Lawn and garden
Emerald ash borer found in St. Louis

Officials with the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently confirmed the identification of an emerald ash borer (EAB) found in northern St. Louis. Read more

Natural resources
The noise, noise, noise, noise

This could be a noisy summer. A brood of 17-year periodical cicadas will emerge in northwestern Missouri, and a brood of 13-year periodical cicadas will surface in southeastern Missouri. Read more

Continuing education, seminars and noncredit courses
MU FRTI's mobile grain bin simulator trains firefighters

If you don't work on a farm, a bin full of grain may not look dangerous. But farmworkers who go inside grain bins can quickly find themselves literally in over their heads. Watch the video. Read more

Community and leadership
Storyteller brings black history to life

Storyteller Bobby Norfolk celebrates Black History Month every month. He brings to life stories that relate to social justice in a way that is entertaining for all ages. Read more

Corn planting delays not a problem yet

Yield does not begin to drop until the first week of May, and then only slightly. Given a good growing season, the opportunity for high yields still exists. Read more

Nutrition and health
Youngsters learn to make healthy snacks

The statewide Kids in the Kitchen program teaches kids healthy, tasty food doesn’t have to be boring or hard to make. Little chefs make their own creations after participating in food and safety lessons. Read more

4-H partnership and movie send anti-bullying message

The story of Marshall the Miracle Dog has inspired a book, a movie and a youth mentoring program. The movie features strong anti-bullying and animal rescue themes. Read more

Emergency management
Laundry packets pack a harmful punch to children

While they may look and feel fun, highly concentrated soap pods cause rapid vomiting, wheezing, gasping, sleepiness, eye damage and, in rare cases, death. Read more

Families and relationships
A new kind of love: Living apart together

Retirees Joyce Huber and Bob Dolliver are among the growing number of adults who are in committed relationships but live apart. They’re known as LATs, which stands for living apart together. Watch the video. Read more

Home and consumer life
Importance of personal financial planning for college graduates

Unfortunately, financial literacy in the United States is not widespread. Most high school students fail a personal finance exam and college students score just 62 percent. Read more

Business and careers
Production Products Manufacturing and Sales Co. — St. Louis City

This firm is probably the country’s largest producer of chemical and biological protective shelters and equipment for our military and allies. These shelter maker tackles Ebola — and the future. Read more

Cool, wet weather makes tree fungus flourish

Anthracnose is a group of fungal diseases that cause dark, sunken lesions on leaves, stems, flowers and fruit of many deciduous trees. Read more

June gardening calendar

Plant pumpkins now to have Jack-o-lanterns for Halloween. Read more

Parents take active role in teens' summer employment decisions

Know where your teens are working, who they are working for and what they are required to do. Read more

June 27 field day looks at managing bobwhite quail habitat

The northern bobwhite was once abundant in Missouri, but intensive farming and other changes in land use eliminated much of its habitat. In the Midwest, bobwhite populations have fallen sharply since the 1970s. Read more

Overdraft protection services

Overdraft protection is an option most banks and credit unions offer to their clients so transactions (demands for withdrawal) will be processed and vendors will be paid even when there is an overdraft. Read more

MSTA announces approved soil testing labs for 2015

The Missouri Soil Testing Association (MSTA) Approval Program is designed to assure that results provided by participating public and private labs serving the citizens of Missouri agree with allowable statistical limits. Read more

New weather station at Lincoln County school

Students, teachers and staff can monitor weather conditions at their school's "outdoor classroom" through a website or mobile platform. Read more

Spring clean your freezer

You might want to thaw your freezer as well for a yearly spring cleaning. Read more

On Memorial Day, talk to children about grief

If you are decorating graves this Memorial Day weekend, that can be a good opportunity to talk to children about grief. Read more

Protecting pollinators in your yard

Most people who are active in caring for their lawns and landscaped plants are aware of and concerned about the decline of insect pollinators, such as certain types of bees and butterflies. Read more

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