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    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

    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

    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

    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 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 Reasons to Give Beets a Chance

    When it comes to eating beets, it seems there are those who love them, those who strongly dislike them, and not many folks in between. If you are in the group of beet lovers, you probably already have a favorite way to prepare them and use them in side dishes or salads. Others may need some convincing before taking steps to include beets in their diets. Consider these reasons to give beets a chance. 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

    Ask an Expert: Find a Mouse in Your House? Try These Cleaning Tips

    As the summer temperatures begin to fade into cooler days and evenings, rodents will be looking for warm places to sleep and create nests for their young. It is important to be proactive in finding the locations where these unwanted critters may try to enter your home. Learn More

    Pros & Cons of Online Grocery Shopping

    With the fast-paced lives of people today, completing simple tasks that used to be part of a family's routine can now be considered a burden that drains valuable time. With many families having all adults in the workforce, tasks such as cooking, cleaning, shuttling kids to activities or walking the dog can add up to a very hectic daily life. 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 an Expert: Five Tips for Proper Food Preservation

    How can you be sure the food you preserve at home and place on food storage shelves is safe for your family to eat? Consider these five tips when preserving food. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Ten Ideas for Creating Staycation Memories

    Though the kids will be back in school soon, there is still plenty of time to make summer memories. Family vacations are a great way to connect and make memories that can last a lifetime, but they can be pricey. 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 Co-hosts Entrepreneurial Conference this Fall

    Utah State University Extension in Washington County and Outlier Magazine, an online publication for startup businesses and entrepreneurs, host Founders Weekend entrepreneurial conference Sept. 22-24 in St. George's historic downtown Electric Theater. 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: Three Ways to Prevent Wasted Food

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is concerned about the amount of wasted food making its way from home garbage bins into landfills. The EPA website states: "About 95 percent of the food we throw away ends up in landfills or combustion facilities. In 2013, we disposed more than 35 million tons of food waste." 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 4-H Clubs Excel at Robotics Competition

    The PrestidigiTaters 4-H club from Washington County received the INSPIRE award, the highest honor of the competition. The INSPIRE award is given to the team that communicates their experience, enthusiasm and knowledge to other teams, their communities and the judges. Learn More

    USU Extension 4-H Youth Succeed at National Competition

    Utah State University Extension 4-H youth from across the state recently travelled to Denver to compete in the 4-H Western National Roundup Conference. These youth, who had already succeeded at the county and state competitions, were able to test their skills against 4-H members from around the country. Learn More

    Local Youth Chosen to Be Part of National 4-H Team

    Dallin Bunnell, a Utah State University Extension 4-H youth from Utah County, was recently selected to be part of the 2016 National Design Team for the National 4-H Congress. He is the first youth from Utah to be selected. Learn More

    USU Extension Faculty Member Receives Governor's Medal for Excellence

    Utah State University Extension Assistant Professor Paul Hill was named a recipient of the 2015 Governor's Medals for Excellence in Science and Technology. The awards are given to companies and residents who have provided distinguished service or made significant contributions to Utah's advanced scientific and technological knowledge, education and industry. Learn More

    USU Extension Team Wins National Financial Management Award

    A team of Utah State University Extension professionals was recently honored with a national award for developing an outstanding financial management program that helps youth make decisions and plan for their present and future financial needs. Learn More

    Utah 4-H Leading the Way at National Youth Maker Summit

    Utah State University Extension 4-H members from Cache, Wasatch and Utah counties recently attended the National Youth Maker Summit in Maryland, where they used their resourcefulness and creativity to build, invent and experiment. Learn More

    USU Extension Awarded Federal Grant for Youth Mental Health

    Utah State University Extension in Davis County was recently awarded a $315,700 federal grant to train adults so they can provide mental health support to youth through the Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) program. The grant comes from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 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

    The Rise of the Urban Feathered Invaders

    Urban residents in Utah and other states are often waking up to the rasping calls and not-so-soothing coos of growing populations of feathered friends or in some cases, feathered fiends. Some of the new urban invaders may be native species that have traded inhospitable rural landscapes for the food and protection of urban parks, golf courses, cemeteries, green spaces and backyards. Learn More

    USU Extension Impacts: Water

    As Utah State University celebrates its 2015 Year of Water, USU Extension water outreach efforts continue to meet the needs of citizens in every corner of the state. Home to internationally recognized experts on water issues, USU is solving water challenges ranging from agricultural water management to ecosystem services to urban water use efficiency and conservation. 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

    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

    Ask an Expert: Find a Mouse in Your House? Try These Cleaning Tips

    As the summer temperatures begin to fade into cooler days and evenings, rodents will be looking for warm places to sleep and create nests for their young. It is important to be proactive in finding the locations where these unwanted critters may try to enter your home. Learn More

    Pros & Cons of Online Grocery Shopping

    With the fast-paced lives of people today, completing simple tasks that used to be part of a family's routine can now be considered a burden that drains valuable time. With many families having all adults in the workforce, tasks such as cooking, cleaning, shuttling kids to activities or walking the dog can add up to a very hectic daily life. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Five Tips for Proper Food Preservation

    How can you be sure the food you preserve at home and place on food storage shelves is safe for your family to eat? Consider these five tips when preserving food. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Ten Ideas for Creating Staycation Memories

    Though the kids will be back in school soon, there is still plenty of time to make summer memories. Family vacations are a great way to connect and make memories that can last a lifetime, but they can be pricey. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Three Ways to Prevent Wasted Food

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is concerned about the amount of wasted food making its way from home garbage bins into landfills. The EPA website states: "About 95 percent of the food we throw away ends up in landfills or combustion facilities. In 2013, we disposed more than 35 million tons of food waste." Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Five Tips for the Perfect Picnic

    Picnics are the perfect way to get out and enjoy the outdoors without going too far or spending a lot of money. Picnicking can fit almost any budget and can be as simple or elaborate as you want it to be. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Four Tips for Summer Safety

    Now that school is out, many families are heading outdoors for recreation and activities. Whether in the water or hills, the ballfield or backyard, precautionary measures should be taken so kids and all family members are safe from sun, insects and injuries. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Four Tips for Teens Looking to Land a Summer Job

    Teens who have the opportunity to earn money and develop good work habits now will receive great payoffs when applying for educational or employment opportunities in the future. 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