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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

Lawn and garden
2015 is the year of the coleus

Mention coleus to most gardeners and mental images of shade-loving plants with colorful leaves come to mind. This colorful yet durable plant adapts well to a wide range situations. 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

Natural resources
Harvesting timber can provide multiple benefits

A standing tract of timber can bring anywhere from $300 to $700 per acre. Harvesting is a selective process of removing mature trees. About half of the volume can be removed in a sustainable manner. 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
Save part of your tax refund

The nonprofit organization America Saves suggests a 30-40-30 plan for the past, present and future: Designate 30 percent of your refund to pay off debt and catch up on outstanding bills. Watch the video. 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

Time to kill toxic fescue, when grass grows strong

Pasture renovation to plant new novel-endophyte fescue is a long process. Mid-May is time to start spray-smother-spray controls. Read more

May gardening calendar

Pinch azaleas and rhododendron blossoms as they fade. Double flowered azaleas need no pinching. Read more

Extra morels? Freeze them!

The most important rule of mushroom hunting is to know precisely and positively what you're after. Read more

FilmFest 4-H brings imagination to life

Actors, filmmakers, stagehands and film lovers will gather in St. Louis for the fifth national FilmFest 4-H, June 14-17. Read more

Family Impact Center celebrates anniversary with free food and games

The open house, May 13, at 105 E. Ash St., celebrates serving more than 1,000 people since its grand opening in May 2014. The two most popular services are MedZou and free tax help through VITA. Read more

Hay made in May is better any day

April showers that drive corn farmers crazy make better grass, and hay, for livestock farmers. Read more

Test pressure canner gauges and prepare for home canning

Spring is here, which means it is time to get canning supplies and equipment checked and ready to use. It's also a good time to brush up on safe canning techniques. Read more

Give a listen

On April 30 to May 2, MU Extension partners with the St. Louis Storytelling Festival. For 36 years and counting, this largest free storytelling festival in the world has been telling tales. Read more

Many farmers switching from corn to soybeans

A lot of farmers may be switching to soybeans because of the high cost of growing corn. Read more

WaterSense: Making every drop count

You can save water and energy, help the environment and keep money in your pocket with a few simple changes to use water more efficiently. Read more

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