Tai Chi for arthritis and health classes offered

    MU Extension offers Tai Chi for Arthritis and Health classes online for the first time in Crawford and Dent Counties. Tai Chi instruction has been offered face to face in our region for the past year. To reach more of the public and follow COVID-19 health precautions the class will be converted to a live online instructor format using the video meeting platform Zoom in its next class on June 29th. Nutrition and Health Specialist Rachel Buenemann leads the sessions and reports they are a great opportunity to build muscular strength as well as increase mental focus and social connection.

ECC sees increase in number of spring graduates

    East Central College conferred 342 degrees and certificates to spring semester graduates, an increase of nearly 12 percent over last year.
    ECC President Dr. Jon Bauer said there were 306 graduates in the 2019 spring semester, and this year’s total is an increase of 11.7 percent.
    “This is exciting news that is consistent with our five-year strategic plan,” he said.

Hitchhiking hammerhead worm kills native earthworms

Some Missouri gardeners are finding a new type of flatworm in landscape soils.
The hammerhead worm is a “voracious, top-level predator,” says University of Missouri Extension horticulturist Kelly McGowan. “It will eat anything in its path,” she says. It primarily feeds on native earthworms.

USDA provides coronavirus aid to farmers

    On May 19, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, announced details for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). The funding for CFAP comes from a combination of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stability (CARES) Act, the Commodity Credit Corporation Charter (CCC) Act and other USDA sources.