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Credit Card Spending at Christmas

AUBURN, Ala. – Many people now avoid the crowds and do their Christmas shopping online. Experts predict that this Christmas season consumers will spend more money that ever buying gifts on the internet. Last season set new records of internet spending, and this year, more of the large retailers are targeting internet shoppers with bargains. This means that there will be more ... Read More »

Bloom Time for Holiday Cacti

AUBURN, Alabama —Holiday cacti, whether Thanksgiving or Christmas, put on quite a show during this time of year. The Thanksgiving cactus (Schlumbergera truncata) and the Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii) are closely related. Plant Care “Care for them is similar, and to many, it’s hard to tell them apart. However, for those who want to know why their Christmas cactus is blooming in November, ... Read More »

Baldwin County Extension Office Conducts Financial Literacy Program for Spanish Speaking Adults

Auburn, Alabama —Ellen Huckabay, county Extension coordinator for Baldwin County recently conducted the first financial literacy program for Spanish speaking adults in Foley. The series of workshops were held at the First Presbyterian Church in Foley.  United Bank cosponsored the workshops and provided evening meals for attendees. “I am very appreciative to regional Extension agent, Rick Zapata for developing and ... Read More »

Look Out for Yellow Jackets this Fall

AUBURN, Alabama — Yellow jackets have their second peak of activity in the fall. Many people encounter and experience painful stings from these wasps during outdoor activities such as tailgating, picnics and parties. Nesting Dr. Xing Ping Hu, an entomologist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, said most yellow jacket species build nests in the ground. However, some construct nests in buildings, tree ... Read More »

Storing Food During or After Emergencies


AUBURN, Ala. —The 2017 hurricane season has struck the southern United States with full force. Storms have left many without power and shelter. Taking some simple precautions when dealing with food during power outages is important. These include: Working with well-scrubbed hands Cleaning all utensils, cutting boards, etc. Keeping food hot (above 140 degrees F) or cold (below 40 degrees ... Read More »

Alabama Extension’s Betty Gottler Named to 2017 National 4-H Hall of Fame

AUBURN, Ala. – Alabama Extension’s Betty Gottler has been selected as a National 4-H Hall of Fame Laureate. Gottler received the honor because of her significant contributions to 4-H, the nation’s premier youth development organization. She is one of 16 individuals inducted into the Hall of Fame during a special ceremony Oct. 6 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center ... Read More »

Hurricane Preparedness–Are You Ready?

AUBURN, Ala. – Currently a tropical storm, forecasters expect Nate to become a hurricane before it arrives on the U.S. Gulf Coast this weekend.  The latest computer models indicate landfall anywhere between southeast Louisiana and the western Florida Panhandle.  Alabama residents should take time time now to ensure they are prepared. Hurricane Preparedness People throughout the nation should keep alert ... Read More »

Alabama 4-H Has Outstanding Program Year

AUBURN, Ala. – As America recognizes National 4-H Week Oct. 1-7, Alabama 4-H has a lot to celebrate. It had a banner year for 2016-2017. Total enrollment for the youth organization in the state was 184,021. That is a 27 percent increase from the previous year. “Alabama 4-H has experienced tremendous growth over the last three-years. We have taken what we value from ... Read More »

Produce Safety Alliance Trainings Set in Alabama

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AUBURN, Ala.–The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will conduct Produce Safety Alliance Training for fruit and vegetable growers. The training will focus on produce safety and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. The PSA Grower Training course satisfies the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement. The new Produce Safety Rule means safer produce for customers. Produce (fruits-nuts, fungi vegetables, ... Read More »

Fall is Pecan Time


AUBURN, Ala.-Pecans are a staple in many recipes. To ensure you have the best quality nuts for your next dish, harvest pecans as they drop from the trees.  Do not wait and try to harvest them all at one time at the end of the season. “Harvest your pecans promptly for best quality. Don’t let them lie on wet ground ... Read More »