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February, 2015

  • 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 ...

  • 2 January

    Holidays & Diabetes: What You Need to Know

    Diabetes management around the holidays can be particularly daunting, especially with a myriad of food temptations everywhere.  Remember, you have control over your choices: all it takes is planning.  Take things one day, one event, and one meal at a time. Check out these holiday strategic planning tips below: Space your carbohydrate consumption out throughout the day.  Choose which carbs ...

December, 2014

  • 19 December

    Walking: A Gift to Yourself

    BY KIM HUGHES, COUNTY AGENT – FCS – December is the time of year when we think about giving gifts to family, friends and special people in our lives. During the holiday season, specially, there seems to be an abundance of food and a lack of time. We indulge a little but know we are just adding calories, whether from ...

  • 14 December

    Gingerbread Cookies are a Holiday Tradition

    BY KIM HIGHES, COUNTY AGENT – FCS Gingerbread first appeared in Western Europe at the end of the eleventh century.  Crusaders returning from the Eastern Mediterranean brought home unknown foods, such as spices, sugars, almonds and citrus fruits that would become the essential ingredients for gingerbread. From its very beginning, gingerbread was a fairground delicacy. Fairs in England became known ...