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    USU Extension's "Create Family Mealtime" Campaign Promotes Making Family Meals a Priority

    September has been branded as National Family Meals Month. In recognition of its importance, Utah State University Extension's Food $ense (SNAP-Ed) program provides information to help families make mealtime a priority along with tools to help overcome the challenges. Learn More

    New USU Extension Davis County Office Open House

    An open house celebrating the new Utah State University Extension Davis County office and expanded Kaysville Education Center is held on Thursday, Sept. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. The public is invited to tour the new facility, and Aggie Ice Cream will be served. Learn More

    USU Extension Faculty Members Receive National Awards

    Several Utah State University Extension faculty members were recognized by the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) for their contributions to education and agriculture in Utah at recent meetings in Salt Lake City. Learn More

    USU Extension 4-H Program Takes the Lead with Google Partnership

    Google and the National 4-H Council are partnering on a new computer science and computational thinking initiative, with Utah State University Extension 4-H leading the way for the rest of the country. Learn More

    Close Encounters of the Wildlife Kind: Personal Protection Strategies

    From the smallest bug to the largest bear, human close encounters with wildlife, either accidental or intentional, can be both frightening and fascinating. Encounters with wildlife can occur in the wild, the parking lot of a local fast food restaurant, the park, on the highway, in backyards and sometimes even in homes. Learn More

    USU Extension 4-H Members to Auction Off Horses as part of Wild Mustang Challenge

    Utah State University Extension 4-H members have spent the last 3 months training 15 horses that will be available for adoption at the Utah State Fair on Sept. 9. Every year the Bureau of Land Management gathers wild horses and attempts to find them new homes. The BLM partnered with USU Extension 4-H youth programs to provide training for several of these young horses. Learn More

    Nine Ways to Create Easy Meals

    Summer heat can dampen the desire for extensive meal preparation. Luckily there are simple ways to make a tasty, healthy meal without heating up the kitchen. Learn More

    USU Extension in Washington County Finds Permanent Home in New Building

    After being displaced by a fire in early 2014, Utah State University Extension's new Washington County offices will be located at the Washington County Legacy Park in Hurricane. The new building, named the Grafton Building after an early farming town, consists of 5,956 square feet of office area and 22,165 square feet of exhibit hall. It also includes landscaping that allows for open-air markets and other outdoor use. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Eight Tips for Freezing Produce

    Fruits and vegetables are abundant this time of year, and now is a great time to preserve the harvest. One preservation method that is sometimes overlooked is freezing. Learn More

    There's a New Pest in Town

    The elm seed bug has been recognized as Utah's newest pest. It was first discovered in Utah in July 2014 and confirmed by the Utah State University Extension Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Lab and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The elm seed bug has now been widely reported along the Wasatch Front, Cache County, east to Duchesne County, west to Tooele County and south to Grand County. Learn More

    Ask a Specialist: How Can I Keep My Landscape Looking Lovely in the Heat?

    The heat is on, and many lawns are struggling. Consider these suggestions for keeping your landscapes and gardens healthy while also saving water. Learn More

    PODCAST: Perennial Flowers with Extended Blooming Periods

    Perennial flowers can add color and variety to any yard and garden. Taun Beddes, USU Extension horticulturist, discusses his favorite perennials that have long blooming periods. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: 10 Tips for Healthy Road Trips

    Summer time is a great time for road trips. In Utah, there are many wide, vast stretches of highway between destinations, and most stops are at gas stations and tourist attractions that are known to stock sugary drinks, candies, sweets and salty snacks. It's not always easy to eat healthy foods while on the road, or any vacation for that matter, but it can be done. Learn More

    Ask an Expert - Five Factors that Determine Your Sense of Well-being

    If someone asks how you are doing, do you respond with the typical fine or pretty good? Or are you tempted to give a list of complaints? Learn More

    Pet Safety for Fireworks Season

    No Fourth of July would be complete without fireworks displays. But pets often don’t find the noise, blasts and flashing lights associated with fireworks fun or entertaining. With fireworks going off in Utah throughout the month of July, pets are bound to get stressed and anxious. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Six Tips for Planning Menus around Farmers Market Selections

    Farmers markets are known for offering an ever-changing variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Although variety is a benefit of shopping at local farmers markets, it can be difficult and overwhelming to come up with a menu for the week without knowing what will be available at the market. Learn More

    USU Extension Announces Administrative Changes

    Margie Memmott was named Extension Southern Region director and Justen Smith was named Northern Region director. Both have been serving as interim directors in these positions. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Snakes out Earlier This Year - Eight Things You Should Know

