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February, 2015

  • 18 February

    A Home Inventory is a Good Idea for Everyone

    BY KIM HUGHES, COUNTY EXTENSION AGENT, FCS – You never know when a disaster may strike, but you can be prepared with a home inventory.  A home inventory can help you to buy the amount of insurance you need; get your insurance claim settled faster; verify losses for your income tax return; and keep track of the belongings you’ve accumulated ...

  • 14 February

    Small Changes for Better Health

    KIM HUGHES – We’ve all heard how most Americans need to get more physical activity. Two-thirds of people in the United States weigh more than they should and nearly three-quarters don’t get the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity on most days. As the days get longer and warmer, think about participating in Walk Across Polk County, an 8-week walking ...

  • 9 February

    Eggs and Heart Disease

    BY KIM HUGHES, COUNTY AGENT, FCS – Long condemned by well-meaning doctors and scientists for their high cholesterol content, eggs are now making a bit of a comeback.  While it’s true that egg yolks have a lot of cholesterol – and so may weakly affect blood cholesterol levels – eggs also contain nutrients that may help lower the risk for ...

  • 7 February

    Pruning Ornamentals and Orchards – Join Us!

    BY CARLA VAUGHT – I get lots of questions about pruning plants. From shrubs and roses to fruit trees and even shade trees.  This is the time of the year when most people start asking those pruning questions. First, let’s talk about the reasons we prune our plants.  There are different reasons to prune for different types of plants.  Most ...

  • 4 February

    Cooking Terms We All Need to Know

    BY KIM HUGHES, COUNTY EXTENSION AGENT, FCS – Most of us cook almost every day – some because we have to, but others because we really enjoy cooking, at least some of the time.  Gourmet meals are probably not on your menu every day, but trying new & interesting recipes is fun and keeps your daily meals from becoming boring.  ...

January, 2015

  • 22 January

    Ten Easy Ways to Kill a Tree (And How to Avoid Them)

    BY KIM HIGHES – Trees that grow in our communities provide us with many benefits.  The average city tree removes 13 to 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year from the air.  A tree’s value increases with each passing year.  Trees increase home property values 7 to 21 percent, depending on the number and size of the trees.  Patients with ...

  • 19 January

    Webinars and Workshops Available to Aid Growers in Farm Bill Decisions

    LITTLE ROCK  — The Cooperative Extension Service and Farm Service Agency is offering expert assistance to Arkansas growers preparing to make major Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage decisions related to the 2014 Farm Bill. A series of interactive online seminars, or “webinars,” will continue on Jan. 20, with more to follow in February and March. Each webinar will ...

  • 14 January

    Start a Legacy Drawer

    BY KIM HUGHES, COUNTY AGENT – FCS – Every household needs a Legacy Drawer.  It doesn’t matter if you’re single with no kids or 76 and have 12 grandkids – you need a Legacy Drawer.  It’s the last gift you will give to your family, so make it a good one. The drawer should be somewhere in your home and ...

  • 6 January

    2015 Intentions

    BY KIM HUGHES – COUNTY AGENT -FCS Did you notice I did not say “New Year’s Resolutions?”  How many times have you made New Year’s Resolutions, only to fail to meet your high expectations, and then feeling bad about yourself?  There must be something “wrong” with you if you can’t follow through on improvements you know you need to make in ...

  • 6 January

    Plan Now to Grow this Spring!

    BY CARLA VAUGHT – COUNTY EXTENSION AGENT – Whether you are a full-time farmer, a part-time farmer, or even a backyard gardener there are a lot of things you can be doing to prepare for spring and improve your efficiency with your enterprise. One of the most basic and most important practices is soil testing. December is the perfect time ...