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Making LIFE Work – Reducing Expenses

Frugality 101
If you and your family are dealing with reduced income, your first steps should involve carefully assessing how you spend your money and identifying ways to save more of it.

Some spending is necessary and unavoidable…

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Making LIFE Work – Family Staycations

Rerouting
Family vacation plans derailed by unexpected events? Don’t cancel those plans just yet! Reroute to a staycation—fun time close to home and less expensive than full-blown vacations. This alternative can be designed to fi…

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Making LIFE Work – Staying Safe

Staying safe involves more than just following a handful of tips. Much like staying nutritionally and physically fit, staying safe requires a change of mindset. Experts advise that the first step should be to create an awareness of …

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Proliferative Gill Disease

Featured mage shows the swollen gills of a channel catfish that has been diagnosed with PGD. Note the hamburger like appearance. (Photo courtesy of John Hawke, Louisiana State University)

Proliferative gill disease (PGD), also known as …

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Making LIFE Work – Restarting After a Job Loss

Grief is a common reaction after a layoff or job loss. But experts stress that it is okay to grieve. Grieving is a natural part of adjusting to a job loss, especially when the loss is unexpected and beyond our control.

Even so, i…

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Making LIFE Work – Getting Enough Sleep

During these uncertain times, people may be skimping on sleep. And, in the long run, sleep deprivation can take a toll on your health.

For starters, the lack of enough sleep causes a loss in reaction time and puts you at a higher…

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Making LIFE Work – Preparing for Financial Emergencies

A critical step in getting ready for a financial long haul is setting up a rainy day fund—an emergency savings account of between $500 and $1,000 to cover unexpected challenges, such as repairing the brakes on your car, buying a n…

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Livestock Drinking Water Quality

In this video, Eve Brantley, an Alabama Extension water specialist, discusses the importance of having a high quality livestock drinking water. She also discusses topics such as cattle water requirements and how to maintain high quality wat…

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Spring Weed Management Considerations for Pastures and Hayfields

In this video, David Russell, an Alabama Extension weed scientist, discusses topics related to spring weed management in pastures and hayfields. These topics include integrated pest management, spring transition across forage systems, contr…

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Making LIFE Work – Looking for a New Job

Search for Openings
Start by creating a job search plan that includes identifying the position and work requirements that interest you. Most companies post job opportunities on their websites. Job search sites such as Careeronestop.o…

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Cotton Byproduct Use in Beef Cattle Diets

Cotton byproducts can offer a low-cost alternative protein and roughage source in beef cattle diets. Learn the pros and cons of different byproducts.

What is a cotton byproduct?
Cotton byproducts are secondar…

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Activities for Children and Youth While Sheltering in Place

No one was ready for the lifestyle changes brought about by the COVID -19 pandemic. It is one thing to have spring break or other holidays when schools are temporarily closed, but we have never been in the current situation.

Children are…

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Early Grade Literacy

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) provides information on state and national student achievement in grades four, eight, and twelve through what is known as “The Nation’s Report Card.”

According to the results o…

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Go Wash Your Nasty Hands

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – The phrase “go wash your nasty hands” has special meaning in the South as many of us have heard our parents or grandparents say it just before dinner.  Now, it has taken on new urgency under the threat of coronavi…

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Faith-Based Community Leadership During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Faith-based community leaders are in a unique position to address and minimize concerns, fears, and anxieties regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.

In times of distress, the faith-based community serves as a trusted source of a…

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