Published in Illinois Gardening

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.–University of Illinois Extension's Illinois Grand Prairie Master Naturalists will hold their annual Trails Day Celebration from 10 3 p.m.on Saturday, June 1 at Sugar Grove Nature Center.The event is free and open to the public so plan a family outing and spend National Trails Day outside with nature.

This year we have speakers, special guests and awesome activity stations planned including a visit from University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic for both a raptor session at 10:30 a.m.followed by a mammal program at 11 a.m.Other scheduled appearances include Illinois Weather at 11:30 a.m., Sugar Grove Nature Center animal feeding session at Noon, Miller Park Zoo mammal program at 1 p.m., and ending the day hearing all about the History of the Funks Grove area at 2 p.m.

And no worries, we have many nature-related activities to fill the day that focuses on hiking, nature crafts, honeybees &bird learning, first aid, trail safety, and more outdoor learning activities for both adults, and children.Participants are encouraged to pack a picnic lunch and stay all day to take advantage of as many activities as possible.Think you will forget your lunch?Bring some cash along as we will have food vendors available for the first time this year.

Sugar Grove Nature Center has over seven miles of hiking trails where participants can enjoy the diversity of plants and animals that live in the prairie, woodland, and savanna habitats.Guided hikes will take hikers along creeks and streams where birds and butterflies fly, toads hop, fish swim, herons hunt, and beavers are busy building dams.So plan ahead as you will not want to miss out on this year's "Mystery Trail." Sugar Grove Nature Center is located at 4532 N.725 E.Rd, McLean, IL 61754.

University of Illinois Extension's Master Naturalist program provides science-based educational opportunities that connect people with nature and help them become engaged environmental stewards.For questions and more information about this event, location or becoming a Master Naturalist, follow and click on Find àEvents Calendar or feel free to contact Sherry Thomas, University of Illinois Extension Ag &Natural Resources program coordinator for Livingston, McLean, and Woodford Counties at (309) 663-8306.

You can also search Events on Facebook for Funks Grove National Trails Day Celebration.

Published in Alabama Gardening

On May 16, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a Salmonella outbreak associated with

May 2, 2019

As a component of their Spring 2018 course, the UMass Clean Energy Corps presented their findings this week to stakeholders from the municipalities of Cohasset, Colrain, Montague, Northampton, South Hadley, and Whately, as well as two non-profits, the Drama Studio in Springfield and North Quabbin Harvest Co-op. Faculty and staff from the Building Construction Technology program and the Clean Energy Extension were also in attendance. Working with professor Dr.

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The ISU Extension and Outreach hosted webinar will include information addressing planting options and crop insurance policies and considerations. Read more about ISU Extension and Outreach to Offer Delayed and Prevented Planting Webinar on May 24

Heavy rain can overwhelm municipal infrastructure and lead to flooding that can threaten lives and property. The

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – Bidders were selective at the 40th Show-Me-Select replacement heifer sale at Joplin Regional Stockyards on Friday, May 17.

Bidders knew what they wanted and bid for quality in those areas.

Average price on 240 head from the beef quality program hit $1,717 per head. But that average doesn’t tell the story, said sale coordinator Eldon Cole, University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist.

The top average price of $2,250 went to a lot of five. Those were from John Wheeler, Marionville, for his famed black-whiteface AI-bred heifers. Wheeler has sold in 30 sales.

Cole recalled in recent sales that red heifers with known genetics drew strong bids. Not this time. Bidders went for black heifers or black baldies.

After the sale, Cole did the math. The top five consignors sold 125 heifers averaging $1,998. Those were black. The low nine consignors sold 115 head averaging $1,413. Those were red with some other colors.

That’s a $585 spread, Cole found out.

All heifers in Show-Me-Select sales are from farmers enrolled in the MU Extension heifer program. Only heifers that meet strict rules on management and genetics get the black-and-gold trademark ear tags.

Now, more heifers are bred by fixed-time artificial insemination. That gives small farms access to the best sires in a breed.

Over time, AI gained in superior calving genetics and top carcass quality.

In this sale the AI-bred heifers averaged $1,820, compared to bull bred heifers at $1,620. That’s a $200 premium.

Dave Patterson, MU Extension reproduction specialist who developed the SMS program, says repeat buyers at a sale help boost average prices. Those buyers know added value received.

After the sale Patterson said he sensed among buyers uncertainty about future beef prices. Volatile beef prices were on a down trend last week. Unexpected news on tariffs and export trade hit the markets.

Unlike most commercial heifer auctions, SMS sales offer catalogs made day of sale providing genetic information. DNA tells a story on quality.

Sale coordinators say bidders buy data with the heifers.

The Show-Me-Select program adds value to heifers retained in the herd or sold as replacements. Most stay in the home herds.

Only Missouri producers consign to the sales. Bidders from any state are welcome. Participants can join by contacting regional extension livestock specialists.

The last of four spring sales of fall-calving heifers is 6 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at F&T Livestock Market, Palmyra.

All heifers sold in the spring sales will calve this fall. This fall, the spring-calving heifers will be sold. There are fewer spring-calving herds.

Heifers are sold guaranteed pregnant. All are checked upon arrival at the sales by graders from the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

Heifer research and development protocols are from MU Thompson Farm, Spickard. That’s part of the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Columbia.

SMS program details are at

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Published in Iowa Gardening
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Ranked fourth for cattle and calves on feed, and 10th for the number of beef cows, Iowa’s beef industry plays a major role in the state’s economy. While Iowans certainly have a lot to celebrate this month, many are also facing the challenges of a cool, wet spring, and being profitable amid high feed and input costs. Read more about May Is Beef Month in Iowa, But Producers Face Spring Challenges

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edge of field trench for bioreactor installation.

The Olie Leimer farm near Albert City is the location of the June 11 field day featuring the installation of a bioreactor. The program includes information about planning, financial assistance, role contractors play and a demonstration of how a bioreactor works. Read more about Bioreactor Installation Field Day Is June 11 Near Albert City

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AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Warmer weather is sending people in droves to participate in many outdoors

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