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Category: Life & Health

Make your holiday gift buying safer

Protecting from COVID and other yuletide ‘joy thieves’ when shopping While initial sales reports indicate COVID-19 has not put a damper on holiday shopping sales generally, it has made a great difference in how consumers choose to shop in order to reduce the possibility of contracting the virus. “Through Black Friday and the Thanksgiving weekend,… Read More →

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Connecting Agriculture and Health conference set Jan. 5 in Waco

AgriLife Extension’s ‘From the Ground Up’ event will be at Waco Convention Center The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service with be holding the “Connecting Agriculture and Health – From the Ground Up” conference on Jan. 5 from 8:50 a.m.-4 p.m. in Waco. The event is designed for health professionals, registered dietitians, registered nurses, educators, students… Read More →

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Bed bug cases on the rise since 2010

One-hour online course helps protect against the pest Bed bugs are making a comeback, but Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has an on-demand online course to protect you and your home from this unwanted visitor. People have a visceral reaction to the words “bed bugs,” said Janet Hurley, AgriLife Extension integrated pest management specialist, Dallas…. Read More →

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Holiday travel increasing even as COVID-19 spikes

Draw of family, low airfares difficult for many to resist In spite of various medical warnings and other attempts to persuade people to remain at home during the holidays, the draw of family and of discounted airfares is proving to be too much of a temptation for many.   “The roads have already been busy… Read More →

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Protect your home from fires over the holidays

Candles, wiring, live trees among potential hazards While the holidays are a time for comfort and joy, some of the decorative aspects of the season can also bring increased fire danger to the home. “Fires are among the most common home-related dangers to be aware of during the holidays,” said Joyce Cavanagh, Ph.D., Texas A&M… Read More →

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Texas 2020 Rodent Academy goes virtual Dec. 1-2

Speakers include world-renowned experts   The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is holding a two-day online course for pest management professionals, municipalities, universities, public schools and food safety personnel involved in rodent control. The event will be held on the Zoom meeting platform from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1-2. “As the Year of the Rat… Read More →

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Free webinar on youth suicide to be offered Dec. 3

Will address suicide myths and facts, warning signs, prevention, more Joint Base San Antonio and the Army Substance Abuse Program in collaboration with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present the free webinar “Suicide in Schools: Prevention and Intervention” from 10-11 a.m. Dec. 3. While the primary audience for the webinar is professionals supporting… Read More →

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How to make holiday recipes healthier

Minor changes can reduce fat, sugar, calories without affecting flavor Holiday meals can be made healthier, without any significant difference in taste, by using some basic recipe substitutions or alterations, said Jenna Anding, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Texas A&M University, Bryan-College Station. Reducing fat, sugar, calories in traditional… Read More →

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Lettuce losses could cause shortage across U.S.

Crop losses lead to supply chain disruptions, beyond COVID-19 Lettuce crop losses in California could affect availability and prices at Texas grocery stores and restaurants and highlights the fragility of the nation’s food supply chain, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Lettuce growers in central California experienced unseasonably high temperatures and crop disease that… Read More →

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Value added: Volunteers and AgriLife Extension

Trained ‘Master’ volunteers help extend AgriLife Extension’s community outreach As an agency that relies on a strong volunteer workforce, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is on the forefront of making sure volunteers are engaged, not merely managed. A new article in the Journal of Extension explores how shared leadership and decision-making with volunteers helps ensure… Read More →

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