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  • Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Health insurance agents and brokers who want up-to-date information about the Affordable Care Act can sign up for workshops in September and October.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute makes Columbia one of the top 10 places to retire, according to the August 2015 edition of Kiplinger’s, a Washington, D.C.-based magazine of business forecasts and personal finance advice.
  • Monday, Aug. 31, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Dairy farmers face a Sept. 30 sign-up deadline for the USDA Margin Protection Program (MPP).
  • Monday, Aug. 31, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. — Terrone Jones, a middle-aged father of four from St. Louis, has always been a go-getter. From the time he was a teenager, Jones eagerly pursued odd jobs around the neighborhood.
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  • Friday, Aug. 28, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Thompson Farm, where beef breeding trials started in northern Missouri, will host a field day Sept. 15. The University of Missouri research center is located at the end of Highway C west of Spickard, Mo., off of Highway 65.
  • Friday, Aug. 28, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. - University of Missouri Extension and rural electric cooperatives have teamed up for “Energy in Today’s Classroom,” a two-day workshop at MU to “teach the teachers” about energy production, sources, economics and efficiency.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015
    CAMDENTON, Mo. – Save money, time and stress by planning meals this school year, says University of Missouri Extension health and nutrition specialist Melissa Bess.
  • Friday, Aug. 21, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Homeowners, renters and nonprofit organizations as well as businesses in 16 counties in Missouri may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
  • Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015
    CAMDENTON, Mo. – A University of Missouri Extension agriculture business conference for women is set for Sept. 11-12 at Windermere Conference Center at the Lake of the Ozarks.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – In 45 years of farming, Boone County farmer Robert Brown has never seen anything like the flood of troubles Missouri faces this season.
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  • Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015
    SEDALIA, Mo. - “Making the best better” for generations of Missouri 4-H Club members, 46 4-H luminaries joined the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame on August 15 at the State Fair Community College campus.
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  • Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute opens the fall semester Sept. 8 with a diverse curriculum and a new director.
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  • Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – USDA Rural Development and University of Missouri Extension announced today that Green Hills Heritage Highway (Green Hills) and Southeast Missouri Multi-County Economic Development Committee (SEMO) were selected as Stronger Economies Together (SET) regions.
  • Monday, Aug. 10, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri 4-H shooting sports teams won top honors among at the 2015 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships in Grand Island, Neb.
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  • Friday, Aug. 7, 2015
    SEDALIA, Mo. – Forty-six Missourians will be inducted into the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame at 3 p.m. Saturday, August 15, at Stauffacher Center for the Fine Arts on the State Fair Community College campus in Sedalia.
  • Friday, Aug. 7, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Fungus-infected wheat not bought by grain elevators at harvest may have use as seed for cover crop to protect soil over winter.
  • Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – “Buyer beware” when purchasing carryover soybean seed from online sites, advises University of Missouri Extension soybean specialist Bill Wiebold.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015
    MACON, Mo. – Doris White enjoys life at the Loch Haven Senior Living Community in Macon. She plays piano in the Loch Haven Washboard Band, an ensemble whose members play both improvised music makers—pots, pans, spoons—as well as tambourines, bells and other traditional instruments.
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  • Monday, Aug. 3, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – New soybean varieties resistant to weedkillers 2,4-D and dicamba are expected to be available to Missouri producers next year, pending regulatory review.
  • Thursday, July 30, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Despite heavy rainfall and widespread reports of disease, wheat yields were good at most test sites in the University of Missouri Variety Testing Program.
  • Monday, July 27, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – This year’s record-breaking rain and continued wet weather has led to serious problems in wheat fields.
  • Tuesday, July 21, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – 4-H members from across the state will compete in livestock judging, public speaking and horse demonstrations Sept. 12 at the University of Missouri.
  • Tuesday, July 21, 2015
    HURDLAND, Mo. – Poor eyesight and light sensitivity don’t dim Lee Howerton’s vision for a bright future as farmer and rancher.
