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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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Boomers and Beyond

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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.

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4-H Camps - Learning and Fun Experiences

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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!

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Living With High Heating Costs

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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.  

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Check Stored Grain

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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. Some grain went into storage at higher than recommended moisture contents, and that increases the likelihood of storage problems.

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Extension: 100 Years of Service

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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. Join us as we celebrate 100 years of extending knowledge and changing lives.

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Guide to Reloadable Prepaid Cards

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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.

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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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