Rural Missouri - April 2013 - (Page 12)
N E W S
Clean up after
The snow storms
that blanketed much
of the Show-Me
State with heavy, wet
flakes in February
caused many problems for Missourians,
but the effects will
linger for our forests.
That is why arborists
across the state are
to look up at their trees and assess
what pruning needs to be done.
Broken limbs or tree tops that
cannot be reached from the ground
should probably be removed by treecare professionals, such as certified
arborists, according to Chuck Conner, an urban forester with the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Trees are capable of rapidly growing new branches that fill in foliage
gaps, but if half or more of a tree is
lost to storms, the tree will likely
need to be replaced. Be sure the
replacement trees you choose won’t
grow into power lines.
According to Conner, for trees
not damaged, regular professional
pruning of valuable yard trees can
spare a property owner damage in
future storms. A high percentage of
storm damage occurs because trees
are not properly pruned as they
grow through the decades.
More information on post-storm
tree care is available at www.mdc.
Snag a paddle
The Missouri Department of Conservation is offering paddlefishing
clinics through its Discover Nature
The free clinics will take place
April 13 in Warsaw.
Participants will learn
about paddlefish biology and snagging
techniques and then
go out for hands-on
experience. To register, call 660-530-5500
by April 5.
opens March 15 and
runs through April 30.
about paddlefish and
Missouri fishing regulations and seasons.
Brighter pastures ahead
Facing drought-reduced feed and
low profits, Missouri dairy producers maintained their milk cow num-
B R I E F S
bers in 2012, according to a United States
Department of Agriculture cattle inventory.
However, the state’s
beef cow numbers
dropped 5 percent.
Across the country,
beef numbers dropped
3 percent, which is
evidence Missouri was
one of the epicenters
of the drought.
The future of both
industries for the public doesn’t look promising as both
meat and milk will be in short supply
in years to come.
Lack of feed caused many operations to close last year as milk and
As beef feed
yards scrambled for
According to Joe
dairy economist, the future looks bright for dairy
in Missouri. “As tough as it was in
2012, the dairy business is not falling
apart. We have some tough survivors
For more on cattle farming, visit
www.extension.missouri.edu or contact your local University of Missouri
Buckle up and arrive alive
Every year, one in four Missouri traffic crashes involves a young driver.
Between 2010 and 2012, 243 teens
ages 15-19 were killed
in traffic crashes. Of
those killed, 78 percent
To help put an end
to teen traffic deaths,
Missouri law enforcement officials are urging teens to buckle up
while traveling the
License Law, seat belt
use is required for
young drivers. Noncompliance is a primary
34 percent of Missouri
teens don’t buckle up.
Missouri also will continue to educate teens on the importance of buckling up through programs, such as
Battle of the Belt and Team Spirit.
Officials urge teens to help save
the lives of their friends by reminding them to buckle up every time
they get in a car.
For more on how you can teach
your teens better safety practices,
Save some green
If you are looking to replace that
old washing machine, oven or
refrigerator, April is your month to
save some dough.
As part of the Show-Me Green
Sales Tax Holiday, consumers who
purchase a qualifying Energy Starcertified appliance from April 19 to
25 are exempt from state sales tax
on appliances up to $1,500.
Included in the
clothes washers and
dryers, water heaters,
dishwashers, conventional ovens, ranges
and stoves. Certain
participating counties and cities are
your local municipality for more information. Discounts
for businesses also
are available. For a complete list
of qualifying appliances, more
information on the holiday and an
interactive sales map, send an e-mail
to email@example.com or visit the
Missouri Department of Natural
Resources’s website at http://on.mo.
Tax season assistance
Tax season is once again upon us.
For Missourians looking for
help filing their taxes, the Missouri
Department of Revenue is available
DOR also urges Missourians
to file early every year and take
advantage of electronic filing for a
smoother process and to ensure a
A new option this year is a
refund debit card that can be used
just like other debit cards. For more
details about the new refund debit
cards, go to www.dor.mo.gov/faq/
Visit www.dor.mo.gov for more
information or call 573-751-3505
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with
questions about filing tax returns.
Tax assistance centers are located
in Cape Girardeau, Jefferson City,
Joplin, Kansas City, St. Joseph, St.
Louis and Springfield to help those
seeking tax help.
Contact information and office
addresses are available at www.dor.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - April 2013
Rural Missouri - April 2013
Table of Contents
It’s all about redemption
Best of rural Missouri
Hearth and Home
Marmaduke’s Cape expedition
The soldier’s paper
Rural Missouri - April 2013