Even in the era of COVID-19, Master Gardener learning options continue to grow.
Following discussions with local health departments and advisory boards, all educational field days offered by the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) Agricultural Research Centers, except one, will be hosted virtually this year. The Graves-Chapple Research Center, located near Rock Port, Mo., is the only Research Center that will host an in-person field day and will follow all CDC guidelines for social distancing. These decisions were made locally at each Research Center.
University of Missouri Extension invites Meramec region residents to register for the fall 2020 Neighborhood Leadership Academy (NLA), a leadership training focused on community building principles. Created in 2002, Neighborhood Leadership Academy provides in-depth training that emphasizes community building strategies, project planning, organizational leadership and management practices, and personal leadership skills.
An astonishing photo featuring a rural Missouri barn standing strong following a storm is the Best in Show for the 2020 Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest, hosted by the Missouri Department of Agriculture. The photograph, submitted by Christine Peper of Jefferson City, Mo., was chosen from nearly 1,000 photos submitted by amateur photographers from across Missouri.
Japanese beetle populations are peaking throughout the state just as corn is silking, says University of Missouri Extension field crops entomologist Kevin Rice.
Japanese beetles cause severe economic losses on farms and disappointment in home gardens.
Starting this fall, Missouri 4-H will be able to reach more youths and families across the state through an easy-to-use online learning platform called Canvas that brings 4-H project-based learning directly into the home.