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Alabama Saves Week is Feb. 23-28

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System and its America Saves partners will kick off the Alabama Saves program Feb. 23-28. Various events related to becoming an Alabama saver are scheduled throughout the state. Governor Robert Bentley signed a proclamation declaring Feb. 23-28 as Alabama Saves Week. Alabama Saves Week coincides with America Saves Week, a national campaign involving more than 1,000 ... Read More »

Become an Alabama Saver in 2015

With the New Year here, many Alabamians look back on the past months and find things they would like to improve. Some made resolutions to set the course for a happy, healthier new year. Often, one of those resolutions is to save money. “This can be difficult, but free assistance is available to arm you with the right tools to ... Read More »

Bark Adds Texture and Color to Winter Landscapes

After trees lose their leaves in the fall, many landscapes are left looking bare in winter. Planting trees and shrubs with interesting bark adds texture and color to a sparse winter landscape. Bark characteristics range from bright colors to exfoliating texture to even a quilt-like appearance, said Roosevelt Robinson, an urban regional horticulture agent with Alabama Extension. “These interesting bark characteristics can ... Read More »

Have a Healthy Heart

What can you do to have a healthier heart? Teresa Forehand, a regional health and nutrition agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System offers a few tips to help you keep your heart healthy and strong.   Don’t smoke. Smoking is not only linked to lung cancer, it’s also a contributing factor to heart disease. Heart disease is the number one ... Read More »

Make Physical Activity Fun for Children

Inactivity is becoming an epidemic among children. Children today are less active than they were just a few years ago because of many factors, including less participation in daily physical education classes at school. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend children get 60 minutes of physical activity five days a week for good health. “Lack of exercise and not eating ... Read More »

What Have You Done for Your Heart Lately?

Yes, it is already February. Where did January go and all those New Year’s resolutions? You were going to stop smoking and start exercising and eating better but then life happened and those resolutions went out the door. Just remember, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life,” and try again. Your heart will appreciate it. February ... Read More »

Horticulture Helpline Up and Running

Got questions about your garden or lawn? Master Gardeners throughout the state are manning Horticulture Helpline phones to answer questions from gardeners and homeowners. Master Gardeners provide answers based on current research and best practices under the supervision of Alabama Extension agents. “Generally, the toll-free helpline is manned Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and is available ... Read More »

Annie’s Project Set for Six Tuesday Evenings in Etowah County

Ladies of Etowah County join us for Annie’s Project in February and March! Annie’s Project is a six-week intensive agri-business series for women with a passion for business and involvement, and a desire to increase knowledge and skills. Conducted by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the series helps empower women to manage information systems and to build local networks. Participants ... Read More »

Anna Denison Awarded 2015 Ann Barr Honorary 4-H Club Foundation Endowed Scholarship

Auburn University freshman Anna Denison from Opelika has been awarded the Ann Barr Honorary 4-H Club Foundation Scholarship for 2014-15. Denison, an identical twin, has been involved in Alabama 4-H since age 9. She was a member of the Learning Clovers 4-H Club, where she served as secretary and vice president. She also was a member of the 4-H Horse ... Read More »

20th Annual Beekeeping Symposium Feb. 7 in Clanton

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s 20th Annual Beekeeping Symposium is being held at a new location — the Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center, 1850 Lay Dam Road, Clanton. It is set for Saturday, Feb.7 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. “The symposium will feature a variety of knowledgeable speakers as well as valuable demonstrations for beekeepers,” said James Tew, ... Read More »