NDSU horticulturists and a team of more than 500 gardeners in North Dakota have evaluated hundreds of varieties in backyard gardens during the past five years. The team rated the varieties for germination, plant health, earliness, yield and taste. Check out the 2013 variety trial results and recommendations for 2014.
As we age, we may not be as active as we used to be. Maybe we have put on a few extra pounds, or we’ve developed health issues such as high blood pressure or diabetes. The NDSU Extension Service has developed Nourishing Boomers and Beyond, a program to provide North Dakotans age 50 and older with information and strategies to eat more nutritiously and be more physically active so they can reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases.
If you’re looking for adventure this summer, try the 4-H Camp near Washburn. Any youth can attend a variety of camps to have fun while developing lifelong skills, trying new activities, learning the importance of a healthy lifestyle and discovering what they can accomplish, all in a safe environment. Check out the possibilities today!
This winter’s frigid temperatures and high heating costs are putting a big dent in North Dakotans’ budgets, so this may be a time when the whole family needs to sacrifice a bit and tighten up spending. “When Prices Rise: Living on Your Income,” can help families track their expenditures and reduce their spending. “Family Money Manager” is another Extension publication that can be helpful when adjusting the family budget.
Search for small changes in your stored grain that are indicators of potential problems. The early snow, cool fall and early cold winter temperatures made 2013 a challenging year for the corn and sunflower harvests.,
In 2014, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, which established the Cooperative Extension Service, a state-by-state national network of educators who extend university-based research and knowledge to the people. The Smith-Lever Act has stimulated innovative research and vital educational programs for youth and adults through progressive information delivery systems that improved lives and shaped a nation.
When a prepaid card is reloadable, it generally is meant for longer-term use. Funds initially are deposited on the card and the card can be reloaded with more money at any time. It is the “reload” feature that distinguishes prepaid cards from other cards. Consumers also may choose to have a paycheck deposited directly to a prepaid card. There are advantages and disadvantages to using a reloadable card.
If you are looking to save some money on holiday presents, consider making inexpensive and tasty beverages in your own home. Making beverage mixes in the home is a fun and easy way to make delicious drinks without breaking your budget and many people welcome a special holiday coffee or tea beverage. Sip it slowly and enjoy! (Photo by Alice Henneman, University of Nebraska Extension – Lancaster County)
Through the years, certain foods fall in and out of public awareness and favor. This certainly has been true of fats, such as those found in margarine and butter. For example, for a time, margarine was recommended instead of butter for health reasons; more recently, margarine has received bad press because it contains trans fat. These conflicting messages in the media can create confusion.