Friday is the deadline to register for a series of pasture management workshops taking place next week. University of Missouri Extension and the Missouri Department of Conservation are co-hosting workshops on Native Warm Season Grasses on January 22nd in Chillicothe and January 23rd in Sedalia. Livestock field specialist Gene Schmitz says producers who introduce these grasses can not only increase the variety of forage available for their cattle, but also the versatility of the fields.

Schmitz adds that at the Sedalia workshop, he along with his colleague Todd Lorenz will present research on novel endophyte tall fescue.

Each workshop will be keynoted by Doctor Pat Keyser of the University of Tennessee. Local speakers will also focus on federal and state cost-sharing programs, and how pastures can support wildlife conservation efforts.

MU Extension Native Warm Season Grass Workshops:
Jan. 22, Chillicothe, Mildred Litton Community Center, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (RSVP by Jan. 17 at 660-895-5123) and
Jan. 23, Sedalia, FCS Financial, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (RSVP by Jan. 17 at 660-827-0591)