    Unseasonably warm temperatures this year have caused snakes to emerge early from hibernation. So be aware that just because you didn't encounter a snake on your outdoor adventure last spring at this time doesn't mean you won't this spring. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Six Tips for Staying Hydrated This Summer

    Summer is a great time to be outside - but proper precautions must be taken. It is especially important to stay hydrated as temperatures rise. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious health conditions, but they can be avoided. Learn More

    Explore Utah's Natural World through USU Extension's Master Naturalist Program

    Utah State University Extension's Utah Master Naturalist Program provides nature lovers an opportunity to attend educational field courses this summer beginning June 12 and running through Sept. 29. Focusing on watershed, desert and mountain ecosystems, courses are available across Utah, from Salt Lake City and Park City on the north, to Moab on the south. Learn More

    Alex Boyé and Debra Bonner Kick Off USU Extension Summer Gospel Choir Camps

    Utah State University Extension in Davis County has partnered with vocal coach Debra Bonner to offer two sessions of 4-H Youth Summer Gospel Choir Camps for youth ages nine to 18 years old. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Tips for Summer Adventures in Utah's Outdoors

    Utah is home to five national parks - Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion - as well as many other amazing outdoor recreation destinations, including 43 state parks. With summer travel plans in the works for many families, consider these tips to help you get the most from your outdoor adventure. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Seven Tips for Choosing a Financial Advisor

    There are many financial professionals willing to answer money-related questions: Where should I invest? What should my portfolio look like? How much do I actually need to save for retirement? These are all great questions, but not every financial advisor will provide the same advice. So, who should you trust to give you answers to these crucial questions? Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Three Tips for Tree Planting

    Trees are an integral part of landscaping, and it's important to know the basics of starting them out right so they will flourish for many years to come. Learn More

    Ask a Specialist: Six Lovely, Long-blooming Perennials to Consider

    It is finally time to plant flowers, and it is easy to default to annuals (plants that die at the end of the season) such as petunias and marigolds. These and other annuals are beautiful, but there are also many spectacular perennials that have long-bloom seasons and do not have to be replanted every year. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Five Ways to Protect Plants from Dipping Temperatures

    With looming cold temperatures heading to Northern Utah this week, anxious gardeners are worried about their fruit trees and newly planted gardens. Buds of fruit trees vary in hardiness according to their developmental stages, but most fruit trees have flowered and set their fruit, and in general, should be safe from a light frost. Learn More

    E.G. Peterson Extension Award Given to Diane Reese

    Diane Reese is the recipient of the E. G. Peterson Extension Award for 2017. Diane retires from USU Extension this year after 26 years of service. She has given her energy, passion and heart to USU through her many roles. Learn More

    Utah Water Week Message: Help Keep Utah's Water Clean

    Utah Water Week runs from May 7-13, and is a perfect time of year for each of us to consider the importance of water in our lives. In a dry state like Utah, where irrigation is important for maintaining our crops, gardens and lawns, we tend to focus on how much water we have. It’s easy to forget that the quality of this water will actually determine how (or if) we can use it. Learn More

    USU Extension Honored with Best of State Award

    Utah State University Extension was recently named Best of State winner for adult education in Utah. The Best of State Awards recognize outstanding individuals, organizations and businesses in Utah. Nominees are judged on achievement in their field of endeavor; innovation or creativity in approaches, techniques, methods or processes; and contribution to improving the quality of life in Utah. Learn More

    New Low-Water Landscaping Book Released by USU Extension

    Utah State University Extension recently released "Combinations for Conservation." The landscaping book provides examples of plant combinations that have been successful in low-water gardens throughout the Intermountain West. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: When to Plant? That is the Question

    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: Graduation Gift Ideas and Ways to Say Thank You

    It's graduation time, and announcements will soon be arriving in mailboxes. Graduation often brings the question of what you can do for or give to graduates to help them take steps toward their future. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Six Tips to Make Your World Less Noisy

    The National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, sponsors a program called "It's a Noisy Planet - Protect Their Hearing." This campaign battles noise-induced hearing loss, which occurs when tiny sensory cells in the inner ear are damaged by sounds that are too loud and last too long. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Spring Clean Your Life - Less Is More

    Spring is a time of re-birth, baby animals, green grass, flowers and budding trees. It is a season of renewal. Historically, spring was the time homemakers cleaned the winter coal soot off the wall coverings and fixtures of their homes. Learn More

