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It's time for the 2020 4-H and FFA Calf Show

The Escambia County 4-H and FFA Calf Show starts at 12 p.m., Thursday, March 5, with sale starting right after, at around 6 p.m. In March of 2019, youth from across Escambia County, AL and the surrounding area gathered for the 2019 edition of the...

 

Tips on how to spot behaviors of bullying

Bullying is common in children and youth. Research shows that one in three young people admit to bullying others. An Alabama Extension family and child development specialist said it is important parents be alert for warning signs that their child...

 

Tips to help fight the flu this winter season

The flu claimed the lives of 910 people in the United States in 2019, according to the CDC. In addition to the flu-related deaths, there were an estimated 16,000 hospitalizations, 800,000 visits to physicians and 1.7 million confirmed flu cases...

 

Vaping continues to pose health risks to youth

New federal regulations make it illegal for retailers to sell any tobacco product including e-cigarettes to people under 21. Adrienne Duke, a family and child development studies specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, said the new...

 

Tips to help avoid ʻcrape murderʼ when pruning

This time of year, too many crape myrtles are slaugh- tered. Homeowners go wild pruning these trees, possibly damaging and stunting their growth and beauty. Crape myrtles are a popu- lar choice because of the bright bloom colors of red, white, pink...

 

Take part in today's National Rural Health Day

Every year, our Extension Offices across the state conduct their Grassroots Survey to gather input from people about the types of educational programs they believe would increase the quality of life of the people of their community. During the past f...

 

4-H is a great opportunity to invest in our youth

4-H is a community of young people across America and the world who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. 4-H is focused on positive youth development through hands-on learning and educational programs to build skills which will help...

 

2019 4-H Chick Chain Show & Sale a success

4-H Chick Chain 2019 is in The Books! Since May, youth from across the area have been working daily to take care of their chicks for the Escambia County 4-H Chick Chain Program. All of their work culminated at the Chick Chain Show & Sale this past...

 

Here are ways we can influence others positively

Don’t Miss Your Window of Influence When I am driving to and from work, playing chauffeur to my family, or when working on tasks at my office desk, I enjoy listening to music. I will either be listening to choir music to help me learn my part for...

 

Tips to reduce bullying by encouraging empathy

Bullying is a more preva- lent issue than many parents think. Research shows that at some point, it is highly likely that youth will be exposed to bullying as a bystander and have an opportunity to inter- vene. The following article from Maggie...

 

Youth to showcase chicks at upcoming festival

On November 2, in conjunction with the LaRae Harvest Festival, youth from across Escambia County will be gathering to showcase the work they did this year as part of the Escambia County 4-H Chick Chain. Prior to May, youth signed up to participate...

 

Rexroat carries on tradition of opportunities

Thank you for the opportunity to be a guest columnist with the Tri-City Ledger. I was asked to take this on now that Ms. Carolyn Bivins, Alabama Cooperative Extension System Regional Extension Agent, is retired after 45 years of service to Escambia...

 

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