Family Meals Can Be a Reality

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Family mealtimes used to be the foundation of everyone’s day, but now about 30 to 35 percent of families eat together less than three times a week, despite research showing the benefits of family meals.

The North Dakota State University Extension Service is launching “The Family Table: Eat, Savor, Connect,” a program to provide families with tips, meal plans, recipes and conversation starters to help make family meals a reality.

“Studies have shown that families who eat together often choose more healthful foods, such as fruits and vegetables,” says Shaundra Ziemann-Bolinske, FCS Agent. “Family meals are a perfect time to teach your children about eating healthfully.”

Family meals also have a positive impact on children in school and socially, research shows.

“Children are more confident and get better grades, and they are more involved in school-based activities,” Ziemann-Bolinske says. “They also are less likely to engage in risky behaviors, such as smoking, drinking and taking drugs.”

In addition, eating meals together gives family members an opportunity to communicate and develop lifelong relationships, and reduce stress. Eating meals together at home also can save money.

“The Family Table: Eat, Savor, Connect” website (ndsu.ag/familytable) will provide information on monthly topics, such as meal planning, making mealtime fun, cooking basics, buying nutritious food on a limited budget, getting kids involved in meal preparation and family fitness. The site also will have links to local related events.

You’ll be able to sign up for an electronic newsletter with recipes and tips, and follow the program on Facebook as we share the posts at https://www.facebook.com/ndfamilytable/ or https://www.facebook.com/BurleighCountyExtension/ for more tips, meal plans and ideas for getting conversations going during family meals.

“Finding time for family meals can be a challenge because of everyone’s busy schedule, so be creative,” Ziemann-Bolinske says. “Family meals can be at any time or place.”

Visit ndsu.ag/familytable to learn more about The Family Table. 

For more information, contact Shaundra Ziemann-Bolinske, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, at 701 221-6865 or shaundra.ziemann@ndsu.edu.

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Understanding Fertilizer Numbers: N-P-K

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Trying to determine what fertilizer to use can be an overwhelming task. Which formulation do you need for your particular situation? Should you get the bag of 18-9-9 or the bag of 5-10-5?

And what the heck do those numbers mean anyway?

It may seem intimidating, but you can figure it out, according to Bruce Schmidt NDSU Ext Agent Burleigh County. When selecting a fertilizer – whether it’s for annuals, vegetable gardens, trees and shrubs, perennials or lawns – the first question to answer is, “What analysis do I need?” The analysis is actually the three large numbers you see on every fertilizer label – put there by law – such as 10-20-10 or 10-10-10 or 18-46-0.

These numbers represent the percentage (by weight) of the three major nutrients required for healthy plant growth, always in the same order: nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium (N-P-K). Each of these nutrients affects plant growth differently, and the formulation you select should depend on your specific gardening needs.

The first number is the percentage of nitrogen in the bag. So a bag of 24-8-4 has 24 percent total nitrogen. Nitrogen provides plants with the ability to produce more chlorophyll, which in turn allows plants to grow quickly. With each additional nitrogen application, plants will grow taller and develop a darker green color. So if you want a dark green lawn, use a lawn fertilizer that’s high in nitrogen – but then expect to mow more often.

The second number in the analysis is the percentage of phosphorus in the mix. For example, a bag of 24-8-4 would contain 8 percent phosphorus. Phosphorous aids in root development and increases flowering ability and bloom size. High-phosphorous fertilizer should be used when plants are being established in your garden – when sowing a new lawn or planting a new tree, for instance.

The third number represents the percentage of potassium found in the product. A bag of 24-8-4 has 4 percent potassium in the mix. Potassium has many functions: It guards the plant against diseases and aids in drought protection and cold tolerance. It also serves a role in improving root development and helps in the process of photosynthesis. You might consider using a high-potassium fertilizer at the start of winter and summer to protect crops from temperature extremes or when insects and disease have caused damage to your plants.

Now, if you’re a left-brainer, you’ve probably noticed that the sum of the percentages doesn’t equal 100 percent. That’s because there are other nutrients and filler product in fertilizer mixtures. This filler helps to apply the nutrients evenly over an area. So no need to double-check the math.

For more information, contact Bruce Schmidt, Ag & Natural Resources, 701-221- 6865.
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An Adventure Awaits You at 4-H Camp

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We are gearing up for another great year at the North Dakota 4H camp. There is a camp for everyone. Camp themes range from fishing to shooting sports to science to photography and a little bit of everything in between.

