ACES Publications
December 2016 e-Newsletter

December 8, 2016

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The Christmas Tree Debate - Real vs Artificial

The Christmas holiday season is here again and the time has come to put up a Christmas tree. One question that is raised each year is whether to get a real Christmas tree or use an artificial version. The ultimate goal is to have a beautiful Christmas tree for everyone to enjoy, but deciding which […]   Read More


Would You Like to Become a Master Gardener? Here's How.

You have likely heard someone claim to be a Master Gardener. You may have even seen them working in your community or may have even spoke with them on the phone. But some of you still may not fully know and ask, “What is a Master Gardener?”. Well, this special group of people are indeed […]   Read More


Follow These Basics of Holiday Food Safety

You are about to pull off a miracle, balancing your full time job with all the demands of holiday entertaining — or so it seems. You’ve carefully laid all the plans for a lavish holiday party for out-of-town family and guests, replete with all of those things that make the holidays so special — baked […]   Read More


Drought Management Strategies: Preserving Next Year's Calf Crop

Alabama counties have experienced increased levels of drought throughout this past summer and fall. To successfully survive drought conditions, producers must develop a plan that considers not only the present, but also the future. Developing a plan to preserve next year’s calf crop is a key part of planning for a successful future. This article […]   Read More


Holiday Recipes Featured in our 2016 Extension Cookbook

Our 2016 Holiday Extension Cookbook is now available online or by request at our office. Click below for the complete cookbook: 2016 Extension Cookbook (printable version) 2016 Extension Cookbook (digital version) Here is a sample found in the Cookbook: Holiday Fruit Cookies 1 stick butter 1 egg 1 3/4 cups self-rising flour 1 cup […]   Read More


Scale Back Alabama Returns January 9th

Obesity is a problem in Alabama. In fact, Alabama has the sixth highest rate of adult obesity of any state in the nation. In its 11th year, Scale Back Alabama, a free statewide weight-loss competitive program, targets these adults. Sign up date begins January 9th. “One of Alabama Extension’s planned programs is Health and Wellness […]   Read More


It's Showtime for Holiday Cactus

Holiday cacti, whether Thanksgiving or Christmas, put on quite a show about the time most other color is gone. The Thanksgiving cactus (Schlumbergera truncata) and the Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii) are closely related. “Care for them is similar, and to many, it’s hard to tell them apart. However, for those who want to know why their […]   Read More








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