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Harvesting timber can provide multiple benefits

Asian carp, an invasive fish, is spreading through Midwestern rivers, displacing native species. Commercial fishing the carp could create jobs and reduce the numbers of the fish. Watch the video. Read more

Paddlefish snagging at Lake of the Ozarks

These fish aren't biting. Paddlefish never do. They eat by filtering plankton as water passes through their gills. Watch the video. Read more

What is agroforestry?

Forests and farms may seem like two completely different things, but agroforestry puts them together. Listen to the audio. Read more

High-grading brings down health, value of woodland

Unsuspecting woodland owners selling timber often fall victim to a practice known as "high-grading" — cutting the best trees and leaving the rest. Read more

News

  • Tuesday, April 21, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – “Farmers are just waiting for it to dry out,” says Richard DeLoughery, University of Missouri Extension specialist in Charleston, Mo.
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  • Monday, April 20, 2015
    ROLLA, Mo. – Homegrown heroes can learn about help for beginning veteran farmers during a free workshop Monday, April 27, in Rolla.
  • Friday, April 17, 2015
    LINNEUS, Mo. – A one-day workshop, hosted by University of Missouri Extension in Linn County, helps people get out of the dark about growing mushrooms.
  • Friday, April 17, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – There’s still plenty of time to get corn in the ground and expect good yields, says University of Missouri Extension specialist Bill Wiebold.
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  • Wednesday, April 15, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – April is holding true to its promise of showers. So far, the month has been wet and mild.
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – “Not much crop planting in the week ahead,” said Pat Guinan, University of Missouri Extension climatologist. “Unsettled wet weather is expected to continue.”
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Thursday, April 2, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Don’t add fertilizer to your garden unless you know what the soil needs.
  • 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
  • Monday, March 2, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Selling timber can be very profitable. While it depends on the quality of the timber, prices are higher than they’ve ever been.
  • Thursday, February 26, 2015
    PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. – The Missouri Pollinator Conservancy Program offers beekeepers new ways to protect hives from pesticide drift.
    Media available: photos
  • Friday, January 23, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– A flame flares from a torch near a greenhouse. It’s not there for light; it’s biogas from the anaerobic digester within the greenhouse.
    Media available: photo; video
  • Friday, October 24, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The woolly bear caterpillar (Pyrrharctia isabella), 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. But the width may be a better indication of the previous winter and spring than a prediction of the upcoming winter.
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  • Monday, June 16, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– If you use well water for cooking and drinking, you should regularly test the water for contamination, says a University of Missouri Extension water quality specialist.
  • Wednesday, June 11, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– The emerald ash borer (EAB) has been found in St. Charles County, marking the destructive insect’s first known infestation in the St. Louis area.
    Media available: photos
  • Wednesday, June 4, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– The black walnut curculio is a small insect that can have a big impact on black walnut crops.
    Media available: photos
  • Monday, June 2, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– The long, harsh winter coupled with last fall’s drought caused a lot of damage to evergreen trees.
    Media available: photo
  • Monday, April 28, 2014
    WARSAW, Mo.– These fish aren’t biting. Paddlefish never do. They eat by filtering plankton as water passes through their gills. But here on the Osage Arm of the Lake of the Ozarks, paddlefish do put up good fight after being hooked.
    Media available: photos; video
  • Monday, February 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, August 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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