4-H camp is open to all youth, there is no need to be a 4-H member. Full camp descriptions can be found at https://www.ndsu.edu/4h/camp.  Camps in May and June receive the early bird discount before May 20, 2017. July camps receive this discount through July 1, 2017. These discounts will be applied automatically when you register online.

Don’t miss your opportunity to experience North Dakota 4H camp, sign up today!

The goal of 4-H is to develop citizenship, leadership, responsibility and life skills of youth through experiential learning programs and a positive youth development approach. To learn more about 4-H or to see how you can be involved contact the Burleigh County extension office at (701) 221-6865 or by email at: Amelia.Doll@ndsu.edu

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Sagness Memorial Grant Awarded to Burleigh County FCE

churchBuckstopJunctionFamily and Community Education (FCE) Association has been a strong voice in promoting a healthier and better life for individuals, families, and communities through education, leadership and action. Building on the strength of the family as the center of a strong citizenry, FCE has a rich history that you could be a part of in Burleigh County.

Most recently, Burleigh FCE members met at the Spring Council meeting and enjoyed the key presentation of Understanding Depression Later in Life.  This is one example of many programs available to local organizations from NDSU Extension Service to enhance the lives of adults and youth. New business included the election of three officers: Shelley Porter, President; Carlene Dockter, Vice President; Kathleen Bien, Secretary.  We also want to thank Linda Uhte, Treasurer, for her significant contribution to the Burleigh County Association.

Our keynote project is sponsoring the school house at Buckstop Junction in Bismarck, ND.  In 2016, the Burleigh County FCE Association was granted $200 from the North Dakota Family and Community Educators Arlene Sagness Memorial Grant.  We enjoy the responsibility of maintaining the school house as many of our current members attended school in the actual school house.  The Lein School House #2 operated near Arena from 1906 to 1958.  Alice Falkenstein, a member of the Still Club for 62 years, reported it was cleaned by both Wing and Riverside clubs, we replaced curtains and blinds and completed some painting.  We intend to finish painting the school house and replacing light covers.  Tours are scheduled through Buckstop Junction Historic Town.  These tours allow youth to learn about the history of rural North Dakota.

For more information, please contact Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent, Shaundra Ziemann-Bolinske, shaundra.ziemann@ndsu.edu.

 

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Vole Damage: A Rite of Spring

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Does your lawn look like this? Do you notice small tunnels of dead grass snaking through your yard? Even worse, you may observe feeding damage on small shrubs and trees. Voles were very active this winter under our heavy snowpack. Insulated and protected by snow, voles feasted on grasses and roots during the course of the winter.

Voles are rodents with short ears and a stubby tail. While mistakenly referred to as “field mice”, these rodents are meadow voles and are common throughout North Dakota. Their populations peak every 2 to 5 years depending on environmental conditions. Snakes, hawks, owls and other predators help control the population.

While highly visible in early spring, vole damage to lawns is usually minor. Homeowners should rake the dead grass and soon rhizomes from surrounding plants will cover the damaged area. If the damage is more significant, then these areas can be reseeded.

Little can be done in the spring to eradicate voles. As the snow recedes, voles leave the now-exposed turfgrass and seek cover in areas with taller vegetation. Fall is the best time to prevent excessive vole damage. Homeowners should practice good yard sanitation to avoid creating an attractive vole habitat. Grass should be cut short in late fall. Shrubs should be limbed up a bit to avoid creating cover near the ground. Furthermore, areas of plant litter should be cleared. A little prevention in the fall will go a long way to discouraging voles from using your yard as their winter home.

by Esther McGinnis, NDSU Extension Horticulturist https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/horticulture/vole-damage-a-rite-of-spring-4

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ND 4-H Horse Judges Certification – April 22, 2017

4-H HorseJudges CertificationNDSU Extension to Host 4-H Horse Judges Certification Workshop. ults and older youth will have an opportunity to learn about becoming a 4-H horse show judge at a workshop the North Dakota State University Extension Service is hosting Saturday, April 22, in Washburn.

The workshop will be followed by a certification test.

