Missouri 4-H, MU Extension to host crop event for 4-H, FFA members

  • Published: Thursday, April 13, 2023

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension and Missouri 4-H will host a crop scouting event for 4-H and FFA members and volunteers July 18 at MU Bradford Research Farm near Columbia.

Participants will learn about common Missouri crops, insects, diseases, disorders and weeds as well as pesticide safety and careers in agronomy, said Maria Calvert, MU Extension state 4-H agriculture educator. “This year, we will also be inviting FFA chapters to join in on this learning opportunity. This is an area that has needed to grow and with the help of our MU Extension colleagues we will be able to offer a great opportunity for young people to develop and test their knowledge and skills in this area.”

“This event is a great opportunity for students to interact with and learn directly from MU Extension specialists, who focus on solutions to agronomic problems,” said Mandy Bish, MU Extension state field crop pathologist. “In 2022, students from multiple regions of the state participated in the event. The willingness to drive to central Missouri for a one-day event demonstrates the need for such a scouting program. For 2023, we are excited to partner with 4-H and work with Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council once again.”

Learn more at mizzou.us/4Hcropscouting.

About 4-H

More than 55,000 members strong, Missouri 4-H is an active, dynamic organization of young people who are learning, growing and preparing to be the leaders of today and tomorrow – making a real difference in their community, country and world. 4-H is the youth development program of the University of Missouri and the nation’s Cooperative Extension System. For more information on Missouri 4-H, visit 4h.missouri.edu.


Youths inspect soybean plants during the 2022 Missouri 4-H Crop Scouting Day. Missouri 4-H file photo.

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