The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the University of Missouri are partnering to provide grassland assistance in key workload locations in Missouri.
The University has identified eight Extension specialists with backgrounds in agronomy and livestock to work with NRCS staff in 64 of Missouri’s 114 counties.
“University of Missouri Extension is excited to be part of this historic partnership with NRCS to improve grassland management and resource education on farms,” said Robert Kallenbach, assistant dean of the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. “The result is that producers gain access to the talents and expertise of both agencies, providing landowners better opportunities to tailor customized plans for their farms.”
NRCS State Conservationist J.R. Flores said the Extension specialists will be assisting NRCS field office staffs with technical needs focused on grassland inventory, evaluation, planning and implementation. They also will assist NRCS with its National Resources Inventory function and in identifying locations to monitor soil-health efforts and the incorporation of native warm-season grasses into pastures.
“This is another excellent example of how working in partnership with another agency will result in more assistance to land users than either entity could provide on its own,” Flores said. “All Missourians will benefit from the additional conservation and enhancement of natural resources.”