    Upcoming USU Extension Grafting Workshops

    Grafting is the age-old practice of joining plants to specific root systems to get the desirable benefits of both parts. USU Extension provides several upcoming workshops to teach the science and techniques of grafting. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Seven Tips to Keep Birds from Hitting Your Windows

    Every year in the United States, it is estimated that nearly 600 million birds are killed from flying into windows. Some researchers say that number may be as high as 988 million, which is approximately 10 percent of the bird population in the country. Learn More

    Ground-Breaking Ceremony for New USU Extension/Distance Education Building

    A ground-breaking ceremony celebrating the construction of the new Utah State University Extension and Distance Education building was held on March 22 at the USU Kaysville Education Building. Learn More

    USU Extension Launches E-Learning Gardening Course

    Utah State University Extension recently launched a series of online gardening courses designed for beginning and intermediate gardeners. The courses will teach participants about annuals and perennials, basic botany, fruits and nuts, pest management, soil basics, trees and shrubs, turfgrass and vegetables. Learn More

    New Gardening Book Released by USU Extension

    Utah State University Extension recently released "The Ultimate Gardening Guide," a book that provides gardeners of all levels with research-backed answers to fruit and vegetable gardening questions. Learn More

    Ask an Expert - Eleven Ways to Save on Your Next Vacation

    According to Joe Robinson, author of "Work to Live; A Guide to Getting a Life," taking a vacation is as important as watching your cholesterol or exercising. As we enter vacation season, here are some tips to help make vacationing a reality. Learn More

    USU Extension Protects Sage-grouse by Clearing Confiers

    Research published by Utah State University Extension specialists shows that the removal of invading conifer trees from sagebrush habitats could help boost success for nesting and brooding sage-grouse. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: How to Start the Money Conversation

    Talking with a significant other about money-related decisions can be difficult. Financial experts suggest one reason we may struggle to communicate about money is that we are unaware ourselves of the underlying values and beliefs that inadvertently guide financial decisions. 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

    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

    USU Extension 4-H Member Wins Superbowl Video Contest

    A Utah State University Extension 4-H member from St. George recently won the Zero Fatalities Teen Video Contest for his PSA about safe driving. The PSA aired during the Super Bowl in Utah on the Fox station. 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

    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

    New Director Named for Utah Small Business Development Center

    Michael Finnerty was recently named state director for the Utah Small Business Development Center (SBDC), which is hosted and located at Utah State University and operated through USU Extension. 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 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 Experts Work to Understand Refugee Needs

    In order to increase community support for refugees, Utah State University Extension faculty and students conducted a research project last year that examined the needs of the refugee population in Utah. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Seven ways to Identify Money Wasters

    In a recent article, financial guru Dave Ramsey identified the Top 10 things Americans wasted money on in 2015. His list includes: student loans, Ziosk tablets at restaurants, gym memberships, daily coffee trips, car payments, car leasing, car wash upgrades, name-brand household paper products, timeshares and shipping charges. 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

    Six Tips for Spring Cleaning the Freezer

    Many foods freeze well and are great to have on hand for family meals. It may take a spring-cleaning event to get freezer compartments cleaned, organized and ready for more food, but it will be well worth the effort. 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 Gets $1.2 Million in Funding for New Office in Davis County

    The Utah State University Extension office in Davis County will move to a new location within the next year, thanks to $1.2 million in funding from the Utah State Legislature at the recent legislative session. Learn More

    USU Extension 4-H to Host Annual Educational Conference

    Leadermete is an educational conference for 4-H volunteers, staff and teens. It is designed to help 4-H volunteers and youth expand their knowledge and develop skills that can assist them in becoming engaged leaders in their clubs, their community, their country and the world. 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

    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

    Eat Green for a Healthy St. Patrick's Day and Beyond

    Chances are high that the color green will be part of your St. Patrick’s Day in one form or another. Some people will go so far as to dye potatoes, pasta, milk or other foods green to make them colorful and festive. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Five Tips for College Students Filing a Tax Return

    Even though filing a tax return may be far from the minds of college students who are studying for their next exam, realistically, more young adults are working while they attend college, even if it is only a summer job. This means they may be required by the IRS to file a return. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Four Tips for Safe Online Shopping

    As tax return season is fast approaching, you may have money coming your way. If you choose to spend it online, consider these tips to keep your personal information safe. Learn More

    Changes Made in Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter Staff

    Effective March 1, Sally Tauber, director of development at Utah State University's Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter in Park City, will join the university's Salt Lake City central advancement office to focus on corporate and foundational giving. 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 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

