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    Washington County Educator Receives Excellence in Teaching Award

    Tiffany Porter, learning coach at Crimson View Elementary School in the Washington County School District, has been chosen to receive the Utah Agriculture in the Classroom (Utah AITC) Excellence in Teaching About Agriculture Award. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: How to Combat 13 Barriers to Relationship Fun

    Boring, drab, lifeless, stale, dull, tedious. These are probably not the words you hope to use to describe your relationships. How about well planned, frugal, precise, productive, serious, busy? Though these can be characteristics of a strong, healthy relationship, they are not likely those things that make a relationship seem appealing. Learn More

    Ask an Expert - Eight Tips for Salvaging Carpets and Clothes after a Flood

    With heavy snowfall and recent warm temperatures, many Utahns have experienced flooding in their homes. Flood or drain backup water may contain sewage and unknown chemicals that can contaminate carpet and present a health hazard. Learn More

    Ask an Expert - Six Tips for Portable Emergency Food Storage

    Winter weather can regularly create emergency situations such as massive power outages, dangerous road conditions or flooding across the nation. Learn More

    Washington County 4-H Receives Grant for Maker Space

    Utah State University Extension Washington County 4-H program recently received a $25,000 grant from the technology company Cognizant to purchase equipment and supplies for a new makerspace on the Dixie State University campus. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Eleven Ways to Stop Overeating Using Mindfulness

    Often a new year brings resolutions to get healthy, eat better and lose weight. As most of us know, this is much easier said than done. It becomes more difficult when we have issues with challenging work schedules, family responsibilities and the office candy bowl that is so tempting. Mindless eating can sabotage our resolve, so what can we do about it? Learn More

    Utah County 4-H Robotics Club Succeeds in International Competition

    A USU Extension 4-H club from Utah County competed in the 2016 Wonder League Robotics Competition and became the only team from Utah to qualify as finalists. Learn More

    USU Extension Hosts Farm Profitability Conference

    Utah State University Extension sponsors a workshop on beginning and small farm profitability strategies on February 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Eccles Conference Center on the USU Logan campus. Learn More

    USU Extension 4-H Members Receive Prestigious National Award

    Two Utah State University Extension 4-H members from St. George were recently recognized for their demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance and plans for post‑secondary education. Learn More

    USU Extension's Terry Messmer Honored with Governor's Medal

    Utah State University Extension Wildlife Specialist Terry Messmer is among the 2017 recipients of the Governor's Medal for Excellence in Science and Technology. Also recognized this year from USU are Professors John Morrey and Debra Spielmaker. Learn More

    USU Extension Co-sponsors Utah Marriage Celebration

    Designed as a date night for those who want to prepare for or strengthen their marriages, the celebration features workshops presented by professionals from Northern Utah. Learn More

    USU Extension 4-H Sponsors Wasatch Front Cooking Contests and Fair

    Utah State University Extension 4-H sponsors cooking contests on Saturday, Jan. 28, for youth from Weber, Davis, Salt Lake and Utah counties. Held at the Legacy Events Center in Davis County, the contests will provide youth the opportunity to showcase cooking, food safety and nutrition knowledge and skills as they represent their counties and cities. Registration deadline has been extended for participants to Jan. 14. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Nine Tips for Fostering Gratitude - During the Holidays and Beyond

    What did you get for Christmas? This question is common for young and old alike. While it may be a way of showing genuine interest and sharing in the holiday excitement, it's important to make sure gratitude for gifts and kindness is part of Christmas day and beyond. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Five Tips for Safe Holiday Eggnog

    Since the early 1800s, eggnog has been considered a social Christmas drink that adds to the festivities of the season. To many, it brings back fond memories of Christmases by the firelight, real Christmas trees and the grandest of holiday meals. Learn More

    USU Extension 4-H Program Serves Refugees

    USU Extension 4-H Teen Ambassadors from Utah County recently organized a service project to help refugees in their area. Learn More

    USU Extension 4-H Sponsors Wasatch Front Cooking Contests

    Utah State University Extension 4-H sponsors cooking contests on Saturday, Jan. 28, for youth from Weber, Davis, Salt Lake and Utah counties. Held at the Legacy Events Center in Davis County, the contests will provide youth the opportunity to showcase cooking, food safety and nutrition knowledge and skills as they represent their counties and cities. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: 25 Holiday Money Wasters

    It can't hurt to spend a little extra during the holidays because, "Tis the Season." Right? Wrong...it can and does hurt. No matter how caught up in the spirit of Christmas you may get, being wise and careful is the name of the game to keep your finances in good standing when January rolls around. Learn More

