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Food Servings and Helpings NOT the Same

AUBURN, Ala.—We all know what we should eat. Many of us just eat a lot more of it than we should. It is not hard to eat more than the daily recommended serving of some foods, in one sitting. Restaurants across the nation often serve three to five times the recommended daily serving of meat. But exactly how much is ... Read More »

Give to Grow Alabama 4-H Campaign Kicks Off December 1

AUBURN, ALA—Alabama 4-H grows confident, capable and caring young people with the life skills to thrive in today’s world and succeed in their boldest dreams for tomorrow. Alabama 4-H many and varied programs provide experience and opportunities that prepare young people to be college and career ready, aspire to learn, stay active and learn to be a leader.   Programs offered ... Read More »

Alabama 4-H and CAC Form Partnership

Alabama 4-H has announced a new partnership and community service initiative with the Alabama Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers. This initiative is being led by Joy Maxwell, a 4-H leadership and citizenship state specialist, Sheila Weber, Teens Getting Involved for the Future (TGIF) program coordinator and Gina South, state director of the Alabama Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers. Weber actually ... Read More »

4-H’er’s Lifetime Success Defined by Superhuman Determination

A couple of years ago, attorney Shakeba DuBose, while working to establish her own law firm, was presented with the added challenge of setting up her own company Website. Not to worry: She learned the rudiments of Web design and set it up herself. Challenges, even daunting ones, have never been a problem for DuBose.  She possesses what, in the ... Read More »

4-H Grows Here: National 4-H Week Oct. 4-10

AUBURN, Ala.—More than 6 million young people across the country will celebrate National 4-H Week, an annual celebration of 4-H Oct. 4-10. National 4-H Week, is a special time to highlight 4-H programming and the great things that it offers young people. This year’s theme is “4-H Grows Here.” The nation’s largest youth development organization, 4-H grows confident young people who ... Read More »

U.S. Space and Rocket Center 4-H Youth Day is October 10

The U.S. Space and Rocket Center (USSRC) in Huntsville is hosting its annual 4-H Day Oct. 10 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Groups may register directly with the USSRC by October 3rd for an admission fee of $18. 4-H’ers are welcome to explore the USSRC museum and its space simulators, International Space Station interactive exhibit, Science Fiction, Science Future traveling exhibit, ... Read More »

Football Season and Tailgating Parties

tailgating grilling

With the arrival of fall comes football season. What’s more fun than gathering with friends for a tailgating party? However, don’t let cooler weather fool you into thinking you don’t need to consider the possibility of foodborne bacteria spoiling your party. “By being proactive and following these simple procedures for safe food handling, fans will go home healthy from a ... Read More »

Mayonnaise and Peanut Butter Jars Are not Suitable for Canning

AUBURN, Ala.–Many home food preservers wonder if it is okay to mayonnaise and other commercial jars in home food canning.  The simple answer is no. “Companies making both canning jars and other types of jars caution against using commercial jars for home canning,” said Patti West, a regional food safety agent with Alabama Extension. West offers several reasons. Metal knives ... Read More »

Fall is 4-H re-enrollment and recruitment season

Now that the new school year is underway, it’s time to kick off 4-H re-enrollment and recruitment season. Alabama 4-H reached 138,675 youth during the 2014-2015 club year. While membership is open all year, most re-enrollment and recruitment drives take place the first three months of the school year. Alabama 4-H Foundation agents conduct programs and activities in every county. 4-H Has Something for ... Read More »

Lee County 4-H Wildlife Team Places Second in National Contest

AUBURN, Alabama—The Lee County 4-H Wildlife team won second place recently at the Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) National Contest.   Alabama 4-H served as host for this year’s contest, which was held at the Alabama 4-H Youth Development Center in Columbiana, Alabama. Wildlife teams from 12 states competed at the event. Lee County 4-H Wildlife team members include Lisa Barron, ... Read More »