Etasblishing and managing native grasses in Missouri

The MU/MDC Native Grass Extension Project and Native Grass Group are focused on implementing educational programs and demonstrations on the benefits of native warm-season grasses for forage production, wildlife habitat and conservation in Missouri. Check out the project and see resources by clicking More Information below!

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Multifunctional Agroforestry with Dr. Sarah Lovell

In this episode of the Field, Lab, Earth podcast from the American Society of Agronomy, MU’s Dr. Sarah Lovell discusses the various uses and forms of agroforestry, how agroforestry can benefit both farmers and their surrounding communities, and some tips for implementing agroforestry at scale. Tune in to learn: What are the main functions...

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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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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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Introduction to regenerative agriculture concepts

Besides the information offered on this website, there are many places to get more information on regenerative agriculture. For someone just getting familiar with this topic or some of the most common approaches of regenerative agriculture, certain videos or articles may be helpful. We particularly recommend: Living Soil – A one-hour documentary film on...

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Catalyzing more regenerative agriculture

The food, clothing, and beverage choices made by consumers all have an impact on the future direction of agriculture, in part by shaping demand that guides industry investments. Most of the major food and agriculture companies in the U.S. are putting a greater emphasis on sustainable and regenerative approaches, and some of the clothing...

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Examples of regenerative agriculture

The exact mix of regenerative approaches appropriate to a farm varies depending on what is being produced and the goals of the farmer and landowner. Soil and climate conditions can also impact what farming practices make sense. For farmers growing commodity crops or annual fruits and vegetables, some common regenerative approaches can include: Cover...

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Why support regenerative agriculture

With so many labels being applied to food these days, including organic, GMO-free, free-range, pasture-based, etc., it can be confusing for consumers to make food choices. Regenerative agriculture has become one of the fastest growing trends to hit the food industry and for good reason. Farmers and consumers alike are coming to value the...

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