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  • Friday, December 6, 2019 12:48 AM
    Although it may not seem like it, winter is a great time to spend birdwatching – from the comfort of your own home. One of the easiest ways to get a good look at your neighborhood’s bird population is to install a bird feeder in the backyard. More than 40 species are known to visit Indiana feeders in the winter, including cardinals, goldfinches, juncos, and woodpeckers.
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  • Thursday, November 21, 2019 4:00 AM
    The month of November is a time of giving, being thankful, and supporting those in the community. Every day I am thankful for the great financial opportunities that the 4-H program provides to help youth pursue their passions and dreams. One of the many ways that 4-H gives back to youth, is through awarding scholarships. In partnership with the Indiana 4-H Foundation, the Indiana 4-H Youth Development program annually awards more than $125,000.00 in scholarships to 4-H members to purse post-secondary education. Scholarships are awarded to recognize youth participating in Indiana’s 4-H Youth Development Program on their achievements and life skill development resulting from their participation in a variety of 4-H experiences. The variety of 4-H experiences is vast and reaffirms that there is something for everyone in the 4-H program!
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  • Thursday, November 14, 2019 4:00 AM
    COVINGTON - Purdue University Extension and University of Illinois Extension are collaborating to offer the annual Bi-State Crop Management Conference, being held at The Beef House Restaurant at 16501 Indiana State Road 63 in Covington, on Friday, Dec. 6. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the presenters will begin promptly at 9 a.m. 
    This year’s lineup includes:
    • 2019 Field Crop Disease Update from Darcy Telenko, Purdue Field Crop Pathology Specialist
    o Tar Spot of Corn, Fungicide Efficacy Trials, Fusarium Head Blight, Emerging Diseases
    • Looking Ahead to Next Year’s Corn Crop with Bob Nielsen, Purdue Corn Specialist
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  • Tuesday, November 5, 2019 4:00 AM
    Let me start with a story. “It’s Sunday, the day for my weekly trip to the grocery store. I have my list of the items I need. I am feeling confident that I can quickly grab these items and head out the door. Then disaster strikes. I am standing in front of the lunch kit’s ready to grab my lunch kit of choice, when I notice new options. I’m suddenly hit with guilt that the claims on this new lunch kit bring me. This option is made with 100% natural ingredients, and it’s the natural choice. My head starts to swirl, and I don’t know what to do. So, I grab the more expensive item with the natural claims and run to the register.” Has this ever happened to you? Let’s take a closer look and see if these marketing claims lead us to buy the healthier food. 
    First, lets talk about the term Natural. Foods labeled with the natural claim are described by the USDA as a good that is minimally processed and contains no artificial ingredients or added color. This label does not explain anything about pesticide use or nutritional value. If the label states that the food is natural it should also contain a statement explaining how. Such as there are no artificial ingredients. As we look closer at this particular label I can see in really tiny print that this label excludes half of the ingredients. 
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  • 4-H, Google inspire kids to do coding
    Friday, November 1, 2019 4:00 AM
    Youth in Hoover Elementary’s Afterschool STEAM Club are joining more than 150,000 children across the country in leading the 12th annual 4-H National Youth Science Day (4-H NYSD) challenge throughout the month of October. This year’s challenge, Game Changers, teaches young people coding skills through three engaging hands-on activities. 
    The twenty-three youth in STEAM Club have been working through the 4-H NYSD event featuring the Game Changers challenge throughout the month of October at Hoover Elementary.
    Developed by Google and West Virginia University Extension Service, this hands-on experience includes a computer-based activity on Google’s CS First platform, as well as two unplugged activities that bring coding to life through games, physical activities and puzzles. Game Changers is perfect for first-time and beginner coders, ages 8-14. Additional information can be found at 4-H.org/NYSD.
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  • Wednesday, October 30, 2019 4:00 AM
    Youth in Hoover Elementary’s Afterschool STEAM Club are joining more than 150,000 children across the country in leading the 12th annual 4-H National Youth Science Day (4-H NYSD) challenge throughout the month of October. This year’s challenge, Game Changers, teaches young people coding skills through three engaging hands-on activities. 
