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imageThe National 4-H Council has named Elisabeth Watkins of San Joaquin County the winner of the 2019 4-H Youth
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Story source: Jo Britt-Rankin, 573-882-7828

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri 4-H is partnering with Feeding Missouri in a first-of-its-kind statewide food drive. Every 4-H club in the state is invited to contribute to its success.

Throughout February, 4-H’ers across Missouri will engage in a friendly service competition to see which clubs can contribute the greatest amount of food, cash donations and volunteer hours. The goal is to raise 1 million meals for food banks and pantries statewide.

Through local food drives and events, 4-H’ers will also help raise awareness about hunger and food insecurity in Missouri, where one in five children belong to families that struggle to put enough food on the table.

The idea for the statewide collaboration came about last year during a conversation between Scott Baker, state director for Feeding Missouri, and Marshall Stewart, MU vice chancellor for extension and engagement. Missouri 4-H volunteered to lead the effort.

Feeding Missouri is a coalition of Missouri’s six major food banks that works to provide hunger relief to every county in the state and the city of St. Louis through a coordinated network of more than 1,500 community-based feeding programs.

For more information about the drive and how to get involved throughout the month of February, visit the 4-H Feeding Missouri site.

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pink moth orchid.

Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explain how to grow the moth orchid, a variety considered to be one of the easiest orchids to grow indoors. Read more about Yard and Garden: Grow a Moth Orchid

Published in Missouri Gardening

Media contact:
Lee Ann Woolery
Outreach Coordinator, School of Visual Studies
University of Missouri
Phone: 573-882-8077
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Story source: Lee Ann Woolery, 573-882-8077

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. – The University of Missouri School of Visual Studies’ Art on the Move outreach program presents an art exhibition in Poplar Bluff featuring graphic novel and children’s book illustrations by Samantha Edwards, an MU alumna and Kansas City native.

The exhibition is on view Jan. 18-19 during the Missouri Ag Expo at the Black River Coliseum, 301 S. Fifth St., Poplar Bluff. Hours are 1-8 p.m. on Jan. 18 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Jan. 19. Admission to the Ag Expo is $1 for adults and free for college students and youth. The art exhibition is free and open to the public.

Edwards is a children’s librarian for the Kansas City Public Library and a professional illustrator. Currently, she is working on a humorous juvenile graphic novel about ADHD and childhood.

Edwards earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing from the MU School of Visual Studies in 2015 and a Master of Arts in library and information sciences from San Jose State University in 2018.

The MU School of Visual Studies (SVS) brings the academic resources of the University to Missouri to communities through collaborative engagements such as the Art on the Move outreach program, in which SVS students and alumni share their art with people across the state. Art on the Move provides hands-on professional career-building opportunities for SVS students and alumni, and plays an instrumental part in recruiting the next generation of SVS students. For more information, visit

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Samantha Edwards, 'Bumblebee Bussing.' Watercolor and colored pencil, 2015.

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Patrick Hatting has joined Iowa State University Extension and Outreach as a farm management specialist, working with farmers in southwest Iowa. Read more about Hatting Joins Iowa State as Extension Farm Management Specialist

Published in Missouri Gardening

Media contact:
Curt Wohleber
University of Missouri Extension
Phone: 573-882-5409
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COLUMBIA, Mo. – Marshall Stewart, University of Missouri vice chancellor for extension and engagement, will be a keynote speaker at the 2019 Ag Innovation Forum on Feb. 14 at the American Royal Complex in Kansas City.

The annual forum, hosted by the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City, showcases emerging innovations in agricultural technology.

Two panel discussions feature researchers from the University of Missouri and Kansas State University, and innovators and business leaders in ag technology fields.

Stewart’s keynote address, “Technology Can Fuel a Dynamic Future,” will explore how unfolding innovation and technology can build a strong future for agriculture and drive economic development across the region. In addition to leading MU Extension, Stewart serves as chief engagement officer of the four-campus University of Missouri System.

