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Here are the latest publications from NDSU Extension.

Equipping Your Kitchen

You don’t need to have a gourmet kitchen to be a good cook, but having some kitchen equipment essentials can make cooking a breeze. From Cooking 101 (Week 1) Quick and Easy Menus, Recipes and Tips for Singles and Couples

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A Guide to North Dakota Noxious and Troublesome Weeds

This publication includes photos of all North Dakota state and county listed noxious weeds as well as "troublesome" plants such as poison ivy. Methods to identify and control each weed are discussed and why the plant is a concern in the state is explained. This is a pocket sized version of the publications W1411, Identification and Control of Invasive and Troublesome Weeds in North Dakota.

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Cankerworms in North Dakota

Cankerworms appear in small numbers every year, feeding on tree leaves and buds. Cankerworm outbreaks can cause severe damage, so knowing their tree hosts, the life cycle of fall and spring cankerworms and pest management can help detect and manage them.

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Inventory of Important Papers

Keeping family records in a businesslike manner saves time, trouble, money and frustration. This inventory will help families gather important records for safe keeping and quick access when those records are needed.

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Containment Pond Management

Containment ponds are constructed at the base of a feedlot’s slope and designed to collect and contain nutrient-loaded runoff. This publication talks about how to manage containment ponds by understanding soil and water relationships, applying effluent for crops needs, and knowing when to apply containment pond effluent.

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When Prices Rise: Living on Your Income

An increase in the price of goods and services can be traumatic. When you have to pay for things such as gasoline, food and heath care, other difficulties may arise, especially if you and your family are living on a fixed income. Realizing that your income does not go as far as it used to, even in covering just the basics, can be alarming. When prices rise, don’t panic, but don’t become complacent, either. Don’t stop credit payments or ignore the fact that you are facing financial difficulties. Surviving a financial crisis will take work and planning, but it can be done. But act as soon as possible

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Nitrate Poisoning of Livestock

Nitrate poisoning can occur commonly in cattle raised in North Dakota and other areas of the western Great Plains. Poisoning is usually associated with animals ingesting forage or feed witha high nitrate content. Sheep and cattle are more susceptible to poisoning than nonruminant species because microbes in their digestive tract favor the conversion of nitrate to nitrite.

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Identifying Leaf Stages in Small Grain

This publication identifies leaf stages in small grains to help with the application of postemergence-applied herbicides. Knowing the leaf stages describes the optimum treatment time that will maximize weed control and minimize crop injury.

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Teens and Vaping: What Caring Adults Should Know About Electronic Cigarette Use

Rates of e-cigarette use among teens are increasing at an alarming rate. Many teens are unaware of the physical and psychological risks that are associated with vaping. Additionally, adults are unaware of the overall prevalence of vaping among youth. It is important that they are informed of what vaping is, what the effects are, and how to recognize the signs to lessen the use of vapes.

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Field to Fork Winter Squash!

Squash has been used as a nutritious food for thousands of years in North America. You might find buttercup, butternut, acorn and/or spaghetti squash in your local grocery store. Botanists consider squash to be a fruit, but it is used as a vegetable on menus.

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Field to Fork Tomatoes!

Botanically, a tomato is classified as a fruit because it has seeds and is derived from flower tissue. Nutritionists consider tomatoes to be “vegetables” on the menu. Tomatoes can be frozen, canned or dried, so we can enjoy them year-round.

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Field to Fork Sweet Corn!

Sweet corn on the cob (or off the cob) is a tasty addition to meals. Corn, also called “maize,” is sold by color, not variety (white, yellow or bicolor). Corn can be preserved in different ways to be enjoyed year-round.

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Field to Fork Pumpkins!

Pumpkins are one of the colorful symbols of autumn. Most people think of using them solely for the purpose of carving and displaying, but pumpkin can be used in many ways on your menu, including soups and desserts. Try roasting the seeds for a crunchy snack.

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Field to Fork Potatoes!

More than 5,000 varieties of potatoes are grown throughout the world. The average person in the U.S. eats 124 pounds of potatoes every year. Potatoes can be used in a wide variety of recipes.

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