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Position: La Plata County Extension Office

Email: parmenterdm@co.laplata.co.us

Young people must learn the basics of financial literacy

Recently, I enjoyed working with and learning from seventh-graders at Miller Middle School as we discussed financial literacy. Know Your Dough provided the curriculum – which is designed for...

DATE: March 15, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Suicide survivor to share his story; 4-H to promote prevention program

La Plata County 4-H will co-sponsor a powerful community event at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 19. “Cracked, Not Broken: The Kevin Hines Story” will be held at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis...

DATE: March 12, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Workshop to address managing water needs in a dry year

Last month was all about soil, and yes, soil is where everything starts. If you build it, plants, flowers and fruit will come. If you ask a farmer or rancher – and if they’re worth their weight in...

DATE: March 5, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

4-H livestock projects teach skills that last a lifetime

4-H livestock and animal projects inspire lifelong learning in young people. 4-H members can enroll in horse, dog, cat, cow, sheep, goat, swine, poultry and rabbit animal projects. They can begin...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Despite the headlines, not all wheat is bad for you

Ah, fresh warm bread. Whether it is hot out of the oven, dipped into a steaming bowl of soup or enveloping your favorite sandwich, it is easy to see why it is such a staple food. Wheat makes up...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Gardeners, this measurement will tell you a lot about your soil

I tried. I wrote an article about watering trees in the winter, I washed the car and I sold a pair of skis. But none of it did the trick. Our weather seems to get only warmer, and even the few...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

4-H members collaborate to build Snowdown obstacle course

Snowdown 2018 is quickly approaching. All we need now is snow, especially for our agriculture community. I hope we receive some much-needed precipitation soon. For the last five years, La Plata...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Radon can pose serious health risks, test your home now

January is National Radon Action Month. Radon in our homes is a significant health issue. Forty-nine percent of homes in La Plata County have required mitigation of the colorless, odorless gas...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Workshop will teach techniques to extend the growing season

As our travels around the sun begin again, we seem to be traversing through a very, very strange and dichotomous winter. This week, we have winter storm warnings for Jacksonville, Florida;...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

La Plata County 4-H clubs serve communities, people in many ways

Community service is a major component of the 4-H Youth Development program. At a minimum, 4-H members are required to participate in one community service event during the year. However, most 4-H...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

The fascinating process of olive production in Spain

Olives – wait, what? I write this as I sit on the edge of a canal in Seville, Spain. I am immersing myself in the Mediterranean way of eating. They refer to the olive tree as the “tree of life.” I...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Our dry weather may mean trees need winter watering

Over the years, I’ve written articles that seem to initiate a response from Mother Nature that completely eliminates the need to do what I’m writing about. So, in hopes of that happening again...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

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