    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

    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 Named Host of Utah Small Business Development Center Network

    Utah State University was recently selected by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to host the Utah Small Business Development Center (USBDC) Network. The new lead center will be located at the USU campus in Logan through USU Extension and will include regional service centers throughout Utah. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Top 12 Sustainable New Year's Resolutions

    To make 2016 a great new year, challenge yourself to try these simple lifestyle changes each month. Each aspect of sustainable living presented is not only good for the environment, but good for your health and wallet as well. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Eight Tips to Help You Avoid Investment Fraud

    Research statistics on the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's (FINRA) website show that eight in 10 individuals have been solicited about potentially fraudulent investment offers. Con artists are successful because they eliminate rational behavior and prey on your emotion. Financial fraud flourishes in Utah because of the strong entrepreneurial spirit and residents' tendency to trust others. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Five Tips to Help Couples Build Money Management Skills

    Successful couples have learned to blend their money styles by being in harmony with the way they build a budget and spend money. So how do they do 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 marriage, the marriage celebration features workshops presented by professionals from Northern Utah. Workshops include such topics as intimacy, communication and staying connected. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: How Can I Keep My Poinsettia Alive Beyond the Holidays

    The holidays are over, and you have a tired-looking poinsettia you are not sure what to do with. Be aware that your poinsettia can actually brighten your home for months to come with proper care and attention. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: How Do I Keep My Pipes from Freezing?

    Winter is here, and it is important to bundle up and be prepared for the cold weather. Your pipes are no different. 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

    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 Becomes First Utah School to Join Campaign to Solve Hunger

    Utah State University recently became the first college in Utah to join an initiative that unites universities to work toward increasing food security. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: How to Find Relief from Holiday Stress

    According to the National Headache Foundation, people complain of a greater incidence of tension-type headaches and migraines between Thanksgiving and New Year's. Family stress, long lines and altered sleep and eating patterns play a key role. Consider these tips to reduce stress and tension this holiday season. 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

    USU Extension Professor Awarded $1 Million for Nutrition Education Research

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture and Food and Nutrition Service recently awarded $1 million to Carrie Durward, Utah State University Extension nutrition specialist and assistant professor of nutrition, dietetics and food sciences, for research on improving nutrition education for low-income families. 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

    Ask an Expert: Talking Turkey - How to Safely Prepare Your Thanksgiving Bird

    It is estimated that each Thanksgiving, more than 46 million turkeys are prepared and eaten in the United States. Because of the number of turkeys prepared, the incidence of food-borne illness also increases during the holidays. Learn More

    Ask a Specialist: How to Use Pomegranates as a Healthy Choice

    As the holidays approach, fresh pomegranates become readily available. Pomegranates are found in most Utah grocery stores from October through December, and two varieties are grown in Washington County. 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 Sponsors Food Hub Exploration Workshop

    Utah State University Extension sponsors a workshop on the food hub business model December 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Salt Lake County Extension Office building. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: 10 Ways to Avoid Holiday Debt

    Christmas is just around the corner, but there is still time to plan for gift exchanges that won't cause credit card debt to skyrocket. Consider implementing one, two or several of the following tips. Learn More

    USU Awarded $7.6 Million Grant for Fatherhood Education

    Utah State University was recently awarded a $7.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Family Assistance. The grant will be distributed over a five-year period and will fund relationship and fatherhood education programs. 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

    USU Extension 4-H Meat Donation Program Tops 1 Million Pounds

    This year marks the 11th year of the Utah State University Extension 4-H Meat Donation Program, and to date, the program has brought in more than 1 million pounds of meat and food items to Utah Food Bank for families in need. 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 a Specialist: 10 Things You Should Do Before Saying "I Do"

    Being in love is exciting and wonderful, and for some people it's easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of romance. Many people spend more time planning for a wedding than they spend planning for a marriage. Before deciding to tie the knot, consider these tips to help create a more happily ever after. Learn More

    Ask a Specialist: Safety First When Canning Garden Produce

    Food preservation questions arise every year as gardeners harvest produce and preserve it for food storage. In response to the most frequently asked questions, the National Center for Home Food Preservation (NCHFP) offers the following tips and advice. Learn More

    Food Storage Possible in a Small Space

    September is National Preparedness Month, and for many people that means stocking up at the case lot sale, storing water and updating 72-hour kits. However, not everyone has the luxury of ample storage space. For those who live in a small house, apartment or dorm, finding a place to store extra food and emergency preparedness items can be a challenge. Learn More

