Workshops at Wurdack Research Center successful

    Two recent workshops held at MU’s Wurdack Research Farm in Cook Station, Missouri drew huge crowds and were great successes! The workshop entitled “Managing Forest Resources: Timber Stand Improvement, Forest Farming and Mushroom Cultivation was held on March 10th and then again on April 24th at Wurdack. Attendance was superb, with 47 people attending the first workshop and 30 attending the second workshop. The workshop drew participants from all over the state of Missouri, as well as a few from Illinois.

Missouri Department of Agriculture issues critical stewardship reminder during Pesticide Stewardship Awareness Week

The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced the beginning of Pesticide Stewardship Awareness Week, May 21-25, 2018, by reminding pesticide applicators of Missouri’s Special Local Need (24c) label restrictions for ENGENIA, XTENDIMAX and FEXAPAN for the 2018 growing season. During Pesticide Stewardship Awareness Week, pesticide applicators will see an increased promotional effort by the Department to encourage pesticide stewardship practices and awareness.

May is Mental Health Month

    For many, the peace and quiet of country living is the American dream. But that dream can turn to a nightmare for those who become isolated and disconnected from their communities, says University of Missouri Extension safety and health specialist Karen Funkenbusch.

Ticks can carry many diseases, take precautions

    Tick season is here and milder winters and warm spring temperatures could result in a higher numbers of ticks and tick-borne disease. National numbers recently released May 1 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that cases of diseases transmitted by ticks doubled from 2004 – 2016. In addition, new disease-causing agents that can be transmitted by ticks have been discovered in the past few years. Missouri is home to large numbers of ticks, which means that tick-borne diseases can pose a risk to persons who work or play outdoors.