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

4-H
Learning about fish art, Asian carp and more

Thirty-nine 4-H members and their families participated in a fishing derby, casting contest and skill-a-thon during the annual 4-H Sportfishing State Event. 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

Nutrition and health
Eat a rainbow of food to get the best vitamins

Vegetable gardens, farmers markets and seasonal offerings from the local grocer provide nutrients for good health. Choose from a wide spectrum of brightly colored fruits and vegetables. 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
MU Summer Fire School covers more than firefighting

Water is the firefighter's traditional weapon of choice, but it can also be a deadly enemy. Accidents on the water can and do happen, as well as flooding emergencies. Watch the video. 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
Triple R Recycling started from scratch

A solid waste management grant allowed them to purchase a horizontal baler, forklift, skid steer, flatbed and roll-off truck. Now they have baled paper and cardboard ready to be recycled. 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

World hunger group to attend Aug. 2 safety expo

Representatives of the Food Resource Bank will attend the first Combine Blessing and Safety Expo at the Central Missouri Events Center, formerly known as the Boone County Fairgrounds, in Columbia. Read more

Making safe homemade ice cream

At one time uncooked eggs were used to make ice cream, but now we know in order to reduce the risk of Salmonella poisoning, a custard-based recipe, an eggless recipe or a recipe using an egg substitute should be used. Read more

Genomics enhance beef cattle breeding

Selecting breeding animals on how they look, by phenotype, worked for centuries. Progress in improving cattle was made just on appearance. Read more

Keeping hands clean for summer eating

If hand washing is not possible (no running water, soap, etc.), what is the next best option for cleaning hands before eating or handling food? Read more

Soils workshop set for Columbia, Aug. 13 and 14

Climatic changes are bringing about increased drought events and harder rains, both of which can have long-lasting effects on soil productivity, Read more

MU collaborates with community on audio tour of historic Lexington

Visitors to historic Lexington, Mo., can learn about the town's rich Civil War history through an audio walking and driving tour created through Extension's Community Arts Program. Watch the video. Read more

Aerial drone may become crop pest scout

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) carrying a video camera can spot an outbreak of aphids or leafhoppers not seen from the fence row. Read more

Know which foods to pitch after a power outage

If your electricity is out for more than two hours, it is important to know how to make sure the foods in your refrigerator and freezer are safe. Read more

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