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The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s plant protection and weed control program this week confirmed the presence of a plant disease in hundreds of rhododendrons sold at large retail stores in Kansas. Sudden Oak Death is a plant disease that has killed large tracts of oaks and other native s…

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Have you ever noticed your windbreak covered in bagworms in the late summer months? If you know you have had bagworms in the past, now is the time of year to control them. River Valley Extension District Horticulture Agent Kelsey Hatesohl will be talking about their life cycle and the best m…

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Each spring Colorado welcomes an abundance of new life, including young wildlife across the state. Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds residents and visitors that if you see young wildlife in the coming weeks and months—leave them alone. To protect these animals, it is important that people …

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Almost everyone agrees that store-bought tomatoes don’t have much flavor. Now, scientists from the Agricultural Research Service and the Boyce Thompson Institute may have spotlighted the solution in a paper just published in Nature Genetics

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Nebraska Extension is offering a new opportunity to help homeowners get the answers they need following Nebraska’s historic flooding. The Lawn & Landscapes Flood Recovery hotline and video chat will be available May 13 to 18 to provide information on flood-related lawn and landscape topics.

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Yard waste makes up a third of municipal solid waste, behind paper products and food. Estimates show that the average lawn produces about 1,500 pounds of grass clippings each year. A mature tree drops about 3,600 pounds of leaves annually.

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As the final winter frosts begin to thaw out, reservoirs are opening to boating across the state and Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are busy ramping up boat inspection stations for the upcoming season. Boat inspections for aquatic nuisance species are mandatory in Colorado and require…

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Cheyenne, Sherman and Wallace in northwest Kansas will be the showcase counties for the Big Kansas Road Trip May 2 to 5. Organized by the Kansas Sampler Foundation and local county leaders, the event is designed to provide the public first-hand experiences with what there is to see, do, hear…

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On April 27 at the Burlington Library on 321 14th Street in Burlington, Colorado, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., plan to attend a Seed Saving Workshop in support of the Burlington’s Seed Lending Library. Learn how to grow vegetable varieties you never thought you could have in your vegetable garde…

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Are you interested in gardening? Plants? Getting your hands dirty in the soil? Then the Master Gardener Training is for you. The 2019 Master Gardener Class is a twelve week program that covers topics like soil science, lawn management, insect and disease control, growing vegetables, home fru…

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Gov. Steve Bullock recently announced that he will establish a Grizzly Bear Advisory Council to help initiate a statewide discussion on grizzly bear management, conservation and recovery. The council will be selected through an application process that ends April 12.

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Even though temperatures are warming, for wildlife Colorado remains in the depths of winter; and despite the recent snow storms Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds citizens that big-game wildlife do not need our help. Feeding big game in Colorado is not only illegal but also does more harm t…

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River Valley Extension District is partnering with Post Rock District to offer fruit tree workshops. This workshop will be held in two locations. The first will be held at Mankato Christian Church in Mankato, Kansas. The second workshop will be held at St. Mary Catholic Church in Glasco, Kansas.

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In the San Luis Valley nature is again putting on one of its most memorable displays: the spring migration of Greater Sandhill Cranes. In appreciation of this wildlife spectacle, area organizations, businesses and wildlife agencies are holding the annual Monte Vista Crane Festival, March 8 to 10. 

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With a March 29 deadline approaching, Natural Resources Conservation Service is encouraging farmers and ranchers to consider utilizing a federal program that provides financial and technical assistance to restoring wildlife habitats indicative of the Cross Timbers ecoregion. The Cross Timber…

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Iowa is one of the most important wintering grounds for Bald Eagles with thousands of the huge raptors moving into the state from the north to join our resident breeding birds. Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan all have some of the highest densities of nesting Bald Eagles in the lower 48 sta…

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Although commonly used in landscapes as an ornamental because of the showy white flowers in early spring and beautiful fall foliage, the callery pear is not a great choice for homeowners. In addition, it is known to be an invasive species.

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For everyone who receives vases of flowers on Valentine’s Day, or anytime of the year, here are a couple of tips and tricks to help get the most out of your flowers. Follow these helpful guidelines to help extend the life of your flowers.

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The 22nd Great Backyard Bird Count will take place from Feb. 15 through 18. Volunteers from around the world are invited to count the birds they see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, then enter their checklists at birdcount.org. Anyone with internet access can partici…

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Site selection and soil preparation are important factors in planting rose bushes, but there are even greater questions. Is it better to plant bare root or potted roses? Should you purchase locally, order from a catalog, or grab a rose from the hot parking lot at the big box store? And what …

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The Wyoming Game & Fish Commissioners License is now open for bidding and ends March 31. License is good for elk, deer, or antelope in the state of Wyoming. Opening minimum bid starts at $12,000 with no option for a "Buy Now" price. All proceeds will benefit the Wyoming Stock Growers Ass…

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Persons of all ages are invited to attend a Farm and Ranch Estate Planning Workshop hosted by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension. This workshop will be on Feb. 7 at 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Community Building, Red Willow County Fairgrounds, McCook, Nebraska.