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Farm Bill

We have a new farm bill coming down the pipe that is going to be impactful for our farmers. I am going to do my best to explain the history of the farm bill, what things are in the new farm bill, and how it’s going to affect people. I’ll…
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What are Invasive Species

You may have heard of invasive species. It’s a pretty hot topic in the agricultural and environmental world these days. For some people invasive species may bring up images of pythons in the Everglades. While we don’t have any pythons in the woods around here (and I am very thankful…
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Mistletoe

Around this time of year mistletoe is sometimes a popular decoration in people’s homes. You’ll see it hanging above doorways for use by romantically inclined couples. Nowadays you can buy plastic mistletoe at stores to put up in your house. Let’s talk about the effect that mistletoe can have on…
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Moles and Voles

Moles and voles can be very damaging to your yard. They can dig up long tunnels through your yard and make a meal out of the plant roots. This can leave your yard with a lumping look and wilted dying plants. The key to treating these issues is figuring out…
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4-H Giant Pumpkins

Have you ever seen a pumpkin over 100 pounds? How about over 300? 600? This year we had our first ever giant pumpkin growing competition with 4-H youth in Union county. I had the pleasure of working with them as a coach. Growing the pumpkins was a group effort with…
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Yellow Jackets

Yellow jackets will become the most active during the late summer and fall. I’ve received a few calls from people saying that they have encountered some around their homes. I have a few around my own house, so I know they’re out there! Yellow Jackets can look similar to wasps….
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Changing Leaves

This time of year you’ll see leaves start to change colors. In the mountains the colors can make a beautiful  sight. But why don’t evergreens lose their leaves, and why are there all the different colors? Let’s talk about it so that as the leaves change this year you can…
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Kudzu

Kudzu is possibly the most invasive plant species that we have in the Southeast. It grows like wildfire taking over hillsides, trees, and most any landscape that it can get its green tendrils on. I know that you’ve seen it in our area, so let’s talk about the plant so…
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Agriculture & Football

I was very excited to write this article because I get to write about two of my favorite things! College football and agriculture have a history together and that can be seen in traditions and stories that many schools have. Since the beginning of the football season is almost upon…
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Beware the Worms

Fall armyworms can be a menace to lawns, pastures, and grass crops such as corn and sorghum. They arrive every year in the late summer or early fall. They can be very damaging to your plants so let’s look at what they are, how to spot them quickly, and what…
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