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Aging and muscle loss, yikes!

As we get older, even as early as our 30s, we lose muscle mass. Muscle loss really starts to accelerate in our 50s, and by the time people are aged…

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Introduction and meat yield in carcasses

Submitted by Ross Mosteller Although not a new face to Meadowlark Extension District, but I am new to the Livestock and Natural Resources position. This is my first news column…

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Fungicide applications in corn

A tour of Meadowlark Extension District fields last week suggested consistent presence of Gray Leaf Spot (GLS) in scouted fields at very low levels. That’s a good sign – but…

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Coping with stress

While aging is often accompanied by stressful life changes, studies show that most older adults feel happy about their lives. Some things you can do to help manage stress are…

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How to handle an old 401(k)

If you are like many Americans, you probably have money parked in an old 401(k) plan. Perhaps you changed jobs and your 401(k) was left behind, or maybe your employer…

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The scene of The Last Supper

Do any of you remember when you had a cardboard paper fan on a flat stick to use in church in the summer because there was no air conditioning? I…

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Need help with Medicare? The SHICK program can help

Submitted by Teresa Hatfield Medicare can be difficult and confusing to understand, but it is often hard to know who to turn to for unbiased information. The SHICK program can…

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Hornworms on tomatoes

Hornworms are the largest larval insect commonly seen in the garden. Though usually seen on tomato, they can also attack eggplant, pepper and potato. The larval stage of this insect…

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Plant nutrient analysis – corn

Without fail, there will be one corn or soybean field we thought was planted in perfect conditions that looks less than stellar when scouted during the growing season. If you…

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Packing your child up for college? Teach them money 101 before they go.

A generation ago, the only grave concern most parents had about their college-bound kids and numbers was how much they’d spend on pizza and beer. Today, it’s the feat that their…

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A happy ending? 

Whether you like to read books or prefer to watch it when it comes out as a movie, probably most of us prefer stories with a happy ending. What does…

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Obligated or grateful?

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me,’” (Isaiah 6:8). This…

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God is still repurposing!

Next week, our nation will be celebrating Independence Day, and no doubt, we’ll be hearing various renditions of the “Star-Spangled Banner.” Did you know that this has only been our…

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Hay harvest plant response

Cool season grass harvest began in earnest over the past 10 days or so. As this next dry spell sets in, there will likely be a lot more put up…

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Supporting bone health

June is well known as Dairy Month, but how do we keep those bones strong throughout life? Fortunately, some foods and activities help with that. When we think of nutrients…

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