand with cheese, but regenerative agriculture has helped them realize the opportunities are endless for new enterprises.

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CREATING INVITING POLLINATOR HABITATS IN AGRICULTURE

This handout offers advice to integrate pollinator habitats within your farming systems.

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Using Cover Crops to Improve Water Quality

This resource discusses how cover crops can can improve water quality by reducing erosion, runoff, and leaching by improving soil health.

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Cover Crops: A Cost-Effective Tool for Controlling Erosion

This resource disccuses the costs of soil erosion and explains how cover crops and reduced tillage can limit erosion before it begins by protecting soil from raindrops and increasing infiltration.

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Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) – USDA, NRCS

USDA’s Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) helps farmers and landowners implement conservation practices to improve your operation and address natural resources concerns through a comprehensive (whole-farm) approach.  CSP contracts are set by state.  Here is a list of Missouri CSP practices and estimates payments.    To get started with CSP, contact your local USDA service...

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COVER CROPS IN THE US: Current status and trends

In the last decade, we’ve seen remarkable growth of cover cropping use in every crop-producing region of the US1.  According to the 2017 USDA Census of Agriculture, over 150,00 farms reported using cover crops. Here, we provide an overview of cover cropping trends in the US, with a few key statistics and figures that illustrate...

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Selecting Plants for Pollinators: A Regional Guide for Farmers, Land Managers, and Gardeners

In the Ecological Region of the Prairie Parkland Temperate Province Including the states of: Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri and parts of: Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota

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