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MU Extension food safety specialist offers tips for farmers markets shoppers

Sunday begins National Farmers Market Week

Farmers markets are a great place to buy healthy local produce and other foods, meet and support local farmers, and enjoy shopping in a fun environment. But shoppers should also pay attention to food safety when buying and using foods from farmers markets.

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Grasshopper numbers growing in Missouri

Farmers should scout and, if needed, spray for grasshoppers now, said University of Missouri Extension entomologist Wayne Bailey. Grasshoppers are reported in almost every county in the state, he said.

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Scout for striped blister beetles

Toxins are deadly to horses

Striped blister beetles, which can be toxic to horses, are being seen in high numbers in alfalfa in some areas of the state, said University of Missouri Extension entomologist Wayne Bailey.

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Conservation organizations offer youth dove-hunting opportunities

Dove season opens in Missouri on Sept. 1. Since it is one of the first hunting seasons to open each fall, dove hunting is somewhat of a kickoff for fall hunting season.

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Fishing Tip & Lure: Catch catfish near Lake bluffs with limb lines

During this time of year, catfish are prime for the catching, and Bill Cassidy, Osage Beach Bait & Tackle owner and award-winning fisherman, said there is one place to hook some big flathead and blue catfish.

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Bike paths struggle to find the pedal at the Lake

Despite interest, local government lacks resources to make biking a priority.

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Kayak Meet-Up estimates record attendance at July event

LOWA-sponsored activity encourages healthy exercise

Even though the final figures are not tallied, organizers believe they broke a record for attendance at the recent Kayak Meet-Up July 12 at Ha Ha Tonka State Park in Camdenton.

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Writing home from camp

Boy Scouts share thoughts about Camp Hohn

Boy Scouts who took a Communications class during a late June summer camp at Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation were asked to write letters to the editor as part of earning their communications merit badge.

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Get out and enjoy our Missouri’s native flora

Taking a mid-July drive along a Lake Area country road provides one of the best opportunities to enjoy the state’s wildflowers

Last week, this reporter spent traveled the rural roads in the Lake Area and during that drive was able to catalogue a large number of Missouri’s loveliest wildflowers.

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Driftwood Outdoors: Governor sends strong message with vetoes of captive deer bills

Deer are wildlife, not livestock. Making a more obvious statement would be difficult. During Governor Nixon’s announcement of his vetoes of SB 506 and HB 1326, which would reclassify captive deer as livestock, he proclaimed the reclassification of "wildlife" to "livestock" would violate the Missouri Constitution.

Fishing Tip & Lure: Warm summer temperatures heat up deepwater crappie fishing

As temperatures increase during the heat of the summer, one type of fishing is optimal in most areas of Lake of the Ozarks: deepwater crappie fishing.

Ameren Missouri, Missouri State Highway Patrol promote the use of life jackets

Children 'caught' wearing life jackets are being rewarded with T-shirts

Ameren Missouri has joined the Missouri State Highway Patrol to promote the importance of wearing life jackets while boating on the Lake of the Ozarks.

Highway Patrol to hold serial number verification stations starting Friday at Public Beach #2

Free service allows boat, motor and trailer owners to inspect ID numbers before title, registration is made

The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Motor Vehicle Inspection Unit will continue its nine 2014 Lake Area serial number verification stations for individuals possessing a boat, motor or trailer continuing Friday, July 18 at Public Beach #2 in Lake of the Ozarks State Park.

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Fishing Tip & Lure: Worms help make fishing fun for kids

Summertime means fishing for families at Lake of the Ozarks, and one bait helps lure in lots of catches for children: worms.

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Empty nest: Falcon family takes flight from Sioux Energy Center

The three peregrine falcon chicks hatched this spring in a nesting box at Ameren Missouri’s Sioux Energy Center have flown the coop and moved on to the next stage of their lives.

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