August 15, 2019: Grow Native! Workshop in Monett, MO
This informative workshop is intended for row crop farmers, livestock producers, hobby farmers, gardeners, recreational landowners, and anyone else interested in the many benefits that native plants offer farms, gardens, and recreational land. Learn from five knowledgeable speakers how incorporating natives into agricultural practices, gardens, and land for recreational uses can benefit farm revenues, livestock health, pollinators, soil health, water quality, and more. The workshop will also feature information on specific NRCS cost-share programs to which attendees may apply to help offset the cost of incorporating natives into their agricultural or land management practices, and a session on natives as a specialty crop for native edibles, cut flowers, and seed production.
We are approved to offer 4.5 Certified Crop Advisor CEUs: Crop Management: 2; Professional Development: 0.5; Sustainability: 2
$13 per person for Missouri Prairie Foundation members
$16 per person for non-members
Please indicate if you require a vegetarian lunch option.
Registration deadline: August 12, 2019
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8:30 a.m. - Registration and coffee/light breakfast items
8:50 a.m. - Welcome and introductions
9:00 a.m. - Steve Clubine: Establishing & Maintaining Native Forage for Livestock Health and Weight Gain - This session will focus on establishing and managing pastures of native warm-season grasses and forbs, which provide excellent livestock forage, wildlife cover, and provide many other benefits.
10:00 a.m. - Doug Peterson: Creating and Maintaining Soil Health with Native Plants for Healthy Livestock, Crops, & Water Quality - The speaker will discuss best management practices for soil health, and its importance for healthy livestock, crops and water quality.
11:00 a.m. - Break/visitor exhibitors
11:15 a.m. - Dr. Ed Spevak: Sustainable Farming Practices to Support Pollinators - This presentation will focus on issues around pollinator declines and describe various farming practices that both support pollinators, especially native bees, and improve agricultural sustainability.
12:15 p.m. - Lunch
1:15 p.m. - Dr. Nadia Navarrete-Tindall: Native Plants as Specialty Crops in Gardens and Farms - This session will present information on growing and using native plants for native edibles, cut flowers, seed production, and to benefit wildlife.
2:15 p.m. - Break
2:30 p.m. - Rick Rath: Cost-Share Opportunities to Fund Native Plant Practices & How to Apply - This presentation will share information on state and federal cost-share programs along with descriptions, timelines and signup periods for each program.
3:30 p.m. - Evaluation and wrap-up
Steve Clubine, a native of Kansas, served as the Missouri Department of Conservation’s grassland biologist for 34 years. Since he retired in 2010, Clubine raises grass-finished beef and stockers on planted native warn-season grasses and forbs in Benton County. He also is a consultant on grazing management for Truax, a seed drill manufacturer in Minnesota. He is a contributor to the Missouri Prairie Journal and serves as an alderman for the City of Windsor, MO. Clubine is a 1971 graduate from Kansas State University graduate in wildlife and range management.
Doug Peterson has been with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) for more than 30 years, beginning as a soil scientist and is currently a Regional Soil Health Specialist for Missouri and Iowa teaching NRCS staff and agriculture producers around the Midwest about soil health and how it impacts virtually all natural resource processes. Peterson operates a cow/calf and contract grazing operation with his father, with about 250 cows. They utilize Adaptive Multi-paddock Grazing and Holistic High Density Grazing to improve soil health, eliminate the need for most purchased fertilizer, and limit hay needs to about one bale per cow per winter. He attended college at Missouri Western State University graduating in 1986 with a Bachelor’s degree in agriculture with an emphasis in economics and agronomy.
Dr. Ed Spevak is Curator of Invertebrates at the Saint Louis Zoo, and Director, Center for Native Pollinator Conservation, at the Zoo’s WildCare Institute Center for Native Pollinator Conservation. Spevak has dedicated the last 40 years to the conservation of invertebrates and vertebrates working as a zoo curator and small population biologist. He and the Saint Louis Zoo helped to establish the IUCN SSC Bumble Bee Specialist Group and Ed serves as the Programme Officer. Spevak and the Zoo also helped establish the Honey Bee Health Coalition, Keystone Monarch Collaborative, and Missourians for Monarchs Collaborative, and serves on the steering committee of each. He is a member of the Science Advisory Council of Field to Market looking at biodiversity issues in the sustainable agriculture chain. Spevak, through the WildCare Institute, has also begun a new program called Native Foods, Native Peoples, Native Pollinators focused food security, food sovereignty, and pollinator conservation on Native American Reservations.
Dr. Nadia Navarrete-Tindall is a native plants specialist with more than 20 years’ experience working with native plants in the Midwest. Since 2017, she initiated Native Plants and More, a business dedicated to promoting native plants through training and consultation. Navarrete-Tindall is a native of El Salvador and develops native plant educational programming for English and Spanish speakers.
Private Land Conservationist Rick Rath has worked for the Missouri Department of Conservation for 11 years, and works with private landowners in Cedar, Dade, and Lawrence Counties. Rath focuses on establishing and managing native grasslands to benefit upland wildlife and pollinators, and incorporating them into grazing systems. He works with numerous state and federal programs to assist landowners in reaching their land management goals. Rath has a degree in biology with an emphasis in wildlife management and fisheries from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
This workshop is made possible with funding from the Natural Resources Conservation Service.