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National Impact of EFNEP 2014

National Impact of EFNEP 2014

Since 1969, EFNEP has reached more than 32 million low-income families and youth, improving their diets and food-related behaviors. Each year EFNEP enrolls more than half a million new program participants. In 2014, EFNEP reached 121,850 adults and 392,563 youth directly and nearly 360,000 family members indirectly.

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Family Nutrition Program (FNP): Helping Low Resource Families and Youth Make Healthy Choices

Family Nutrition Program (FNP): Helping Low Resource Families and Youth Make Healthy Choices

The NDSU Extension Service offers SNAP-Ed through the Family Nutrition Program (FNP) to individuals who are recipients of or eligible for SNAP benefits. Through a series of lessons or one-time programs, FNP educators use evidence-based content to teach participants nutrition-related knowledge and skills. Here is a summary of the impacts FNP made in North Dakota in 2014.

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Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP): Empowering Families and Youth to Lead Healthier Lives

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP): Empowering Families and Youth to Lead Healthier Lives

The NDSU Extension Service offers the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) to North Dakota families at risk for food insecurity. EFNEP focuses on working with limited resource adults with children in the household and youth from homes with limited resources. Here is a summary of the impacts EFNEP made in North Dakota in 2014.

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NDSU Potato Blightline to Operate in 2015

NDSU Potato Blightline to Operate in 2015

The Plant Pathology Department at North Dakota State University will again be providing the potato Blightline service at no charge to the potato industry of North Dakota and western Minnesota in 2015. You can access the Blightline information by phone, email, texts, or the NDSU/U of M Potato Extension and the Potato Pathology website.

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Growing Potatoes in the Garden

Growing Potatoes in the Garden

There have been a handful of calls from people asking how to grow potatoes in their garden. Here are links to some selected Extension publications and books on growing potatoes in the garden. Please contact me if you have further questions or know of other good information that the home gardener could benefit from.

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 Free Zebra Chip Webinar May 7th

Free Zebra Chip Webinar May 7th

The USDA Office of Pest Management Policy and The American Phytopathological Society are hosting a free webinar on Zebra Chip May 7, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Central. This one-hour webinar, titled “Overview of Zebra Chip Research in the U.S.” will be presented by Dr. Charlie Rush, a plant pathologist at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center and a leading authority on Zebra Chip. In his presentation, Rush will talk about components of a wide-ranging response and recovery plan that focuses on Zebra Chip’s control. These components include the etiology, epidemiology, detection, economics, and management of Zebra Chip. Rush will also identify and discuss priorities needed in research, extension and education to control zebra chip outbreaks.

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Focus on Potato: Preventing the Spread of Potato Viruses: What Insecticides Can and Cannot Do

Focus on Potato: Preventing the Spread of Potato Viruses: What Insecticides Can and Cannot Do

Potato Leaf Roll Virus (PLRV) and Potato Virus Y (PVY) are the two most serious viral diseases affecting potato growers in North America. Each virus is characterized by its own distinct epidemiology, and should be treated accordingly. This presentation will help consultants, growers, and other practitioners in North America to optimize insecticide use for controlling aphid vectors of PLRV and PVY in their crops. Practitioners will learn the differences between persistently and non-persistently transmitted viruses, between colonizing and non-colonizing aphid species, and their implications for making proper decisions on using insecticides.

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5 Ways to Reduce Food Waste

5 Ways to Reduce Food Waste

During the spring, many people take steps to clean their closets, garages and kitchens. Have you ever had to throw out food that has become moldy in your fridge? Have any of your packaged foods lost their appealing taste or color because they were "lost" in the back of a cupboard? Have you bought a large package of food because it had a lower "unit price" and you or your family became tired of the food?

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"Use by" Dates with Proper Storage

"Use by" Dates with Proper Storage

I noticed that lots of food packages say "use by" and "best if used by" and then list a date. Will I get sick if I eat the food after the date?

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2015 NDSU Pest Management Guides Available

2015 NDSU Pest Management Guides Available

Fungicide, Insecticide, and Herbicide Guides for Potato Production (and other crops) are available to assist farmers with management decisions. These guides are for labelled products in North Dakota. Please check your state for current label recommendations. Inclusion in or exclusion from this page does not infer any recommendation or statement of efficacy. No statement or inference of comparative efficacy between products is included in this document. This information is from current registration labels as available.

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Genetics of Late Blight – Real World Implications - FOCUS ON POTATO

Genetics of Late Blight – Real World Implications - FOCUS ON POTATO

This presentation explains many of the genetic characteristics (general and unique) of Phytophthora infestans. It starts with a chronological description of the gradually increasingly accurate understanding of the genetics of this oomycete. It emphasizes the population genetics worldwide, but with special emphasis on the United States. A major theme is that "migration" has played a huge role in the diversity of populations in the USA and worldwide. An accurate understanding of the simple population genetic structure of this organism in the USA can be used to improve efforts to mitigate the harmful effects of this pathogen.

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Understanding Potato Stem Number

Understanding Potato Stem Number

Knowing your stem number will likely affect your production and profitability. Because potatoes are inherently quite variable, seed will vary across lots and within the same lot. Research clearly shows that as stem number increases, so does tuber number. With fewer stems there are fewer tubers, which result in a larger tuber profile. Think about this for a minute: What do you get paid for in your production system? The answer to this is what you need to focus on in order to maximize profit. Finding the best number of stems for the cultivar and desired outcome is essential to an economically profitable potato operation.

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Take Care of Your Eyes

Take Care of Your Eyes

Do you look forward to the green grass, red and yellow tulips, and all the other beautiful, blooming colors of spring? In honor of nature's rebirth and the beauty around us, let's consider how to maintain healthy vision. April has two national observances for eye health: Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month and Women's Eye Health and Safety Month.

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Plant an "Eye-Healthy" Salad Garden

Plant an "Eye-Healthy" Salad Garden

My doctor mentioned that leafy greens are good for my eyes. I have a space for a small garden this spring. Do you have any tips?

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