Larry Heggeman, left, with the Missouri Department of Conservation, helps Southeast student Frank Blasiney separate the roots of trees to be planted at the David M. Barton Agriculture Research Center.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 1, 2010 — Several agriculture students at Southeast Missouri State University recently planted trees at the David M. Barton Agriculture Research Center (ARC) at Gordonville, Mo., as part of Earth Day and Arbor Day activities.
Dr. Indi Braden, assistant professor of agriculture, and Dr. Michael Aide, chair of the Department of Agriculture at Southeast, have worked closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Natural Resource Conservation Service, Missouri Department of Conservation, and the Farm Service Agency to establish a riparian buffer zone at the ARC. The riparian buffer areas are designed to aid in soil conservation and improve water quality along streams.
Students will also be involved in seeding native grasses and wildflowers beginning in June at the ARC.
Agriculture students involved in helping plant trees and seed grass were: Frank Blasiney, Skyler Smith, Liz Sadler and Richard Withers, all of Cape Girardeau; Sam Coppage of Matthews, Mo.; Travis Dirnberger of Scott City, Mo.; Sara Blattel of Chaffee, Mo.; Kent Kranawetter of Jackson, Mo.; and Whitney Schreckenberg of Whitewater, Mo. Also assisting will be Neil Hermann, farm manager.
Those interested in more information about establishing riparian buffer zones should call Braden at (573) 651-2793. Braden will host a workshop for interested landowners June 10 and 12 and a workshop for K through 12 educators July 15-16.
From left are Southeast student Frank Blasiney, Larry Heggeman with the Missouri Department of Conservation, and Southeast students Sam Coppage and Travis Dirnberger preparing to unload trees to be planted as part of Arbor Day and Earth day activities at the David M. Barton Agriculture Research Center. Driving the tractor is Southeast student Liz Sadler.