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  • Friday, July 17, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – It might sound weird, but all the rain we’ve had in Missouri has primed plants, trees and shrubs for drought damage.
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  • Friday, July 17, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Emily Fulcher came face-to-face with science while dissecting a hackberry gall: “Ewww,” she exclaimed, “it’s peeking out a little bit!”
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  • Friday, July 17, 2015
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It’s important to understand what terms such as “natural,” “organic” and “local” on food labels really mean before purchasing any food product, says University of Missouri Extension food safety specialist Londa Nwadike.
  • Friday, July 17, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Following two cases of avian influenza early this year, Missouri has been influenza-free. Other states have not been so lucky.
  • Monday, July 13, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Record rainfall in the Midwest has kept farmers out of the field, leaving thousands of acres of row crops unplanted due to the weather.
  • Monday, July 13, 2015
    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — Even if you think you’re getting used to the triple-digit temperatures, you need to watch out for signs of heat-related illness.
  • Monday, July 6, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Beef herd owners facing genetic data overload at breeding time can find help. A new website, eBEEF.org, is live, says Jared Decker, University of Missouri Extension beef geneticist
  • Monday, June 29, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension agricultural systems management specialist Willard Downs and Missouri AgrAbility Project director Karen Funkenbusch offer the following tips for farmers and ranchers with arthritis:
  • Monday, June 29, 2015
    WELLSVILLE, Mo. – Arthritis is like Gene Langford’s garden. Hard work, time and the right weather make it grow.
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  • Monday, June 29, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Many Missouri home gardeners made a horrible discovery this year. The compost they worked into their garden soil is contaminated with persistent herbicides.
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  • Friday, June 26, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – If your basement sprung a leak during recent intense rainfalls, you’re not alone.
  • Friday, June 26, 2015
    University of Missouri Extension has resources to help you and your family prepare for and recover from floods and other weather-related emergencies.
  • Monday, June 22, 2015
    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – With an aging population of farmers and producers, preparing agriculture’s next generation is more important than ever.
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  • Thursday, June 18, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Rain and temperatures are making it “party time” for the fungus that causes brown patch.
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  • Wednesday, June 17, 2015
    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo.– Flooding is a potential threat in many parts of Missouri. And even if your house is not in a flood plain, you may drive through one on your way home, warns a University of Missouri Extension community development specialist.
  • Thursday, June 11, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Brown patch is a fungal disease of turfgrass that loves two things: heat and moisture.
    Media available: audio; photos
  • Thursday, June 4, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Are you thinking about replacing your grain dryer with a more energy-efficient model? Or installing an alternative-energy system?
  • Wednesday, June 3, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Students in Butler R-5 School District are getting an up-close look at the weather.
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  • Tuesday, June 2, 2015
    PALMYRA, Mo. – Kent Rupp climbed electric poles most of his working life. He played on his undefeated high school football team.
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  • Tuesday, June 2, 2015
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Floods can devastate property and have lasting effects on a community. In the aftermath, people might not think about the consequences flooding can have on food.
  • Monday, June 1, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – It’s easy to spot a married farmer.
  • Monday, June 1, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The second week of June is when chiggers begin digging into Missourians, says University of Missouri Extension entomologist Richard Houseman.
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  • Monday, June 1, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Rose rosette is a fatal disease of roses. There are no resistant varieties and infected rose bushes must be destroyed, even the roots.
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  • Monday, May 11, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The colorful sweet pepper is the Christmas ornament of the vegetable garden, bearing fruit that ranges from red, orange, yellow and white to purple and chocolate black.
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  • Monday, May 11, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – One of spring’s routine home maintenance jobs—tree trimming—can quickly cut your ability to hear.
  • Tuesday, May 5, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – While not a leading star on the ornamental stage, gaillardia can comfortably fill the supporting actor role in your garden.
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  • Tuesday, May 5, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – “Now is the time to kill toxic tall fescue,” says Craig Roberts, forage specialist.
  • Monday, May 4, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Coleus, which produce exquisite leaves that come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, can add sparkle to any landscape.
