Agriculture Educational Field Day Oct. 5 at Hutson Greenhouse, Barton Agriculture Research Center

by News Bureau on Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2011

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 21, 2011 — Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Agriculture is hosting its ninth “Agriculture Educational Field Day” from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the David M. Barton Agriculture Research Center facilities, the Charles L. Hutson Horticulture Greenhouse and the Charles Nemanick Alternative Agriculture Gardens.

This free event at the greenhouse complex and research center will include educational information on the environmental quality and conservation programs; riparian buffer zone; precision agriculture—Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS); sustainable food/agriculture; row crops; turf and horticulture; companion animals; new technology in animal science and beef livestock; the irrigation tile drainage system; row crops; agriculture and business and production; forage herbicide plots; and the Southeast Department of Agriculture and the University.

Southeast Department of Agriculture students and faculty will lead the discussions. Area instructors attending will receive further information about the topics and programs discussed during the event to include in their school curriculum.

The educational portion of the event will last until about noon and will be followed by a free lunch for students and their instructors. Students and instructors who plan on attending should RSVP by Friday, Sept. 30. High school juniors and seniors and community college students, including those interest in biological sciences, are especially encouraged to attend. Contact the Department of Agriculture at (573) 651-2106 or creinagel@semo.edu to RSVP.

Because some of the events will take place outdoors, students and instructors are encouraged to wear comfortable and weather-appropriate attire and to bring an umbrella in case of rain.

The Charles L. Hutson Horticulture Greenhouse and the Charles Nemanick Alternative Agriculture Gardens are located at the intersection of Bertling and Old Sprigg streets in Cape Girardeau. The David M. Barton Agriculture Research Center is located at 6885 State Hwy. 25, one and one-half miles south of Gordonville, Mo., on the east side of Highway 25.