WHAT: The University of Missouri’s South Farm Research Center will open its doors to the public Saturday for a day of science, discovery and fun for the whole family.

WHEN: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22. NOTE: There will be demonstrations of several activities from 10 a.m. to noon, on Friday, Sept. 21, for reporters.

WHERE: South Farm Research Center, southeast Columbia (one-quarter mile east of the Route AC/Grindstone Parkway exit off Highway 63).

WHO: MU scientists, students and staff will offer dozens of activities and presentations to the public. Admission is free.

Activities and demonstrations include a Doppler on Wheels tornado tracking truck, exotic animal petting zoo, corn and straw bale mazes, mule rides, cockroach races, equine equipment demo, a portable sawmill, a trained hawk demonstration, Missouri wines and much more. Tethered balloon rides will be available for purchase (weather permitting).

The event is sponsored by the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) at the University of Missouri. South Farm is a 1,452-acre research, teaching and extension center where researchers study improvements in swine, beef, sheep and crop production. Research is also conducted in alternative fuels, turfgrass, forestry and equine care. More than 1,500 MU students get firsthand knowledge in these areas by assisting in research projects each year.

For more information on the South Farm Showcase, visit www.cafnr.missouri.edu/aes/southfarm.

CAFNR is changing the core components of society that impact what we eat, where we live and how we’ll face tomorrow. As the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, we are at the forefront of research and education, working toward global sustainability

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