    USU Extension Launches E-Learning Pesticide Applicator Course

    Utah State University Extension recently launched the National Pesticide Applicator Core Exam Preparation Course. The online course is designed for those preparing to take the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Exam for commercial and non-commercial licenses and is the first of its kind in the nation. Learn More

    Ten Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating

    The average American will consume about 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day when the pre-meal party, the actual dinner and dessert, then evening leftovers are all taken into account. That is enough to gain a pound or two, which can be remedied, but how many more days like this will there be? Learn More

    5 Tips For Food Safety at Holiday Buffets

    Let's take a closer look at buffets, whether at a restaurant or any type of gathering, and be aware of how to avoid becoming ill for the holidays. Following a few general tips should help keep you protected. Learn More

    Four Reasons to Opt Outside on Black Friday

    'Tis the season of the holiday hustle and bustle. Many of us are already starting to stress over the holidays - from airport schedules, to how to cook the perfect meal and even planning for Black Friday shopping deals. But maybe it is time to take a step back from everything. Learn More

    USU Extension Associate Professor Named Extension Fellow

    Dave Francis, a Utah State University Extension associate professor, was recently named an eXtension Fellow by the eXtension Foundation, a national organization that helps Extension professionals increase measurable local impact with networks, resources and tools within the Extension system. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Four Ways to Help Your Kids Unplug

    In today's world, children are exposed to vast amounts of technology. An estimated 75 percent of teenagers own a cell phone, and, not surprisingly, social media sites are their favorite places to visit. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: New Pest Found in Utah Homes - the Elm Seed Bug

    There's a new bug in town. Since July 2014, Utah State University Extension's Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Lab has received numerous calls about a small, brown and black insect gathering in and on homes. Learn More

    USU Extension Wildlife Specialist Recognized Nationally for Conservation Impacts

    Terry Messmer, a Utah State University Extension wildlife specialist and professor in the Department of Wildland Resources, was recently honored with two awards from different national organizations recognizing the impacts made by his community and conservation programs. Learn More

    Washington County Educator Receives Excellence in Teaching Award

    Tiffany Porter, learning coach at Crimson View Elementary School in the Washington County School District, has been chosen to receive the Utah Agriculture in the Classroom (Utah AITC) Excellence in Teaching About Agriculture Award. Learn More

    Washington County 4-H Receives Grant for Maker Space

    Utah State University Extension Washington County 4-H program recently received a $25,000 grant from the technology company Cognizant to purchase equipment and supplies for a new makerspace on the Dixie State University campus. Learn More

    Utah County 4-H Robotics Club Succeeds in International Competition

    A USU Extension 4-H club from Utah County competed in the 2016 Wonder League Robotics Competition and became the only team from Utah to qualify as finalists. Learn More

    USU Extension 4-H Members Receive Prestigious National Award

    Two Utah State University Extension 4-H members from St. George were recently recognized for their demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance and plans for post‑secondary education. Learn More

    USU Extension 4-H Sponsors Wasatch Front Cooking Contests and Fair

    Utah State University Extension 4-H sponsors cooking contests on Saturday, Jan. 28, for youth from Weber, Davis, Salt Lake and Utah counties. Held at the Legacy Events Center in Davis County, the contests will provide youth the opportunity to showcase cooking, food safety and nutrition knowledge and skills as they represent their counties and cities. Registration deadline has been extended for participants to Jan. 14. Learn More

    USU Extension 4-H Program Serves Refugees

    USU Extension 4-H Teen Ambassadors from Utah County recently organized a service project to help refugees in their area. Learn More

    USU Extension 4-H Sponsors Wasatch Front Cooking Contests

    Utah State University Extension 4-H sponsors cooking contests on Saturday, Jan. 28, for youth from Weber, Davis, Salt Lake and Utah counties. Held at the Legacy Events Center in Davis County, the contests will provide youth the opportunity to showcase cooking, food safety and nutrition knowledge and skills as they represent their counties and cities. Learn More

    USU Extension Associate Professor Named Extension Fellow

    Dave Francis, a Utah State University Extension associate professor, was recently named an eXtension Fellow by the eXtension Foundation, a national organization that helps Extension professionals increase measurable local impact with networks, resources and tools within the Extension system. Learn More

    USU Extension 4-H State Contests Showcase Talented Youth

    More than 300 youth participated in the Utah State University Extension 4-H State Contests held July 11 to 13 at the USU campus. Learn More

