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Master Gardener’s Coffeehouse Brings Farm to the City

Urban garden brings life to neighborhood 

Master Gardener Paul Whitsitt takes the farm to the city and the city to the farm. Whitsitt owns Kitchen House Coffee in St. Louis’ trendy Tower Grove East community. Out the back door, chickens earn their keep by laying eggs for the restaurant’s quiches and egg sandwiches. They also entertain curious customers who browse books on sustainable gardening and beekeeping.…

Dairy and Creamery Sees Positive Changes with Pack Barns

More milk production, lower SCC and low-cost fertilizer among benefits

Brothers Dwight and David Fry remember the day that they decided to build bedded pack barns for their dairy cows. They visited neighbor David Gray’s barns on a winter day when sleet was pounding down. “His cows were lying there in the barn chewing their cud and making milk,” said Dwight. “Ours were humped up and cold.” Gray’s experience, coupled…

Keeping It Simple

Good grazing practices, strict protocols lead to success of heifer replacement program

Denis Turner, of Hartville, keeps his southwestern Missouri heifer replacement operation simple. For the most part, it is one man for 500 to 1,000 heifers at Turner’s Heifer Haven, a pasture-based operation where Turner raises heifers for others. “Make sure every task can be carried out by one person,” Turner says. “Two-man jobs are accomplished on time only about half…

From Cows to Lemons, SW Missouri Family Grows Own Food

Orchard and greenhouse supply them with variety of fruits and vegetables year-round

In the dead of Missouri winter, members of a southwestern Missouri family pluck lemons, oranges and grapefruits from trees in their greenhouse. Lee Allphin and his son Jim enjoy the steady supply of flavorful fruits and vegetables from their orchard, garden and greenhouse, says Robert Balek, a University of Missouri Extension horticulturist. Flowers and herbs add beauty and fragrance to…

Downtown Hannibal Business Cooks Up Success with MU Extension

Service as 4-H leader helps to shape business 

In her 20s, Linda Studer had a dream of opening a business in historic Hannibal. Then, as they say, life got in the way. She was busy helping others fulfill their dreams at a nonprofit employment group in northeastern Missouri. Her office was around the corner from the University of Missouri Extension Center in Monroe County. She and MU Extension…

CAFNR Grad’s Ranch a Hub for Education and Fun

Greg Buckman will take the reins of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association in January

Greg Buckman, B.S.E. 1976, just wanted to farm when he graduated from high school. College was far from his plans of riding John Deere tractors and working in the family dairy barn. “All I ever wanted to be was a farmer,” he says. He also liked buying and restoring John Deere equipment and decided he wanted to work for Deere.…

Great Wines and Whiskey Begin in Missouri White Oak Forests

Missouri rolls out the barrels for spirits industry

Many of the world’s finest wines and whiskeys begin in Missouri’s hardwood forests. University of Missouri Extension forester Hank Stelzer shared Missouri’s role in wine and spirit production during the recent White Oak, Whiskey & Wine tour. Due to popular demand and positive reviews, Stelzer plans to make it an annual event. Tourgoers visited the Rudolf Bennitt Conservation Area at…

Holden Turns to MU Extension for Help with Vineyard

Former governor led the way for Norton to become state's official grape

When problems arise with the ex-governor’s vineyard, he calls University of Missouri Extension viticulturist Dean Volenberg. Former Missouri Gov. Bob Holden grows Norton grapes at his weekend hideaway in Fredericksburg. Volenberg regularly visits with Holden as the ex-governor learns the nuances of growing grapes on rolling hills overlooking the Gasconade River. Stone Hill Winery uses the grapes to make the…

Soybean Disease Shows in NW Missouri

Rare white mold can cause large yield losses

University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist Wayne Flanary says about 160 acres of soybean in northwest Missouri show symptoms of sclerotina stem rot. MU Plant Diagnostic Clinic confirmed the disease.. Also known as white mold, the disease is rare in Missouri. It can cause large losses in fields with high yield potential. The stem and root disease is usually found…

Blindness Doesn’t Stop Sixth Generation Farmer

District supervisor for Rehabilitation Services for the Blind serves on MU Extension's AgrAbility team

Jim Brinkmann’s blindness does not keep him from helping others with vision problems reach their potential. Brinkmann helps people with visual impairments succeed in agriculture, says Karen Funkenbusch, Missouri AgrAbility Project state director and University of Missouri Extension specialist. Brinkmann serves with Funkenbusch on the AgrAbility team. He is mid-Missouri district supervisor for Rehabilitation Services for the Blind (RSB), one…