    Ask a Specialist: Bring Back Family Mealtime

    Since everyone has to eat, meals are a great time for family members to converse and connect. Utah Governor Gary Herbert has declared September "Family Meal Month" in an effort to promote healthy family meals in Utah. Learn More

    September is National Preparedness Month; USU Extension Offers Water Storage Tips

    The average human body is made up of 65 percent water -- an element essential for survival. Water helps blood flow and carries oxygen and nutrients to cells, flushes waste products from the body, cushions tissues and joints and is a critical component for digestion. Water is fundamental for daily life, and providing for water needs in the event of a disaster should be a number one priority. 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

    Utah 4-H Youth Nationally Highlighted as Career Preparation Program

    Members of the Utah State University Extension 4-H program recently participated in the National 4-H Partner Summit in order to showcase the work Utah 4-H is doing in computer science and technology development. Jessica Ivie, Utah 4-H state ambassador and a senior at Copper Hills High School, and Dave Francis, USU Extension 4-H youth development specialist, spoke on a panel to several stakeholders about their involvement in science, technology and engineering. Ivie developed a kit and curriculum to teach engineering and programming skills to youth. She has distributed over 2,000 of these kits and has enabled wider disbursement with investors from all over the world. Learn More

    Benefits of Family Routines

    Children may not exactly beg parents to establish routines for school-day mornings, family meals or weekend chores, but every family needs a certain amount of structure to function well. Morning routines at home can help family members feel prepared for the day and reduce the stress they might otherwise feel if they were to rush out the front door in the morning with barely enough time to shower, get dressed and grab their backpack. Learn More

    USU EXTENSION 4-H RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARDS

    Several Utah State University Extension 4-H professionals are the recent recipients of two national awards from the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents. Learn More

    Ask a Specialist: Food Safety for Picnics

    Picnics and barbecues provide great outdoor opportunities for food, family, friends and fun. Consider these reminders to keep your guests safe. Learn More

    Studio 5: How To Clean Your Grill

    Extension expert, Teresa Hunsaker who was featured on KSL Studio 5., shares tips on how to clean your grill the right way. 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

    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

    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

    10 Tips For Green Lawn

    Having a green lawn this time of year is difficult! Here are 10 tips which will help your lawn stay green. 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 a Specialist: Controlling Grasshoppers in the Yard and Garden

    Large numbers of immature grasshoppers have been spotted in Utah this spring. The best time to control grasshoppers is when they are young, before they have wings and can fly away from insecticide treatments. For best results, organize your neighborhood or local farming/ranching community to work together to treat larger tracts of land. Learn More

    EFNEP Cooking Videos

    Join Utah State University Extension EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program) chefs and cook up some great summer meals, snacks and side dishes. Learn More

    10 Questions To Ask Before You Say "I Do"

    It's important for couples to be sure they know each other well. Here are some important questions to ask before tying the knot. Learn More

    Ask A Specialist: How Can I Prevent A Wildfire From Destroying My Home?

    Firefighters are tasked with protecting the growing number of structures between wildland and urban environments. Property owners can assist firefighters and improve their safety by preparing their structures and landscaping for the possibility of a wildfire. Learn More

    Ask a Specialist: 10 Tips for Healthy Road Trips

    Summer time is a great time for road trips. In Utah, there are many wide, vast stretches of highway between destinations, it's not always easy to eat healthy foods while on the road, or any vacation for that matter, but it can be done. Consider these tips... Learn More

    Ask a Specialist: Tips for Finding Work/Life Balance

    In a growing number of families, all adults in the household are employed outside the home. Balancing demands of work, family and the rest of life can be a challenge and can create stress. This can be especially true when trying to take advantage of summer activities. Learn More

    Control Squash Bugs with Water

    Squash bugs do not like water. USU Extension Expert, Ron Patterson, demonstrates how to control squash bugs with water, and without using pesticides. Learn More

    Have You Checked Your Credit Report Lately?

