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Many people enjoy pickles as an addition to a meal or as a refreshing snack. Making homemade pickles may sound difficult or time consuming, but there are quick options available to use at home.

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Homeowners and bird enthusiasts can find hummingbirds in yards all over the state. Each spring, people enjoy putting out hummingbird feeders as a welcome to these tiny, beautiful creatures. Attracting hummingbirds can be done easily by following a few simple steps. These are sure to convince…

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Spring and summer months are perfect for outdoor activities. When camping or hiking, it is important to know what plants to avoid. Some poisonous plants can cause harm to humans and animals.

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Identity theft was among the top three consumer complaints in the United States in 2017, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

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Alabama Homemakers and Community Leaders is a volunteer organization whose mission is to strengthen families and communities through educational programs, leadership development and community service.

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in most racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. Heart disease, including stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, claim more lives than all forms of cancer combined.

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Each person’s taste buds are different, so how you snack may differ from your peers. Many people have traditional go-to snacks that they grab when they get hungry.

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Alabama farmers can learn more about how the new tax law affects them individually and their farming operation at tax bill workshops from Alabama Extension’s Agribusiness Management Team.

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Many people now avoid the crowds and do their Christmas shopping online. Experts predict that this Christmas season consumers will spend more money that ever buying gifts on the Internet. Last season set new records of Internet spending, and this year, more of the large retailers are targeti…

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For the 75th year, 4‑H kids, parents, volunteers and alumni across the nation will celebrate National 4‑H week on Oct. 1 – 7th. To understand more about 4-H, let’s look at its long history.

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For the 75th year, 4‑H kids, parents, volunteers and alumni across the nation will celebrate National 4‑H week on Oct. 1 – 7th. To understand more about 4-H, let’s look at its long history.

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The 2017 hurricane season has struck the southern United States with full force. Storms have left many without power and shelter. Taking some simple precautions when dealing with food during power outages is important.

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With Hurricane Irma approaching, I’m wondering, when did you last update your emergency kit? Don’t just pack your kit and forget about it. With Irma just a few days away from the United States coast, finalize your preparations now.

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A group of anime characters, the Body Quest Warriors, are leading the fight to prevent childhood obesity. For the past seven years, thousands of third graders across Alabama have taken charge of their health by participating in Alabama Extension’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program–Ed…

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Folate is a vitamin that does not get much attention from current health trends, but it is an essential nutrient for our bodies that provides many health benefits.

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Consumers are feeling more pinched each week with rapidly increasing gas and food prices and sluggish economic growth. 

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As the state bakes with temperatures in the 90s, remember to protect pets from the dangers of heat-related illnesses. 

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With the summer months here, many have one thing in mind: vacation. The one time of the year you get to kick off your shoes and take a break from the hustle and bustle that daily life sends your way. Just a week away from your daily routine can leave you feeling revitalized and ready to tack…

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Ticks are abundant and aggressive in many places now across the country. In recent years, research has raised concerns about the prevalence, misdiagnosis and emergence of tick-borne illnesses that pose serious health risks. To avoid illness, it is important to take proactive steps that limit…

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Have you ever wanted to have a true voice in your community? A say so in some of the education and programming offered here? Here’s your chance. This time of year, the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service (ACES) asks citizens like you to help us by completing a survey that asks their opinio…

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Farmers markets, roadside stands and grocery stores are traditional ways producers sell and promote their products. While these ways are great outlets, farmers are starting to utilize other nontraditional ways. Sometimes, producers have extra produce that they cannot sell. Producers are able…

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To continue our discussion from last week on things to have ready in case of an emergency, the following are some additional items to consider:

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The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season began June 1, and the peak period is August through October. Although we don’t get near the effects of the hurricanes seen in South Alabama, it’s still not a bad idea to be aware of preparedness regardless.

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Changing lifestyles have resulted in a greater demand for food that will stay fresh and safe longer. As more people move from farms to cities, there is an increasing need for foods that can be produced in great quantities, shipped over great distances and stored for long periods of time.

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Buying and eating food in its correct season is a cost-saving way to enjoy the health benefits of seasonal produce. It also puts money back into the local economy and reduces environmental impact.

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It is already February. Where did January go and all those New Year’s Resolutions? You were going to stop smoking and start exercising and eating better, but then life happened and those resolutions went out the door.

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When it comes to finding healthy substitutes for your cooking and baking, there are many options you probably have never thought about.

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Every year, thousands of Americans go into debt during the holidays because Santa and his elves went a little over budget. With Christmas shopping, increasing prices and hosting holiday parties, it is no wonder consumers have trouble staying out of debt.

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This is a reminder that we can give our families the gift of being prepared for disaster any time of the year - and it doesn't have to cost a fortune. Every season boasts special types of weather for which you want to be prepared, but how you prepare for each season's weather and potential d…

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Did you ever realize how much “power” or influence you have over your child’s money management skills? In fact, your child’s allowance, and your guidance in using it, is a big step toward that goal.

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What are the benefits of exercise? We all know or have heard most of these, but in my case, (don’t exercise enough) I could stand to hear them again for motivation. There is toning of sagging muscles and ridding the body of excess fat, but what about improved sleep and digestion, disposition…

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Do you never seem to have enough money to buy the things you would like for your family? Do you ever wonder why your hard-earned dollars buy so few things? Do you sometimes get little satisfaction from the things you do buy?

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Today most health professionals agree that Americans eat too much fat. The main problem with eating a lot of fat is simply that fat will make you gain weight faster than any other part of the food you eat.

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 As tax times looms, and unfortunately, I owe money, I’ve really got to watch my spending for the March and April months. What can I do to watch spending but still eat healthily?

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Have you ever thought about what’s involved in planning a community event? Some of us may have been charged with this task and not known where to start. Often times, we muddle our way through, but wouldn’t a diagram have been helpful?

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Why is it so difficult for two generations to find a common ground of interest?

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Although this is a not-so-pleasant topic, most people experience digestive health problems at one time or another. The digestive system is made up of the digestive tract-a series of organs.

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How many of you made financial New Year’s resolutions? To save more? To pay something off? Buy a larger house? Tithe more at your church? Etc.