Agrilife: Family & Consumer Science Professionals Impact Young Lives
Sep23

Agrilife: Family & Consumer Science Professionals Impact Young Lives

What Does it Take? Eighth graders all across the country are being encouraged to think about a study track to enter when they begin high school.  That is always a difficult decision, because may adults are still trying to decide what they want to do! My Family & Consumer Sciences colleagues and I are firm believers that our careers are making a difference in the lives of others.  We are professionals whose work assists...

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Agrilife: Get in Shape; Christmas Joys Program
Sep16

Agrilife: Get in Shape; Christmas Joys Program

Let’s Get in Shape! It seems that there is a growing trend toward health and fitness.  From commercials, to Facebook posts, to fitness classes, and “light” menus in restaurants, the message is clear that there are options for helping achieve a few pounds of weight loss or making heathier food choices.  The problem often comes in the price tag.  Classes, fitness equipment, and special weight-loss products all cost money, and I’m...

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What’s Up with Texas A&M Agrilife Extension? By Johanna Hicks
Sep07

What’s Up with Texas A&M Agrilife Extension? By Johanna Hicks

What’s Up with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension? School is back up and in full swing, so that means that 4-H is gearing up for the new year, as well.   Our office has received several phone calls in the past few days, so I wanted to share the 4-H enrollment information again.  The 4-H year is from September 1 to August 31, and we have lots of events and activities for youth coming up in the next few months.  But first, here’s...

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Agrilife: Fall Festival Arts and Crafts Show
Aug26

Agrilife: Fall Festival Arts and Crafts Show

Fall Festival Arts & Crafts Show Among the many hats I wear, serving as the Hopkins County Fall Festival Arts & Crafts Show coordinator is one of them.  This year’s event is shaping up to be a good one!  Sixteen craftsmen have already registered, and I look forward to many more.  Among the items for sale, you will see hand-crafted cards and gift tags, homemade jams & jellies, glass flowers and bird feeders made from...

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Free Marriage Education Workshop Saturday
Aug19

Free Marriage Education Workshop Saturday

Couples will learn about marriage expectations, communication, conflict resolution, money management, goal setting, and do some interesting exercises during a Free Marraige Education Workshop at the Sulphur Springs AgriLife Extension Building Sat, August 20, 8:30am – 3:30pm. Engaged Couples will receive a certificate for a $60 waiver upon applying for a marriage license.They currently have two couples signed up and would be delighted...

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Creative Arts Contest – What will YOU Enter?
Aug16

Creative Arts Contest – What will YOU Enter?

Creative Arts Contest – What will YOU Enter? What a refreshing rain we recently received! Gardens have perked up, and lawns all across the county have been rejuvenated. Cooler weather has energized many folks, which puts us in the mindset for autumn. Autumn reminds us of back-to- school, beautiful fall leaves, sweaters, sports events, and refreshing temperatures, which remind us of…Fall Festival! As the Creative Arts Contest chairman,...

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Agri-Life: Say Yes to FCS!
Aug12

Agri-Life: Say Yes to FCS!

National Survey Says… No, this is not a printed copy of Family Feud, but I will be giving some interesting facts from some reliable, research-based sources.  First of all, I want to give you a brief quiz. FCS represents: 1)      Fluid Control System 2)      Family & Consumer Sciences 3)      Fat Cow Syndrome What courses are taught under the FCS umbrella: 1)      Accounting and related courses 2)      Agricultural animal nutrition...

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Grasshopper Control Update: Pasture Management
Aug04

Grasshopper Control Update: Pasture Management

  Grasshopper control update: Pasture management According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in Overton, there are about 150 species of grasshoppers in the state of Texas, but 90% of the damage to crops, gardens, trees, and pastures is caused by just 5 species. Grasshoppers deposit their eggs 1/2 to 2 inches below the soil surface in pod-like structures. Each egg pod consists of 20 to 120 eggs. Egg pods are very resistant to...

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AgriLife Extension Offers Tips for Avoiding Zika
Aug04

AgriLife Extension Offers Tips for Avoiding Zika

AgriLife Extension Offers Tips for Avoiding Zika You have heard of the Zika virus in the news.  The mosquito-transmitted virus is a potential threat to the health of unborn babies in Texas and other states.  Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has stepped up efforts to educate the public on ways to protect themselves from this new menace. Dr. Sonja Swiger, AgriLife Extension entomologist, reminds us that it’s important to...

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Gearing Up for 4-H Enrollment
Jul29

Gearing Up for 4-H Enrollment

Gearing Up for 4-H Enrollment: It’s that time of year again! A new school year is rapidly approaching, so that means that a new 4-H year is also getting underway. We want everyone to know what it’s all about! What is 4-H? It is a national organization which help young people develop life-long knowledge and skills to become engaged citizens. Through 4-H, youth are taught skills for living. It is a model of the “learn by doing” teaching...

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