Southeast Department of Agriculture Hosting Field Day

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Oct. 3, 2003 – The Southeast Missouri State University Department of Agriculture will host an educational field day for area Future Farmers of America (FFA) students and their sponsors on Oct. 9. The event, which will run from 9:30 a.m. to noon, will take place at the University Demonstration Farm.

“The program will be of educational interest to high school age students,” said Dr. Bill Ellis, Southeast professor of agriculture. “Students will be transported to eight educational stops where they can participate in discussions on topics such as the marketing of calves, cattle programs and management, managed intensive grazing, forage grazing days and solar energy cattle watering systems,” Ellis said.

Southeast’s solar energy cattle watering system is unique to the area – most farms in the region pump water with electricity or use ponds.

The Department of Agriculture’s field day is open to all FFA chapters in the region. For more information or to participate, contact Ellis at (573) 651-2797 or by e-mail at wellis@semo.edu.

The University Demonstration Farm will also host a portion of the Missouri State Beef Cattle Tour on Oct. 18, according to Ellis. The program, which will be similar to the field day event, will be open to the public.