Website has information for farmers affected by wet weather in 2015

Frequent and heavy rains this spring and summer have resulted in challenges to plant, crop and animal agriculture. This website contains our best information to assist those impacted. Read more

Lawn and garden
Brown patch lawn disease could erupt in yards this summer

This fungal disease of turfgrass loves heat and moisture. As the name implies, it shows up as a brown patch of grass. It kind of tricks the homeowner into providing what it needs.  Listen to the audio. 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
Bridging the gap between science and art

Cameron Christensen listens to the vibrations produced by a bug on a plant at the Summers @ Mizzou camp “The Arts as a Portal to Science Communication.” Credit: Caleb O’Brien, Bond Life Sciences Center Read more

Nutrition and health
Farmers market vendor struggles with arthritis

Gene Langford is a farmers market pioneer. He began selling garden produce 25 years ago. That was around the same time he developed arthritis, but that didn’t stop him from expanding his operation. Read more

Franklin County 4-H'er elected state president

Laura Bardot, a sophomore at MU, hails from Lonedell, a Franklin County town so small that it doesn’t have its own population sign. She studies science and agricultural journalism and animal sciences. Read more

Emergency management
Be prepared for flooded roads

Flooding is a potential threat in many parts of Missouri. And even if your house is not in a flood plain, you may drive through one on your way home.Never try to drive through moving water. 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
BK Bakery changes attitude and keeps it simple

Doughnuts, that’s what the market wants. If 100 people walk in and see we don’t have what they want, they walk out. If I don’t embrace what the market wants, I am counting my days, says owner, Brandon Kelley. Read more

Diseased wheat plagues farmers

Farmers have had a tough time harvesting the wheat crop in the first place, and now disease is making it hard or even impossible to sell. Read more

Check out Show-Me Farm Safety display at Missouri State Fair

Missouri State Fair attendees can learn how to guard against common dangers on the farm and in the home at the Show-Me Farm Safety booth in the Agriculture Building, Aug. 13 to 23. Read more

Website has information for farmers affected by wet weather in 2015

Wet fields have delayed or prevented corn and soybean planting. Farmers are looking at the prospect of reduced yields, stunted growth, and pest, weed and disease problems. Fruit and vegetable producers and gardeners face similar concerns. Read more

Become a Master Gardener

In the past, those interested in becoming a Master Gardener had to attend weeks of classes. But traveling to a bricks-and-mortar classroom is not convenient for everyone. So online classes were born. Read more

Preserve jam, jelly and other sweet spreads with reduced sugar

MU Extension recently updated GH1461, Sweet Spreads and Syrups. This publication explains sugar's role in tasty treats and offers alternatives for those concerned about consuming too much sugar. Read more

Poultry industry hit hard by avian influenza

Following two cases of avian influenza early this year, Missouri has been influenza-free. Read more

Dying of thirst

Wet spring makes plants, trees and shrubs vulnerable to drought. Listen to the audio. Read more

Organic, natural, local: What do the labels really mean?

Consumers may not realize there is currently no broadly regulated definition for "natural" products. Read more

How to calculate the cost per mile to drive

Gaining control of your spending helps you take control of your finances and improve your life in many ways. Read more

Staying hydrated in summer heat

Eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day is adequate for most people. Water isn't the only fluid that will meet the daily water requirements. Read more

Cover crops are alternative for acres unplanted due to rain

Farmers who receive prevented planting insurance payments can still plant cover crops on those fields to improve soil health. Read more

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