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May, 2015

  • 8 May

    Controlling Animal Pests in the Flower Garden

    BY KIM HUGHES, COUNTY EXTENSION AGENT – Although insect pests and plant diseases are generally easy to control in the flower garden, animal pests are not. You may have variable success with repellents, depending on your location or timing. If the animals are not very hungry or population pressures are not too great, repellents may be enough to discourage invaders. ...

April, 2015

  • 29 April

    Cooking with Herbs Adds Flavor

    Cooking with fresh herbs really enhances the flavors of food without adding to the fat, sodium, or calorie content. There are hundreds of varieties of fresh herbs available; many which are easily grown at home. Herbs and spices have a long culinary history, dating back more than 2,000 years.  They were known to be traded throughout the Mediterranean and Middle ...

  • 26 April

    NRCS Announces Application Deadline for Financial Assistance to Restore & Improve Forest Health in 29 Western Arkansas Counties

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark., April 15, 2015 – Forest landowners in 29 counties in western Arkansas have until May 15, 2015, to apply for financial assistance for the voluntary installation of forest land conservation practices to help restore, maintain and enhance more open woodland. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and United States Forest Service (FS) announced a multi-year partnership in ...

  • 22 April

    Lunch, Dinner, Supper, or Tea?

      BY KIM HUGHES – A few days ago, a friend and I were discussing the terms used for meals eaten around noon and later in the evening.  That being an interesting southern topic, I decided to do a little research and see what I could find. It seems it depends where you grew up and what term the locals ...

  • 15 April

    Asparagus, Considered a Delicacy since Ancient Times

    BY KIM HUGHES – Asparagus was first cultivated about 2500 years ago in Greece. The name is a Greek word, meaning stalk or shoot. The Greeks believed asparagus was an herbal medicine which, among other things, would cure toothaches and prevent bee stings. Second century Physician, Galen, described asparagus as “cleansing and healing.” Claims for medicinal benefits of asparagus persist ...

  • 10 April

    Dogwoods

    BY MICHAEL CATE – The second annual invitational Spring Dogwood Walk at Avalon Keep Botanical Gardens was a pleasant success and the weather cooperated beautifully Wednesday April 8.  There were not as many trees in full bloom as last year, due to the natural cycle of the woodland.  Participants learned how to spot the abundance of trees tucked amid the ...

  • 7 April

    What You Should Really Say When Your Friend Declares, ‘I’m So Fat!’

    BY COUNTY EXTENSION AGENT, KIM HUGHES When a friend complains about her weight, what do you say? Do you go the supportive route and encourage her to start dieting? Or do you follow the unspoken rule of female friendship and tell her that she looks great just as she is? New research suggests that the latter option is actually the most ...

  • 4 April

    USDA Extends ARC and PLC Deadlines

    WASHINGTON, March 27, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today provided farm owners and producers one additional week, until April 7, 2015, to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres also will be April 7, 2015. ...

March, 2015

  • 31 March

    Living Well With Diabetes

    BY KIM HUGHES – Diabetes is widely recognized as one of the leading causes of death and disability in Arkansas.  The prevalence of diabetes in Arkansas has been at or above the national average for the past 10 years. Diabetes is associated with long-term complications that affect almost every part of the body.  The disease often leads to blindness, heart ...

  • 24 March

    Avian Influenza Not a Risk in Properly Cooked Poultry

    BY KIN HUGHES – Fast Facts: •   Proper cooking of poultry destroys avian influenza virus •   Poultry should always be cooked to an internal temp of 165 degrees •   Basic hygiene can prevent contraction, spread of bird flu There is no danger of contracting the current strain of avian influenza from eating properly cooked chicken because heat destroys pathogens. “This ...