“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more!” ~ Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Photo by David R. Tribble)
Whether you catch mommy kissing Santa Claus or a young man stealing his first kiss, kissing under the mistletoe is a worldwide tradition. But, why does a bit greenery give us permission to catch a kiss?
Today’s guest is David Trinklein, horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension. He has lots of trivia about this semi-parasitic plant and why it gives us permission to make off with a little romance.
Today, poinsettias come in different colors (Photo by Debbie Johnson)
For many people the poinsettia is required for Christmas decorations. Today’s guest is David Trinklein and he has advice for choosing healthy poinsettias and keeping them looking good throughout the holiday.
The colorful part of the poinsettia are modified leaves called bracts. The true flowers, called ciathia, are found in the center of the bracts. (Photo by Debbie Johnson)
Food preparation in the MUNCH metabolic kitchen (Photo by Kent Faddis)
The MU Nutritional Center for Health (MUNCH) and the MU Physical Activity and Wellness Center (PAW) opened on the University of Missouri, Columbia campus, this year. These state-of-the-art labs are joint projects of Mizzou’s Collage of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) MU’s College of Human Environmental Science (HES) and the MU School of Medicine. Built and organized with collaboration in mind, this research hub can tackle complex health problems, like obesity, with a holistic approach.
Today’s guests are Christopher Hardin, director of the MUNCH and PAW labs, Ingolf Gruen, food scientist with CAFNR and Heather Leidy, a nutrition and exercise physiology research for the University of Missouri.
Preparation for an exercise stress test at the PAW center (Photo by Kent Faddis)
“But make no mistake: the weeds will win; nature bats last” ~ Robert M. Pyle, lepidopterist and author (Photo by Debbie Johnson)
Weeds, brush and overgrown trees aren’t just an eyesore for railroads. Out of control vegetation can reduce visibility for train operators and vehicles or pedestrians trying to cross the tracks.
Because this is a safety issue, railroad companies must keep weeds under control. That’s not as easy as it sounds and it can be pretty pricey. A weed scientist with the University of Missouri, works with railroads, testing experimental chemical mixtures and labeled products, searching for the most effective controls for the least amount of money.
Reid Smeda, weed scientist for University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Shane Riley, maintenance engineer for the Columbia Terminal railroad, or COLT
“A hospital should also have a recovery room adjoining the cashier’s office” ~ author Francis O’Walsh
Choosing the right health care plan can have a huge impact on our physical and financial health. That’s why it’s important to understand terms, fees and out-of-pocket expenses when choosing group medical insurance.
Today’s guests are Brenda Procter, associate professor of personal finance for University of Missouri Extension and Graham McCaulley, an MU Extension personal financial planning specialist. The term for today is copayment.
Frank Wideman, natural resource engineer for MU Extension (Photo by Kent Faddis, MU Extension Communications)
Many small towns rely on volunteer firefighters to protect and serve their community. But there’s problem. Volunteers may not know where all the fire hydrants are. Fredricktown, Missouri, found a way to correct that problem. They gave local Fredricktown Boy Scouts a project: Collect GPS coordinates on the 300 fire hydrants in town.
John Clark, Fredricktown Fire Chief, driving the fire engine. (Photo by Kent Faddis, MU Extension Communications)
Bill Starkey, Cherokee Pass Fire Chief, driving the 4-wheeler used in search and rescue. (Photo by Kent Faddis, MU Extension Communications)
Fredricktown Boy Scouts collected GPS coordinates for the town’s 300 hydrants (Photo by Kent Faddis, MU Extension Communications)
University of Missouri Extension offers a useful tool to help both new and experience gardeners create and maintain beautiful and productive gardens. The Garden Journal will help you keep track of everything in your garden. It explains hardiness zones, soil tests, monthly garden tips and tips for controlling pests and diseases. Order: From…
Many things can attack a plant causing it to decline (Photo by Jon Lamb – University of Missouri Extension Communications)
Indiscriminately spreading chemicals for ailing plants is a bad idea. Many things can cause problems for plants: insects, viruses, bacteria, fungi and even poor nutrition. You need to know what’s wrong before you can choose the correct treatment. For people in the Midwest, the University of Missouri’s Plant Diagnostic Clinic is a good place to get your plant problems diagnosed.