MDC partners with USDA, NRCS, Quail Forever on Native Grass for landowners

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BOLLINGER COUNTY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), other conservation and agriculture groups in southeast Missouri are partnering to offer a Grazing Natives workshop in Bollinger County. The workshop will be on private land, Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. Directions will be given when participants register in advance. At the workshop, landowners will learn about the benefits of native grasses for grazing and tour a first-year native warm season grass stand to learn establishment and management techniques that will help to ensure success on their own land.

“Landowners who are not incorporating native grasses for grazing can see a summer slump,” said Brad Pobst, a MDC private land conservationist. “In the summer, they can see slowed fescue growth, scarce quality forage during droughts and the heat of the season, which can be a problem for their cattle. Not having native grasses on the farm can also be a problem for wildlife, and the overall health of the land, so we can solve both problems by learning how to make native warm season grasses work for your livestock operation.”

Hosting organizations include MDC, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the National Resources Conservation Service, and Bollinger County Soil and Water Conservation District. To register or for more information, contact Beth or Megan at the USDA Office in Marble Hill at (573)238-2671, ext. 3. Reservations must be made by July 30.

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