The need to abide by spring’s timetable and produce food for the table doesn’t wait for crisis to pass. Continued field crop, forage and animal production are essential not only for the nutrients they provide but also for the economic, mental and spiritual health they return to us and our communities. During this crisis, MU Extension is dedicated to continuing its service through the safety directives of social distancing and stay at home orders.

To bridge the distance divide of our regular in-person activities such as site visits, plant diagnostic lab submissions, seminars, field days and demonstrations, weekly “Town Hall” meetings focused on Missouri production agriculture will be held using the Zoom remote conferencing platform.

The meetings will be held on Wednesdays. from 1:30-2:30 p.m., they will focus on forage/livestock production. A second meeting will follow from 2:30-3:30 p.m. and focus on field crops. MU regional and state specialists will present the most current information, and conduct a question and answer session regarding seeding and growing practices, fertility and pest management, and operating safely in this COVID-19 environment.

Register for these weekly conference at https://ipm.missouri.edu/TownHalls, by providing your name, county, email address and question (optional).

You will be emailed directions on how to attend, either through a URL linking to the Zoom platform, or with a call-in phone number. Questions should be submitted beforehand either during registration or in an email sent to the regional extension specialist/county office, or while in the meeting via the Zoom chat interface.

For more information, contact Valerie Tate, field specialist in agronomy for University of Missouri Extension in Linn County by email at tatev@missouri.edu. MU Extension programs are open to all.

Valerie Tate is a field specialist in agronomy for the University of Missouri Extension in Linn County.