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The Ask an Expert informational series features quick tips and advice from USU Extension on everything from raising your own backyard chickens to stress-relieving activities.

 

Tune in Mondays during All Things Considered and Tuesdays during Morning Edition for Ask an Expert.

 

Ask An Expert: Five Ways To Find Peace By Staying Present

May 11, 2021

It is easy to get caught up in the events of the past or the future. However, doing so only brings worry and causes you to miss out on the present. On the other hand, mindfulness – or focusing on the present moment – leads to better health, lower anxiety and greater resilience to stress. Learning to incorporate the concept of “flow” is one of several ways to increase mindfulness.

Ask An Expert: May Gardening Checklist

May 3, 2021

April showers bring May flowers – as well as a multitude of gardening tasks. The Utah State University Extension Gardener’s Almanac provides a checklist for each month as well as links for tips and further information.

Ask an Expert: Four Tips to Help You Avoid Food Waste And Save Money

Apr 29, 2021

The average American throws away nearly 275 pounds of food each year. The USDA estimates between 30 to 40 percent of America’s food supply is wasted. Not only is good food wasted, but good money, too, equating to about $390 per year per person. While no one should eat unsafe food, consider these strategies to minimize food waste – and put the saved money toward a financial goal.

Ask an Expert – Home Sweet Home: Is It Best to Rent or Buy?

Apr 22, 2021

Paying rent each month isn’t just for college students or young families not yet settled in a career. Overall, home ownership in the U.S. has declined for the past 10 years since peaking in 2009. At the end of 2020, the rate hovered around 65%. If you plan to rent in the future, consider these points:

Ask An Expert – April Gardening Checklist

Apr 13, 2021

April showers (and work in the garden) bring May flowers (and plants). Consider these tips to help you prepare! Included are links from the Utah State University Extension Gardeners Almanac.

Ask An Expert; Corned Beef And Cabbage Not Just For March Meals

Mar 15, 2021

Corned beef and cabbage, Ireland and leprechauns – all part of the St. Patrick’s Day celebration, right? Actually, these foods often associated with the holiday are not tied to Irish history at all. At any rate, it’s worth learning more about them and how to include them in your diet.

Ask An Expert: Celebrate America Saves Week, By Saving!

Mar 1, 2021

America Saves Week has been an annual event since 2007. It is held the last week of February and focuses on helping people save money. Most people would like to put more money in savings, but it can be daunting to get started. The Americasaves.org website is a great place to start. You can set savings goals and sign up for email and text reminders to help keep you on track. Consider these savings tips.

Ask An Expert: The Dirt On Laundry: How Often To Wash?

Feb 25, 2021

How often do you wash your pajamas and pillowcases? Or how about your coats and comforters? In general, most people don’t wash their clothing, bedding and other items often enough. It’s important to note that phosphates in our detergents have decreased over the years, so your clothes may not be getting as clean as you think, and washing regularly is even more important.

Though it’s February and relationships are on people’s minds, it doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day to consider ways to strengthen your relationship with your partner. Consider these six tips to help keep the spark going all year.

Ask An Expert: Relax And De-Stress With Meditation

Feb 4, 2021

 It can be a challenge to make the time to rest our minds, relax and find peace. But it is definitely worth the effort. 

Ask An Expert : Backyard Chicken Ranching, Rodents And COVID-19

Jan 25, 2021

In response to social distancing guidelines, innovative Utahns have found activities that allow them to be with family and also explore new adventures. In 2020 during COVID-19, Utah state park visitation rates increased by 36% during recreation months compared to 2019.

Ask An Expert : January Garden Planning Tips

Jan 15, 2021
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If last year’s spike in gardening interest is any indication of what this year will be like, now is the perfect time to start planning! Consider these tips with links from the Utah State University Extension Gardeners Almanac. 

Ask An Expert: Three Steps For A Happier Life In 2021

Jan 15, 2021
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Despite the dark, hanging cloud of the coronavirus, there is still much happiness to be had. Though 2021 still holds uncertainty, it can be as good as we make it.

Ask An Expert: Healthy Eating For A Happy Holiday

Jan 13, 2021

  The average American consumed about 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day when taking into consideration pre-meal snacking, the actual dinner, dessert, then evening leftovers. That is enough to gain a pound or two, which can be remedied, but how many more days like this will there be?

