Business and careers
Missouri's one and only — The BDP statewide network

Our Business Development Program is a multi-program, multi-institution model for an economic development engagement program In the past three years it helped Missouri firms create or retain 24,000 jobs. Read more

Returning veteran, Jeremy Beaver, finds sweet success

Beaver and his family operate Big Beaver Maple Syrup on 40 acres of woods near Mark Twain Lake. In their second year they have tapped some of the 200 maple trees and sold amber deliciousness in a bottle. Read more

Lawn and garden
Plant rhubarb, the pie plant, in March

March is an ideal month to plant rhubarb. The perennial favors cool weather. It produces large, floppy leaves attached to succulent stalks or petioles that grow from short, thick underground rhizomes. Read more

Natural resources
Chipmunks nuisances

Chipmunks may range over an acre, but their individual territories often are much smaller. Two to four animals may inhabit an acre; their population is dependent upon the availability of food and cover. Read more

Continuing education, seminars and noncredit courses
MU FRTI receives new specialized mobile fire training simulator

The system is incorporated with a trailer to make training as accessible as possible. The institute offers 80 percent of its training in the field to meet career and volunteer fire service schedules and needs. Read more

Community and leadership
Welcome to Alianzas

Our program is here to facilitate and promote effective intercultural communication. We form alliances with MU Extension specialists, Latino residents and the larger community of Missouri. Read more

Nutrition and health
Beans are inexpensive, healthy and convenient

Beans are one of the best values around. One cup of cooked pinto beans provides 14 grams of fiber, 14 grams of protein, less than one gram of fat and around 230 calories. Read more

4-H'ers will plant Liberty Trees for National Volunteer Month

4-H members will again partner with Crader Distributing and local Stihl dealers for a week of service and citizenship in April, planting Liberty Trees in communities throughout Missouri. Read more

Emergency management
Reduce your risk of injury or death from lightning

If you see lightning, count the seconds until you hear thunder, then divide by five. This is the distance in miles the lightning is away. Any distance less than 10 miles puts you in danger. Seek shelter immediately. Read more

Families and relationships
Car seat safety

Car crashes kill more children 1 to 14 years old than any other cause, so adults need to know which child safety seats to use and how to install them correctly. Read more

Home and consumer life
Vegetable with an image problem

Beets have been consumed by humans for over 5000 years. The first beets produced long, thin roots. Therefore, it most likely was the leaves of beets that were harvested and used as a pot herb. Read more

Meat cooking methods may increase cancer risks

Charbroiling, grilling over open flame, broiling and pan frying meats can produce tasty meals. Unfortunately, these methods, especially if the temperature is above 300 degrees Fahrenheit, also result in the formation of certain undesirable chemicals. Read more

Plant and eat a rainbow of vegetables and fruits

Vegetables and fruits in a rainbow of colors give the nutrients needed for good health. Read more

Monitoring and management of the brown marmorated stink bug

The invasive Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is currently distributed in 43 US states and 4 Canadian provinces. It is a severe agricultural pest in nine states and a nuisance problem in 21 others. Read more

Palmer amaranth invades about 5 more Missouri counties each year

Its cousin waterhemp remains top weed in state, but likely not for long. Read more

Shady characters that brighten the garden

It is time to plant some bulbs indoors for later enjoyment outdoors. Read more

Senior citizens should jog their memory daily

Research is being conducted now to determine if new brain connections develop with mental and physical exercise. Read more

Go wild! Go green!

Wildcrafting offers free spring delicacies for dinner. Read more

Tax refund advice: Save some, spend some

Refunds are wages you earn throughout the year and should be thought of as hard-earned money rather than found money. Read more

Jump-start your savings

Money is so easy to spend; it slips through fingers like water. Even with the best intentions to put a little money aside every month, we often find there's nothing left when the month comes to a close. Read more

Learn from researchers, industry leaders at Pork Institute

The MU Pork Institute offers a three-day intensive educational program for high school students interested in pork production. Read more

Missouri, Illinois composters join to teach their science, June 21-22

Turning organic matter into compost takes science and art. The finished product enriches gardens and farm fields. Read more

Eating disorders

More than 50 percent of teenage girls are on a diet or think they should be on a diet. Read more

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