NRCS + MU Grasslands Project

Side-by-side image of weedy grass and flourishing grass.

Overcoming adversity

Warm season grasses surpassed all expectations for Missouri forage producers during Drought 2018. MU Extension and Natural Resources Conservation Service partnered to help a Novelty farmer succeed.

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Agonomists work with a farmer to plan a cropland conversion.

A new partnership

Converting cropland to pastureland is no simple task. MU Extension and the National Resources Conservation Service have partnered to help farmers get the most out of the effort.

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Ammoniating hay demonstration.

Improving forages

Livestock producers can stretch short supplies of hay this year by using a simple ammonia treatment on bales.

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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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