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The Story Behind Fall Leaf Color

Fall leaves

 Leaves are beginning to change color in some sections of the South.  The color should peak around the last of October or early November, depending on how much cool weather we get between now and then. Have you ever wondered why leaves change their color in the fall? “The green color of leaves is caused by a pigment called chlorophyll, ... Read More »

Fire Safety on the Farm

Farm fires cost lives and many dollars each year in America. October is Fire Prevention Month and it is a good time to refresh fire safety rules for the farm. Fires need three things to burn – air, heat and something to set it off. Preventing this combination reduces the risk of fire. “Common causes of tractor and machinery fires ... Read More »

CONTAINER GARDENING IS VERSATILE GARDENING

If you enjoy the pleasures of gardening but don’t think you have the necessary space, think again. One of the most popular trends in gardening is container gardening. With container gardening, people with limited space can enjoy planting and landscaping normally associated with big outdoor gardens. “One of the most attractive features of container gardening is the versatility,” said Hayes ... Read More »

EFNEP Celebrates 50 Years in Alabama

What began as a pilot nutrition program in five Alabama counties in 1964, is now one of Extension’s most successful and best-documented programs. The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) began in Alabama as a five-year cooperative effort called “The Pilot Project Involving Young Homemakers in Low-Income Rural Areas of Alabama.” The project, conducted in Baldwin, Calhoun, Houston, Marion ... Read More »

Annuals Add Color, Fragrance to Fall Landscapes

colorful annuals for fall

Fall is a great time to plant flowers, and there are plenty of colorful annuals to choose from, says Sallie Lee, a regional agent in Home Grounds, Gardens and Home Pests with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. “There are a variety of annuals that flower from fall through winter,” she says.  As gardeners become aware of flowering plants for cool season ... Read More »

Snack Attack: Snack Smarter

You know the feeling – the midmorning craving, afternoon energy slump or late-night munchies. When a snack attack hits, most people head for the nearest vending machine or refrigerator. Studies show that 75 percent of men and women eat at least one snack a day. But while snacks high in fat and sugars, such as candy bars, colas and potato ... Read More »

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month program is dedicated to increasing public knowledge about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. The national education campaign reaches out to the ... Read More »

What To Do If Identity Theft Happens To You

Identity Theft Prevention

At the time of identity theft, most victims are burdened with resolving the problem. It’s important to act quickly to minimize the damage. When dealing with the authorities and financial institutions, it is important to keep a log of all conversations, including dates, names and phone numbers. Note time spent and any expenses incurred, confirm conversations in writing, send correspondence ... Read More »

Mississippi-Alabama Rural Tourism Conference Oct. 20-22 in Greenwood

  Innovative attraction ideas, knowledgeable speakers and a behind-the-scenes tour of DreamWorks Studios’ The Help are just a few highlights of the upcoming 2014 Mississippi-Alabama Rural Tourism Conference Oct. 20-22 in Greenwood, Mississippi. A pre-conference driving tour featuring film sites and popular hangouts for the film’s stars will offer insight to Mississippi native Kathryn Stockett’s bestselling novel-turned-film. During the conference’s ... Read More »

Use Fertilizers Low in Phosphorous for Fall-Planted Bulbs

Somehow, years ago, gardeners became convinced fertilizers high in phosphorus, especially bone meal and superphosphate, must be used on fall-planted bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and lilies. “Perhaps this idea arose because phosphorous is essential in the transfer of energy from the leaves to the bulb where it is stored,” said Dr. Charles Mitchell, an agronomist with the Alabama ... Read More »