Agriculture

Agriculture

The apples won't be harvested until October. But when fourth-generation fruit grower Phil Schwallier walks through his orchard in Sparta, Mich., he already knows which ones he won't be able to sell.

Missouri Department of Conservation

On this episode of Going Public, we sit down with Nate Muenks, habitat management coordinator for the Missouri Department of Conservation. They're currently collaborating with MoDOT and the Missouri Prairie Foundation on an invasive species strike team along Southeast roadways.

Courtesy of: Joey Keys/SEMO Food Bank

A now-official partnership between the Southeast Missouri Food Bank and the Southeast Correctional Center’s Restorative Justice Program is helping to get fresh produce to the food insecure of the region.

Fresh produce is one of the hardest food items to secure for food banks, which is why inmates at the center, located in Charleston, manage a seven-acre “justice garden” on-site, and donate the reaped produce to the SEMO Food Bank.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will hold a pesticide collection event in Perryville next month.

Part of a free program by the DNR, the event collects unwanted pesticides from farmers and homeowners across the state.

Chris Plassmeyer, pesticide collection program coordinator, says a good rule of thumb is if the pesticide has been sitting on the shelf for over a year unused, it’s time to say goodbye.

Lindsey Grojean/KRCU

Yesterday, the Missouri Department of Agriculture announced 16 new initiatives under their MORE Strategic Vision. The platform is aimed at looking for ways to improve issues communities face throughout Missouri with opportunities through agriculture. We spoke to MDA state director, Chris Chinn, on these new initiatives and how they might improve communities here in southeast Missouri.

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