Published in Missouri Gardening

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Chris Willow
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University of Missouri Extension
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COLUMBIA, MO – The Missouri Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has been awarded funding for the 2019 fiscal year from The Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program.

The FAST program provides financial and technical support to next generation research and development (R&D) focused small businesses. The program’s goal is to increase outreach focusing on minorities and underprivileged individuals, assist in payments of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) proposals, and encourage new business development, mentoring networks, and commercialization of SBIR/STTR technology.

Only one application may be submitted per state, and grants are awarded based on merit determined jointly by the Department of Defense and the National Science Foundation. FAST endowed $3 million in total funding for the upcoming year. $100,000 was granted to the Missouri SBDC program. 

The Missouri SBDC has held the technology commercialization accreditation since 2005. The program encourages and enhances technology R&D, technology transfer, and technology deployment. Technology specialists also help to assess the commercial viability of intellectual property. This is the first time the FAST grant has been awarded to a Missouri program since 2010. 

Funding is being provided for the 2019 fiscal year, beginning September 30, 2019. For more information, view the official SBA FAST Grant release.

About the Missouri SBDC
The Missouri SBDC helps business owners make confident decisions to start, grow, and sell their businesses. Services are provided to all Missouri counties and the city of St. Louis in the form of training events and one-to-one counseling by appointment. The Missouri SBDC is a program funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and is a partner of the University of Missouri Extension Business Development Program. 
 

Published in Missouri Gardening

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Chris Willow
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University of Missouri Extension
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COLUMBIA, MO – The Missouri SBDC network and University of Missouri Extension Business Development Program are bringing a global business concept to Missouri. Through the use of Stategyzer’s proven process, business will have the tools to overcome competitive, regulatory, and talent challenges. This is essential for world-class strategy and innovation and ensures the success of Missouri businesses.

Over five million business people use Strategyzer’s established methods to strategize, innovate, and grow their organizations around the world. Missouri’s businesses- small, medium, and large- can learn how in just two days.

The Strategyzer workshop was developed by world-renowned author Alex Osterwalder and only offered to the public in Boston, Europe, and Australia. It is now coming to Columbia, Missouri! Leading this exclusive workshop will be David Bland, a co-author on several of Osterwalder’s books.

In a highly interactive and engaging format, participants acquire the tools and processes needed for world-class strategy and innovation.

Attendees learn how to manage innovation, detect and prevent disruption, measure progress, understand business model mechanics, form new business ideas with design thinking, develop value propositions, and more.

Strategyzer Workshop registration is open now at https://sbdc.missouri.edu/events/strategyzer
Dates: November 5 & 6, 2019
Cost: $1,200 (Each additional registrant from the same company is only $600)
Space is limited to 50 attendees

Who should attend:
• Senior executives, strategists, innovation managers, entrepreneurs, consultants, business coaches
• Individuals or business teams looking for hands-on tools to apply to their business models
• Multi-disciplinary teams from businesses with goals of growth, expansion, product development, innovative processes

Scholarships available to businesses that qualify. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About the Missouri SBDC
The Missouri SBDC helps business owners make confident decisions to start, grow, and sell their businesses. Services are provided to residents in all Missouri counties and the city of St. Louis in the form of training events and one-to-one counseling by appointment. The Missouri SBDC is a program funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and is a partner of the University of Missouri Extension Business Development Program.
 

             

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Linda Geist
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University of Missouri Extension
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Story source: Gene Schmitz, 660-438-5012

SEDALIA, Mo. – Leonardo da Vinci might have been describing the last few growing seasons for pastures when he wrote, “Even the richest soil, if left uncultivated, will produce the rankest weeds.”

University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Gene Schmitz says the Renaissance polymath’s words ring true.

“The past one to two years have been hard on pasture stands,” Schmitz says. “Last summer’s drought followed by a wet winter and summer this year has led to a bumper crop of ragweed, foxtail and other pasture weeds. Trying to control weeds and rejuvenate pastures looks to be a major challenge in some areas.”