    The Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act of 2004 allows you to get a free credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus once a year. Your credit report can be used by companies that plan to sell you credit or insurance or by potential employers or landlords to help determine if they should extend their services to you. Learn More

    USU Extension Launches Water Website

    Utah is the second driest state in the nation based on average annual precipitation, yet among the top per capita users of water. Utah State University Extension recently launched a website to link users to Extension water programs. USU Extension specialists are among the nation's leading experts on many water-related issues. Learn More

    Local USU Extension 4-H Youth Attend Maker Faire

    Seth Duffin, Thayne Williams, Noah Lorimer and Brandon Murphy explored and completed hands-on activities in areas ranging from arts and crafts to engineering. They were accompanied by advisors Joel Duffin, Matt Lorimer and Dallin Graham. Learn More

    Ask a Specialist: Tips for Financing Your Child's Education

    Regardless of where you find yourself in preparing for your child's college expenses, there are some basic questions you should ask yourself: What can I contribute? What resources are available? What can my child do to prepare for college expenses? Learn More

    Teen Recognized With STEM Innovation Award

    Taylor Boardman, a senior at Delta High School and a Utah State University Extension 4-H member, recently received the STEM Innovation Award from the Utah STEM Action Center for his accomplishments in technology and engineering. Learn More

    Trout in the Classroom Are Now Trout in the Wild

    Skylar Pond, an urban-community fishing pond in Willow Park, welcomed 44 new rainbow trout fingerlings on Monday as part of the Utah Trout in the Classroom program. Learn More

    How Can I Get the Most Out of My Food Storage

    Storing food is a traditional, domestic skill that has been used for thousands of years in times of plenty to prepare for times of famine or when food is in short supply. Food is stored by many animals and in almost every human society. It's interesting to note that wheat found stored in vessels in the tombs of Egypt was still edible after 4,000 years. Learn More

    How Can I Keep My Landscape Looking Lovely When There Are Water Restrictions?

    Water restrictions are in place in many cities in northern Utah, with more likely to follow. In most cases, though, landscapes and gardens can still be kept and enjoyed. Consider these suggestions for keeping your landscapes and gardens healthy while still saving water. Learn More

    USU Extension Collaborates With Utahns Against Hunger To Receive Grant

    Those who use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, will benefit from a recent grant awarded to Utahns Against Hunger by USDA's Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive program. Learn More

    Extension Internship Positions Available

    LOGAN - Utah State University Extension offers 94 summer internship positions, with most beginning in May and some running through 2016. Internships are in a wide range of fields, including agriculture, family and consumer sciences, horticulture, 4-H, natural resources and many others. Positions are available both on campus and in most counties in the state. Learn More

    Local USU Extension 4-H Teen Receives Grant

    Utah State University Extension 4-H member Michael Isom recently applied for and received a $2,500 grant from the Utah STEM Action Center to support the Washington County 4-H Teen Council's participation in State 4-H Contests. Learn More

    Ask a Specialist: Pruning Pointers

    Though recent storms may have already removed tree branches, it is still time to think pruning. There is probably no gardening task that generates as much fear in home gardeners as fruit tree pruning, and because of this, many homeowners want to ignore it. Consider these tips that will help take the pain out of fruit tree pruning. Learn More

    Pest Management Made Easy with New USU Extension App

    Fruit producers in Utah now have access to a free weather data and pest management mobile app produced by the Utah Climate Center and the Utah State University Extension Integrated Pest Management Program. Learn More

    Cache Valley Teacher Receives National Agriculture in the Classroom Recognition

    Théo Anderson of Providence Elementary was chosen as a winner of the National Agriculture in the Classroom Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award. Only six teachers in the nation receive this prestigious award. Learn More

    4-H Youth Leader Speaks With President Obama

    Jacob Jensen, Utah State University Extension 4-H ambassador and Salt Lake County resident spoke with President Barack Obama in the White House Oval Office. U.S. Learn More

    Some Plants Need Extra Care

    Most retailers do their best to stock nurseries with locally adapted plants. However, it seems most carry a few plants that struggle in our climate. Here are some tips to get the right plants for our Utah climate. 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

    Spring Has Spring But...Frost Still LIkely

    Now that Spring is officially here, and weather is unseasonably warm, you may be tempted to start planting. Pay attention to these dates to avoid frost destroying your early attempts at gardening. Learn More

    Gov. Herbert Signs Order to Protect Sage-grouse

    Governor Gary Herbert praised Utah State University efforts while signing an order to protect sage-grouse. Learn More

    Think Gardening, Think USU Extension

    USU Extension is your source for yard and garden. Vegetables, fruit trees, etc. you're covered! Learn More

    7 Factors That Prolong Your Food Storage Supply

    Getting in the habit of storing food has many benefits. These benefits range from financial savings to having a balanced diet throughout the year. Learn More

    Bird Flu Is Here

    Backyard Chicken Owners Need to Be Aware Learn More

    Service Animals Seminar

    Two public seminars on the benefits of therapy and service animals Learn More

    Growing Tomatoes in Winter

    The most likely option for hobbyists who want homegrown tomatoes throughout the year is to grow them in containers indoors. Is this working now??? Learn More

