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Finding the Perfect Christmas Tree

“The Arizona cypress, eastern red cedar, blue spruce, Fraser fir and Virginia pine all have stiffer branches and are good options for heavy decorations,” Haley said.
Before purchasing or cutting down a tree, people need to mea…

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Reimagining Thanksgiving Leftovers

ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY, Ala.—It’s the day after Thanksgiving and you have a refrigerator full of leftovers. Don’t worry—reimagine Thanksgiving leftovers with a little creativity and by using practical food safety tips.

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Cut Calories This Holiday

…lar soda contains 140 to 200 calories. If you fill up a large 24-ounce cup, you’re pouring up to 400 calories. If you go back for a refill or drink several sugary drinks in one day, the calories you’re sipping can sneak up on you in a h…

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Master Gardeners Make a Difference in Autauga County

…idents fill the raised beds. All recipients of the garden’s bounty are identified through AICC. This ensures the food goes to those in need.

Rose McCauley became a Master Gardener (MG) in 2011 and oversaw garden operations for about fo…

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Irrigation Tax Credit for Farmers

…ire is the first step to properly seeking an income tax credit from the Alabama Department of Revenue,” said Brittney Goodrich, an Alabama Extension agricultural risk management and economics specialist.
What Can Farmers Claim?

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Extension Specialist Receives National Honor for Excellence

…ational award. The Extension in Excellence Award was presented Sunday, Nov. 10 during APLU’s annual meeting in San Diego, California.

“Dr. Brandon’s honor marks the third time an Extension specialist at Alabama A&M University h…

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Reese Leads Alabama 4-H Ambassadors


“I want to be a role model to youth and show them all the opportunities 4-H offers,” Reese said. “This is a goal I have had for years.

First introduced to 4-H in school, he started his own 4-H club at nine.
Growth through L…

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Grow a Backyard Wildflower Meadow

…ation with clear plastic and even composting on top of the soil. If the correct herbicide is selected, it can also be a good option.”

To prevent seeds from washing away, cover them with a light straw.
Purchasing Seeds
Purchasing seed…

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Diabetes in the Family


Having enough money to treat the disease also impacts families and could raise stress levels. Stress is not good for any disease. So, family members must work together to not only manage the disease but to manage monthly househo…

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The Wonder Grass: A New Book Highlighting Tall Fescue

…largest producer of Kentucky 31 seed. They remained a major supplier for almost 40 years.

“Tall fescue had so many good points,” Ball said.  “But it had its share of problems. Some cattle just didn’t perform well on it.”


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Health Challenges Continuing Issue for Rural America

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—It’s harder to be healthy in rural Alabama.

National Rural Health Day, slated for Thursday, Nov. 21, will shine a spotlight on how health issues affect rural populations differently than their urban neighbors …

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Quick Tips for Buying and Planting Summer Annual Plants

Three easy plants for shade:


Three easy plants for part-shade:

Wax Begonia
New Guinea Impatiens
Wishbone Flower

Three easy plants for full sun:

Creeping Zinnia

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Cut Calories the Easy Way

With every holiday season comes tasty meals, sweet desserts, and goodies to graze on all day long. What if you could cut down on major calories without giving up the special treat of enjoying holiday meals with family and friends? It’s si…

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Safely Thawing Your Holiday Turkey

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and the star of the holiday table is the turkey. Before it makes its way to the table, your turkey must be properly thawed and prepared. Depending on the size of the bird, …

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Agricultural Best Management Practices for Water Quality

…s for controlling nonpoint source pollution, visit the Natural Resources Conservation Services website at

Best Management Practices
Nutrient management includes reducing the amount of fertilizer used by applying only…

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