Graves-Chapple to Offer Virtual Field Day Tuesday Aug. 25

Each year, the Graves-Chapple Research Center, located near Rock Port, Mo., opens its doors to the public to share research findings and information related to agriculture and natural resources during its field day. This year is going to look a little bit different.

Instead of offering an in-person event, Graves-Chapple will go virtual this year, along with the other Research Centers in the Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station network. Graves-Chapple will offer a handful of online, prerecorded presentations that will be available via the Center’s website and Facebook page. The virtual field day will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 25.

“We definitely didn’t envision hosting our field day virtually, but we feel as though this is the safest decision moving forward,” said Jim Crawford, superintendent of the Graves-Chapple Research Center. “We will miss the face-to-face interactions that are a vital part of what we do. We are excited to have a virtual offering, where we can share our research findings with our stakeholders.”

The Center is still finalizing its speaker list, and plans on featuring timely topics related to agriculture and natural resources. During the virtual offering, the hope is to include a few familiar speakers from the in-person event, and maybe a few that the Graves-Chapple audience hasn’t seen.

“We encourage our stakeholders to continue to have an open dialogue with us here at Graves-Chapple,” Crawford said. “We hope that these video presentations will lead to questions and conversations. Don’t hesitate to reach out to the Center, as we’re more than happy to talk through these virtual field day topics and more.”

Individuals can find the presentations beginning around 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25, on the Graves-Chapple Research Center Facebook page (facebook.com/graveschapple/). Presentations will be posted throughout the morning. The videos will also be posted on a special webpage (graveschapple.missouri.edu/field-day/) on the Graves-Chapple website.

“We appreciate the support for our Center and for our efforts as we attempted to hold our in-person field day,” Crawford said. “We will do our best to provide a robust virtual field day offering.”

Attached photo cutline: Instead of offering an in-person event, Graves-Chapple will go virtual this year, along with the other Research Centers in the Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station network. Graves-Chapple will offer a handful of online, prerecorded presentations that will be available via the Center’s website and Facebook page. The virtual field day will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 25.

Attached photo credit: Logan Jackson, University of Missouri