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  • Monday, April 13, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– University of Missouri Extension is offering educational programs throughout the state on energy efficiency and alternative energy for the home, farm and small business.
  • Monday, April 13, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Dean Volenberg is a new viticulture and winery operations specialist for University of Missouri Extension.
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  • Friday, April 10, 2015
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Students give fun, healthy snacks an A-plus in University of Missouri Extension’s Kids in the Kitchen program.
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  • Thursday, April 9, 2015
    MOBERLY, Mo. – Spending few hours now on spring home maintenance can save you many hours and dollars later, says a University of Missouri Extension housing specialist.
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  • Wednesday, April 8, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension has an extensive collection of resources and links to help individuals, families and communities prepare for and recover from weather-related emergencies and other disasters:
  • Tuesday, April 7, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Just like surgeons and dentists, gardeners should work with clean tools. Sanitizing garden tools between uses will lower the risk of spreading diseases from one plant to another, says a University of Missouri Extension horticulturist.
  • Tuesday, March 31, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Scout alfalfa now for alfalfa weevils, says a University of Missouri Extension entomologist. Weevil larvae defoliate plants and reduce the quality and quantity of hay.
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  • Thursday, March 26, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– 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. The results can be deadly: Over the last 50 years, hundreds in the U.S. have died from entrapment in grain, including more than two dozen in 2010, the most lethal year on record for grain bin accidents.
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  • Friday, March 13, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – This is the first year that the Affordable Care Act will require some businesses to offer health insurance.
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  • Wednesday, March 11, 2015
    HOUSTON, Mo. – Laundry packets offer loads of temptation for curious children.
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  • Thursday, March 5, 2015
    Asian carp is an invasive fish that is spreading through Midwestern rivers, displacing native species. In this video news story, learn how a commercial fishing industry based on Asian carp could create jobs and reduce the numbers of the fish.
    Media available: video
  • Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
    KIRKSVILLE, Mo.– Farmland prices have likely peaked, but expect cattle prices to continue upward.
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  • Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
    PURDY, Mo.– Dairy farmer Charles Fletcher is a musician at heart. Since switching from a traditional dairy system to pasture-based rotational grazing 17 years ago, he has expanded his operation, increased his bottom line and has more time to make music, playing harmonica with a local bluegrass group called Ozark Mountain Revival.
    Media available: video
  • Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – If your basement sprung a leak during recent intense rainfalls, you’re not alone.
  • Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– When farmers choose one of the 2014 farm bill’s safety-net programs this winter, they are locked in for the next four years. A new online tool can help them evaluate which program is best for them.
    Media available: video
  • Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Dairy producers are coming off a tremendously profitable 2014, and the outlook for 2015 is promising.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Commodity prices both in the U.S. and worldwide are under pressure and likely to remain so for quite a while.
  • Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Ethanol plants are getting more efficient at extracting fuel from corn, and that can affect the quality of distillers grains, a byproduct of ethanol production often used as an economical feed alternative for hogs and poultry.
  • Monday, April 14, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Weed control at spring planting, an increasing challenge with herbicide-resistant weeds, presents extra concerns when temperatures stay low, day and night. Weather bears watching more than usual.
  • Friday, March 21, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – It’s easy to grow lettuce in container gardens, says Kim Martin, manager of Tiger Garden, the student-run floral shop on the University of Missouri campus.
    Media available: photos
  • Monday, Feb. 3, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.–MU Extension has compiled a list of websites, extension publications, news releases and other online resources for coping before, during and after winter storms.
  • Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013
    University of Missouri Extension has an extensive collection of resources and links to help individuals, families and communities prepare for and recover from floods and other disasters. Go to www.extension.missouri.edu/flood.
  • Wednesday, March 6, 2013
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Gardeners willing to put in a bit of effort can jump-start this year’s vegetable or flower garden by starting seeds indoors.
    Media available: photo; video
  • Friday, March 1, 2013
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Spring is almost here, but gardeners shouldn’t be too quick to start working the soil, says a University of Missouri Extension horticulturist.
