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Retirement Planning

Financial planning, the basis of retirement planning, can provide more satisfaction and security in your retirement years. Many people avoid thinking seriously about retirement until it is only a few years away. Yet starting to make…

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Make More from the Produce You Grow

With each growing season, producers must decide how and where to sell their crops. Farmers markets, grocery stores, roadside stands, and wholesale distribution are excellent established options. But there are new and trending opport…

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Parenting with Self-Awareness

Positive and negative experiences are a natural part of the ebb and flow of life with children. In our interactions with our children, each of us has the choice to respond in ways that either strengthen or weaken our relationships with them…

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Advancing Bullying Awareness: Parenting Strategies for a Teen Being Bullied

In this fourth of a five-part series, you will learn ways to get your teen to open up about being bullied and approaches to resolve the problem together.

As teens make their way through the school years, and peers become more importa…

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Advancing Bullying Awareness: Parenting Strategies for Teens Who Bully Others

In this second of a five-part series, you will learn how to recognize and prevent bullying behaviors in youth ages 12 to 17.

Bullying is very common in children and youth. National data has indicated that approximately 30 percent of …

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Parenting and Emotional Self-Control

Emotional self-control is a practice that involves being able to recognize and consider one’s emotional experience and adapt one’s emotional behavior to the needs of the situation.

Most parents would agree that raising children offer…

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Six Resolutions to Get You Saving in the New Year

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – As the end of 2018 quickly approaches, make sure to give your finances a checkup and discover if you need to make saving a New Year’s resolution. You may discover that you have debt that needs to be paid down …

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103 Ways to Save Money

No matter where you are on your financial journey, you can still turn your financial situation around. Sometimes all it takes is that first step in the right direction to get things moving in your favor. The most difficult part is often jus…

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Flooded Farm Vehicles and Equipment

Tips on Cleaning and Reconditioning
Check your insurance requirements first before operating or attempting to clean vehicles, equipment, or tractors. File appropriate claims.Then clean tractors, trucks, and farm equipment. Delay makes dirt…

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Flood-Damaged Agricultural Buildings

Buildings that have been exposed to floodwaters need to be evaluated for the extent of damage and the amount of cleanup and repairs necessary to restore them to a useable condition.
The first thing that needs to be done with a building tha…

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Standby Generators for Emergency Power

Standby generators are powered by tractors or engines and may be either portable or stationary. Engine-driven units available may have an automatic or manual start and are powered by gasoline, LP gas (bottled gas), or diesel fuel.
Generato…

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Erosion Control After Wildfire

Erosion is probably one of the most common concerns after a wildfire. Post-fire erosion depends on many factors. Generally, erosion hazard increases as slope increases and vegetative cover decreases. To be safe, assume all drainage in steep…

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Caring for Trees: Hiring an Arborist

If you have storm-damaged trees, you may need to hire an arborist. Unskilled work often results in damage or structural weakness the tree will keep throughout its existence. Unskilled tree work, such as topping or excessive limbing up, ofte…

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Caring for Trees: Post-Storm Assessment

After a damaging storm, trees are always a concern. Tree debris is the most common problem blocking roads and foot traffic, and it is likely to have damaged property.
 
High-Risk Storm Damage
First, assess the risk a storm-damaged t…

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Caring for Trees: Power Lines

The most common reason for storm power outages is a tree falling onto power and communications lines. The utilities do their best to clear the lines of branches to prevent this, but in strong storms, this is not always enough.
After a stor…

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