The first step is to assess what plants are growing in the pasture. If more than half of them are undesirable plants, consider complete renovation.

If renovation seems the best option and forage is in short supply during summer, adding native warm-season grasses allows for grazing and haying flexibility. It also provides important rest for cool-season forages, he says.

Start now for spring warm-season grass establishment. Test soil and fertilize accordingly. “Weed control is crucial in the establishment process of warm-season perennial forages and can begin this fall,” Schmitz says.

This option calls for spraying glyphosate in fall and then seeding a winter annual such as wheat, triticale or cereal rye. Promptly remove the winter annual crop in spring. Apply glyphosate again when winter annuals regrow after spring harvest, then seed native warm-season grasses. Monitor weed pressure in the new seeding and be prepared to control both broadleaf and grassy weeds.

Select the type of forage in a renovation program based on soil fertility, renovation and maintenance expense, and ability to manage different forage types efficiently.

These are not easy decisions, says Schmitz. Poor and weedy pastures may force some producers into hasty pasture-seeding decisions. When deciding what’s best for your pastures, plan and use current information such as soil fertility, desirable forage plant density and the need to fill forage voids throughout the year, he says.

For more information, contact Schmitz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the MU Extension Center in Pettis County at 660-827-0591, or go to extension2.missouri.edu/programs/nrcs-mu-grasslands-project.

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The University of Maryland Extension seeks a part-time Horticulture Consultant to join the Ask an Expert Team at the Home & Garden Information Center located at the Central Maryland Research & Education Center in Ellicott City. Answer gardening, lawn, insect, and plant problem questions of MD residents via a web-based service. Must have horticulture knowledge and experience and be adept with computer software. Hours are flexible (up to 20 hrs./week).

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The University of Maryland Extension seeks a part-time Horticulture Consultant to join the Ask an Expert Team at the Home & Garden Information Center located at the Central Maryland Research & Education Center in Ellicott City. Answer gardening, lawn, insect, and plant problem questions of MD residents via a web-based service. Must have horticulture knowledge and experience and be adept with computer software. Hours are flexible (up to 20 hrs./week).

Story source: Chris Willow, 573-882-2680

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Every year, Missouri 4-Her’s participate in programs that help them develop the skills they need to succeed in their lives and careers. This fall, local Tractor Supply Co. stores continue their long-standing partnership with 4-H for the 2019 Fall Paper Clover campaign to let more youths experience 4-H’s youth-led, hands-on programming.

From Oct. 9 through Oct. 20, Tractor Supply Co. customers in Missouri can participate in the campaign by purchasing paper clovers for $1 or more at checkout. The funds raised will be awarded as scholarships to individual Missouri 4-H’ers wishing to attend 4-H camps and leadership conferences across the country. The total amount raised determines how many scholarships will be distributed following the campaign.

Since their partnership began in 2010, Tractor Supply Co. and the National 4-H Council have generated more than $14.5 million in essential funding. The fundraising effort directly supports numerous 4-H programs in Missouri.

About 4-H

4-H, the nation’s largest youth development organization, grows confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for careers tomorrow. 4-H programs empower nearly 6 million young people across the U.S. through experiences that develop critical life skills. 4-H is the youth development program of our nation’s Cooperative Extension System and USDA, serving every county and parish in the U.S. through a network of 110 public universities and more than 3,000 local extension offices. Globally, 4-H collaborates with independent programs to empower 1 million youths in 50 countries. The research-backed 4-H experience grows young people who are four times more likely to contribute to their communities and two times more likely to make healthier choices, be civically active and participate in STEM programs.

Learn more about Missouri 4-H at 4h.missouri.edu. To learn about supporting Missouri 4-H through the Missouri 4-H Foundation, visit 4h.missouri.edu/foundation

About Tractor Supply Co.

Founded in 1938, Tractor Supply Co. (www.tractorsupply.com) is the largest rural-lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, with more than 1,800 stores in 49 states. Tractor Supply stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and others who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses.

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In this video, Spenser Bradley, an Alabama Extension forestry, wildlife, and natural resources regional agent,

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