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Grazing schools in SW Missouri start in late April

Published on 25 March 2011

Southwest Missouri will offer six Management-intensive Grazing (MiG) Schools for the 2011 season.

To date, literally thousands of individuals have attended the schools to learn about the basic principles and practices of MiG. The schools have also helped livestock producers qualify for thousands of dollars in various cost-share programs through NRCS or FSA.

Upcoming grazing schools in southwest Missouri include:

  • Halfway, MO – April 26, 29, May 3, 6 (evenings, 6:30-9:30 pm) and April 30 (Saturday, all day).  This session is limited to 25 attendees.  Contact the Dallas County SWCD, 417-345-2312, ext 3 to register.
  • Mt Vernon, MO – May 24, 25, 26 (daytime) at the MU Southwest Research Center, Mt. Vernon, Mo. This session is limited to 40 attendees.  Contact the Lawrence County SWCD at 417-466-7682, ext 3 to register.
  • Neosho, MO – June 14, 15, 16 (daytime) on the campus of Crowder College in Neosho. This session is limited to 30 attendees. Contact the McDonald/Newton County SWCD, 417-451-1007, ext. 3 to register.
  • Marshfield, MO – September 13, 14, 15 (daytime) in Marshfield, this session is limited to 30 attendees. Contact Webster County SWCD, at 417-468-4176, ext.3 to register.
  • Forsyth, MO – September 19, 20, 21 (daytime), the Taney County session is limited to 20 attendees. Contact the Taney County SWCD at 417-546-2089 to register.
  • Bois D’Arc, MO – October 18, 19, 20 (daytime) at the MDC Dalton Shooting Range, northwest of Springfield near Bois D’Arc. This session is limited to 40 attendees.  Contact the Greene County SWCD at 417-831-5246, ext. 3 to register.

 Information about other schools around the state is available on the Missouri Forage and Grassland Council website.

Started in 1995 as a regional program, the schools are held at various locations, dates and formats to meet the diverse needs of area livestock producers.

Evening and Saturday schools provide people who have off-farm jobs a chance to attend a grazing school.

Attendance is generally limited to 25-30 people. Cost of the schools varies by location, and includes all of the materials (grazing manuals, guides, grazing stick). Daytime schools usually include meals and breaks and some include transportation.

Schools are conducted and sponsored by USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service, University of Missouri Extension and Area Soil and Water Conservation Districts. end_mark

—From University of Missouri Extension news release

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