Agriculture Educational Field Day Oct. 7 at Hutson Greenhouse, Barton Ag Research Center

Horticulture 2014CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 24, 2015 – Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Agriculture will host its annual “Agriculture Educational Field Day” from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the David M. Barton Agriculture Research Center facilities and the Charles Hutson Horticulture Greenhouse.

This free event, open to local high school students and instructors, will begin at the Charles Hutson Horticulture Greenhouse, which includes the Charles Nemanick Alternative Agriculture Garden. The day’s events will continue at the David M. Barton Agriculture Research Center.

“The Field Day is specifically designed to encourage young people to pursue careers in agriculture,” said Dr. Mike Aide, chair of the Southeast Department of Agriculture. “We try to show young people that agriculture has an exciting blend of business skills and science to solve real-world problems.”

Faculty, staff and students from the Department of Agriculture will be on hand to provide students and instructors a chance to see and learn about the greenhouse and research center, as well as other agriculture related topics. These will include:

  • Pumpkin trials and sustainable gardens
  • Horticulture and turf
  • New technology in animal science and beef livestock
  • Biotechnology and genetics
  • Irrigation tile drainage systems
  • Cover crops
  • Agriculture business and production
  • Careers in Ag Educatiopn
  • Department and University information

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 Wednesday, Sept. 30.

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 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, Missouri, on the east side of Highway 25.

For more information on the Department of Agriculture, visit www.semo.edu/agriculture and www.semo.edu/costa.