Episode 153 - Avian Flu and Thanksgiving Turkey[ 3 min 42 s ]Play Now | Download
I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country; he is a bird of bad moral character; like those among men who live by sharking and robbing, he is generally poor, and often very lousy. The turkey is a much more respectable bird.” ~ Benjamin Franklin, letter to Sarah Bache (January 26, 1784). (Photo by Rob Mize)
Avian flu wiped out millions of turkeys this year. It could affect availability when you go to buy your turkey.
Today’s guests are Jeffre Firman, poultry specialist for University of Missouri Extension and Ron Plain, agricultural economist for MU Extension.
“There are four unbroken rules when it comes to Thanksgiving: there must be turkey and dressing, cranberries, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie.” ~ John Hadamuscin, Author (Photo by Tracy Ducasse)
The only time Americans, collectively, think about cranberries is at Thanksgiving. That’s a shame because we miss out on all the health benefits of these tart berries the rest of the year.
Part of the problem is if they’re not canned, jellied or dried, we’re not sure what to do with them.
Today’s guest is Tammy Roberts, nutrition specialist for University of Missouri Extension. She explains why cranberries are so good for you and has tips for using cranberries in a variety of ways that have nothing to do with turkey or Thanksgiving.
A flower blossoms for its own joy.” ~ Oscar Wilde (Photo by John O’Neill)
Bulbs that produce glorious flowers in the spring, must have several weeks of low temperatures to create those beautiful flowers. Without that exposure to cool soil temperatures, there will be no tulips, daffodils or hyacinths to greet you next spring.
Today’s guests are David Trinklein and Tom Fowler, both are horticulture specialist with University of Missouri Extension.
Seniors do leg-strengthening exercises as part of MU Extension’s A Matter of Balance program (Photo by Jon Lamb)
Falls don’t “just happen.” Often, there’s more than one risk factor that can cause a fall. Things like muscle weakness, especially in the legs, a drop in blood pressure or wearing unsafe shoes.
Even though the risk of falling increases as you age, falls aren’t preordained just because you turn 65. University of Missouri Extension has tips to help you reduce the risk of falling so you can maintain your independence throughout your life.
Today’s guests are Sarah March, state coordinator for MU Extension’s A Matter of Balance program and Laurie Troup, rehab director for The Neighborhoods by TigerPlace in Columbia.
Rebekah Kempker waiting on customers as she sells her homemade craft items
Business is no longer just a realm for the grown-ups. Today, many teens are starting businesses as way to earn money, create a path for their future and even contribute to local economies.
Today’s guests are Rebekah Kempker, 14-year-old owner of CutieCakes & KnitWorks, Steve Henness, University of Missouri Extension state 4-H youth specialist and Collin Bunch, MU Extension business development specialist.
Garden ‘n Grow Kids in Kirksville, MO (Left to right: Emmit Cody, Elizabeth Cody, Morgan Mullock, Bailey Malen, and in the back: Melanie Cody and Joseph Berg) Photo by Debbie Johnson
A parent stares across the table at their child’s untouched dinner plate. The body language says, in no uncertain terms, will the food in in front of them end up in their mouth. They fidget and push the food around the plate, as they whine the all-too-familiar battle cry, “But I don’t like it.”
This battle of wills is a constant for families with a picky eater. It turns out that helping young children understand how to grow food will completely change the way they look at the food they eat.
Today’s guests are Jennifer Schutter, horticulture specialist and Margo Myers, nutrition specialist. Both are with the University of Missouri Extension office in Kirksville. You’ll also hear from 11-year-old Joseph Berg and 10-year-old Morgan Mullock. Both attended this year’s Garden ‘n Grow program in Kirksville.
Episode 147 - Missouri Employment and Training Program[ 3 min 55 s ]Play Now | Download
Terrone Jones (right) and his METP job councilor, Mark Eye
It’s not often that second chances come along. But, a new University of Missouri Extension program is finding second chances for those willing to work.
Today’s guests: Mary Paulsell, assistant director for the MU Small Business Development Center; Terrone Jones, graduate of the MU Missouri Employment and Training Program; Gary Martin, school director for Truck Dynasty Driving Academy
“He who has a garden and a library wants for nothing.” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero
July heat has arrived in Missouri, and it’s putting garden and landscape plants at risk. Because we had such a wet spring, plants, trees and shrubs don’t have the deep roots necessary to ride out the summer heat and less rain.
Today’s guest is David Trinklein, horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension. He has tips for watering your plants so they can recover from our super-soggy spring.