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Bad Idea to Store Perishable Food Outdoors

During the winter months when outdoor temperatures are low, the idea of storing some foods outdoors may be a common practice, or at least a logical option. Extension urges you to understand the potential health risks of improperly chilling food which is to be eaten later. There are true risks when food is stored in unconventional methods.

It’s important to keep financial books on the ranch for more than just tax time. A Quicken for Farm & Ranch Record Keeping workshop will be held Jan. 6 from 9 a.m. to Noon in North Platte at the Lincoln, Logan, McPherson Extension Office.

 To register call the Lincoln, Logan, McPherson Extension Office  Extension Office at 308-532-2683. This workshop is limited to 10 participants. The cost to attend the workshop is $20/participant.

 Nebraska Extension Educator Jessica Groskopf will teach how to use Quicken, a popular commercial record-keeping package that is user friendly, inexpensive and easy to find. Quicken is flexible for ag and non-ag business enterprises and separates out family living expenses.

Winter is a great time to make homemade jam or jelly.  Nebraska Extension has just released their newest Food Preservation Newsletter, "So You Want to Preserve".  To download a copy go to:  https://food.unl.edu/jams-jellies-and-preserves 

Healthy eating is important throughout the year, but the holidays create unique challenges.

The holidays can be notorious for rich foods and overeating. But with a commitment to stick to nutrition goals, New Year’s resolutions can focus on something other than weight loss.

Here are a few sensible tips for maintaining healthy practices through the holiday season.

Plan meals using MyPlate guidelines from USDA. Fill half the plate with colorful vegetables and fruits, one-fourth with protein, and one-fourth with grain. Choose whole grain whenever possible. Add low fat dairy options.

Enrollment is not required for some 4-H programs and events. However, club members are required to officially enroll through the 4-H Online system once a year in order to participate in club activities and fair events. Youth ages 8-18 who are not members of a formal 4-H club may enroll as independent members. Youth between the ages of 5 and 7 may also enroll as Clover Kids.

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