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  • Friday, October 25, 2019 4:00 AM
    The mum, also known by their genus name Chrysanthemum, is a popular, colorful plant in the aster family with showy flowers that bloom in a wide variety of colors. They are native to Asia and northeastern Europe, and were first cultivated in China over 3000 years ago, mostly as a culinary herb used to make teas. Today, we cultivate them for their insecticidal uses (pyrethrins come from two species of Chrysanthemum) and as an ornamental. While there are mums that bloom in spring and summer, the fall-blooming hybrids become particularly popular in fall.
    Mums are technically perennials, but many of us treat them as annual potted plants for the fall season. In this article, we’ll discuss how to get the most out of your mums, whether you plan to pot them or plant them directly into your landscaping. Regardless of your planting choice, make sure to purchase mums that are free of insects and disease – just give the plant a quick visual check before heading to the checkout line.
    If you’re growing potted mums: making sure that mums are properly watered is especially important. With less area to catch water, and with relatively small root systems, mums can be prone to drying out quickly in pots. Allow the top inch or so to dry out before thoroughly watering again. In addition, make sure to keep mums fertilized in order to help them bloom to their fullest extent. It’s usually best to fertilize directly at the soil level. A 10-10-10 fertilizer is appropriate. Always make sure to follow the label to make sure you’re applying properly and at the right frequency. Finally, mums prefer 5-6 hours of morning light and afternoon shade. With containers, you can move them around to get the best lighting conditions!
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  • Friday, October 18, 2019 4:00 AM
    The leaves are turning colors, the temperature is dropping and my favorite season is finally upon us. Fall is here and with fall comes Pumpkins. The on slot of pumpkins is not just a figment of your imagination, in fact, 80% of the pumpkin supply in the United States is available in October. And good news for those trying to eat local, 90 to 95% of our edible pumpkin is grown next door in Illinois. 
    There is more good news. Pumpkin is a nutrient dense fruit to add to your diet. By now we are all aware that orange colored foods are loaded with Vitamin A, one cup can provide you with almost 450% of your daily value. Research shows that Vitamin A may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer, protects against heart disease, and is great for eye health. Pumpkin is also a great source of Potassium. Potassium is needed in our bodies to aid in muscle contraction. Not only making it important for avoiding cramps in athletes, but maintaining good heart health. Potassium can also be used to offset some of the harmful effects of sodium in our diets. All of these nutrients in just 45 calories per cup. 
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  • Tuesday, October 8, 2019 4:00 AM
    October is here, which means it is time to enroll in 4-H and enjoy Spooky Science! We invite all families in the community to come out and enjoy our 4th annual Spooky Science event on Monday, Oct. 28 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Montgomery County 4-H Fairgrounds.
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  • Thursday, August 15, 2019 4:00 AM
    It is that time of year again when the garden is putting out plenty of produce. We want to make sure we can eat that produce year-round. So, we dust off the canners and pull them out for a late summer full of food preservation. But I have to stop and ask myself, “What methods are safe for which foods?” 
    If you’re looking to “can” produce from your garden, there are only two safe methods: boiling water bath canning and pressure canning. Boiling water bath canning is safe to use when canning high–acid foods, which are the majority of your fruits and pickled foods. Pressure canning is required when canning low-acid foods, which includes most vegetables and meats. 
    Low acid home canned foods are associated with Clostridium Botulinum. It has an 8% fatality rate and patients require hospitalization. Botulism toxin is a neurotoxin; it attacks nerve cells and paralyzes them. Symptoms appear 4 to 8 hours after eating contaminated food and begin at the head and work slowly downward. The danger of Clostridium Botulinum is the number one risk to our home canned foods, and why we must ensure proper canning techniques are being used. 
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  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019 4:00 AM
    This weekend is the perfect weekend to bring your children out to the Farmers Market for Kids Day. Summer time is a great time to teach youth to learn to like fresh produce. Take them to one of the many fun places to find produce like the Farmers Market, U-Pick farms, or maybe even your back yard. Summer time in Indiana offers colorful, tasty and fresh produce that you can’t get any other time of year. When youth are involved in the growing and selecting process of their food they are more likely to eat it. 
