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4-H: The Place for Children and Teens

Your Place: Alabama 4-H

Parents want children and teens involved in activities that build skills and knowledge. Young people want activities that are fun and offer variety. The answer—Alabama 4-H. Extension professionals across the state are working closely with adult and youth advisory groups to ensure that 4-H in every county is an exciting and fun place for young people aged 9 to 18 ... Read More »

Food Friday: Maple Syrup Stir-Fry Apples

Apples for snacks.

It’s apple harvest time across the nation.  Apples are a great snack choice just for eating out of hand.  But if you would like a quick recipe to add fresh apples to an upcoming meal, give our maple syrup stir-fry apples a try. 2 unpeeled tart apples, cored and thinly sliced 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar-free maple or breakfast syrup ... Read More »

Navigating the Farm Bill

2014 Farm Bill

Farmers need a road map to utilize the many programs under the umbrella of the 2014 Farm Bill. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has launched a website, www.alabamafarmbill.com, to provide the state’s farmers with information and tools to help them access program information relevant to their agricultural operations. The website is an outgrowth of the Alabama Farm Bill Task Force ... Read More »

Food Friday: Easy Dried Beans

Dried beans and peas

Did you know that dried beans and peas are a great source of protein? For those of you looking to reduce your meat consumption but maintain a protein-balanced diet, this is the way to go. Dried beans, peas and other legumes are a hearty choice as fall approaches, and here’s a low-fat way to serve those favorite summertime-stored veggies! This recipe ... Read More »

Food Friday: Lighter Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet potato pie

Sweet potatoes are being harvested across the South.  There are many ways to enjoy them–from baked to complex souffles.  But sweet potato pie is a classic. What happens to this old favorite when you take out the butter and use skimmed evaporated milk instead of whole? You get this lower fat, classic pie that your guests are sure to love. Sweet ... Read More »

Food Friday: Banana Loaf

banana loaf

It has happened to everyone. You bought a bunch of beautiful bananas with the plan to snack on them all week. Now, a few days later, they are turning brown and becoming overripe. Don’t toss out overripe bananas. They are perfect for adding to recipes like this banana loaf. This version also has less fat than some traditional recipes. Most ... Read More »

Wildlife Causing You Problems?

raccoon

A fence and sign might be enough to keep your neighbor from trespassing through your yard, but wild animals are not always as courteous. Armadillos, bats, raccoons, opossums and coyotes are just a handful of animals commonly found that can cause damage to homes, lawns and gardens, frustrating many people. To help homeowners deal with unwanted or nuisance wildlife, wildlife ... Read More »

Alabama 4-H Icon Honored for her Service to Extension, 4-H and Country

Ann Barr, known as the “Spirit of Alabama 4-H,” was recently honored during a celebration at Azalea Place in Auburn for her 43 years of service to Alabama Extension and 4-H, and her years of military service. A plaque honoring Barr was placed at the base of a new flag pole at Azalea Place. Retired 4-H colleagues Tony Dozier, Bob ... Read More »

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 »