    USU Extension 4-H Agent Visits White House as Maker Ambassador

    Utah State University Extension 4-H Associate Professor Paul Hill is usually found in southern Utah, teaching and inspiring kids to explore technology, science and entrepreneurship skills, but he was recently invited to the White House to inspire other leaders and celebrate the National Week of Making that occurred from June 17 to 23. Learn More

    USU Extension 4-H Members Make a Splash at Junior Youth Conference

    Utah State University Extension 4-H members from around the state recently congregated at Snow College for Junior Youth Conference (JYC), a three-day camp where youth focus on team building, learning activities and meeting new friends. Learn More

    USU Extension 4-H Program Awarded for Community Contribution

    The Utah State University Extension 4-H program recently received the Community Contribution Award from the Utah Association for Gifted Children at their annual conference in Park City. Learn More

    USU Extension 4-H Youth Participate in Maker Faire

    Youth from Cache, Washington, Utah and Salt Lake counties joined makers from all over the world to learn about electronics, physics, engineering, crafting and more through interactive displays and innovative demonstrations. Learn More

    USU Extension 4-H Members to Participate in Mock Legislature

    Utah State University Extension 4-H youth will learn first-hand about the lawmaking process in a mock legislative session at the Utah State Capitol building on April 19. Learn More

    USU Extension 4-H Field Trips Teach Valuable Skills

    Utah State University Extension 4-H recently hosted nearly 800 seventh grade students from the Cache County School District at the 4-H Healthy Living field trips held on the USU campus. Learn More

    USU Extension Hosts Farm Profitability Conference

    Utah State University Extension sponsors a workshop on beginning and small farm profitability strategies on February 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Eccles Conference Center on the USU Logan campus. Learn More

    USU Extension's Terry Messmer Honored with Governor's Medal

    Utah State University Extension Wildlife Specialist Terry Messmer is among the 2017 recipients of the Governor's Medal for Excellence in Science and Technology. Also recognized this year from USU are Professors John Morrey and Debra Spielmaker. Learn More

    USU Extension Launches E-Learning Pesticide Applicator Course

    Utah State University Extension recently launched the National Pesticide Applicator Core Exam Preparation Course. The online course is designed for those preparing to take the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Exam for commercial and non-commercial licenses and is the first of its kind in the nation. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: New Pest Found in Utah Homes - the Elm Seed Bug

    There's a new bug in town. Since July 2014, Utah State University Extension's Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Lab has received numerous calls about a small, brown and black insect gathering in and on homes. Learn More

    USU Extension Wildlife Specialist Recognized Nationally for Conservation Impacts

    Terry Messmer, a Utah State University Extension wildlife specialist and professor in the Department of Wildland Resources, was recently honored with two awards from different national organizations recognizing the impacts made by his community and conservation programs. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: How to Keep Your Aspen Trees Happy

    In the wild, aspen are among the most beautiful trees with their almost snow-white trunks, shimmering leaves and yellow fall color. Because of these qualities, many homeowners have planted them, but have then watched mature trees die quickly. Unfortunately, aspens often struggle and are short lived, living anywhere from 5 to 15 years when outside their native habitat. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Venomous or Not? Take Precautions to Reduce Snake Bite Risk

    Utah is home to 31 species of snakes. Of these, only seven are venomous and are commonly called pit vipers because of the pit located between their nostrils and eyes. Most pit vipers found in Utah have tails with a series of rattles, hence the name rattlesnake. Learn More

    USU Extension Water Check Program Saves Water and Money

    Approximately two-thirds of Utah's drinking water is used to water lawns. In addition, it is estimated that the typical homeowner irrigates approximately twice as much as is needed. With those two factors in mind, it is important for residential water users and landscape managers to know how to efficiently use water to conserve this precious resource and also save money. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Landscape Now to Help Prevent Wildfire Destruction Later

    The recent tragic loss of more than 550,000 acres of forest and thousands of homes in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, brings into focus the hazards that come with wildfire and its suppression and the risks firefighters take to protect life and property. Learn More

    USU Extension Hosts Horse Grooming Clinic

    Utah State University Equine Extension hosts a horse grooming clinic featuring professional groomer Elena Nuila on Saturday, April 30, at the USU Livestock Pavilion. Learn More

    Utah Legislature Looks to USU for Water Conservation

    The Utah State Legislature made a powerful statement that water conservation is a high priority and a critical part of future water management and planning. By approving ongoing funding for the Utah State University Extension Water Conservation Initiative, legislators cleared the way for increased applied research and outreach education for water conservation at the recent session. Learn More

