Grant to help Missouri's Amish, Mennonites reduce pesticide use

Thursday, November 5, 2009 | 8:34 a.m. CST; updated 9:42 a.m. CST, Thursday, November 5, 2009

ST. LOUIS — The University of Missouri Extension has received federal funding to help Amish and Mennonite produce growers reduce the use of high-risk pesticides.

The Environmental Protection Agency's regional office in Kansas City, Kan., says the $51,158 grant will help build on Missouri Extension's earlier work with Amish and Mennonite growers.

Last year, more than 200 growers in central and northern Missouri took part in workshops on soil quality, fresh produce storage, integrated pest management and weed control.

Since 2001, the regional EPA office has awarded $461,394 to help farmers adopt better pest management practices.

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