Putting Cover Crops to Work on Your Farm

Cover crops are considered a multipurpose tool by reducing soil erosion, increasing soil moisture, controlling challenging weeds, and over time, increasing commodity yields.  For maximum soil health benefits, cover crops may be combined with no-till or strip-till diversified crop rotations, or possibly grazing the covers with livestock where feasible.
MU Extension publication G4161 Cover Crops in Missouri discusses cover crop options and rotations, and planting and incomes from cover crop harvests. Read and see if cover crops are right for your farming operation.


Emerging Swine Disease Calls for Biosecurity Measures

University of Missouri Extension veterinarian Corinne Bromfield states that U.S. pork producers should be aware of an emerging swine disease.  "Chinese pork producers reported the 13th outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) Sept. 6. It has appeared since August in several locations in China hundreds of miles apart", says Bromfield. Read more from Dr. Bromfield and biosecurity measures you need to consider for your swine operation. Swine Biosecurity Measures


Wildlife Habitat Improvement in Your Backyard and Neighborhood

Creating wildlife habitat around your home can attract different species of interest, such as songbirds, small mammals, pollinating insects and many others. For example, providing supplemental foods for birds can create opportunities for closer observation.

Building birdhouses provides nesting space to attract bluebirds, wrens, purple martins, chickadees and other species. Additionally, planting and managing for an appropriate mix of food and cover plants in proper locations can benefit wildlife, butterflies and other pollinator species.  MU Extension publication G9500 provides information for improving and managing habitat plantings for a variety of wildlife.  Take a look and see what habitat is appropriate for your situation.  Improving Habitats for Wildlife in Your Backyard and Neighborhood

Accessibility and Affordability for University of Missouri Students

The University of Missouri has announced new scholarships for students from neighboring states and the expansion of scholarships for children of alumni.  Border State Scholars, the Black and Gold Scholarship and the Missouri Land Grant Compact are just a few of the scholarships offered by MIZZOU.  Go to  MU Scholarship Opportunities to more information.

Wild Thing of the Week

Whether it crawls, walks or flies, Wild Thing of the Week spotlights a plant or animal living in our world.  Wild Thing gives a brief identification and description about the family that this living thing belongs to. Take a look and see what's wild this week.





4-H: Leaders for life

 4-H Faculty, Staff and Volunteers create multiple opportunities for youth. 4-H project work and related educational experiences help youth explore interests in citizenship, communications and leadership.  4-H Youth report 3 times more opportunities than their non-4-H peers to engage in meaningful community leadership roles. This interest in leadership and community service translates to a 70% greater likelihood of  4-H members to attend college compared to youth participating in other out-of school programs. 4-H is growing the leaders of tomorrow today.  For information on joining 4-H, contact your local MU Extension center. 

NEMO AG Connection Newsletter

The NEMO AG Connection newsletter is a monthly publication containing the latest information from MU Extension Ag specialists in Ag Business, Agronomy, Ag Engineering, Livestock and Horticulture.  Ag Connection is your local link to MU for ag extension and research information. http://agebb.missouri.edu/agconnection/ 

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Gardening season is almost over.   

As gardening season starts winding down, be sure to take a look at the Garden Talk monthly newsletter. Garden Talk is full of information about growing flowers, fruits and vegetables, and includes a monthly gardening calendar and schedule of horticulture events in the region. MU Extension horticulture specialist, Jennifer Schutter, provides up-to-date gardening and lawn care information, so don't miss out on this month's helpful hints for growing fabulous gardens.  Garden Talk Newsletter


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