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Caterpillars of Fall

Many people enjoy catching a glimpse of butterflies and moths as they float and flutter through the landscape. Monarch butterflies are minor celebrities these days. Swallowtail butterflies are impressive and eye catching. Caterpillars MORE »

Abby Hamilton teaching at animal science clinic.

4-H Farm Credit Showmanship Circuit

4-H youth livestock participants now have 2 shows under their belt for the 2015 4-H Farm Credit Showmanship Circuit season. They have been training and clipping their animals for the past month. Many MORE »


Squash Survival Tips

One of the most ubiquitous vegetables for the summer garden is squash. Zucchini, yellow crookneck, even the less common patty pan, squashes are easy to grow and are prolific. They’re easy, that is, MORE »

The New “Word of Mouth” For Small Business

Word of mouth has always been a highly valued and inexpensive (free!) communication method for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Jane Eckert, the CEO of Eckert AgriMarketing has been attributed with stating that social MORE »


Reliable Nutrition Advice

Nutrition is an ongoing and ever-changing topic as research continues to emerge. It can often be overwhelming for the people to sort through this information and understand what is truly healthy. Blogs, books, MORE »

Avian Influenza

Avian Influenza, aka bird flu, has finally made its way to the US this year, and while it has missed North Carolina so far we are just starting to experience the far-reaching effects MORE »


Combat Summer Learning Loss

The dog days of summer are fast approaching. Youngsters will be out of school for nine weeks. During those nine weeks, a tremendous loss could occur—learning loss. Students have spent the last nine MORE »


Extension@YourService: Tomato Troubles

This is the time of year I have come to dread: Tomato Season. Why would a person dread the approach of summer; a time representing vacations, beach trips, cookouts, and all manner of MORE »

tiffs pasture

Extension@YourService: Soil Sampling

It’s summer time and everyone is pulling out the grills and getting their swimming pools ready. It’s also a great time to get your soil ready for the summer. The first step is MORE »


Mindful eating: Savor the Moment

Mindful eating” is an emerging term in nutrition research. It involves removing outside distractions and acknowledging all of the senses while eating. By eating mindfully, the pace of eating is slowed; this allows MORE »

4H article

Learning “Hatches” at Local Elementary School

Richmond County 2nd grade students at all seven elementary schools have been participating in the 4-H Embryology School Enrichment Program for the past three weeks. Children have a natural sense of curiosity about MORE »


Beetles Bad News – For Trees

I frequently get phone calls from concerned homeowners about insect infestations of trees in their landscape. Trees may be dying, or they observe holes in the tree bark indicating a problem. Their frustration MORE »


Mosquito Season Is Here!

Like me, you may have started noticing mosquito activity this week.  This is because Richmond County has had some warm wet conditions, which are optimal for mosquitoes to thrive.  It’s important to not MORE »


4-H Summer Fun Registration Opens April 13

Summer is just around the corner. Now is the time to start planning activities that will keep your child learning and off the couch. 4-H Summer Fun consists of a series of educational MORE »


2015 4-H Camping Opportunities at Camp Millstone!

Interested in registering a young person for a camping experience this summer?  Camp Millstone, in beautiful Richmond County, has made it easy by going to their website at: and clicking on this MORE »