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  • Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012
    ALBANY, Mo. – Fertility needs following a drought, safely stretching forage supplies and improving soils and boosting yields are a few of the topics farmers can learn about at Hundley Whaley Research Center’s annual Field Day Aug. 29, 2012.
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  • Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The livestock industry is taking a direct hit by this summer’s drought, and that will impact consumers’ wallets next year, says a University of Missouri agricultural economist.
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  • Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012
    NOVELTY, Mo. – Zac Erwin stood by a drought-stunted field of Sudangrass as he talked to wagon-loads of field day visitors at the MU Greenley Research Center, Aug. 7.
  • Friday, Aug. 3, 2012
    COLUMBIA – Soybeans that won’t make a seed crop offer potential high-quality forage for beef and dairy producers. The decision to cut beans for hay won’t be easy, say University of Missouri Extension specialists.
  • Friday, Aug. 3, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Farmers are reporting that in spite of prolonged drought and hot temperatures their soybean plants appear amazingly green for this time of year.
  • Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo – Some heat-stressed cows are delivering premature calves, ahead of normal fall-calving season.
  • Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012
    COLUMBIA — In a striped button-up shirt, black slacks and styled hair, Brandon Banks looks like a typical businessman ready for a day’s work in the office.
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  • Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012
    PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. – Building on more than 51 years of service to the agriculture industry, the University of Missouri T.E. “Jake” Fisher Delta Research Center will host its annual Field Day, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Aug. 31.  
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  • Monday, July 30, 2012
    ROCK PORT, Mo. – From flooding last year to wide-spread drought this season, northwest Missouri producers have faced challenging seasons recently.
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  • Friday, July 27, 2012
    MOUNT VERNON, Mo. – From dealing with drought to beekeeping, the Southwest Research Center Field Day will showcase a breadth of agricultural research and practice Friday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Southwest Research Center, located four miles west of Mt. Vernon Mo., is part of a network of University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ (CAFNR)  centers across Missouri conducting research benefiting agricultural producers and natural resource managers.
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  • Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – A healthy garden starts from the ground up.
  • Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Americans eat 5.6 billion pounds of turkey each year, and all those Thanksgiving meals and other turkey dinners add up to a mountain of feed for fattening out those birds.
    Media available: photos; video
  • Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011
    CARTHAGE, Mo. – People can become victims twice in the aftermath of a natural disaster.
  • Monday, Aug. 29, 2011
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – This year Missouri has seen flooding, severe winter weather and devastating tornadoes. Meanwhile, two earthquakes struck in the U.S. within hours of each other even as a major hurricane moved toward the East Coast.
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  • Friday, Aug. 5, 2011
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Diamond Mack wants to be an engineer, and 4-H is helping her.
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  • Friday, July 22, 2011
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Floods and severe storms can leave more than just people homeless. Displaced snakes, rodents and other nuisance wildlife often will seek shelter and food in areas close to people, said Bob Pierce, MU Extension fisheries and wildlife specialist.
  • Wednesday, July 13, 2011
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – If the leaves of your roses, shrubs or soybeans look like swiss cheese, the culprit could be Japanese beetles.
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  • Monday, June 6, 2011
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Moisture and rising temperatures can turn parts of your home into ideal sites for mold growth, said a University of Missouri Extension housing and environmental design specialist.
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  • Monday, Aug. 16, 2010
    More and more urbanites are getting interested in the Earth.
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  • Monday, Aug. 16, 2010
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Andrew Clarke has a good eye, and nose, for the perfect cured country ham.
  • Friday, Aug. 13, 2010
    Rock Port, Mo. – As its field day approaches, researchers and specialists at the Graves-Chapple Farm are excited to address some of the most pressing ag issues that farmers in the area face.
  • Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010
    LINNEUS, Mo. – Most beef producers never see the loss created by toxic tall fescue pastures.
  • Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010
    LINNEUS & NOVELTY, Mo. – Byproduct feeds from ethanol plants offer beef herd owners a way to supplement bad hay being baled for winter feed this year.