    I hear from people all the time that kids don’t like vegetables. I cook with kids during after school programs and all summer long, and I rarely find a vegetable they won’t eat. So, what is my secret? I involve them in the process. We either grow the produce together or we prepare it. After they have worked so hard to see how it is prepared they can’t wait to try it and see their hard work pay off. 
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  • Youth have a “blast” at Robotics Blast Night
    Thursday, June 6, 2019 4:00 AM
    On Wednesday, May 22nd, the Montgomery County 4-H program hosted their 2nd annual Robotics Blast Night for any youth in grades 3-5. This FREE program provides an opportunity for youth to get excited and engaged in the world of robotics. There were 19 youth and their parents/guardians that attended the Robotics Blast Night. Many youth were excited and engaged with the stations provided. They asked great questions and showed their creativity and problem-solving skills. 
    There were a variety of Robotic stations that the youth could rotate through and choose from. The Carnegie Museum provided Ozobots for youth to learn how color codes can tell a robot how to maneuver and follow a pattern. Some of the Montgomery County 4-H Junior Leaders gave youth the opportunity to create their own obstacle course for the HEXBUG nano-bot. Youth explored snap-together, color coded circuits using littleBits. littleBits incorporates art and design into technology. Representatives from North Montgomery High School’s robotics program were also present to teach and lead youth. There was a demonstration station of an EV3-Lego robot for youth to get a glimpse of what robot they will be working with in the Robotics club. Finally, utilizing Google Chromebooks, youth were introduced to computer coding using the Scratch progam.
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  • Monday, May 20, 2019 2:46 AM
    The Purdue Extension-Montgomery County office is excited to offer an opportunity for ANY 3rd-5th grade youth to enroll in the Montgomery County Robotics Club! This is a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience using the EV3 LEGO® Robots. Youth do not have to have any prior robotics experience to take part in the fun and learning. Using the EV3 LEGO® robots, youth will learn about what a robot is, how to build one, and how to program it. 
    The Robotics Club will meet on June 5th and June 24th from 5:30-7:00 pm in the Exhibit Hall at the Montgomery County 4-H Fairgrounds. The last meeting will be on July 17th at 3:00 pm for a special demonstration during the fair. This special demonstration will take place in the 4-H Building, located at the Montgomery County 4-H Fairgrounds. This special demonstration will be a great opportunity for youth to showcase what they have learned to family, friends, and other visitors to the fair!
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  • Wednesday, May 8, 2019 2:53 AM
    Whether it is your first kid, second kids or however many, you will always have questions and wonder if they are reaching their appropriate milestones as they age. The early years of development are the most important. You may wonder if the things you are doing are helpful or not. Even if it is your second child, you may be doing some of the same things you did with the first but they aren’t working as well. That is because all kids are different and develop at different rates. You may need to try some new things to help your child develop as they should. 
    The first steps to making sure your child is developing correctly is to keep them healthy. Being healthy aids in the developmental process. You must make sure that your child is growing up in a safe and loving home. Spending time as a family by reading, playing, and talking are all important to their language development. And on top of all that your baby should be on a proper diet and sleep schedule. Everything your child does and is surrounded by affects how they develop, so always be aware. 
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  • Tuesday, April 23, 2019 4:00 AM
    Have a current 3rd-5th grade youth that is interested in robotics?! Then join us for a Robotics Blast Night on May 22nd from 5:30-7:00 pm in the 4-H Building at the Montgomery County 4-H Fairgrounds for a fun-filled night of exploring the wonderful world of robotics! The 4-H fairgrounds is located at 400 Parke Avenue, Crawfordsville, IN 47933. This FREE event is open to any and all youth currently in grades 3-5. Youth that attend this event will have the opportunity to engage in and learn about various types of robots. There will be multiple stations that are teaching about different robots and will allow youth to gain hands-on experience in working with the robots.
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