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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What Do 4-H, Diabetes, and Marriage Education Have in Common?
Jul19

What Do 4-H, Diabetes, and Marriage Education Have in Common?

What Do 4-H, Diabetes, and Marriage Education Have in Common? While in the check-out line at Wal-Mart with food items and plastic utensils in tow, the cashier commented that I must be getting ready for a party of some sort. When explaining that I worked for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and was preparing for another session of Kids’ Cam p: Fun, Food, Fitness, she responded that she had never heard of Extension. Wow! To me, it’s...

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Exercise Safety In Hot Weather
Jul13

Exercise Safety In Hot Weather

Exercise Safely in Hot Weather Many people flock outside in warm weather to travel, jog, play basketball or do yard work, but when the mercury rises, “easy” exercise becomes a huge physical undertaking, and intense exercise can be deadly. If your body’s temperature regulation system is overtaxed, you’re at risk of developing a heat-related illness. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds us of what we...

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Agrilife: Dangers of Leaving Children Alone In or Around Cars
Jun30

Agrilife: Dangers of Leaving Children Alone In or Around Cars

The Dangers of Leaving Children Alone In or Around Cars As we get further into summer in Texas, children will be spending more time outdoors and the danger of children being left alone in and around cars increases.  When we think of children left alone in cars, our first thought is the danger of children dying in hot cars due to heatstroke.  Tragic stories about deaths of children left in unattended cars have been in the news lately....

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