Ticks

Missouri residents asked to mail ticks to university for new study on distribution of tick species

Most people who have ventured through Missouri woods, fields, yards, and other outdoor environments have encountered ticks. These small, creepy crawlers climb on and cling to clothes and skin in search of a blood meal. Some tick species and the bacterial pathogens they carry can also cause illnesses in people. The Missouri Department of Conservation […]

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Missouri sends initial shipment of COVID-19 antigen tests to schools statewide

State officials began shipping thousands of antigen test kits to public and private schools across the state today. Nearly 330 districts/schools applied to participate in Missouri’s BinaxNOW Antigen Testing Program for K-12 Institutions, requesting a total of nearly 583,000 test kits for use among symptomatic students and school personnel. These minimally invasive nasal swab tests […]

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Anglers should take note of regulation change regarding the use of live bait

The Missouri Department of Conservation reminds anglers that a definition for “invasive fish” has been added to the Wildlife Code of Missouri and effects what type of fish is allowed for use as live bait. The definition includes a list of bighead carp, silver carp, grass carp, and common carp. “Invasive fish are not native […]

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Missouri Department of Conservation revises regulations regarding coyote hunting and invasive species control

The Missouri Department of Conservation updated regulations to the Wildlife Code of Missouri regarding coyote hunting and feral hog control at its Sept. 4 Conservation Commission meeting in Jefferson City. The change comes in response to citizen requests to the Regulations Committee to use night vision, infrared, thermal imagery equipment, or artificial light to hunt […]

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Missouri Department of Agriculture asks residents to report unsolicited seed shipments

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has received reports from residents of unsolicited seeds being delivered from foreign countries such as China and the surrounding areas. Missouri’s announcement follows several states who have also reported packages of these seeds being delivered across the United States. Consistent with nationwide reports, the packages were labeled as jewelry, specifically […]

Coronavirus Concerns

Livingston County Health Center announces Curbside COVID-19 testing

Livingston County Health Center would like to announce two free Curbside Community COVID-19 Testing Opportunities in July for county residents at their 800 Adam Drive location.    Testing will be conducted curbside by health center staff, while clients remain in their vehicles.  A specimen will be taken from the lower nostril area, which is less […]

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Missouri could criminalize sex changes and related treatments for those under 18

The Missouri Legislature is being asked to ban doctors and their workers from assisting with or doing sex changes to those under 18. Representative Adam Schnelting is proposing to charge them with a felony and yank their professional licenses for providing gender reassignments, hormonal therapy, and puberty blockers, which are different from surgically changing genitalia. […]

Dicamba

Audio: Bayer/Monsanto to appeal $265 million Dicamba verdict won by Missouri peach grower

A federal jury has awarded a southeast Missouri peach grower 15 million dollars in compensatory damages and 250 Million in punitive damages in its dicamba drift case against Monsanto and BASF. The trial concluded Saturday which meant the gag-order was lifted. Monsanto Attorney Chris Hohn said after the trial, “I think it goes without saying […]

Great Plains Growers Conference

Great Plains Growers Conference set to begin January 9, 2020 in Saint Joseph

The Annual Great Plains Growers Conference in Saint Joseph will offer updates on technology, production, and safety in commercial fruit and vegetable production. The event will be held at the Fulkerson Center on the Missouri Western State University campus on January 9th through 11th. Workshop topics will include food safety grower training, honeybees, drip irrigation, […]

Michael Smith Joins Mosaic at Maryville

Michael Smith, MD, orthopedic surgeon, now seeing patients in Maryville

Mosaic Medical Center in Maryville announces J. Michael Smith, MD, will see patients one day a week at Mosaic Medical Center-Maryville. Dr. Michael Smith is a fellowship-trained orthopedic sports medicine specialist. He brings the latest minimally invasive techniques in the shoulder, hip, and knee arthroscopy to Maryville, along with an extensive background in open shoulder […]

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Missouri Department of Conservation proposes regulation changes to help landowners control nuisance wildlife

The Missouri Department of Conservation is considering changing regulations to help landowners address damage caused by problem wildlife and feral hogs. MDC is proposing the changes in response to citizen requests to the Regulations Committee to use night vision or thermal imagery to address livestock loss caused by coyotes and damage caused by feral hogs. […]

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Carroll County Memorial Hospital offering Vascular Outpatient Specialty Clinic

Carroll County Memorial Hospital will begin offering a Vascular Outpatient Specialty Clinic in Carrollton starting Monday, August 19. CCMH welcomes Dr. James F. Foster III from Kansas City Vascular and General Surgery Group, LLC, to our roster of outpatient specialty providers. He is affiliated with several area HCA Midwest Health hospitals. He will see patients […]

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Penalties increase for poaching in the state of Missouri

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri legislature and governor have taken actions to increase penalties for those caught poaching Missouri game animals and other native wildlife species.  Missouri Governor Michael Parson signed HB260 into law July 11. Called the Poaching Bill, it significantly raises fines for those convicted of illegally taking Missouri […]

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Researchers use UAVs to track insect dispersal patterns

In a paper to be released soon, researchers tell how they used drones to track migration patterns of pests. “This research will help us quickly determine habitat preference and dispersal patterns for newly detected invasive insect species,” says University of Missouri Extension field crops entomologist Kevin Rice. That information can help farmers decide how to […]

Private Pesticide Applicator Training

Private Pesticide Applicator Training to be held in Princeton

University of Missouri Extension of Mercer County will host a Private Pesticide Applicator Training next week. Growers are welcome to attend the meeting in the Hal England Center basement the morning of February 22nd at 8:30 regardless of needing recertification. Mercer County Extension especially encourages growers to attend if their license has expired or will […]

Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer confirmed in Caldwell and Harrison Counties

Foresters with the Missouri Department of Conservation have confirmed the presence of the Emerald Ash Borer in six new counties, including locally, Caldwell and Harrison. Other area counties with a confirmed presence of the insect include Adair, Ray, Clay, Clinton, DeKalb, and Schuyler. Statewide, the Emerald Ash Borer has spread to 59 counties and the […]

Pheasants and Quail Forever

Pheasants and Quail Forever encouraging farmers and ranchers to consider pollinator habitat

With a November 16 deadline approaching, Pheasants and Quail Forever is encouraging farmers and ranchers to consider utilizing a federal program that provides financial and technical assistance to establish habitat that benefits Monarch butterflies and other wildlife. Jake Swafford, Coordinating Wildlife Biologist, said the Monarch Initiative administered by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) […]