Saturday, November 9, 2019: Grow Native! Workshop in Columbia, MO
This informative Native Plants for Row Crop Agriculture, Pollinator Enhancement & Livestock Production workshop is intended for row crop farmers, livestock producers, recreational landowners, and anyone else interested in the many benefits that native plants offer farms and recreational land. Learn from five excellent speakers how incorporating natives into agricultural practices 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 invasive plant control.
Price per person, including morning coffee and hot lunch: $14 per person for MPF members; $17 per person for non-members
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Registration deadline: Tuesday, November 5, 2019
8:30 a.m. - Registration and coffee/light breakfast items
8:50 a.m. - Welcome and introductions
9:00 a.m. - Lisa Schulte Moore: Integrating prairie strips in row crops for erosion control, soil protection and pollinator habitat
10:00 a.m. - Sarah Nizzi: Incorporating native plants on farms to enhance pollinators
11:00 a.m. - Break/visitor exhibitors
11:15 a.m. - Jim Grace: Establishing and maintaining native pasture for healthy, drought-tolerant livestock forage
12:15 p.m. - Lunch
1:15 p.m. - Matt Arndt: Controlling invasives in woodlands and pastures
2:15 p.m. - Break
2:30 p.m. -Speaker on NRCS Cost-Share Programs to fund native plant practices. Details forthcoming.
3:30 p.m. - Evaluation and wrap-up
Dr. Lisa Schulte Moore is a professor in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management and associate director of the Bioeconomy Institute at Iowa State University. She conducts research and teaches in the areas of agriculture, ecology, forestry, and human-landscape interactions. Her research addresses the strategic integration of perennials into agricultural landscapes to support new agricultural markets and to meet societal goals for clean water, healthy soils, abundant wildlife, and inspiring recreational opportunities.
Sarah Nizzi is originally from Waukee, Iowa. She graduated from Drake University in 2012 with a B.S. degree in Environmental Science. She has worked within the private and public sector thorough out the state of Iowa. Her experience includes tallgrass prairie management, restoration, native seed propagation, and working within Iowa's private lands program. Currently, Sarah is employed by the Xerces Society as a Farm Bill Pollinator Conservation Planner and NRCS Partner Biologist. She provides technical and financial assistance to producers and landowners interested in pollinator habitat, as well as, providing technical assistance and training to NRCS staff and partner staff statewide.
Jim Grace was raised on a northwestern Missouri cattle, sheep and row crop farm in Gentry County. Degrees in zoology and range management followed. Today Jim and his wife Betty, along with their two grown children, operate Grace Native Seed, a family-owned seed and plant materials business, and they raise and background cattle on their 600 acre farm near Albany. Grace has been using native plants coupled with adaptive grazing for 27 years. Grace will discuss and give techniques to establish and graze native plants on the commercial farm landscape of northern Missouri.
Matt Arndt is a Consulting Forester and Arborist, and is the owner of Matt’s Healthy Woods & Wildlife. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 2006 with a BS in Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences. He has served as President of the Missouri Consulting Foresters Association since 2013, and is a member of the Missouri Invasive Plant Task Force.Matt Arndt is a Consulting Forester and Arborist, and is the owner of Matt’s Healthy Woods & Wildlife. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 2006 with a BS in Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences. He has served as President of the Missouri Consulting Foresters Association since 2013, and is a member of the Missouri Invasive Plant Task Force. He carries both the Certified Forester and Certified Arborist credentials, and is a self-described “tree nerd."
This workshop is made possible with funding from the Natural Resources Conservation Service.