South Farm Showcase celebrates 10 years

9 months 3 weeks 4 days ago October 01, 2016 Oct 1, 2016 Saturday, October 01 2016 Saturday, October 01, 2016 7:53:00 AM CDT in News
By: Alyssa Salcido, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA — Oct. 1 The University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources hosts the tenth annual South Farm Showcase.

Director of Resource Management, Dusty Walters said it all started because of the Dean of the college, Thomas Payne. 

“Ten years ago he brought this idea with him from Ohio, he’s the one who started it and really got it going,” Walters said.

The showcase hosts a variety of different activities for all ages. New this year is pink pumpkin decorating for breast cancer awareness and a horse plow demo.

“The children’s favorite activities always seem to be the cockroach races and mazes,” said Director of Field Operations, Tim Reinbott. 

But the South Farm Showcase is meant to be educational too. Reinbott said it’s extremely important for the public to understand what they do.

“Well the public is who we work for, everything we do is for them, and if they don’t understand what we do, how can they really support us?” Reinbott said. “So really, this is a way that we can gain support from our local community because we are in their own backyard, and most of them don’t even know what we do.”

Reinbott said agriculture is in all aspects of our lives, and the more the public understands, the more they can help.

Reinbott said the South Farm Showcase has grown immensely over the past decade. 

“We started off with a turn out of about a thousand people and only a few activities here and there,” said Reinbott.

“We really do owe a lot of it to Dean Thomas Payne, who is retiring at the end of the semester. He brought the idea here and made sure it continued to grow,” said Walters.  

Walters said the hot topic right now at CAFNR is the Monarch butterfly. Right now, they are in the research stage of the issue.

“We have to understand its flight patterns and its survivability. By doing that, we can make sure that we have Monarch butterflies for the next generation,” said Reinbott. “Right now, we only have a small fraction of what we used to have.”

Walters said they have mainly been focusing on tracing the butterfly’s migration patterns and studying milkweed, the plant which is essential to the Monarch butterfly’s survival.

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - A former University of Missouri student filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Kappa Alpha Order Fraternity, the Alpha... More >>
4 hours ago July 27, 2017 Jul 27, 2017 Thursday, July 27 2017 Thursday, July 27, 2017 9:38:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Local businesses heard plans for the Nifong Boulevard Improvement Project at a meeting Thursday. The project is... More >>
7 hours ago July 27, 2017 Jul 27, 2017 Thursday, July 27 2017 Thursday, July 27, 2017 6:39:00 PM CDT in News
CENTRALIA - Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, joined a bipartisan collective of senators with the goal of ending China's ban on... More >>
7 hours ago July 27, 2017 Jul 27, 2017 Thursday, July 27 2017 Thursday, July 27, 2017 6:12:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The American Red Cross issued an emergency appeal earlier this month for eligible individuals to donate blood or... More >>
7 hours ago July 27, 2017 Jul 27, 2017 Thursday, July 27 2017 Thursday, July 27, 2017 6:10:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - When finding a day care facility, parents expect their child to be taken care of, but former employees... More >>
10 hours ago July 27, 2017 Jul 27, 2017 Thursday, July 27 2017 Thursday, July 27, 2017 3:32:00 PM CDT in Target 8
JEFFERSON CITY - Bus drivers from First Student transportation company say they have plenty of positive stories about their experiences... More >>
10 hours ago July 27, 2017 Jul 27, 2017 Thursday, July 27 2017 Thursday, July 27, 2017 3:28:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – A rally was held to speak out against what some are calling discriminatory polices and legislation, following President... More >>
11 hours ago July 27, 2017 Jul 27, 2017 Thursday, July 27 2017 Thursday, July 27, 2017 2:54:00 PM CDT in News
OWENSVILLE - A deadly accident at another fair is on the minds of several fair-goers in mid-Missouri, but it’s not... More >>
11 hours ago July 27, 2017 Jul 27, 2017 Thursday, July 27 2017 Thursday, July 27, 2017 2:44:00 PM CDT in News
WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Roy Blunt today praised the announcement that President Trump intends to nominate Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback... More >>
11 hours ago July 27, 2017 Jul 27, 2017 Thursday, July 27 2017 Thursday, July 27, 2017 2:07:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — Police arrested a woman early Thursday morning during a traffic stop after she allegedly tried to stab an... More >>
15 hours ago July 27, 2017 Jul 27, 2017 Thursday, July 27 2017 Thursday, July 27, 2017 10:56:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Police took two people into custody Thursday morning following a traffic stop which led to a crash. ... More >>
17 hours ago July 27, 2017 Jul 27, 2017 Thursday, July 27 2017 Thursday, July 27, 2017 8:56:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A tanker truck is hanging off an Interstate 44 overpass in downtown St. Louis. KMOV-TV... More >>
17 hours ago July 27, 2017 Jul 27, 2017 Thursday, July 27 2017 Thursday, July 27, 2017 8:24:00 AM CDT in News
BOWLING GREEN, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a staff member at a Missouri prison has been hospitalized after an inmate... More >>
18 hours ago July 27, 2017 Jul 27, 2017 Thursday, July 27 2017 Thursday, July 27, 2017 7:13:00 AM CDT in News
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on the opening of a new job training and education center in Ferguson nearly... More >>
18 hours ago July 27, 2017 Jul 27, 2017 Thursday, July 27 2017 Thursday, July 27, 2017 7:06:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has signed new regulations on abortion into law. The first-year... More >>
19 hours ago July 27, 2017 Jul 27, 2017 Thursday, July 27 2017 Thursday, July 27, 2017 6:57:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The former chief financial officer of a suburban St. Louis company has admitted embezzling nearly $3... More >>
19 hours ago July 27, 2017 Jul 27, 2017 Thursday, July 27 2017 Thursday, July 27, 2017 6:36:00 AM CDT in News
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — A woman is being sought for questioning in the killing of a southeast Missouri man.... More >>
19 hours ago July 27, 2017 Jul 27, 2017 Thursday, July 27 2017 Thursday, July 27, 2017 6:29:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia’s post office will host a customer appreciation day at its downtown location Thursday. The event will take... More >>
23 hours ago July 27, 2017 Jul 27, 2017 Thursday, July 27 2017 Thursday, July 27, 2017 2:34:00 AM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 76°
2am 74°
3am 73°
4am 72°
5am 71°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

1:37a
Paid Program
2:07a
Today
3:00a
Mad Money
1:30a
Seinfeld
2:00a
Paid Program
2:30a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
America's Got Talent
8:00p
Dateline NBC
7:00p
Masters of Illusion
7:30p
Masters of Illusion
8:00p
Penn & Teller: Fool Us
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld