Agriculture Educational Field Day Scheduled for Oct.6

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Sept. 28, 2010 – Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Agriculture is hosting its eighth “Agriculture Educational Field Day” from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at the Charles L. Hutson Horticulture Greenhouse and the David M. Barton Agriculture Research Center facilities. 

This free event at the greenhouse and research center will include educational information on the new sustainable garden; garden centers and greenhouse management; environmental quality and conservation programs; riparian buffer zone; precision agricultureᾰGlobal Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS); sustainable food/agriculture; row crops; turf and horticulture; companion animals; new technology in animal science; the irrigation tile drainage system; and agriculture and business and production.

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.  The Department is also excited to announce a brand new program they are offering in Agricultural Education. 

The educational portion of the event will last until about noon, followed by a free lunch for students and their instructors. Students and instructors who plan on attending should RSVP by Friday, Oct. 1.  The event is limited to the first 300 students and instructors.  High school juniors and seniors and community college students are especially encouraged to attend.  Contact the Department of Agriculture at (573) 651-2106 or igmayhall@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 is located at the intersection of Bertling and Old Sprigg streets in Cape Girardeau.  The David M. Burton 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.