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  • Monday, Aug. 3, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Free school supplies, health screenings and haircuts for students entering grades K-12 are offered at the ninth Boone County Back-to-School Health Fair, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 8 at University of Missouri Extension’s Family Impact Center, 105 E. Ash, Columbia.
  • 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.
  • Friday, July 31, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – At the end of July, Missouri fell a few raindrops shy of having the wettest May to July on record. Before the final tally of the average, the rain totaled 22.41 inches. The wet record was only 0.14 inch more at 22.55 in 1981.
  • 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.
  • Friday, July 24, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Too much rain this spring and summer has given Missouri farmers unprecedented challenges, say University of Missouri Extension agriculture specialists.
  • Thursday, July 23, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Sharing is at the heart of the Master Gardener program.
  • Thursday, July 23, 2015
    SEDALIA, Mo. – Missouri State Fair attendees can learn how to guard against common dangers on the farm and in the home at the Show-Me Farm Safety booth in the Agriculture Building.
  • 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. – Joplin-based registered nurse Kris Drake has been recognized by the Missouri Council for Activity and Nutrition (MOCAN) for her outstanding efforts to improve health and well-being in her workplace and community.
  • 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.
  • Thursday, July 9, 2015
    MOBERLY, Mo. – It’s summertime at the ballpark and swimming pool.
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  • 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. – Rain continues to reign in Missouri’s corn and soybean fields.
  • 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. – A 12-year member of the Rockford Rebels 4-H Club was named the new State 4-H Council president at the recent 4-H Congress in Columbia.
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  • Thursday, June 18, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The worse corn looks now, the more it needs nitrogen fertilizer to boost yields, says a University of Missouri plant scientist.
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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
  • Friday, June 5, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Your beautiful tomato plant is setting fruit and soon has nice green tomatoes. Then, to your horror, a dark, sunken spot shows up at the bottom of the fruit. You might think an insect or disease has attacked your plant. But that’s not the case. It’s actually a physiological disorder called blossom-end rot that is caused by a calcium imbalance.
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  • Friday, June 5, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Golfers competed for charity at the sixth annual Missouri 4-H Foundation Clover Classic Golf Tournament, June 2 at A. L. Gustin Golf Course in Columbia. Co-presenting sponsors were Monsanto, The Climate Corp. and Great American Insurance-Crop Division.
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  • 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. – A sale of fall-calving Show-Me-Select replacement heifers had a warm welcome in northern Missouri. The 103 bred beef heifers averaged $2,845 at F&T Livestock Market, Palmyra, May 30.
  • 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.
    Media available: photo
  • 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.
    Media available: audio; photo
  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015
    MARSHALL, Mo. – You’ve got your diploma in hand. Hopefully, you’ll have a paycheck in hand soon.
  • Thursday, May 21, 2015
    ST. LOUIS, Mo.– The emerald ash borer has officially arrived in the city of St. Louis.
    Media available: photos
  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015
    MOSCOW MILLS, Mo. – Students at the Lincoln County R-III Ninth Grade Center are learning about the weather.
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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.
    Media available: audio; photos
  • 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.
    Media available: audio; photos
  • Wednesday, April 29, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Farmers and homeowners in Missouri should be on the lookout for the brown marmorated stink bug this year.
    Media available: photos
  • Wednesday, April 22, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Cattle prices remain high, though they are down from the record set last October. Beef prices, however, are still breaking records at the grocery store, University of Missouri Extension agricultural economist Ron Plain told the 2015 MU Spring Ag Marketing Outlook Conference on April 22.
  • 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.
    Media available: video
  • 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.
  • Thursday, April 2, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. —Teacher Teri Walden and physician Becky Llorens met a couple of years ago and bonded over a common concern. Each has an autistic young adult son seeking work.
    Media available: audio; photos; video
  • 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.
    Media available: photos; video
  • Friday, March 13, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– The University of Missouri has announced its participation in the recently launched National Land-grant Impacts website, http://landgrantimpacts.tamu.edu, a centralized resource that highlights teaching, research and extension efforts by land-grant universities.
  • Friday, March 13, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – This is the first year that the Affordable Care Act will require some businesses to offer health insurance.
    Media available: photos
  • 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, Feb. 18, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Missouri sorghum growers may find white sugarcane aphids gumming up harvest equipment and reducing yields this fall, says University of Missouri Extension entomologist Wayne Bailey.
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  • 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.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Crop prices have fallen sharply while livestock prices have reached record levels in 2014. Next year could see some moderation in livestock prices and continued low crop prices.
  • 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.
    Media available: video
  • 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.
    Media available: photo; video
  • 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.