    USDA NIFA Sponsors Extension Sustainability Summit

    As a result of the growing popularity of sustainability, the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA) is providing $15,000 for the 2016 Extension Sustainability Summit April 5-7 in Portland, Ore. Learn More

    USU Extension Hosts Horse Dressage Clinic

    Utah State University Equine Extension will host an intro to dressage clinic featuring Jan Lawrence, dressage instructor for Millbrook Farms, located in Fairfield, Utah, on April 9 at the USU Equestrian Center. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Deer in the Headlights - Seven Things You Can Do to Reduce the Risks

    Utah is home to three members of the deer family -- mule deer, moose and elk. In the spring and summer, deer typically inhabit higher elevations, then move to lower elevations in the fall and winter as snow depths increase. It is generally during these seasonal migrations on winter ranges that the potential for deer-human conflicts occur. Learn More

    USU Extension Program Partners with EPA to Save Water

    The Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) program is well on its way to reducing Utah's water use even further as it partners with the Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense program. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: How to Combat 13 Barriers to Relationship Fun

    Boring, drab, lifeless, stale, dull, tedious. These are probably not the words you hope to use to describe your relationships. How about well planned, frugal, precise, productive, serious, busy? Though these can be characteristics of a strong, healthy relationship, they are not likely those things that make a relationship seem appealing. Learn More

    Ask an Expert - Eight Tips for Salvaging Carpets and Clothes after a Flood

    With heavy snowfall and recent warm temperatures, many Utahns have experienced flooding in their homes. Flood or drain backup water may contain sewage and unknown chemicals that can contaminate carpet and present a health hazard. Learn More

    Ask an Expert - Six Tips for Portable Emergency Food Storage

    Winter weather can regularly create emergency situations such as massive power outages, dangerous road conditions or flooding across the nation. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Eleven Ways to Stop Overeating Using Mindfulness

    Often a new year brings resolutions to get healthy, eat better and lose weight. As most of us know, this is much easier said than done. It becomes more difficult when we have issues with challenging work schedules, family responsibilities and the office candy bowl that is so tempting. Mindless eating can sabotage our resolve, so what can we do about it? Learn More

    USU Extension Co-sponsors Utah Marriage Celebration

    Designed as a date night for those who want to prepare for or strengthen their marriages, the celebration features workshops presented by professionals from Northern Utah. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Nine Tips for Fostering Gratitude - During the Holidays and Beyond

    What did you get for Christmas? This question is common for young and old alike. While it may be a way of showing genuine interest and sharing in the holiday excitement, it's important to make sure gratitude for gifts and kindness is part of Christmas day and beyond. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Five Tips for Safe Holiday Eggnog

    Since the early 1800s, eggnog has been considered a social Christmas drink that adds to the festivities of the season. To many, it brings back fond memories of Christmases by the firelight, real Christmas trees and the grandest of holiday meals. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: 25 Holiday Money Wasters

    It can't hurt to spend a little extra during the holidays because, "Tis the Season." Right? Wrong...it can and does hurt. No matter how caught up in the spirit of Christmas you may get, being wise and careful is the name of the game to keep your finances in good standing when January rolls around. Learn More

    Ten Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating

    The average American will consume about 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day when the pre-meal party, the actual dinner and dessert, then evening leftovers are all taken into account. That is enough to gain a pound or two, which can be remedied, but how many more days like this will there be? Learn More

    5 Tips For Food Safety at Holiday Buffets

    Let's take a closer look at buffets, whether at a restaurant or any type of gathering, and be aware of how to avoid becoming ill for the holidays. Following a few general tips should help keep you protected. Learn More

    Four Reasons to Opt Outside on Black Friday

    'Tis the season of the holiday hustle and bustle. Many of us are already starting to stress over the holidays - from airport schedules, to how to cook the perfect meal and even planning for Black Friday shopping deals. But maybe it is time to take a step back from everything. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Four Ways to Help Your Kids Unplug

    In today's world, children are exposed to vast amounts of technology. An estimated 75 percent of teenagers own a cell phone, and, not surprisingly, social media sites are their favorite places to visit. Learn More

    Five Ways to Use Pumpkin Seeds

    As you carve your Halloween jack-o’-lantern this year, throw out the pulp, but be sure to keep the seeds. Pumpkin seeds are an easy, inexpensive way to add a nutritious boost to your trail mix, baked goods and granola. One ounce of pumpkin seeds contains around 5 grams of protein. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Five Reasons to Have Family Mealtime

