Community and leadership
MU students roll up their sleeves to help those in need

As part of its centennial, MU Extension partnered with Mizzou Alternative Breaks, a group of students who donate weekends, holidays and spring break to go into a community to serve a need. Watch the video. Read more

Continuing education, seminars and noncredit courses
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute offers new courses

Winter session begins on Tuesday, Jan. 20. Join us for the Osher at Mizzou 2015 Winter Session. Courses are designed to complement the interests, concerns and lifestyles of the over-50 adult. Read more

Agriculture
Soybean test yields strong

Some 86 bushel per acre yields reported. Demand remains strong for soybean, which brought $10 per bushel in November, up from $9.49 in October. Read more

Nutrition and health
Sweet potatoes are healthy and tasty

It’s that time of year when many people are harvesting their sweet potatoes. As you dig those tasty roots from the ground, it’s hard not to think of that special sweet potato casserole that is a fall favorite. Read more

4-H
A stitch in 4-H time

Jenny Doan joined 4-H and learned to sew and quilt. Decades later, in 2008, she and her husband and children stitched together Missouri Star Quilt Co. of Hamilton. Read more

Lawn and garden
Garden journal and calendar available from MU Extension

There are many steps to creating a beautiful, productive garden. Our new publication helps both beginning and experienced gardeners. Watch the video. Read more

Emergency management
Can the woolly bear caterpillar predict the weather?

The woolly bear caterpillar often called the “weather worm,” is said to predict what Old Man Winter has in store. Folklore says the narrower the reddish-brown band on the caterpillar, the more severe the winter. Read more

Natural resources
Controlling nuisance aquatic vegetation

Aquatic plants are important components of the ecosystem of a pond or lake. Aquatic vegetation provides food and cover for fish and beneficial invertebrates. Read more

Families and relationships
Eating at home benefits families

Busy lifestyles disrupt family time, with 43.1 percent of meals eaten outside of the home in 2012. Studies show that families that eat together reap many benefits. Read more

Home and consumer life
A slice of advice on picking the perfect apple

Not to upset the apple cart, but not all apples are created equal for pie-making. It’s as American as apple pie to ponder which of the 7,500 varieties is the right pick for your fall dessert. Read more

Business and careers
LMG Construction Services, LLC of Kansas City a success

Lisa Garney's CV reads like a superheroine's: Construction supervisor and jack-of-most trades, attorney, pilot, White House intern, London School of Economics graduate and more. Read more

Tiptoe through the history of mistletoe

Hanging mistletoe is a holiday tradition around the world. But have you ever wondered why we steal a kiss because we're standing under some shrubbery? Listen to the audio. Read more

Great Plains Growers Conference coming to St. Joseph, Jan. 8-10

This three-day conference, aimed at beginning and seasoned growers, will showcase educational information from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota. Read more

Give the gift of health

Although we can't actually give or guarantee good health, we can at least encourage one another toward healthier choices. Read more

Holidays can be lonely for some

Merriment of the season sometimes highlights loneliness and loss of a loved one through death, illness, distance or broken relationship. Read more

Simply perfect holidays are simple, but not necessarily perfect

In a word, simplify. Everything doesn't have to be perfect. Read more

Land prices peaking; cattle still on the rise

Farmland prices depend on interest rates and returns that can be generated by that land. Interest rates are steady but returns per acre have declined as crop prices have dropped. Read more

Picking pretty poinsettias

Originally from Mexico, poinsettia is the most popular potted plant in the United States. Every year poinsettia sales contribute more than $200 million to the U.S. economy, and in a very short time. Read more

Holiday survival tips for people with diabetes

Holiday stress and bountiful food can wreak havoc, leading to impulse eating and risky blood sugar levels. Read more

Tips for staying healthy

It seems like there's always something that can make us sick or prevent us from feeling our best. Here are some important tips for staying healthy. Read more

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