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November, 2014

  • 20 November

    Turkey to-do List Could Prevent Kitchen, Food Safety Meltdown on Thanksgiving

    BY KIM HUGHES, COUNTY AGENT – FCS – A simple checklist could help keep chefs from having a food safety meltdown on Thanksgiving Day.  Most people don’t cook turkey more than once or twice a year and despite the relative simplicity of slow roasting, there are still plenty of actions that require planning and good timing. Be organized and find ...

  • 12 November

    County Extension Office Announces End-of-Year Programs

    BY CARLA VAIGHT – COUNTY EXTENSION AGENT – Private Use Pesticide Applicator Training Scheduled Agriculture producers wishing to purchase restricted pesticides for use on their own farm are invited to attend a certification class on Monday, December 1st at 6:00 pm at the Polk County Fairgrounds.  The training will last about 2.5 hours and costs $10 to attend. This class ...

  • 12 November

    Eating Better on a Budget

    BY KIM HUGHES, COUNTY AGENT – FCS – There are many ways to save money on the foods that you eat.  The three main steps are planning before you shop, purchasing the items at the best price, and preparing meals that stretch your food dollars.  Here are 10 tips to help you stretch your food dollars. 1.  Plan, plan, plan!  ...

  • 7 November

    Meat Canning Class Planned for November

    BY KIM HUGHES – Fall in the Ouachitas means hunting season for many.  Most people cook and eat some of their harvest, and then freeze the rest of it.  Have you ever thought about canning some of the meat, but didn’t know how to do it safely?  If the electricity goes off, as it usually does at least once in ...

February, 2014

  • 25 February

    Trimming & Pruning Your Way to Spectacular Spring/Summer Landscaping

    BY MICHAEL CATE | INSIDE & OUT CONTRIBUTOR – By Mid February, yards and gardens are as anxious for the arrival of warm weather as the people who tend them.  Before you even think about fertilizer, it’s time to sharpen those pruning shears! Roses and shrubs have suffered multiple nights of single digits and teens. Depending on the health of ...