PROGRAM POLICIES

The Missouri Regional Grazing Schools are educational programs taught by the Natural Resources
Conservation Service (NRCS) and the University of Missouri Extension (MU). The schools serve three
purposes.


Educate producers and agency personnel in the art and science of grazing management
• Transfer new technology in grassland management to producers and agency personnel
• Qualify producers for the state DSP3 cost share program


COORDINATORS, INSTRUCTORS AND GRAZING REGIONS 


The Grazing Schools are taught in nine regions called ‘grazing school regions”. These regions do not conform
to institutional boundaries of either NRCS or MU. Rather, they define regions according to soil type,
topography, and land use. Boundaries for regions were established in the 1990’s by NRCS and MU with
approval from administration. Some regional boundaries have been adjusted since that time. Within each
region are two coordinators—one from NRCS and one from MU.


A map of these regions, along with the names of the regional coordinators is posted on the MFGC/NatGLC
(Missouri Forage and Grassland Council/National Grazing Lands Coalition) website. Please check the website
to view this map at https://mofgc.org/map/ 


CURRICULUM 


All schools must address the following core subject matter in some form or another. 


• Introduction to Management-intensive Grazing (MiG)
• Resource Evaluation
• Plant Growth
• Forage Quality
• Livestock Nutrition on Pasture
• Soil Fertility and Landscape Ecology
• Layout and Design
• Fence and Water Technology
• Economics
Other subject matter may be added as deemed appropriate and as time allows. 


SCHOOL DATES 


Schools are taught during the grazing season only, which runs from April 1 to October 31. They are scheduled
in each of the nine regions under the leadership of the two regional coordinators who work together with the
instructors from NRCS and MU to determine the number of schools, the dates, and the locations of schools in
their regions by no later than February 14th.
After MFGC/NatGLC receives that information, the schools will be published along with all of the details on the
MFGC/NatGLC website (www.mofgc.org) by no later than mid-March. Information will also be available on the
MFGC social media accounts, as well as published in the newsletter, Missouri Grasslands, or by calling the
MFGC/NatGLC office at 573-338-1772. 


INSTRUCTOR MATERIALS 


Regional coordinators are provided with multimedia materials, which include Microsoft PowerPoint, digital
photos and figures. As updates are made, it is required that the most recent materials are used. 


PRODUCER MATERIALS 


Producer materials include manuals, grazing sticks and other technical teaching tools. They are available for
purchase from the MFGC/NatGLC office, by regional coordinators only. Materials are not to be ordered by instructors, secretaries, or other support personnel in the region. Materials can be ordered by the item, all
orders are final, and the regions that purchase them are responsible for them. Materials must be picked up at
the MFGC/NatGLC office located near Mountain Grove, unless other arrangements are made. Advanced
pickup notice should be given the MFGC/NatGLC staff. At the time of pickup, coordinators will sign a receipt
confirming the number of inventories picked up, and after that, the coordinators are responsible for obtaining
signatures when they deliver inventory to schools.
Additionally, copies of the NRCS publications, Electric Fencing for Serious Graziers, Watering Systems for
Serious Graziers, and the Missouri Soil and Pasture Health Guide can be obtained through your local
NRCS/SWCD offices. These are all excellent resources and should be used as reference materials at grazing
schools. 


If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact Craig Roberts at RobertsCr@missouri.edu or
Selma Mascaro at Selma.mascaro@usda.gov