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September 5, 2013

Fun for the whole family at south farm showcase

Parsons, Kansas — Each year, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’s South Farm opens its laboratories and research centers to the public to share fun and excitement of science and discovery. This year, come join us for the annual South Farm Showcase on Saturday, Sept. 21. Admission is free and events are scheduled for the whole family from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Exhibits will be set up across South Farm, offering visitors a chance to milk a cow, pet a goat, get face to face with reptiles, play with a baby pig, talk with a falconer and watch a parade of horses every hour. Several educational opportunities also will be around throughout the day for homeowners and landowners from gardening tips to the launch of a weather balloon to see how weather reports are created.

Enjoy the lush grass fields managed by staff and students while taking a run around the bases at the turf farm’s baseball field, sinking a putt on the golf greens, playing a game of croquet or scoring a goal on the soccer field. MU turf specialists also will be on hand to answer questions and offer ways to make your lawn the best in the neighborhood.

If you ever thought about bringing a piece of the country farm to your yard, visit with the folks from the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture. They will have information about backyard chickens, raised beds for vegetables and small farming blocks.

Experts from the MU Master Gardener Program also will be available to chat with the public about common plant problems, the right plants for the right spot and any other questions green thumbs may have.

For information about what is going on under the surface of yard, bring in a small soil sample from your garden or property. MU specialists will be on hand to perform soil health analysis and for $15 provide a full test of your soil and give management recommendations.

Insect lovers will get a chance to see who is the fastest at the cockroach races or catch field insects of their own with the help of MU entomology specialists.

Broaden your taste palette by sampling Beyond Meat’s soy-based chicken developed by MU professors or savor Missouri-made wines at the Missouri Wine and Grape Board tent. Additional tents will be set up with food available for purchase.

If looking to get into the fall spirit, make your way out of the corn maze or purchase a pumpkin. Floral displays and decorations from the MU Tiger Garden also will be available for purchase.

Each year, the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources sponsors the South Farm Showcase as an opportunity for the public to find out what research goes on in their community.

Five miles south of the MU campus, South Farm supports the research, outreach and teaching missions of animal, plant and veterinary sciences as well as biology, botany and other disciplines. South Farm is the location of several research facilities including the Swine Research Center, the Beef Research and Teaching Center, the Turfgrass Research Center and the Equine Teaching Facility. It also supports research and demonstration projects in entomology, poultry and maize genetics. The Missouri Foundation Seed program uses South Farm to increase the available quantity of newly developed seed varieties to dealers. Easy access from the MU campus allows South Farm to be used for hands-on teaching to more than 1,500 students annually and is the location for numerous graduate student research projects.

MU South Farm is located at 3600 E. New Haven Road, one-quarter mile east of the AC/Grindstone exit off Highway 63 in southeast Columbia. For information and detailed directions, visit www.aes. missouri.edu/sfarms. £Admission is free and events are scheduled for the whole family from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Exhibits will be set up across South Farm, offering visitors a chance to milk a cow, pet a goat, get face to face with reptiles, play with a baby pig, talk with a falconer and watch a parade of horses every hour. Several educational opportunities also will be around throughout the day for homeowners and landowners from gardening tips to the launch of a weather balloon to see how weather reports are created.

Enjoy the lush grass fields managed by staff and students while taking a run around the bases at the turf farm’s baseball field, sinking a putt on the golf greens, playing a game of croquet or scoring a goal on the soccer field. MU turf specialists also will be on hand to answer questions and offer ways to make your lawn the best in the neighborhood.

If you ever thought about bringing a piece of the country farm to your yard, visit with the folks from the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture. They will have information about backyard chickens, raised beds for vegetables and small farming blocks.

Experts from the MU Master Gardener Program also will be available to chat with the public about common plant problems, the right plants for the right spot and any other questions green thumbs may have.

For information about what is going on under the surface of yard, bring in a small soil sample from your garden or property. MU specialists will be on hand to perform soil health analysis and for $15 provide a full test of your soil and give management recommendations.

Insect lovers will get a chance to see who is the fastest at the cockroach races or catch field insects of their own with the help of MU entomology specialists.

Broaden your taste palette by sampling Beyond Meat’s soy-based chicken developed by MU professors or savor Missouri-made wines at the Missouri Wine and Grape Board tent. Additional tents will be set up with food available for purchase.

If looking to get into the fall spirit, make your way out of the corn maze or purchase a pumpkin. Floral displays and decorations from the MU Tiger Garden also will be available for purchase.

Each year, the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources sponsors the South Farm Showcase as an opportunity for the public to find out what research goes on in their community.

Five miles south of the MU campus, South Farm supports the research, outreach and teaching missions of animal, plant and veterinary sciences as well as biology, botany and other disciplines. South Farm is the location of several research facilities including the Swine Research Center, the Beef Research and Teaching Center, the Turfgrass Research Center and the Equine Teaching Facility. It also supports research and demonstration projects in entomology, poultry and maize genetics. The Missouri Foundation Seed program uses South Farm to increase the available quantity of newly developed seed varieties to dealers. Easy access from the MU campus allows South Farm to be used for hands-on teaching to more than 1,500 students annually and is the location for numerous graduate student research projects.

MU South Farm is located at 3600 E. New Haven Road, one-quarter mile east of the AC/Grindstone exit off Highway 63 in southeast Columbia. For information and detailed directions, visit www.aes. missouri.edu/sfarms. £

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