    Was it just a generation ago that the majority of American families ate at least one, if not two, meals together every day? In today's fast-paced world, Sunday dinner as a family is a great tradition, but it is a giant step away from daily time spent eating and socializing around the table. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Tips for Teaching Children to Manage Money

    Teaching children how to handle money and make wise financial decisions takes preparation and planning, but it is well worth the investment in time and effort. Research from the National Endowment for Financial Education is showing a lack of financial savviness in our kids today. Learn More

    Salem Witch Trials Culprit Again

    More than three centuries after the Salem witch trials, the unlikely culprit that many believe caused the mayhem has appeared again, this time in Utah. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Slithering Snakes Spotted in Parks and Lawns

    Just in time for Halloween, an increased number of snakes have recently been reported in lawns, golf courses and city parks. Aside from callers being spooked by an unexpected encounter with a snake, they are also concerned about the snakes harming them, their children or taking up residence in their homes. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Five Fall Must-Do Yard Tasks

    With autumn here, it's time to think about getting the yard ready for winter. Consider the following tasks that will help your yard be healthy and happy next spring. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Four Tips for Getting Rid of Eerie Earwigs

    European earwigs are common in Utah and are easily recognized by the large pincers on the end of their bodies. The ideas that earwigs crawl into ears and that their pincers are dangerous are both false. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Four Tips for Dealing with Problem Soil

    The condition of the soil often dictates success or failure in the landscape. Before spending money on trees and plants, be sure your soil is suitable for planting. Consider these tips for dealing with four common soil problems. Learn More

    Ask a Specialist: Seven Tips for Container Gardens that Thrill, Fill and Spill

    Container gardening has become popular as planting areas in the landscape have become smaller. Some containers are used to grow vegetables or specimen shrubs, while others display a beautiful splash of color. For thrilling container gardens, consider these tips. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Spring Has Sprung, but Frost Still Likely

    Determining when to plant a garden can be especially confusing in Utah's unpredictable, varied climate where last-frost dates can vary by many days within just a few miles. Many experienced gardeners have planted and later lost their plants to frost. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Five Tips to Prevent Vole Damage

    As the snow melts, it becomes obvious that field mice, or voles, have damaged many lawns and ornamentals. During the winter, voles move about under the protection of snow cover and create unique surface runway systems with numerous burrow openings. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Five Tips for Indoor Gardening

    Many people miss having fresh garden produce in the winter so much that they are willing to grow it indoors. This can be a little challenging, but having fresh tomatoes on a sandwich or fresh peas on a winter salad makes it worth the effort. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Pruners Make a Great Gift for Gardeners

    If you are looking for a useful gift for the gardeners on your shopping list, consider hand pruners or loppers. Hand pruners are similar to scissors, but are sturdier and are used to cut branches less than 1/2 inch thick. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Plant Bulbs Now for Spring Color Explosion

    Spring-blooming bulbs are popular because of the beauty they add to the landscape and their ease of growing. Now is a good time to plant them, and many local retailers offer a wide variety. Learn More

    USU Extension and Partners Receive Grant for Water-wise Demonstration Garden

    Thanksgiving Point Institute in Lehi, in cooperation with Utah State University Extension, was recently awarded a $136,186 Museums of America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the federal agency that funds museums and libraries in the United States. Learn More

    Watch For Common Vegetable Diseases This Time of Year

    After a long summer of growing and caring for a garden, the last thing gardeners want is to lose their plants to disease. Knowing the signs of common plant diseases and the steps to treat or prevent them is a valuable tool. Be aware of these common vegetable diseases this time of year. Learn More

    Ask a Specialist: Edible Ornamentals Enhance the Landscape and Table

    Most people have never experienced having their very existence depend on the foods they could harvest from their gardens or farms. However, in the past, many of our ancestors did it for survival. Currently, raising food has become a hobby for many, but with the uncertain economy, people have again begun planting larger gardens and more fruit trees as a way to stretch their budgets. Learn More

    Gardener's Almanac App

    Gardeners now have step-by-step instructions and information available at their fingertips with the recently released Gardeners Almanac: Timely Tips for the Yard and Garden mobile app from Utah State University Extension. Learn More

    3 Tips to Save Now for Your Summer Getaway

    The three steps include: Automate 1%, use the step-down principle, save a portion of your tax return. Learn More

    Grafting Fruit Trees - Part 2

    How to graft your scion wood to root stock. Learn More