TO: Missouri Envirothon Teams
Date: April 26, 2018
Subject: State Oral Presentation Problem
The “Western Rangeland Management” oral component will account for 16.6% of the total score for the 2018 event. It is required that all teams participate in the oral component.
A reminder: Oral presentation materials will be turned in at the Registration area and will be taken to the oral presentation area for the teams.
The 2018 Missouri Envirothon will be held at the Lincoln University Alan T. Busby Farm at 5124 Goller Road, Jefferson City. The farm is located off Highway 54 just south of Jefferson City -- turn east on Goller Road off Highway 54 about 5 miles south of Jefferson City. There should be a green sign indicating Goller Road. Continue on Goller Road until you come to the 3rd driveway that turns right. Turn there and continue down the long lane to the big building.
Missouri Envirothon 2018
Western Rangeland Management: Balancing Diverse Views
· Each team has ten (10) minutes to present their “solution” to the problem statement.
· The judging panel has five (5) minutes to question the team on aspects of their presentation.
· All team members must participate in the presentation and verbally deliver some portion of the disclosure.
· Each team will be required to have a minimum of one or a maximum of two pieces of standard 22 x 28 inch poster board (no foam board or display board) for the visual aid. Photos, charts, text with graphics, pull-outs and/or layer-ups may be used as long as they are attached to the poster in some way, not an extra hand-out. Both sides of the poster board can be used; however the poster board cannot be connected into one big poster. If the visual aid is too large, it may not be used in the presentation.
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2018 Missouri Envirothon
Oral Presentation Question
Missouri has a significant livestock industry that is largely supported by grassland. Livestock and related products account for 50% of the state’s agricultural receipts. Grassland agriculture fits well with the state’s climate and soil resources.
Not only are the grasslands important to Missouri’s livestock industry, but they also improve the environmental quality and aesthetic beauty of the state. They provide ground cover to prevent soil erosion, provide wildlife habitat, and filter pollutants from water.
Because of the importance of grassland, present and future landowners need to understand the wise use and management of this valuable resource as they try to improve livestock production, wildlife habitat and environmental quality. By doing this, Missouri grasslands can be sustainable while contributing to the agricultural economy and natural beauty of the state.
Well-managed grazing lands, along with the carbon sink they afford, the clean water and air they produce, the recreation they provide, and the plants, livestock and wildlife they support, make a major contribution to the natural beauty of the landscape and to the maintenance of a quality and economically sound environment.
There is a large faction of Missouri citizens pressuring the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) to restrict the use and management of MDC Conservation Areas. MDC has been introducing livestock grazing into the management of a few of the Conservation Areas and is seeing positive environmental impacts on the plant and wildlife community. Your team is a consulting firm that has been hired by the state of Missouri to evaluate Taberville Prairie Conservation Area and develop a presentation with your recommendations for the management of this conservation area. Your concerns are:
1. Economic Sustainability
2. Environmental Sustainability
3. Public Perception
Please consider the following resources as beginning research for your recommendations.
Taberville Prairie Conservation Area website
Topo Map of Taberville Prairie
Working Lands: A Missouri Farmer Saves Prairie and Grassland Birds
Best Management Practices for Problem Plants
Sustaining People through Agriculture
Ecosystems, Sustainability, and Grassland Management
Patch-Burn Grazing and Prairie Vegetation