Agriculture

Agriculture

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Yesterday, the Missouri Department of Agriculture announced 16 new initiatives under their MORE Strategic Vision. The platform is aimed at looking for ways to improve issues communities face throughout Missouri with opportunities through agriculture. We spoke to MDA state director, Chris Chinn, on these new initiatives and how they might improve communities here in southeast Missouri.

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Working our way into spring, we may see more wildlife in unexpected places: bird nests on the porch, a few bunnies in our flower beds. As cute as they may be, the Missouri Department of Conservation advises us to leave the babies be. Joe Jerek, News Services Coordinator for the MDC, says the absence of animal parents could make their young seem abandoned, when they're actually not. 

Missouri Department of Conservation

Nearly three months after the close of deer season, the Missouri Department of Conservation has reported seven positive cases of chronic wasting disease, also known as CWD, in Perry (1)  and Ste. Genevieve (6) counties. CWD is a fatal illness among deer, and is reportedly spreading. Despite a lack in evidence that CWD is a risk to humans, public health officials advise against exposing yourself to it.

Missouri Department of Conservaion

The Missouri Department of Conservation will be hosting a live webcast next month on how to attract Missouri wildlife.

Several experts from the department, as well as Community Conservationist for the City of Columbia, Danielle Fox, will be sharing their suggestions on welcoming birds and other creatures to your own backyard.

News Services Coordinator, Joe Jerek, says one of the key things they’ll be discussing is the importance of planting native plants to provide habitats and food for different species.

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Trees are in full bloom across Southeast Missouri, and among them are the ornamental Bradford pear. Although these symmetrical trees yield beautiful, bright white blooms, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is advising the public against planting them this spring.

The invasive species, which is native to Asian countries, has reached what the department calls “critical mass” within the last several years.

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