Ice Fishing on Mozingo Lake near Maryville

Missouri Department of Conservation to offer free ice fishing clinic at Mozingo Lake

A deep freeze can bring an outdoor opportunity for hardy anglers. The Missouri Department of Conservation will offer a free ice fishing clinic from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, February 5, 2022, at Mozingo Lake near Maryville. The clinic will cover what equipment and techniques are effective for ice fishing. Tory Mason, MDC fisheries […]

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EPA renews Enlist product registrations with new control measures, providing growers with certainty for the 2022 growing season

The EPA is issuing seven-year registrations for two herbicide products, Enlist Duo and Enlist One, to ensure growers have access to effective pesticide tools for the 2022 growing season. The new product labels, which incorporate robust control measures to protect non-target plants and animals, meet Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act standards and comply with […]

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USDA awards funds to 13 organizations to create livable communities attracting people and jobs

U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Xochitl Torres Small announced that USDA is awarding $3 million in cooperative agreements to 13 organizations. These organizations will provide technical assistance to people living in rural and Tribal communities so they can apply for and access government resources for projects that will attract jobs and […]

Community Action Partnership of North Central Missouri

Audio: Community Action Partnership of North Central Missouri promotes strategic plan for expanding projects

Expanding projects is one of three parts to the Community Action Partnership of North Central Missouri’s strategic plan for the next few years. Executive Director Chris Small reports that, at a national level, Community Action has always focused on helping individuals and families. He explains that, in the last five to eight years, there has […]

Bear Standing on Hill

Missouri hunters take 12 black bears during first black bear hunting season

The Missouri Department of Conservation reports that Missouri hunters harvested 12 black bears during the state’s inaugural bear-hunting season, which ran Oct. 18–27. More than 6,330 hunters applied for 400 permits for the season with the maximum total harvest for the season being 40 bears. “This was an incredibly successful first bear hunting season for […]

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Missouri Department of Conservation partners invite youth to outdoor skills day in northeast Missouri

 The Missouri Department of Conservation, in partnership with the National Wild Turkey Foundation and other local sponsors, invites youth ages 6–15, and their families, to register for a day of FREE outdoor skills instruction at Union Ridge Conservation Area. The NWTF JAKES program, or Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics, and Sportsmanship, works with MDC to get […]

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Learn black bear hunting basics during a Missouri Department of Conservation virtual program September 30

Four hundred Missourians were drawn to participate in this year’s inaugural black bear hunt, slated to open Oct. 18. Those hunters were invited to attend special education programs to prepare for their hunt, but the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is now opening the educational opportunity to the public. Learn about black bear hunting at […]

Tricia Burkhardt

Tricia Burkhardt announced as Executive Director of Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation

The Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation Board of Directors unanimously approved the appointment of Tricia Burkhardt as the executive director of the nonprofit devoted to advancing the conservation and appreciation of Missouri’s natural resources, including fish, forest, and wildlife. Burkhardt replaces Kevin Roper, who retired June 30, 2021, after serving as executive director for five years. […]

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MDC and partners offer deer hunting clinic for youth with terminal, chronic illness

The Missouri Department of Conservation, in partnership with Missouri Disabled Sportsmen, the Outdoor Dream Foundation, Dead End Game Calls, and the Rest Inn Him Lodge and Retreat Center, will offer a unique opportunity for youth with terminal or chronic illnesses to participate in a hunting clinic and mentored deer hunt this fall in northeast Missouri. […]

Dunn Ranch Prairie

Celebrate grasslands at Prairie Day on September 11 at Dunn Ranch Prairie near Eagleville

Native warm-season grasses and wildflowers retain a place in Northwest Missouri pastures because they benefit cattle forage, scenery, and wildlife habitat. The Missouri Department of Conservation and The Nature Conservancy invites the public to enjoy grasslands at a free Prairie Day event on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, at Dunn Ranch Prairie and Pawnee Prairie west […]

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USDA accepts 2.8 million acres for the Conservation Reserve Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has accepted 2.8 million acres in offers from agricultural producers and private landowners for enrollment into the Conservation Reserve Program in 2021. This year, almost 1.9 million acres in offers have been accepted through the General CRP Signup, and USDA’s Farm Service Agency has accepted over 897,000 acres for enrollment […]

Prairie Day in Bethany

Missouri Department of Conservation to host free Prairie Day event September 11 at Dunn Ranch near Bethany

A free Prairie Day event on Saturday, Sept. 11, at Dunn Ranch Prairie and Pawnee Prairie west of Bethany in Harrison County. Bison tours and grassland conservation exhibits will be among the activities hosted by the Missouri Department of Conservation, The Nature Conservancy, and the Loess Hills Missouri Master Naturalists. Prairie Day celebrates the grazing […]

Monarch Bioenergy Gas Plant on Smithfield Farm

Smithfield’s natural gas project implements manure-to-energy technology across northern Missouri’s hog farms

Monarch Bioenergy, a joint venture between Smithfield Foods, Inc. and Roeslein Alternative Energy, has finished installing manure-to-energy technology on nearly all of Smithfield’s Northern Missouri hog finishing farms. The new technology captures methane emissions and converts them into carbon-negative renewable natural gas to power homes, vehicles and businesses. “We are delighted to reach this exciting milestone, which is a significant step toward […]

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Blunt sponsors bipartisan senate effort to protect wildlife

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Martin Heinrich (N.M.) introduced the bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) of 2021 to invest in proactive, on-the-ground conservation work led by states, territories, and Tribal nations to support the long-term health of fish and wildlife habitat all across America. “Missouri is home to some of the best hunting, […]

Map of The Border Wall in Arizona & New Mexico July 2021

Group says border wall map reveals damage to landscape and migration routes

A newly-released map identifies portions of the U.S.-Mexico border wall built by the Trump administration, and for conservation groups and wildlife advocates, it is alarming. The Biden administration halted construction and said it will use federal funds to assess the damage caused by the new, higher walls. Myles Traphagen, borderlands program coordinator for the Wildlands Network who created […]

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Landowners and tenants invited to respond to 2021 Missouri rental rate survey

Landowners lease roughly 35% of Missouri crop, pasture, and woodland acreage to renters every year. Rented acreage has increased in recent years as more land has transitioned to the next generation, interest rates have incentivized land investments, and interest in carbon markets and working land conservation has grown, said Ben Brown, extension economist with the […]

Wild Turkey in field

Missouri Department of Conservation on Missouri’s wild turkey population

Interested in learning more about Missouri’s wild turkey population? Curious how fall harvest is affecting turkeys? The Missouri Department of Conservation’s Wild Turkey Biologist Reina Tyl is myth-busting and shedding light on wild turkey population trends for hunters, landowners, and managers. WHY AM I SEEING FEWER TURKEYS ON THE LANDSCAPE? “The number of turkeys we […]

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Motorists may have to contend with armadillo’s on northern Missouri roads

Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox advises of another creature and a potential hazard for motorists, especially motorcyclists. The sheriff’s office found an adult armadillo as road kill on the side of Highway 36 east of Chillicothe on June 9.  Cox says neither he nor officers with the department have seen armadillos in the area before […]