NRCS + MU Grasslands Project

Improving grassland sustainability in Missouri

The NRCS + MU Grasslands Project was formed in 2017 as a collaboration between two organizations: the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and University of Missouri Extension (MU).

This cooperative project combines experts from both organizations to provide technical advice and education on grazing plans, soil health, native warm-season grasses and National Resource Inventory (NRI). The goal of the NRCS + MU Grasslands Project is to improve grassland sustainability in Missouri while strengthening, increasing and encouraging the voluntary approach and participation of private landowners in NRCS programs.

Work on this agreement (PDF) supports Farm Bill conservation programs such as the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

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Resources

"We're Still in a Drought" Ozark Farmers Struggle to Feed Cattle

The University of Missouri extension council organized meetings to give farmers ways to survive the drought with programs focused on how to supplement low-quality hay, alternative food options and assessing prices.

2018 drought differs from 2012 in varied impact, says MU economist

For Missouri farms affected this year, it’s bad. But overall it’s not like 2012, a drought that changed the farm economy.

Add Summer Annual to Grazing Rotation for More Profit

"Whether cattle producers keep calves for 60 days after weaning prior to sale or graze the calves as stockers prior to feedlot entry cheap gain is key to operation profitability," says Patrick Davis, University of Missouri Extension regional livestock specialist. As producers wean fall calves in mid-to late spring, cool season grasses begin to lose their quality. This results in lower calf performance.

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