    USU Extension 4-H Program Takes the Lead with Google Partnership

    Google and the National 4-H Council are partnering on a new computer science and computational thinking initiative, with Utah State University Extension 4-H leading the way for the rest of the country. Learn More

    USU Extension 4-H Members to Auction Off Horses as part of Wild Mustang Challenge

    Utah State University Extension 4-H members have spent the last 3 months training 15 horses that will be available for adoption at the Utah State Fair on Sept. 9. Every year the Bureau of Land Management gathers wild horses and attempts to find them new homes. The BLM partnered with USU Extension 4-H youth programs to provide training for several of these young horses. Learn More

    Alex Boyé and Debra Bonner Kick Off USU Extension Summer Gospel Choir Camps

    Utah State University Extension in Davis County has partnered with vocal coach Debra Bonner to offer two sessions of 4-H Youth Summer Gospel Choir Camps for youth ages nine to 18 years old. 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

    USU Extension 4-H Member Wins Superbowl Video Contest

    A Utah State University Extension 4-H member from St. George recently won the Zero Fatalities Teen Video Contest for his PSA about safe driving. The PSA aired during the Super Bowl in Utah on the Fox station. 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

    Close Encounters of the Wildlife Kind: Personal Protection Strategies

    From the smallest bug to the largest bear, human close encounters with wildlife, either accidental or intentional, can be both frightening and fascinating. Encounters with wildlife can occur in the wild, the parking lot of a local fast food restaurant, the park, on the highway, in backyards and sometimes even in homes. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Snakes out Earlier This Year - Eight Things You Should Know

    Unseasonably warm temperatures this year have caused snakes to emerge early from hibernation. So be aware that just because you didn't encounter a snake on your outdoor adventure last spring at this time doesn't mean you won't this spring. Learn More

    Explore Utah's Natural World through USU Extension's Master Naturalist Program

    Utah State University Extension's Utah Master Naturalist Program provides nature lovers an opportunity to attend educational field courses this summer beginning June 12 and running through Sept. 29. Focusing on watershed, desert and mountain ecosystems, courses are available across Utah, from Salt Lake City and Park City on the north, to Moab on the south. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Tips for Summer Adventures in Utah's Outdoors

    Utah is home to five national parks - Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion - as well as many other amazing outdoor recreation destinations, including 43 state parks. With summer travel plans in the works for many families, consider these tips to help you get the most from your outdoor adventure. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Seven Tips to Keep Birds from Hitting Your Windows

    Every year in the United States, it is estimated that nearly 600 million birds are killed from flying into windows. Some researchers say that number may be as high as 988 million, which is approximately 10 percent of the bird population in the country. Learn More

    USU Extension Protects Sage-grouse by Clearing Confiers

    Research published by Utah State University Extension specialists shows that the removal of invading conifer trees from sagebrush habitats could help boost success for nesting and brooding sage-grouse. 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's "Create Family Mealtime" Campaign Promotes Making Family Meals a Priority

    September has been branded as National Family Meals Month. In recognition of its importance, Utah State University Extension's Food $ense (SNAP-Ed) program provides information to help families make mealtime a priority along with tools to help overcome the challenges. Learn More

    Nine Ways to Create Easy Meals

    Summer heat can dampen the desire for extensive meal preparation. Luckily there are simple ways to make a tasty, healthy meal without heating up the kitchen. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Eight Tips for Freezing Produce

    Fruits and vegetables are abundant this time of year, and now is a great time to preserve the harvest. One preservation method that is sometimes overlooked is freezing. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: 10 Tips for Healthy Road Trips

    Summer time is a great time for road trips. In Utah, there are many wide, vast stretches of highway between destinations, and most stops are at gas stations and tourist attractions that are known to stock sugary drinks, candies, sweets and salty snacks. It's not always easy to eat healthy foods while on the road, or any vacation for that matter, but it can be done. Learn More

    Ask an Expert - Five Factors that Determine Your Sense of Well-being

    If someone asks how you are doing, do you respond with the typical fine or pretty good? Or are you tempted to give a list of complaints? Learn More

    Pet Safety for Fireworks Season

    No Fourth of July would be complete without fireworks displays. But pets often don’t find the noise, blasts and flashing lights associated with fireworks fun or entertaining. With fireworks going off in Utah throughout the month of July, pets are bound to get stressed and anxious. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Six Tips for Planning Menus around Farmers Market Selections