Sonny Ramaswamy, former director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, will deliver the other keynote address, “The Vision Thing,” offering a big-picture look at the scope and nature of agricultural innovation in key areas such as genetics, information technology and drones. Ramaswamy is currently president and CEO of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, a regional accreditation agency.

Panel discussions

Promising Research in the Academic Pipeline

-Kansas State University entomologist Brian McCornack, an expert in emerging pest issues in field crops, presents “Understanding the impact of increased productivity on beneficial communities and sustainability of current practices.” 

-Melissa Goellner Mitchum, Bond Life Sciences Center, University of Missouri, will explain plant-nematode interactions, with a focus on soybean cyst nematode.

-Bob Rowland, Kansas State University, and Randall Prather, University of Missouri, will discuss collaborative efforts to detect and control swine disease.

New Technology Solutions in the Marketplace

-Todd Firkins, executive director of commercial operations, GrowSafe Systems, will talk about “New technology to measure and monitor animal health and performance.”

-Donald DeJong, co-founder of Sedron Agriculture, will describe the company’s innovative technology to treat animal wastewater.

-Arsalan Lodhi, founder and CEO, WISRAN explains how Work Intelligence System Running ANalytics (WISRAN) improves worker comfort and equipment utilization to boost profits.

J.J. Jones, co-founder of Roots & Legacies Consulting, will emcee the event.

The Ag Innovation Forum is 1-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at the American Royal Complex, 1701 American Royal Drive, Kansas City, Mo. For details and registration, visit

Event sponsors include John Deere, Kansas Department of Agriculture, MFA Inc., TechAccel, Farm Credit Services of America/Frontier Farm Credit, and Lathrop Gage.

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AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Cotton producers looking for the latest information on cotton production should

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AUBURN, Ala. – Good pruning helps make crapemyrtle trees and shrubs healthier and more productive.

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Purdue Extension and Kentucky Extension will present the 2019 Sheep and Goat Webinar on Feb. 13 to offer
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University of Missouri Extension
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Story source: Teng Teeh Lim, 573-882-9519

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Free biosecurity workshops across Missouri will discuss emerging livestock diseases and how to manage them.

 “Preventing and Responding to Disease Outbreak” is offered in March in Versailles, Springfield, Jackson, Kirksville and St. Joseph. The workshops are designed to help beef, dairy and hog producers and veterinarians, says Teng Lim, University of Missouri Extension specialist in agricultural engineering.

Attendees will benefit from reviews of biosecurity protocols and the experience of speakers on a range of topics, including quarantine, mass mortality management, indemnity and economics.

They will learn of foot-and-mouth disease and the spread of African swine fever in China, says Lim. While U.S. agricultural officials have not documented any cases of ASF in the U.S. to date, the disease spreads quickly from pig to pig through direct secretions, contaminated objects and ticks. No vaccine exists to control the disease, which does not affect humans.

Speakers include representatives from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Missouri Department of Agriculture, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), and MU. They will discuss protocols to prevent and control disease, regulations, written biosecurity plans, how to train employees, and what to do when there is an outbreak.

The workshop runs 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at these locations:

  • March 6, Hunter Civic Center, Versailles.
  • March 8, Springfield Livestock Marketing Center, Springfield.
  • March 13, MU Extension Center in Cape Girardeau County, Jackson.
  • March 15, Missouri Department of Conservation Northeast Regional Office, Kirksville.
  • March 18, Missouri Western State University, Leah Spratt Hall, St. Joseph.

This course has been approved for four hours of veterinary continuing education.

Register before Feb. 27 to receive lunch, workshop materials and a free USB flash drive loaded with biosecurity information. For more information, contact Kristi Perry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. There is a downloadable registration form at

Event sponsors: MU Extension, Missouri Department of Agriculture, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, North Central Extension Risk Management Education, MU Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, U.S. Department of Agriculture/National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and USDA APHIS Veterinary Services.

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