Agriculture

Agriculture

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It's finally time to hang up your feeders as the ruby-throated hummingbird makes its way through Missouri for the season. According to Missouri Department of Conservation ornithologist Sarah Kendrick, these birds are long distance migrants, and they make their journey across the Gulf of Mexico twice a year: once in spring and once in the fall. We spoke to Kendrick about how you can help the birds in their travels, and how to enjoy their company.

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--Updated at 7:29 a.m., Wednesday--

The Missouri House gave initial approval on Tuesday to a bill that would block some private companies from buying farmers’ land through eminent domain for the purpose of harvesting energy.

 

The bill targets a project known as the Grain Belt Express, which would buy farmland, harvest wind energy and send it nationwide, including some cities in Missouri. It was amended on the floor to narrow the scope of the legislation.

 

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Apr. 5 is Arbor Day in the state of Missouri. A lot of people take it as a reminder to check on the health of their trees, plant a new one, or simply spend some time outdoors. We spoke with Jennifer Behnken, a forester with the Missouri Department of Conservation, about the importance of increasing the canopy in urban and rural areas, and about the multitude of benefits behind having trees around. 

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As temperatures rise, southeast Missouri motorists are likely seeing a higher number of farmers on their way to plant crops or move livestock with large machinery on the roads.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says to use caution on the roads during planting season, especially on two-lane highways in rural parts of the region.

Missouri Department of Conservation

A local chapter of conservation organization, Quail Forever has ranked among the top ten chapters nationwide in providing quail nesting cover.

The Bootheel Bobwhites, who work to reverse the decline of the species in Scott, Mississippi, New Madrid, and Stoddard counties, impacted 390 acres in 2018, ranking them 5th in the category out of 700 chapters in the U.S. Other categories reported considered acres of land restored and education programs offered by chapters.

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