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Celebrating 100 Years

Celebrating 100 NDSU Extension green goldIn 2014, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act. It created the Cooperative Extension Service, a state-by-state network of educators to extend university-based research and knowledge to the people. Although times and technologies have changed, NDSU Extension still is committed to extending knowledge and changing lives now and in the future.

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Beverage Mixes in a Jar

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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)

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Save on Energy Costs

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Homeowners can save money by doing a basic energy audit using an infrared thermometer. By following some energy saving tips and filling out a questionnaire, a homeowner can find sources of air leaks and learn about insulation levels in a home. (Photo courtesy of Michelle Meiklejohn)

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Fats in Our Diets

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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.

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Let’s Talk Turkey!

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You can make sure that the turkey you serve during the holidays produces only compliments. Just remember the four simple steps to food safety: clean, separate, cook and chill. (Photo by anitapeppers at morgueFile.com

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Keep Your Home Healthy

house photoIndoor air quality is important because we breathe about 5,000 gallons of air daily and spend 90 percent of our time indoors. Indoor air quality problems, such as exposure to carbon monoxide, can be life-threatening and exposure to mold can cause respiratory problems and trigger asthma attacks. (Photo by kconnors at morgueFile.com)

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Extension Service Ag Podcast Now Available

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Sound Ag Advice is an agricultural news podcast now available from the NDSU Extension Service. The podcasts feature agricultural topics ranging from rangeland management to crop prices. Each podcast is three to four minutes long. Subscribers using iTunes will have access to the podcasts on their iPhone, iPad, iPod or computer. Android phone or tablet users can subscribe to the service by downloading a free podcast player app.

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Make a Lasting Impact Through 4-H

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National 4-H Week is a celebration of the great things that the 4-H youth development program offers young people and highlights what 4-H members do each day to a make a positive impact on their community. Also during National 4-H Week, hundreds of thousands of youth from all around the nation will complete a single, innovative experiment during 4-H National Youth Science Day. "4-H Maps & Apps" will introduce youth to the importance of geographic information systems and geographic positioning systems as they design and map their ideal park, use mapping to solve community problems and contribute data to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Estate Planning - Thinking of the Future

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People spend a lifetime working to build resources (an estate) to carry them through their retirement years. But they also need to think about what happens to their estate after they are gone. Estate planning can help avoid confusion, delays, expenses and family quarreling.

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The Door to Improving North Dakota’s Business Climate

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The NDSU Center for Community Vitality is the front door to connecting businesses and entrepreneurs with research and technology information. The center targets new and experienced entrepreneurs to help them adapt to rapidly changing business environments, tune into customer needs and take advantage of emerging opportunities.

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Spotted-wing Drosophila Detected in N.D.

spotted-wing drosophila The spotted-wing drosophila has been detected in North Dakota for the first time. It attacks fruit crops, including cherries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, peaches, nectarines, apricots and grapes. Unlike native fruit flies, the spotted-wing drosophila does not require damaged fruit to infest. However, it is very difficult to detect because many native fruit flies resemble the spotted-wing drosophila and the insect is very small.

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