Medical Marijuana and Veterans

Veterans Administration sending mixed messages to vets about cannabis use to treat PTSD

(Missouri Independent) – Despite increasing legal access to medical and recreational cannabis in states across the U.S., veterans face unfair treatment and stigmatization because the U.S.  refuses to recognize marijuana as a viable treatment option.  While the VA has embraced the federally illegal status of the drug, agency policy does not allow discrimination against veterans […]

Fire Truck

Firefighter credits homeowner for quick action in containing flue fire at rural Trenton home

Grundy County rural firefighters were dispatched Monday night to a reported structure fire west of Trenton. Upon arrival, it was discovered that a chimney fire was in progress at the residence of Ed and Pam Johnston at 398 Southwest Elm Lane of rural Trenton. Firefighters observed light smoke with smoldering embers inside the living room […]

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Department of Conservation foresters suggest ways to recycle those live Christmas trees

A live Christmas tree can give your home a one-of-a-kind ambiance during the holiday season. From the natural suppleness of its needles to that majestic stature, to the unmistakable evergreen aroma. But after the holidays are over, it doesn’t mean that your natural Christmas tree needs to retire. It can find a second career in […]

Coronavirus in Prisons

Missouri Department of Corrections implements technology to cut COVID-19 infection rate within prisons

Implementation of three technological innovations in the Missouri Department of Corrections aims to cut COVID-19 infection rates in Missouri state prisons and other facilities. These strategies: Kill the virus in the air Kill the virus on surfaces Detect the virus in wastewater The department now has ionization generators — air purifying devices that destroy 99.4% […]

Medical Marijuana

Department of Health and Senior Services investigates medical marijuana consumer complaint

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is investigating a complaint that a particular medical marijuana product purchased at a state-licensed dispensary this past weekend contained mold growth.  Because of the state program’s regulations including the seed-to-sale track and trace requirements of Article XIV of the Missouri Constitution, all facilities, patients, and caregivers associated […]

Little Bit Ranch in Sullivan County Mo (Milan)

Missouri Attorney General shuts down down dog breeding facility, Little Bit Ranch, in Sullivan County

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office has filed suit and obtained a temporary restraining order (TRO) against Little Bit Ranch, a dog breeder in Sullivan County, for violations of the Animal Care Facilities Act (ACFA) and for operating without a license. The lawsuit and application for a temporary restraining order without notice […]

Flooded Farm Grain Bins

August 30th is sign-up deadline for emergency assistance to flooded farms

Farmers affected by flooding have until Aug. 30 to apply for help from USDA emergency assistance programs, says University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Heather Conrow. The USDA Farm Service Agency provides up to 75% of approved renovation costs, to a maximum of $500,000, through its Emergency Conservation Program, says Conrow, who was part of […]

Cutting Corn Silage

Specialist provides tips to assure quality corn silage

University of Missouri Extension dairy specialist Ted Probert says this is a good time to review management practices to harvest good quality silage. He offers the following tips: Prepare the storage structure. Empty, clean and inspect bunkers and towers for structural damage. If storing in bags, choose and prepare a hard-surface site in a well-drained […]

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Baling wet hay becomes hot news

High-moisture grass baled above 24% moisture can cause spontaneous combustion. Overheated bales can burn down a hay barn. Craig Roberts, University of Missouri forage specialist, said frequent rains this year help grass growth, but it’s been bad for making hay. He’s part of the team on a weekly MU Extension teleconference between state and regional […]