Rural Lifestyle

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Arkansas : Farmers growing oats for small, out-of-state markets

Farmers in a state whose acres are dominated by soybeans, rice, corn and cotton have carved out a few acres to serve a niche market.     Ext...
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History : Butterfield Overland Trail worthy of national recognition, preservation

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) announced that the National Park Service (NPS) has determined the trail that carried the longest stagecoach operation...
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Gardening : Choose marigolds for strong summer beauty

I have to accept that the hot and humid summer has arrived in my coastal Mississippi garden and landscape.     The barometer I use to measur...
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Safety : Take precautions when working in the heat

Lisa Washburn, associate professor-health for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said one important factor in outdoor safety i...
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Gardening : Rain gardens create oases

Warm temperatures mean different things to different people, but to University of Tennessee Extension specialist Andrea Ludwig, they mean the perfect ...
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Missouri : Child farm fatalities bring community together on safety

The people of the Fortuna and Versailles areas know what a farm tragedy feels like. In the last few years, Mennonite families there lost two children ...
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Gardening : Rose of Sharon varieties give options

One day right after we moved to Mississippi, I got a call from a homeowner with a question about her althea plant. I was stumped, but soon found that ...
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Bugs : Insect borne diseases on the rise

Louisiana is known for its picturesque swamps and marshes, but these places are also home to the state’s “unofficial” state bird — the mosquit...
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Hunting : Rare bird shows up in goose hunters’ harvest

When Hunter Stafford and Chase Milligan examined their take following some January goose hunting in Lincoln County, they noticed something wasn’t qu...
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Environmentalism : Volunteers sought for Bayou Bartholomew cleanup

The world’s longest bayou could use a little help on Saturday, May 26, from litter-removing volunteers to help keep the waterway from suffering a si...