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  • Activity ideas to replace holiday electronic distractions

    Have you been to a family gathering lately and looked around to see how many of the people in the room are texting or playing on their cell phone.  I would like to suggest some family activities that do not include technology.

  • Large serving sizes— Waste not adds to the waist

    We’re all familiar with the adage, “waste not, want not.” But sometimes when we try not to waste food, it shows up on our waists and other parts of our bodies as well.  The super-sized foods, so common today, can add to our sizes.  And since portion sizes also have been getting bigger, so are people of all ages.

  • Tips for winter management and feeding of livestock

    Rain, cold temperatures, and snow.

    Is it too early to talk about that kind of weather?

    No, not if you are a livestock producer thinking about those less than ideal feeding conditions that typically happen during the winter months.  Now is the time to be sure to have a plan for winter feeding.

  • Avoid excessive holiday debt

    As December holidays approach, plan ahead so you will remember this season, rather than the months it took to pay off the mountain of debt incurred on gifts for family and friends.

    To keep from spending too much money on holiday gifts, set a budget that won’t put you in a tight financial squeeze.

  • Clean up landscape now to prevent spring problems

    November arrives this weekend (hard to believe, right?) and as leaves continue to show their pretty colors and fall from trees, it is a great time to focus on landscape sanitation.

  • Pumpkins synonymous with Fall

    Few things say fall better than pumpkins. Whether you use them to cook, decorate or carve, chances are a pumpkin in some form or fashion will be a part of your seasonal celebrations. In fact, 80 percent of the U.S. pumpkin supply is available in October.

    Here are some interesting facts about the season’s favorite gourd.

    •Pumpkins originated in Central America and get their name from the Greek word pepon, which means large melon. Pumpkins are in the same family with cucumbers, squash, zucchini and melons.

  • 4-H Livestock project kick off set for Oct. 29

    Animal projects are some of the longest-running and easily identifiable aspects of 4-H, but they are much more complex than what happens in the show ring. Many people may not realize the valuable skills that 4-H’ers receive as a result of participating in these projects.

    4-H animal projects help youth learn about the life cycle, growth and feeding of animals. In the process, they learn about animal selection and evaluation, nutrition and feeding, animal health, daily care, reproduction and marketing.

  • Fall colors create visual masterpiece

    All summer they have remained hidden beneath a green cloak, but as fall continues, the parade of brilliant tree leaf colors will slowly put on a spectacular show across Carroll County.

    The fall colors have been in leaves all along, but they were masked by chlorophyll, a green pigment that combines with sunlight to produce food for tree growth.  It might surprise you to know that this rebirth of color is caused by fewer hours of daylight, not “Jack Frost.”

  • Use this simple formula to determine hay needs

    October is an important time for livestock producers to assess their winter hay supplies. With the majority of this year’s hay made, now is the time to determine whether you have enough to get your animals through the winter. Determining this amount is a rather straightforward task. Here is how to get a fairly accurate estimate:

  • Go green for Halloween

    While little ghosts and goblins will soon go door to door collecting treats and scaring up fun, Halloween can be costly to both you and to the environment. From costumes to candy to decorations, go green this Halloween and give your pocketbook and the Earth a treat.