Ask an Expert: December Gardener’s Almanac Tips

Jan 13, 2021

  Though yards and gardens were put to bed some time ago, there are still outdoor tasks to consider and holiday gardening gifts to give. Here are some tips.

Ask an Expert : Four Tips To Help You Be A Savvy Holiday Shopper

Jan 13, 2021

Many retailers are promoting month-long Black Friday deals and will continue to flood us with advertising until Christmas. But before jumping the gun and diving in blindly to holiday spending, consider these tips to help you be a savvy shopper this season. 

Ask An Expert; Final Fall Pruning And Projects

Jan 13, 2021

Before giving up on gardening for the season, it’s important to finish strong by properly preparing your yard and garden for a long winter’s nap. Consider these tips.

Ask an Expert; Thinking Outside The Box For 2020 Thanksgiving

Jan 13, 2021

Recent recommendations from Governor Gary Herbert have stated that the Thanksgiving holiday must be different this year if we are to lower our record-high COVID-19 numbers. These recommendations can leave us wondering how to manage the changes while still keeping our family traditions alive and staying close to loved ones. Consider these tips.

Ask An Expert; Cranberries: A Healthy Holiday Choice

Jan 13, 2021

The health benefits of cranberries, combined with their unique taste, versatility and ease of use, make them a wise fruit choice not only during the holidays, but year round.

Ask An Expert: Tips For Staying Positive And Healthy During the Pandemic

Dec 30, 2020

For many people, the pandemic has caused disarray and uncertainty, and it is easy to become anxious and skeptical. However, there are many things we still have control over, and one of those is our attitude. A positive attitude can go a long way in times of stress. Author Charles Swindoll said, “Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.” Consider these tips to stay positive and healthy. 

Ask An Expert: Back-To-School Self-Care For Educators

Dec 30, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused stress and challenges for people across the world. As the new school year begins, emotions can run from excitement to fear and from relief to stress. Perhaps no one feels the pressure of new challenges and routines during the pandemic quite as much as educators. 

Ask An Expert: Prevent Your Carved Creation From Becoming A Fungal Fiasco

Dec 30, 2020

Carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns is an art form that comes in all shapes, sizes and levels of difficulty. The final product (usually) makes the pumpkin carvers proud and anxious to display their work. However, often just a few days later, the pumpkin creation may start to wither and rot, and eventually, mold will take over. Why does this happen?

September Is National Preparedness Month: Be Prepared and Informed

Sep 11, 2020
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  Winds, wildfires and flooding have been plentiful in Utah this month. Add in the pandemic, and feelings of anxiety and unrest can spike. However, it is well known that preparation can help overcome fear, and since September is National Preparedness Month, now is a great time to evaluate your preparedness supplies and plans.

August Yard and Garden Checklist

Aug 27, 2020

  The heat is on, and yards and gardens are trying to keep up with the temperatures. Consider these tips from the USU Extension Gardeners Almanac to keep your garden thriving this month. Also included are links for further information.

Tips for Creating a Successful Blended Family

Aug 27, 2020
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  The term blended family highlights the unique challenge of finding acceptable ways to blend the lives, experiences, expectations and dreams of parents who remarry and the children involved. The ratio of people in the United States who live in blended families is one in three.

Know How to “Go” When Nature Calls in Utah’s Outdoors

Aug 27, 2020
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Summer is the perfect time to head outdoors, but more people camping, hiking and biking on public lands means more people who have to “go” in places without bathroom facilities.

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Irresponsible recreation, particularly when camping, can endanger you and your family as well as other campers. If a wild animal receives a food reward, it will likely seek out other areas frequented by humans for food. This behavior can result in human injury as well as the removal or death of wildlife.

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It can be a challenge to keep gardens growing well as summer heats up, so Utah State University Extension’s Gardener’s Almanac provides a checklist of tasks to help your garden, grass and plants grow well in July. Also included are links for tips and further information.

Ask An Expert – Nine Tips For Safe Summer Picnics

Jul 13, 2020
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Summertime is here, and after a long spring, many people are eager to get outside and socialize. Although there is no current evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 through food or food packaging, there are definite precautions to take when planning potlucks and picnics this summer.

Timing Can Be Tricky For Spring Planting

Jun 26, 2020
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Determining when to plant a garden can be especially confusing and Utah's unpredictable varied climate, or last frost days can vary by many days within just a few miles. Many experienced gardeners have planted and later lost their plants to frost.

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