“Individuals who wish to judge 4-H horse shows in North Dakota need to be certified,” says Paige Brummund, NDSU Extension agent for Ward County. The workshop will be held starting at 9 a.m. in the Johnsrud 4-H Education Center at the North Dakota 4-H Camp. It will cover the “North Dakota 4-H Horse Show Rules and Judging Guide.”

This workshop is open to anyone but would be especially beneficial for adult volunteers and older youth involved in the 4-H Horse Project, Brummund says.

Certification testing will begin at 1:30 p.m. The exam is designed to test the participants’ knowledge of 4-H horse class rules and judging procedures.

The testing procedure will consist of judging horse show classes and a written exam. Individuals who pass both portions of the exam will be considered certified and their name will be added to the official certified horse judges list the North Dakota Center for 4-H Youth Development maintains.

Judges are certified for three years. Then they must be recertified to remain on the list.

Attending the morning informational seminar is free of charge. The cost for taking the certification testing is $20. Preregistration is required. Register online at https://tinyurl.com/llzr9c3  or call 701-857-6444.

https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/burleighcountyextension/calendar-of-events/nd-4-h-horse-judges-certification-april-22

 

Still Time to Make April Your Walking Month at Work

Walk CalendarGo! Bismarck-Mandan, our local healthy community coalition, aims to continuously bring people together to build a culture of health where we live, learn, work, and play.  Walking does not require any special skills. It also does not require a gym membership or expensive equipment.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults get at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week.  Following these guidelines can contribute to overall health, and decrease the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer or diabetes.

Our coalition is promoting several walking events in April:

Thunderbird Run:  Visit www.runsignup.com/Race/ND/Bismarck/ThunderbirdSpringRun to learn more and register by April 13th!
     When: April 15th, Race times vary
     Where: United Tribes Technical College
     Who: Open to Adults and Youth

BCBS Walk @ Lunch Day:  Join BCBS, Public Health, City employees and GO! members as we walk to the Capitol and back over lunch.
When: April 26th at 12:00 Noon
Where: Meet at Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health, 500 East Front Ave
Who: Open to All

Check out our walking calendar for events in April, daily tips and activities on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GoBismarckMandan/ or http://www.gobismarckmandan.org/initiatives/work/.

 

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How to File an Income Tax Extension

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income-taxIf you need more time to file your 2016 federal income tax return, you can request an extension. An extension will give you until Oct. 16, 2017, to file your return, and you can avoid the penalty of 5 percent of the unpaid taxes for each month it is late.

 An extension does not give you more time to pay what you owe. You will need to estimate the amount of tax you owe and pay that amount by April 18, 2017, or your will be subject to penalties and interest.

 You need to file Form 4868 (www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f4868.pdf) electronically by using IRS e-file or completing a paper copy and mailing it to the address in the table below.

 

 

 

North Dakota Ag in the Classroom Calendar Contest

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The 2017 NDAITC Calendar Art Contest is easy to enter and a great activity to bring art and agriculture together. It highlights the diversity of agriculture throughout the state.

North Dakota 3rd-5th grade youth are invited to submit original artwork about North Dakota agriculture to the contest.  Artwork must be postmarked by April 1, 2017. Judging is completed in mid-April and calendars will be distributed in August 2017 based on 2017-2018 school year. The calendar will share North Dakota Agricultural facts on daily basis with students.   Winners will be recognized on April 19, 2017  at North Dakota Capitol Ag Day.  Contact Ashley via email astegeman@nd.gov or by phone at 701-328-4759 for more information. 

North Dakota Agriculture in the Classroom:  Calendar Contest
600 E Boulevard Ave, Dept. 602
Bismarck, ND  58505-0602

https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/burleighcountyextension/calendar-of-events/nd-ag-in-the-classroom-calendar-art-contest-april-1

 

Vendor Show – March 11

Join us on Saturday, March 11 from 10am to 3pm for a wonderful #shopping experience with local vendors. #freeadmission

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#Shop with #vendors that include Wildtree, Rodan + Fields, Initials, Inc., Origami Owl, Younique, Norwex, Tastefully Simple, Amy’s Gourmet Apples, Organo Gold, LuLaRoe, Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, Thirty-One, Curvy Flamingo, Usborne Books, Dakota Dust Designs, Tupperware, Keep Collective, Premier Designs, LipSense, Zurvita, The Closet, Fitteam Global, and Limelight by Alcone.

#shoplocal #Saturdayshopping #vendorshow #Bismarck 

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