Agriculture
AgrAbility program helps horse trainer begin ride of his life

Zane Volkmann always wanted to be a horse trainer. A serious accident weeks before his senior year of high school slowed his gait, but it didn’t throw him. Watch the video. Read more

Nutrition and health
Food safety tips for shoppers at farmers markets

Farmers markets are a great place to buy healthy local produce and other foods, meet and support local farmers, and enjoy shopping in a fun environment. But shoppers should also pay attention to food safety. Read more

4-H
Monroe County volunteers to be inducted into 4-H Hall of Fame

“The more the merrier. The bigger the better.” That’s the attitude Mike and Julann McLaughlin used to grow Monroe County 4-H’s horsemanship project for more than a quarter of a century. Read more

Lawn and garden
Mizzou Mobile Turfgrass Diagnostic Lab diagnoses on the go

The laboratory on wheels can respond to turf problems on golf courses and sports fields quickly and effectively. Lee Miller, turfgrass pathologist, examines a grass sample from a putting green. Watch the video. Read more

Emergency management
Thunder and lightning

If you hear thunder, lightning is near. Just because it’s not raining, doesn’t mean you aren’t in danger. Most people are struck by lightning before or after the thunderstorm. Read more

Natural resources
Controlling cottontail rabbit damage

Some people enjoy seeing rabbits around their lawns, others wish to keep rabbits away to protect crops, gardens or landscaping. Even those who enjoy rabbits may need to control rabbit damage. Read more

Continuing education, seminars and noncredit courses
Join us for the Osher at Mizzou 2014 Fall Session

Osher at Mizzou delivers courses designed to complement the interests, concerns and lifestyles of the over-50 adult. Classes start Sept. 8. Become a premier member and register today. Read more

Families and relationships
Boost early brain development

Scientists have discovered how early brain development and the parent-child relationship interact to create a foundation for future learning. Here are guidelines to help children build their brain power. Read more

Home and consumer life
Save some green on gasoline this summer

The typical Missouri vehicle uses approximately 600 gallons of fuel and is driven more than 16,000 miles each year. The following tips can help you save some green on gasoline this summer and year-round. Read more

Community and leadership
Boots on the Green supports military families

After Bobby Hutchinson lost his left leg in 1991 during Operation Desert Storm, he thought he'd never play golf again. Then he heard about Boots on the Green. Watch the video. Read more

Business and careers
Pinckney Bend Distillery of New Haven a success

The distillery produces a double gold-winning rested American whiskey, two-time gold-winning gin, gold-winning three-grain vodka, gold-winning clear and unaged corn whiskey. Read more

Extension offers online course for board members of nonprofits

While board members can bring valuable skills and knowledge, they might not be ready to deal with issues such as conflicts of interest, maintaining minutes and other required documents, compensation of paid employees, and proper handling of grants, donations and other income. Read more

Learn to lead

The Community Development Academy is an intensive, experiential, five-day course offered by the MU Extension Community Development Program. Register now for the Sept. 22 to 26 academy. Read more

Annie's Project seminar offers advice on farm succession

Women interested in learning how to pass the family farm down to the next generation can learn from a nationally recognized speaker at a one-day Annie's Project seminar in Columbia. Read more

Dig gardening?

Registration is now open for the fall session of Master Gardener Online Training — a course designed to provide working knowledge of the fundamental principles of plant growth. Classes begin Aug. 31. Read more

Grasshopper numbers growing in Missouri

Farmers should scout and, if needed, spray for grasshoppers. Read more

Scout for striped blister beetles

Toxins are deadly to horses. Read more

Drones draw interest to crop scouting and other new farm uses

Remote sensors can play a big part of farming in the future. Those sensors can be on a 10-foot pole or a satellite 250 miles out in space. Read more

New weather station in Lawrence County

Missouri's newest of 21 automated real-time weather stations recently went online at the Southwest Research Center, near Mount Vernon in Lawrence County. Read more

Entrepreneur helps organize 4-H Build-a-Business Camp

Youth ages 12-18 hear from successful young entrepreneurs and then develop their own business ideas and try to "pitch" or sell them to professionals at the end of the camp. Read more

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