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Put Your Best Fork Forward During National Nutrition Month

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Auburn, Alabama — Parents are the most important role models for their children. For National Nutrition Month®, celebrated each March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages parents to “Put Your Best Fork Forward” by modeling healthful eating habits – one fork at a time. Cook from scratch “Cooking from scratch yields health benefits for you and your family,” says ... Read More »

Tips on Buying Container Plants

  Auburn, Alabama — This time of year, true plant lovers know how tempting it is to walk through a garden center full of vivid blooms and beautiful foliage. It is difficult not to pick up at least one extra plant. “While a spontaneous purchase can turn out to be a real blessings in the garden, more often impulses lead ... Read More »

March is National Nutrition Month

Auburn, Alabama — National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year’s theme is “Put Your Best Fork Forward,” which acts as a reminder that each ... Read More »

Peach Crop Insurance Meeting March 2 at Alabama Green Industry Training Center

Peach Crop Insurance

AUBURN, Alabama — The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is hosting a Peach Crop Insurance meeting with the USDA Risk Management Agency, Thursday, March 2. The meeting is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Alabama Green Industry Training Center at 5521 Cahaba Valley Rd, Birmingham, Alabama. Centered in Chilton County, the peach industry is an important part of Alabama’s economy. According to the U.S. ... Read More »

Amanda Henry Hollaway Joins Alabama 4-H Foundation Board

Amanda Henry Hollaway was recently appointed to the Alabama 4-H Foundation Board. Auburn, Alabama —“The Alabama 4-H Foundation Board looks forward to having Amanda as our newest Board member,” says Tommy Elliott, secretary-treasurer of the Foundation Board.  “Her personal involvement as a former 4-H member and the parent of two sons who are 4-H’ers attest to her love and belief ... Read More »

Body Quest Text Messaging Helps Parents Make Better Food and Drink Choices for Their Families

AUBURN, ALA—Year after year, thousands of third graders across Alabama take charge of their health while participating in Extension Nutrition Education Program’s obesity prevention initiative Body Quest. The innovative and effective youth initiative brings technology and healthy snacks into low-income schools as part of a 15-week intervention that empowers youth to make better food and drink choices and be more ... Read More »

What have you done for your heart lately?

Auburn, Alabama — 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. ... Read More »

Blooming Chocolate Not Harmful

Auburn, Ala.– If you are buying chocolates for someone special on Valentine’s Day and notice some whitish discoloration on the surface of the chocolate, don’t be alarmed. The chocolate is safe to eat. Fat Bloom The whitish discoloration is called “fat bloom” which occurs when cocoa butter separates from the crystallized chocolate mixture and comes to the surface, say Dr. ... Read More »

Buying Valentine Roses

Auburn, Alabama—Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and many consumers are planning to buy flowers and candy for their sweethearts. People often associate roses with this holiday and wonder why the cost of commercial roses is higher in February than in any other month of the year. “It takes about eight weeks for a commercial rose bush to produce ... Read More »

2017 Webinars for Extension Commercial Horticulture

Auburn,Ala.– The Commercial Horticulture Extension Team organizes webinars to provide quick updates for producers on various topics of interest. Whether you are interested in the proper way to plant fruit trees or have questions in turf management, these webinars cover a wide range of subjects. Webinars are streamed live via Panopto on the last Monday of every month starting in January and ... Read More »