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Ag census deadline extended to July 30

The deadline for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2017 Census of Agriculture has been extended to July 30. Forms can be returned by mail or securely submitted online. University of Missouri Extension economist Ryan Milhollin says federal, state and local governments, as well as agribusinesses, researchers, trade associations and others, use the data to serve

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Warning: Poison ivy alert

by Francis Skalicky/Missouri Department of Conservation Here’s a head-scratcher: If you see an abundance of poison ivy growing in various places in summer, does that make it a “good year” or a “bad year” for poison ivy? Regardless of which side of this discussion you lean towards, there’s one thing all people can agree on

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Fire ants: The sting of buying hay south of the state

Missouri livestock producers may be looking south for hay due to concerns over predicted hay shortages. Buyer beware of red imported fire ants hitching a ride on hay from south of Missouri’s border, says University of Missouri Extension field crops entomologist Kevin Rice. This invasive species attacks native insects, birds, reptiles and small animals. When

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Managing Johnsongrass

Johnsongrass is listed as a noxious weed by the Missouri Department of Agriculture, which requires landowners to take steps toward controlling the weed on property they own or have under their control. “Grass weeds are difficult to control in pasture, but there are a few things that can be done to manage this weed,” said

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Counterfeit goods

Imagine getting a great deal on a jersey featuring your favorite sports team or athlete, only to receive an item that feels cheap, has a logo that’s slightly off or even misspells the athlete’s name. Worse yet, imagine that it wasn’t a bargain at all – imagine that you paid top dollar for such an

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May 2018 set to make history as warmest on record

May 2018 is set to go down in history as the warmest on record in Missouri, and perhaps the nation, said University of Missouri Extension climatologist Pat Guinan. Every day in May charted above normal in Missouri, Guinan said. Many days registered more than 10 degrees Fahrenheit above normal, with preliminary data indicating an average

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Good roads, bridges are vital for rural Missouri

by Blake Hurst We called it the Pumpkin, in honor of its brilliant orange paint job.  We bought it at a junkyard in Kansas, one of those places where a fat guy in a beard and greasy overalls can locate just about anything in acres of truck rims and engine blocks.  We mounted a used

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Hartzler praises SCOTUS Decision to Protect First Amendment

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 7-2 ruling in favor of Jack Phillips in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, fortifying our constitutionally protected rights and acknowledging that the government overstepped its bounds in punishing Jack for operating his business according to his sincerely held religious beliefs. In September 2017, Reps. Vicky

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Missouri prepares for Summer Weather Safety Week

Average daily temperatures in May were warmest on record for state of Missouri As Missouri closes the books on a record hot May, the National Weather Service, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Department of Public Safety are promoting Missouri Summer Safety Week (June 18-24) to highlight the risks and dangers

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ATVs in the wrong hands are hazardous to humans and cattle

All-terrain vehicles account for nearly 150,000 emergency room visits and over 800 deaths each year in the U.S. About 1 in 4 of these deaths is a child under age 16. Missouri in recent weeks has seen a rash of preventable ATV incidents and injuries. The injury rate is likely understated because many ATV injuries

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