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Chillicothe City Council adopts 2022-2023 budget, accepts demolition bid and approves supervised work release program

The Chillicothe City Council adopted the 2022-2023 budget for the City of Chillicothe and Chillicothe Municipal Utilities on March 28th. City Clerk Rozanne Frampton reports it was about a $16.5 million budget. It will begin on April 1st. The council accepted a demolition bid for 1016 Cherry Street. It also approved an addendum to the […]

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University of Missouri Extension to offer free online class discussing spring alfalfa insects

A free online class will discuss spring alfalfa insects and what to do about them from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, March 24, via Zoom. University of Missouri Extension agronomist Pat Miller will show ag producers how to scout for alfalfa weevils, pea aphids, blue alfalfa aphids, variegated cutworms, and stem nematodes. Register for “Scouting Alfalfa for […]

Chillicothe City Hall

Chillicothe City Council to meet on Monday

The Chillicothe City Council next week will discuss an ordinance that would approve the Missouri Firefighters Cancer Award Program. The council will meet in the Chillicothe Municipal Utilities meeting room on February 28, 2022, at 5:30 pm. The agenda also includes annual service reports from the University of Missouri Extension Center, Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce, […]

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Missouri 4-H and University of Missouri Extension launch new crop event

Missouri 4-H youths and volunteers can learn about common Missouri crops, insects, diseases, disorders, weeds, and pesticide safety through a new 4-H Crop Scouting program. The inaugural event is July 19 at the University of Missouri’s Bradford Farm, about 8 miles east of Columbia. “Missouri 4-H is very excited to be bringing state-level opportunities to […]

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University Missouri Extension farm lease information sessions set for February 10

Landowners and renters can learn about farm leases from University of Missouri Extension specialists 6-9:30 p.m. Thursday, February 10, 2022. Participants can attend via Zoom or in person at one of six locations across the state, says Joe Koenen, MU Extension agriculture business specialist and longtime presenter on farm leases. “Open communication is the key,” […]

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With high fertilizer prices, are you better off buying fertilizer or supplemental hay?

Increases in fertilizer prices add to the cost of growing forage for grazing. This leads farmers to ask if they should buy hay or fertilizer, says University of Missouri Extension nutrient management specialist John Lory. Comparing the benefits of buying hay vs. applying fertilizer for better yields is complicated, but it is crucial to the […]

Master Gardener

New online Master Gardener training begins on January 19

Gardening is an activity with many rewards, said David Trinklein, state horticulture specialist for the University of Missouri Extension. “One of them is the satisfaction of sharing your plant knowledge with others. The Master Gardener program was initiated to do just that,” Trinklein said. Its motto, “helping others learn to grow,” emphasizes service to others […]

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Survey finds Missouri land values increased across the board in 2021

Landowners who purchased Missouri property in 2021 paid more for land than buyers who purchased land in 2020, according to the latest Missouri Farmland Values Opinion Survey report from the University of Missouri Extension. Agricultural economist Ray Massey, who led the survey, projects the upswing in land values will continue. He says higher land values […]

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MU Extension to hold two-day feedlot school in Trenton

The University of Missouri Extension will hold a feedlot school on January 13 and January 14, 2022, at North Central Missouri College in Trenton. MU Extension beef nutritionist Eric Bailey says MU Extension specialists will present the “ins and outs of feeding cattle in Missouri.” There is renewed interest in feedlots due to new packing […]

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Dr. Cindy Wells is new director for NCMC’s Talent Search Program

Dr. Cindy Wells from Guilford, MO, has recently been named the Director for the NCMC TRIO Talent Search program. Dr. Wells holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia and has vast experience working with youth. Prior to her new role, Dr. Wells was the Youth Development […]

Wellness Challenge

University of Missouri Extension announces “Winter Wellness Challenge”

The University of Missouri Extension offices in Linn, Macon, and Randolph counties will host a free self-led wellness challenge to help individuals stay active this winter. The Winter Wellness Challenge runs from December 21, 2021, through March 22, 2022.  Participants will receive a mental, physical, and nutritional health Bingo card listing activities. Anyone who completes […]

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Audio: All about what is taking place at the Missouri Livestock Symposium in Kirksville this weekend

The livestock symposium in Kirksville is coming up this Friday and Saturday with activities scheduled at the Kirksville Middle School. A variety of speakers and sessions are planned. MU Specialist Valerie Tate of Linn County reviews some of the speakers and sessions:     Valerie Tate of the University of Missouri Extension office in Linn […]

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Calving clinics rescheduled for December 14 and December 16

The University of Missouri Extension will hold calving clinics on December 14 in Salisbury and December 16 in Clark. MU Extension livestock specialist Heather Conrow says the clinics include classroom sessions and hands-on training. She also encourages 4-H and FFA youths ages 12 and up to attend. The clinics teach producers when and how to […]

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Managing potassium and phosphorus when prices are high

Farmers understand fertilizer prices fluctuate with time. “We are living through a substantial shift in potassium and phosphorus prices, from low prices in the 2020 growing season to the highest prices in the past decade for fertilizer purchased now for the 2022 growing season,” says John Lory, University of Missouri Extension nutrient management specialist. A […]

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University of Missouri Extension to offer farm tax workshops

The University of Missouri Extension will offer free workshops in December to help farmers and ranchers with tax-related issues. The workshops will be held in several locations on December 1 and 2, 2021, from 6:15 to 8:30 in the evening. Area locations for December 1 include the Mercer County Extension Center of Princeton, Forage Systems Research Center […]

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Uncertain nitrogen prices and supplies may affect application timing

Rising nitrogen prices, uncertain spring supplies, and unseasonably high temperatures may push farmers to apply nitrogen outside of their normal application windows, says University of Missouri Extension nutrient management specialist John Lory. “We may be in unprecedented times with respect to nitrogen management decisions for the 2022 growing season,” says Lory. “Nitrogen pressures for 2022 […]