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Effective Goal Setting

As the end of a year and the end of a decade wraps up, we set our sights on 2020 and everything it has to offer. The start of a new year is often accompanied by the development of resolutions and goals. Some folks may set goals throughout the year, write them down, and share them with friends and family. Or you may be someone who always sets New Year’s Resolutions and winds up abandoning them a month or two later. Either way, there are some things you can do when setting goals that help to ensure your long-term success in accomplishing them.
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Christmas Tree 101

My favorite part of the year is putting up a live Christmas tree. A live tree is a beautiful addition to any home, but does require some maintenance and planning to have. If you’re like me and purchased your tree at Thanksgiving, or if you wait a bit longer to put one up, the following tips can ensure that your tree stays beautiful throughout the holiday season.
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Holiday Plant Care

With Thanksgiving festivities behind us, many Lincoln County residents are looking forward to the end of the year holidays. No matter what you celebrate, there is a chance that you will soon purchase or be given a new plant. From poinsettia and amaryllis to Christmas cactus, it is important to take proper care of your acquisition to ensure its longevity of bloom and health throughout the holiday season and into the new decade.
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4-H Club Update

4-H is a key component of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension system and Lincoln County is eager to grow and expand our 4-H offerings. Typically, each individual county extension office maintains a 4-H agent whose responsibility is to grow, develop, and maintain 4-H programs within their county. Here in Lincoln County, we are fortunate to have Jodi Coon as our 4-H program assistant managing over 300 active 4-H’ers! Lincoln County has 4-H’ers actively participating in several areas, including but not limited to District Project Achievement, Poultry Judging, and local service.
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Gobble Gobble! Turkey Tips

As we head into the last week of November, we enjoy the season of inviting bonfires, cozy flannels, and my favorite thing- time with friends and family. This week, millions of Americans will gather around dining room tables to give thanks for the year we have enjoyed and look forward to the blessings coming in 2020. For many folks, this will be the largest meal they have cooked all year, which can be stressful and lead to mistakes that can cause foodborne illnesses. There are several tips and tricks that should be followed to ensure safe food preparation and handling in your home this Thanksgiving.
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Youth Development in Agriculture and Beyond

Did you know that your student can be a member of both 4-H and FFA at the same time? Lincoln County is blessed to be represented by a multitude of clubs, sports, and other organizations—all designed to promote the development of essential life skills in youth. 4-H and FFA are two of the most widely recognized programs focused on developing youth and promoting agriculture. These programs are open to all students regardless of whether they come from an agricultural background or whether they’ve never set foot on a farm in their life. While the goals and missions of 4-H and FFA are similar, there are several difference to be noted between the two
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Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

You are driving down State Route 220 past Cliatt’s Crossing and an adult bison comes wandering down the road. What do you do? Who do you call? In a rural county like ours, it’s not unusual to encounter wildlife and livestock in areas where they don’t belong. When this happens, taking the right action steps can be critical to maintaining the safety of the public and animals alike. In the past month, I have encountered a bison, a beef calf, a horned steer and a goat, all escaped from their usual pastures. This week we are going to talk about what might have happened for an animal to be loose and what action steps you can take to help get them safely home
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Miscellaneous Testing Services via Lincoln County Extension

As we’ve discussed the past two weeks, the UGA Soil, Plant, and Water Laboratory provides testing services and expert recommendations for resource management to Georgia residents. Soil and water testing is essential for homeowners and producers alike, but there are a variety of other tests that Lincoln County Extension can provide. Additional testing services include but are not limited to forage, feed, and plant pathology testing.
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What’s and Why’s of Water Testing

All living creatures require access to clean, fresh water in order to sustain biological functions. Public water systems are monitored and treated by the government to ensure they are safe for human consumption. In rural areas of Georgia many residents rely on private water systems, predominantly wells. While the majority of water sourced from wells is safe for consumption, state law and regulatory agencies do not require quality monitoring of private water sources. The 2009 U.S.  Geological Survey (USGS) found that one in five private wells contain contaminants at amounts exceeding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) human health benchmarks, half of all wells had at least one issue, and one in three wells had microbial contamination. The use of water testing through an agency like the University of Georgia’s Soil, Plant, and Water Laboratory can help identify any contaminants in a privately owned water source and provide guidance on how to treat potential water quality issues.
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Soil Tests for Better Planting Success

The soil testing program provided by the Lincoln County Extension Office is a collaborative effort between University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and the Agricultural Experiment Station. Founded in 1970, the UGA Soil, Plant, and Water Laboratory is responsible for testing over 100,000 samples annually.
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