Southeast Department of Agriculture Hosts Seminar Series

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Aug. 25, 2005 – The Department of Agriculture at Southeast Missouri State University has announced its introduction of a seminar series focusing on the role of Missouri agriculture in the local, national and global economy.

Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 31, the department will be featuring speakers from the agricultural community from noon to 1 p.m. during the Common Hour on Wednesdays in the Polytechnic Building Room 201.  The seminar is free and open to the public.

Mitch Robinson, executive director of the Cape Girardeau Area MAGNET, is the first speaker in the series and will be focusing on the topic “Renewable Fuels in Missouri.”  Robinson will discuss the production of ethanol, biodiesel fuel and other fuels available in the state.

Speakers throughout the semester will include representatives from agricultural organizations, agencies and companies.  Scheduled speakers include Gary Gaines, director of the Southeast Missouri area of the Department of Natural Resources; Charles Kruse, president of the Missouri Farm Bureau; Howard Hardecke, president of the Missouri Cattleman’s Association; Tod Wideman, equine nutritionist of Purina – Land O’ Lakes; Steve Bartholomew of MFA, and others.

As executive director of the Cape Girardeau MAGNET, Mitch Robinson has worked with dozens of companies expanding or relocating to the Cape Girardeau area.  The organization is the designated economic development organization that markets the entire Cape Girardeau area to prospective industries, national site selection consultants and commercial and industrial realtors.

MAGNET has been involved with the development of more than 2,500 new or retained jobs and more than $1 billion in new investment in Cape Girardeau County. The organization serves Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Mo., and Scott City, Mo., as well as rural areas of Cape Girardeau County.

For more information on the seminar series, contact Erin Venable at (573) 651-2811.