    Farmers markets are known for offering an ever-changing variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Although variety is a benefit of shopping at local farmers markets, it can be difficult and overwhelming to come up with a menu for the week without knowing what will be available at the market. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Six Tips for Staying Hydrated This Summer

    Summer is a great time to be outside - but proper precautions must be taken. It is especially important to stay hydrated as temperatures rise. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious health conditions, but they can be avoided. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Seven Tips for Choosing a Financial Advisor

    There are many financial professionals willing to answer money-related questions: Where should I invest? What should my portfolio look like? How much do I actually need to save for retirement? These are all great questions, but not every financial advisor will provide the same advice. So, who should you trust to give you answers to these crucial questions? Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Graduation Gift Ideas and Ways to Say Thank You

    It's graduation time, and announcements will soon be arriving in mailboxes. Graduation often brings the question of what you can do for or give to graduates to help them take steps toward their future. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Six Tips to Make Your World Less Noisy

    The National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, sponsors a program called "It's a Noisy Planet - Protect Their Hearing." This campaign battles noise-induced hearing loss, which occurs when tiny sensory cells in the inner ear are damaged by sounds that are too loud and last too long. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Spring Clean Your Life - Less Is More

    Spring is a time of re-birth, baby animals, green grass, flowers and budding trees. It is a season of renewal. Historically, spring was the time homemakers cleaned the winter coal soot off the wall coverings and fixtures of their homes. Learn More

    Ask an Expert - Eleven Ways to Save on Your Next Vacation

    According to Joe Robinson, author of "Work to Live; A Guide to Getting a Life," taking a vacation is as important as watching your cholesterol or exercising. As we enter vacation season, here are some tips to help make vacationing a reality. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: How to Start the Money Conversation

    Talking with a significant other about money-related decisions can be difficult. Financial experts suggest one reason we may struggle to communicate about money is that we are unaware ourselves of the underlying values and beliefs that inadvertently guide financial decisions. 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

    There's a New Pest in Town

    The elm seed bug has been recognized as Utah's newest pest. It was first discovered in Utah in July 2014 and confirmed by the Utah State University Extension Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Lab and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The elm seed bug has now been widely reported along the Wasatch Front, Cache County, east to Duchesne County, west to Tooele County and south to Grand County. Learn More

    Ask a Specialist: How Can I Keep My Landscape Looking Lovely in the Heat?

    The heat is on, and many lawns are struggling. Consider these suggestions for keeping your landscapes and gardens healthy while also saving water. Learn More

    PODCAST: Perennial Flowers with Extended Blooming Periods

    Perennial flowers can add color and variety to any yard and garden. Taun Beddes, USU Extension horticulturist, discusses his favorite perennials that have long blooming periods. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Three Tips for Tree Planting

    Trees are an integral part of landscaping, and it's important to know the basics of starting them out right so they will flourish for many years to come. Learn More

    Ask a Specialist: Six Lovely, Long-blooming Perennials to Consider

    It is finally time to plant flowers, and it is easy to default to annuals (plants that die at the end of the season) such as petunias and marigolds. These and other annuals are beautiful, but there are also many spectacular perennials that have long-bloom seasons and do not have to be replanted every year. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: Five Ways to Protect Plants from Dipping Temperatures

    With looming cold temperatures heading to Northern Utah this week, anxious gardeners are worried about their fruit trees and newly planted gardens. Buds of fruit trees vary in hardiness according to their developmental stages, but most fruit trees have flowered and set their fruit, and in general, should be safe from a light frost. Learn More

    New Low-Water Landscaping Book Released by USU Extension

    Utah State University Extension recently released "Combinations for Conservation." The landscaping book provides examples of plant combinations that have been successful in low-water gardens throughout the Intermountain West. Learn More

    Ask an Expert: When to Plant? That is the Question

    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

    Upcoming USU Extension Grafting Workshops

    Grafting is the age-old practice of joining plants to specific root systems to get the desirable benefits of both parts. USU Extension provides several upcoming workshops to teach the science and techniques of grafting. Learn More

    USU Extension Launches E-Learning Gardening Course

    Utah State University Extension recently launched a series of online gardening courses designed for beginning and intermediate gardeners. The courses will teach participants about annuals and perennials, basic botany, fruits and nuts, pest management, soil basics, trees and shrubs, turfgrass and vegetables. Learn More

    New Gardening Book Released by USU Extension

    Utah State University Extension recently released "The Ultimate Gardening Guide," a book that provides gardeners of all levels with research-backed answers to fruit and vegetable gardening questions. 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

    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