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Alabama 4-H’ers Bring Home Awards from National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference

Auburn, Alabama — Four Alabama 4-H’ers brought home awards from the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. The Alabama team included Mia Daniels and Clayton Guy from Marengo County, Kenneth Reese from Jefferson County and Clay Woods from Limestone County. Avian Bowl Knowledge Contest Mia Daniels and Clayton Guy took part in the Avian Bowl knowledge contest. ... Read More »

Returning Christmas Gifts

AUBURN, Alabama—Returning a Christmas gift can cause great concern for many people. However, there is no need to worry. Most retailers accept returns as a matter of normal business. Consumer Responsibility “Take a gift back as quickly as possible, even though many stores don’t have a time limit,” said Sharlean Briggs, a regional Alabama Extension agent in Family Resource Management ... Read More »

Alabama 4-H Wins NAE4-HA Interactive 4-H Educational Website Award

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AUBURN, Alabama — Alabama 4-H  recently won the National Interactive 4-H Educational Website Award with its 4-Hi website. The Alabama team was recognized at the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. Alabama Team Members Members of the Alabama Extension team included Dr. Molly Gregg, 4-H Program Leader; Kimberly Graham, 4-H communications specialist; Bruce Dupree, Extension creative services manager; Aimee Lewis, ... Read More »

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

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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 »