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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


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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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


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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