Jan 242014
 

"Winter lies too long in country towns; hangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen." ~ Willa Cather, My Antonia (Photo by Herman Brinkman)

“Winter lies too long in country towns; hangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen.” ~ Willa Cather, My Antonia (Photo by Herman Brinkman)

There’s no denying it. We’ve had more than a few days of bitterly cold weather. But, you can’t say this is the coldest winter ever in Missouri. During the Great Cold Wave of February 1899, two-thirds of the country saw record low temperatures that still stand today. Here in Missouri, Unionville and Mexico hit 25-below zero, Sedalia and Montreal saw 30-below and Birch Tree and Zeitonia hit 32-below zero.

Today’s guest is Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension’s Commercial Agriculture Program. He says the Show-Me State has seen mild winters for a couple of decades so many Missourians may not remember the bitter winters of the past.

 

 

Missouri Climate Center

 

 Posted by on January 24, 2014 at 12:16 am
Dec 162013
 

"The holidays stress people out so much. I suggest you keep it simple and try to have as much fun as you can." ` Chef Giada De Laurentiis (Photo by John Biehler)

“The holidays stress people out so much. I suggest you keep it simple and try to have as much fun as you can.” ` Chef Giada De Laurentiis (Photo by John Biehler)

Holiday parties, where sweet treats and alcohol abound, are a real challenge for someone watching their weight. But, surrounded by temptation doesn’t mean you have to lose your will power.

Today’s guest is Tammy Roberts, nutrition specialist for University of Missouri Extension. She has some tips to help you enjoy holiday delights without losing the battle of the bulge.

 

 

You can find more information at Missouri Families

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 Posted by on December 16, 2013 at 6:43 pm
Dec 062013
 

Missouri got a chilly December gift from Canada and a November that continued a below normal trend for 2013.

Today’s guest is Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension’s Commercial Agriculture Program.

 

 

For more information visit the Missouri Climate Center.

 Posted by on December 6, 2013 at 7:46 pm
Nov 272013
 

"A lot of Thanksgiving days have been ruined by not carving the turkey in the kitchen." ~ Humorist Kin Hubbard (Photo by Anna Hagen)

“A lot of Thanksgiving days have been ruined by not carving the turkey in the kitchen.” ~ Humorist Kin Hubbard (Photo by Anna Hagen)

Food poisoning, or food-borne illness, is caused by bacteria contaminated food. You can’t taste it, smell it or see it, but improperly handled foods can make people sick. Most of us will have leftover turkey after the Thanksgiving meal and those leftovers need to be cooled down and refrigerated quickly.

Today’s guest is Tammy Roberts, nutrition specialist for University of Missouri Extension. She has some food safety tips and a couple of recipes for tasty leftover turkey meals.

 Posted by on November 27, 2013 at 9:44 pm
Nov 272013
 

"To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone." ~ Reba McEntire (Photo by Calle Eklund)

“To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.” ~ Reba McEntire (Photo by Calle Eklund)

How about some turkey trivia? Americans consume over 675 million pounds of turkey on Thanksgiving Day. Sleepy after your big Thanksgiving meal? Turkey contains an amino acid called “Tryptophan”. Tryptophan sets off a chemical chain reaction that calms you down and makes you sleepy. The wishbone is a tradition of Thanksgiving. Allow the wishbone to dry. Then, two people grasp each end of the wishbone. After making a silent wish, they pull it away. Whoever gets the joint portion, gets their wish.

Today’s guest is Jeff Firman. He’s an animal scientist and poultry expert for University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. Raising turkeys is a challenge because while breeding them for plump, tasty meat, their brains were short-changed.

 Posted by on November 27, 2013 at 8:13 pm
Nov 202013
 

Photo by Kent Faddis

Photo by Kent Faddis

While you’re traveling from store to store buying holiday gifts, criminals are watching and waiting for the opportunity to snatch your money and newly bought presents. Be aware of your surroundings and make  yourself less of a target. This will go a long way toward keeping you from being a victim. Today, we have tips from John Worden, director of the University of Missouri Extension’s Law Enforcement Training Institute.

 Posted by on November 20, 2013 at 4:55 pm
Nov 122013
 

October Temperatures. Graphic from Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension’s Commercial Agriculture Program

October Temperatures. Graphic from Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension’s Commercial Agriculture Program

October weather was an unusual weather month. It started out mild but the weather shifted and record low temperatures visited the Show-Me State. Rainfall averages were around normal, however, some dry spots in the state received much-needed rain. Today’s guest in Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension’s Commercial Agriculture Program. He has an overview of October weather in Missouri and has predictions for November weather.

 

 

Missouri Climate Center

 Posted by on November 12, 2013 at 9:26 pm
Nov 012013
 

"Handwashing is one of the most important means of preventing the spread of infection" according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  (Photo by Dani Toth)

“Hand washing is one of the most important means of preventing the spread of infection” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (Photo by Dani Toth)

You touch a doorknob then touch your nose. A few days later you have chills, a bad cough and sneezing. Frequent hand washing can help you stop infecting yourself with your hands.

This is most important for children. By teaching them to do a good job of washing their hands you can help them avoid colds and flu.

 

 

Hand washing poster

 Posted by on November 1, 2013 at 7:53 pm
Oct 172013
 

Chart from Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension Commercial Agriculture program

Chart from Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension Commercial Agriculture program

The beginning of autumn in Missouri showed little indication that cool, crisp, fall weather was about to arrive. That warm trend continued into early October. In contrast, most of this year’s summer was cooler than normal. For the Show-Me State, real summer heat didn’t arrive until August and September.

 

 

Missouri Climate Center

 Posted by on October 17, 2013 at 9:10 pm
Oct 152013
 

Marcy Weber, left,  bought a home, has a full-time job and is alcohol and drug free after participating in the Cass County Drug Court program that uses a community demonstration garden coordinated by the University of Missouri Extension. Master Gardener Darra Simpson is one of the volunteers who has helped participants learn teamwork and responsibility through the ‘magic of gardening.’ Photo by Linda Geist

Marcy Weber, left, bought a home, has a full-time job and is alcohol and drug free after participating in the Cass County Drug Court program that uses a community demonstration garden coordinated by the University of Missouri Extension. Master Gardener Darra Simpson is one of the volunteers who has helped participants learn teamwork and responsibility through the ‘magic of gardening.’ Photo by Linda Geist

There are so many difficulties to overcome when trying to escape drug abuse. You tend to keep company with other users, making it difficult to escape the vicious circle of substance abuse. Drugs become so all-consuming that you stop caring for yourself.

One community in Missouri is trying to give people who are lost in drugs a way back. Cass County Missouri’s Drug Court and University of Missouri Extension teamed up to teach gardening and along the way they teach confidence, independence and a way home.

 

 

News audio available at MU Extension Radio News Service

 

 Posted by on October 15, 2013 at 6:07 pm