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Five Steps to Help Get You Saving this Year

AUBURN, Alabama—Give your finances a checkup and discover if you need to make saving a priority this year. You may discover that you have debt you need to pay down or that you are ready to take the next step in savings. Helping yourself and your family save successfully for the future should be near the top of your priority ... Read More »

February is National Snack Food Month

AUBURN, Alabama—Each person’s taste buds are different, so how you snack may differ from your peers. Many people have traditional go-to snacks that they grab when they get hungry. This month, ask yourself if what you are snacking on is the best option for your body. Below are a few snack options as well as some healthy, guilt-free alternatives to junk food snacks. It’s always a good rule ... Read More »

Alabama 4-H Members Hunt with Jackie Bushman

AUBURN, Alabama-Two Alabama 4-H members took part in a Buckmasters Inc. sponsored deer hunt Friday, Jan. 19, in Minter, Alabama. The hunt was videoed for The Jackie Bushman Show, and will air next fall on The Outdoor Channel. Tamara Phillips is a homeschooled sophomore. Drew Dunn, is a junior at Elmore County High School. Both are members of the River Region ... Read More »

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

4-Hi website welcome screen

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 »