University of Missouri Extension will host three workshops next week to highlight the importance of native warm season grasses in pastures. Extension livestock specialist Gene Schmitz says Doctor Pat Keyser from the University of Tennessee is the featured speaker.

Schmitz says Keyser will focus on how producers can establish the grasses, allowing their cool-season pastures to rest during the summer.

Native warm season workshops will take place next week in Chillicothe, Savannah and Sedalia, featuring local speakers from Extension as well as the Missouri Department of Conservation.

MU Extension Native Warm Season Grass Workshops, Jan. 21, Savannah Mother Pia Ministry Center, 10:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (RSVP by Jan. 16 at 816-324-3147), Jan. 22, Chillicothe, Mildred Litton Community Center, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (RSVP by Jan. 17 at 660-895-5123), Jan. 23, Sedalia, FCS Financial, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (RSVP by Jan. 17 at 660-827-0591)