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Free Testing of Dial Gauge Canners

The canning season will soon be here.  Dial gauge canners should be checked each year for accuracy.  The Fond du Lac County UW-Extension office is available to help calibrate your canner gauge.  Call to schedule a time at 920/929-3173.

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Tax Credits for Low and Moderate Income Families

Several valuable tax credits are available for low and moderate income families.  These include the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit, the Wisconsin Earned Income Credit, and the Homestead Tax Credit.  Together these can be worth thousands of dollars for families – but only if families file tax returns to claim the credits. Detailed information about […]

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Current Hay Prices

The Extension office receives lots of calls about the “going rate” for hay in the area.  Extension specialists have a great website updated every two weeks with a market report on hay prices for Wisconsin and the Midwest.  If you are buying or selling hay, be sure to check this website out! Click here to […]

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Take A Deep Breath on Earth Day

In 1970 Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. senator from Wisconsin, proposed a spring day for Americans to speak out about conserving natural resources. That first Earth Day rallied millions of citizens and spurred Congress to create significant laws for clean air, clean water, and energy conservation. Nelson earned natural resources a lasting place in national politics. […]

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Cutting Back Spending Strategies

Do you find that your expenses are more than your income?  There are steps you can take to develop a spending plan and move toward balancing your budget.  There are different ways to track of your expenses.  “The most important step is to write it down,” says J. Michael Collins, family and consumer economics specialist […]

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USDA Unveils New Plant Hardiness Zone Map

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2012–The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released the new version of its Plant Hardiness Zone Map (PHZM), updating a useful tool for gardeners and researchers for the first time since 1990 with greater accuracy and detail. The new map—jointly developed by USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Oregon State University’s (OSU) […]

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Tax Preparation Resources & Information

UW-Extension provides up-to-date information on eligibility and benefits, as well as links to tax forms, outreach materials, and more. Visit:  https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/eitc/   Taxpayers can get free help determining their eligibility and claiming the Earned Income Credit (EIC) in Wisconsin at a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or Tax Credit for the Elderly (TCE) site that provides service to […]

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Keeping Routine Important for Preschoolers

  Routines are actions and events that are repeated at regular intervals.  A routine can help your child feel safe and secure.  Preschools and child care centers have long understood the importance and value of routines.  At home familiar routines also mean the difference between a chaotic or calm house.  For more information on the […]

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Printable Air Quality Publication

“Fond du Lac County Action for Air Quality” is complete.  This publication describes all of the ways that air quality matters locally and includes notes about actions manufacturers and groups like the Asthma Coalition are taking to improve it.  If you would like hard copies of this publication, contact our office about how many you […]

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Family Meetings Help Strengthen Families

Family meetings can be used to strengthen your family and help maker your children more cooperative and competent.  Family meetings have the potential to increase: family unity, family cooperation & decrease family conflict, love & mutual respect, and family organization & decrease last minute crises. For more information on holding a family meeting, go to […]

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