Agriculture

Christmas Cacti: A Beautiful Winter Plant To Enjoy!

By Majo Bates Master Gardener I Love Christmas Cacti, as it is commonly called. (Botanically known as Schlumbergera or Zygocactus, according to Wikipedia). I have a beautiful one in bloom as I write this article. Christmas Cacti require a bit of understanding!  Kinda like “what makes them tick” and even though I do not say I am an

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Washington County Extension News December 13, 2017

Become A Youth Leader Washington County 4-H is seeking youth in the seventh grade and older to join a teen leader group.  Previous 4-H membership is not required. This will be a great opportunity for young people to step up their leadership skills.  It will also build new skills and provide opportunities that teens can

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Nashville FFA Attends Leadership Training School

Nashville FFA Attends Leadership Training School By Alex Johannes, Chapter Reporter On November 8, members from the Nashville FFA Chapter attended the Section 21 Leadership Training School at Nashville Community High School. The purpose of the workshop was to motivate FFA members and encourage leadership while providing an opportunity for members to meet new people

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U Of I Extension Center News – December 6, 2017

U Of I Extension Center News – December 6, 2017 Beef Quality Assurance Training In Mt. Vernon Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) is a national program designed by cattlemen and cattlewomen, delivered by cattlemen and cattlewomen, for cattlemen and cattlewomen. BQA equips producers with production strategies and general skills to maintain animal care and performance to

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The American Sycamore: A Ghost of a Tree

The American Sycamore: A Ghost of a Tree Master Gardener Scoop – December 6, 2017 By Linda Summers, Master Gardener One of the easiest trees to identify during the fall and winter months when most trees have lost their leaves is the American Sycamore, or Platanus occidentalis. It has also been called the American Planetree,

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FFA Chapters Visit Gateway FS Facility

FFA Chapters Visit Gateway FS Facility Gateway FS recently hosted a tour for all of the FFA chapters in Clinton, Jefferson, and Washington Counties. The Nashville, Okawville, and Waltonville Highschool FFAs were able to attend the tour at the Nashville Warehouse. Students were able to tour the seed, and chemical shed. Students met with multiple

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12 Christmas Tree Fun Facts

12 Christmas Tree Fun Facts U Of I Extension News – November 29, 2017 Ron Wolford, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator, shares these Christmas tree facts that are sure to spruce up your yuletide knowledge. 1. Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states as well as Canada. 2. The average growing time for

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Digging, Lifting And Storing Tender Bulbs

Digging, Lifting And Storing Tender Bulbs Master Gardener Scoop – November 29, 2017 By Leora McTall Master Gardener During our warm October this year it was easy for gardeners to procrastinate – each day putting off the dreaded chores of digging, lifting and storing tender bulbs for winter. Now November is reminding us that winter

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NCHS FFA Places Second In Greenhand Quizbowl

NCHS FFA Places Second In Greenhand Quizbowl By Alex Johannes, Chapter Reporter On October 18, freshman FFA members of the Nashville FFA Chapter participated in the annual Section 21 Greenhand Quizbowl held at Nashville Community High School. The teams were challenged with intense questions of the history of FFA, parliamentary procedure, historical figures in FFA,

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Asian Lady Bugs: Friend or Foe?

Asian Lady Bugs: Friend or Foe? Master Gardener Scoop – November 22, 2017 By Will Summers, Master Gardener Cool fall weather has arrived and with it so has the encroachment of lady bugs into our homes. Regrettably, these insects are not ordinary ladybugs but another insect, Asian beetles, Harmonia axyridis, released by the US Department

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