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Food Friday: Lemonade Syrup and Lemonade

lemon juice

Fall is football and tailgating season.  Try this recipe for for a great tasting addition to your tailgate. Lemonade Syrup 2 quarts water 3 cups sugar 3 cups lemon juice Boil water and add sugar.  Stir to dissolve sugar. Boil for 5 minutes. Cool.  Add lemon juice and stir.  Store covered in the refrigerator. Makes 11 cups of syrup   ... Read More »

Adverse Experiences among Children: What Affect?

Unhappy child

Children who experience major, potentially traumatic events in early childhood have an increased risk of poor social and academic outcomes in adolescence. The effects of these early adverse experiences are also connected with an increased risk of poor lifelong health. A new report from Child Trends shows that the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences varies dramatically across the states. Child ... Read More »

It is Tailgating Time Again: Don’t Forget Food Safety

tailgating grilling

Are you ready for some football? College football season begins this week and that means thousands of Alabamians will be tailgating before and after games. Although tailgating traditions vary among schools and regions, they all include food. The heat in the Southeast sometimes dictates the food selections for tailgating. During the early part of football season, while temperatures are still ... Read More »

White Sugarcane Aphid Now Found in 12 Alabama Counties

By: Dr. Kathy Flanders, Extension Specialist and Professor, Entomology and Plant Pathology White sugarcane aphid has been identified on sorghum in 12 Alabama counties. The pest was first found in late July by Dr. Austin Hagan, a plant pathologist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System on variety tests in Brewton, Ala. Dr. Charles Ray, an Auburn University entomologist, confirmed the ... Read More »

Bullying Incidence Rates: Is this the Whole Picture?

By: Dr. Adrienne Duke, Alabama Extension Specialist and Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies In a recent article, the state of Alabama was listed as having the12th lowest bullying incident rates in the country. At first glance this appears to be an excellent finding. However, while the numbers appear to be low, researchers, parents, and teachers know that most ... Read More »

Disappearing Bees

Apocalypse is a word that humans throw around with theories and ideas of end times based in the future, but for bees, the apocalypse is now. The total bee population in the world has diminished by almost half in the past 50 years and the numbers are still diminishing. Sallie Lee, an Urban Regional Extension Agent with the Alabama Cooperative ... Read More »

Rotten Tomatoes

Blossom End Rot on Tomato

Q. I am having trouble with my tomatoes. I have noticed brown spots near the base of the fruit. They start out small but continue to increase in size. What is this disease and how can I get rid of it? A. Well, if it is any consolation, you are not alone. We’ve had several calls from folks that appear ... Read More »