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Finding the Perfect Christmas Tree

…e others buy from vendors with pre-cut trees. Norm Haley, an Alabama Extension regional agent of forestry, wildlife and natural resources, said either of these options usually have several species to choose from.

“Common Christmas tree…

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Recent Rains Ease Wildfire Threat

… is considered abnormally dry, and just over 25 percent of the state is drought-free.

Alabama Extension forestry and natural resources agent Spenser Bradley said it is important to take proper steps to ensure safety and prevent widesprea…

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Fire Alert Issued in Alabama, Use Caution

…extreme drought. The remaining 64 percent of the state are considered abnormally dry.

Alabama Extension forestry and natural resources agent Spenser Bradley said while there is not a statewide burn ban, it is important to take proper ste…

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Avoiding Poisonous Plants

…son just touching poison ivy, oak or sumac. Andrew Baril, an Alabama Extension regional agent of forestry, wildlife and natural resources, said problems occur with these plants when someone crushes the leaves or stem and releases the oils.

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Grilling Alabama Seafood

… and John Weichman for their review of this material; and to National Fisheries Institute and the Florida Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Seafood Marketing, for information used.
This work is partly a result of research sponsore…

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Principles of Parenting: Communicating With Your Teen—Talking about Sex

Learn how to approach the topic of sex in a way that helps your teen make wise and healthy choices.

As a parent, you know that the topic of sex is an important one to discuss with your children. But just because the topic i…

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Managing Tawny Crazy Ants: Guidelines for the Pest Management Professional

Tawny crazy ants are a highly invasive pest that is best contained by pest management professionals using these strategies for identification and control.

Tawny crazy ants (TCA), Nylanderia fulva (Mayr), wer…

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Helping Children Cope with Stress, Grief After a Disaster

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Disasters are stressful for every person affected. Feelings of anxiety and grief are especially prevalent in children following a natural disaster, like a tornado.

Dr. Katrina Akande, a Human Development and Fam…

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Buying Organic— What Does It Mean?

To be labeled organic, a food or other agricultural product must meet specific USDA standards. Learn the difference this makes in the products you buy and how it can influence the way you maintain your home garden.

Fact and…

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Managing Stress: Guide for Understanding Stressful Situations

The term stressful situations refers to events that families find problematic. These events may occur often, such as getting the kids off to school, dealing with work issues, arguing with friends or family, or experiencing social me…

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Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Suicide

From 1999 to 2016, Alabama experienced a 21.9 percent increase in suicides across all age groups. As the media continues to cover suicide incidents among the nation’s youth, parents are often concerned about how to discuss this to…

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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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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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Technology

When disasters strike, individuals and businesses all too often lose important computer files. You can replace equipment, but data may be lost forever.

Before Storm
It is important to back up your data and store it someplace besides y…

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Manufactured Home Safety

Proper installation of your manufactured home and a few precautions will help you to prevent storm and fire damage. The Forty-Second Congress of the United States passed the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Act in 1974…

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