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Position: La Plata County Extension Office

Email: parmenterdm@co.laplata.co.us

4-H members weigh in steers, participate in ag expo

The warm and sunny days have felt nice lately. It’s a great time of year to hear the birds chirping and feel spring in the air. The winter moisture that so many farmers and ranchers depend on has...

DATE: March 16, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Like it or not, preparing for the worst makes good sense

Not to be morbid, but here is your reminder: You are going to die. Some of us sooner than later; some quickly; some young and some old. But it is going to happen, guaranteed. Have you and your...

DATE: March 3, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

These majestic trees provide shade for large spaces

If I ever have questions about ornamental plant selection, I’m not afraid to ask others for their opinions. I’m a vegetable kind of guy, and the edibles tend to be in my horticultural wheelhouse....

DATE: March 1, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Women need to be more aware about their heart health

Stroke? Heart attack? I know … not you. Well, step into this other circle while you read this. The concern about women and heart disease is magnified because we deny or aren’t as aware as we need...

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

How to prune your fruit trees this winter

The short days and long nights leave many of us in Southwest Colorado yearning for something: more powder and more turns, a long-lasting snowpack to fill our rivers this spring and summer or the...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

4-H teaches young people the skills of citizenship

Citizenship is a major component to the 4-H Youth Development program. We understand that good citizenship doesn’t just happen. Therefore, we actively teach and develop skills for youths to become...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

In dark of winter, I’m dreaming about seasons, possibilities ahead

Author and philosopher Albert Camus once wrote: “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” Because Camus was a philosopher, I can only assume that...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

From the Extension Office It’s that time of the year again to take measure of your radon levels

January is National Radon Action Month, when all residents – both renters and owners – are urged to test their home for radon. It is recommended that homes be screened every five years. If a...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Lego competition builds teamwork, creativity

Earlier this month, La Plata County 4-H entered a team into the First Lego League Four Corners qualifier. First Lego League is an international competition that promotes STEM education through...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2016 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

From the Extension Office Holidays aren’t the time to let your guard down

Whew. We have made it through Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But most of us aren’t finished shopping or joining friends and family. Thieves are out there just waiting for us to make one mistake. We...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2016 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Wrap your new tree to protect it from winter temperature swings

In Southwest Colorado, our coldest months are fast approaching. Allow me to remind you: In December 2015, we had 11 nights that registered below zero at the airport; January had 14 nights that...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2016 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Adult-youth partnerships drive success of 4-H

It’s time to be thankful. As your 4-H Extension agent, I couldn’t be more thankful for all the youths and adults in our program. The partnerships between adults and young people are the...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2016 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

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