Missouri Forage and Grassland Council

Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative

The Missouri Forage and Grassland Council (MFGC) / Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) is an organization consisting of farmers, ranchers, educators, scientists, conservationists, industries and government agencies with a common interest in forages. MFGC/GLCI promotes the effcient use of forages through a variety of research, education and service programs.

Forages are vitally important to Missouri for a multitude of reasons. More than half of the land area in the state is in forages. Two-thirds or more of the feed for livestock is made up of forages. Missouri forages provide food and shelter for wildlife, greatly reduce soil erosion and protect water quality.

For Immediate Release 

04.15.20

The 2020 grazing schools in Missouri have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  It is highly likely that schools will not resume until after May.

The initial postponement is because of Governor Parson’s stay-at-home order, as well as restricted travel and activity for instructors in MU Extension and NRCS.  The postponement may continue through May and possibly early summer because of COVID-19 cases projected in Missouri. 

The number of cases in Missouri is currently projected to peak in late April or early May.  If this holds, cases will plateau then decrease gradually over the months of June and July.  Sometime in late May, we can assess the situation and consider re-opening the Missouri Grazing Schools in the summer.

We urge our forage-livestock producers to be patient as we experience this blip in our program.  Please consider that the Missouri Grazing Schools are in their 30th year.  The program increases the state economy by $125 million each year and adds jobs to our state.  It is a highly effective program, largely because how it is taught—not through a computer, but with hands-on learning and classroom-to-field exercises.  We want this prestigious program to remain a prestigious program.  So please be patient as we experience this temporary interruption. We are confident that we will be up and running this year, but we do not yet know when.  Thank you for your patience.

For more information, please check with your local NRCS or MU Extension office, or contact MFGC at www.mofgc.org, by phone at 573-338-1772, or email ann@mofgc.org.  Also check the status on our Facebook page.

The MidAmerica Grassland Contest set for June 2-3 2020 in Springfield MO has been cancelled due to Covid 19 concerns.  If you have any questions, please contact either the MFGC office at 573-338-1772 or email at ann@mofgc.org