Purdue Extension - Porter County

Purdue Extension - Porter County The Cooperative Extension Service is one of the nation's largest providers of scientific research-bas
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12/05/2023

Most of us go through our days not planning for the worst. We are afforded that luxury because Porter County’s Emergency Preparedness Coordinator John Pisowicz is preparing those plans for us. In...

Congratulations Connie!
12/05/2023

Congratulations Connie!

Porter County Health Department’s Director of Nursing Connie Rudd Hannon has always had a knack for nurturing. β€œI grew up on a dairy farm, and I loved taking care of the animals. I just seemed to...

Don't ruin your game day festivities with foodborne illnesses! Follow these simple food safety tips from the FDA:🏈 When ...
12/02/2023

Don't ruin your game day festivities with foodborne illnesses! Follow these simple food safety tips from the FDA:

🏈 When preparing party food, wash hands and surfaces often.
🏈 Separate raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs from other foods.
🏈 Cook food to the right temperature.
🏈 Don't leave food at room temperature for more than 2 hours.

Cleaning out your end of year paperwork? Unsure of when to discard or shred certain documents? Check out the FTC's helpf...
11/30/2023

Cleaning out your end of year paperwork? Unsure of when to discard or shred certain documents? Check out the FTC's helpful guide at the link below:

Printable PDF

11/28/2023

Annual Christmas Craft Show
Over 70 Vendors! Admission is free, but please bring an item for the Portage Food Pantry! Plus we are also collecting for the Hobart Humane Society!

December 2nd and 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., in the Oakwood and Sycamore Halls at Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Road, Portage, Indiana.

Tocayos will be serving lunch in the Oakwood kitchen. Family Promise will be having a bake sale in the lobby.

Santa will be present from noon to 3 pm on Saturday. Just bring your camera. πŸŽ…πŸ€ΆπŸŽ„

The Spotted Lanternfly has been found in Porter County.Join the webinar and learn all about this insect.**PLEASE NOTE: T...
11/27/2023

The Spotted Lanternfly has been found in Porter County.
Join the webinar and learn all about this insect.

**PLEASE NOTE: THE WEBINAR STARTS AT 5:00PM CENTRAL TIME.

Spotted lanternfly is continuing to spread! Join Reportinvasive for a webinar on the distribution of spotted lanternfly in Indiana on November 29th, 6pm to 7pm EST. You can register at https://tinyurl.com/a2xfrnfb . We look forward to seeing you there!

Sometimes holiday shopping online can be tricky and overwhelming, especially when you don't know where to start! Thankfu...
11/26/2023

Sometimes holiday shopping online can be tricky and overwhelming, especially when you don't know where to start! Thankfully, the FTC has some tips for you so that you can survive . Learn more at the link below:

consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0020-shopping-online

11/23/2023
Ensuring food safety during this time of year can prevent unpleasant experiences. Learn proper food safety techniques fr...
11/22/2023

Ensuring food safety during this time of year can prevent unpleasant experiences. Learn proper food safety techniques from the FDA at the link below!

Simple Steps to help ensure that harmful bacteria won't be a guest at your festivities. [vpfood]

Make sure your stuffing is safe to eat! πŸ¦ƒ Whether it's cooked inside or outside of the bird, all stuffing and dressing m...
11/20/2023

Make sure your stuffing is safe to eat!

πŸ¦ƒ Whether it's cooked inside or outside of the bird, all stuffing and dressing must me cooked to a minimum temperature of 165ΒΊF. For optimum safety, cooking your stuffing in a casserole dish is recommended.
πŸ¦ƒ Stuffing should be prepared and stuffed into the turkey immediately before it's placed in the oven.
πŸ¦ƒ Mix wet and dry ingredients for the stuffing separately and combine just before using.
πŸ¦ƒ The turkey should be stuffed loosely, about 3/4 cup stuffing per pound of turkey.
πŸ¦ƒ Any extra stuffing should be baked in a greased casserole dish.

Have a delicious Thanksgiving meal!
Source: https://www.fsis.usda.gov/food-safety/safe-food-handling-and-preparation/poultry/stuffing-and-food-safety

Come join in on the fun!
11/18/2023

Come join in on the fun!

With costs rising, it can be discouraging to think about gift giving this year. Marketing wants us to believe we need to...
11/17/2023

With costs rising, it can be discouraging to think about gift giving this year. Marketing wants us to believe we need to spend, spend, spend, and buy the latest and greatest gifts and gadgets. But that's simply not true! We can give meaningful gifts to loved ones without breaking the bank. Here are a few gift ideas under $10!

Members of the Porter County Master Gardeners Association are making plans for their Gardening Show on January 20, 2024 ...
11/16/2023

Members of the Porter County Master Gardeners Association are making plans for their Gardening Show on January 20, 2024 at the Expo Center.
If you enjoy gardening, don't miss the show!

We launched our 18th Annual Gardening Show Save the Date e-newsletter this weekend. You can read it here: https://conta.cc/49tZRNf And Save the Date! Saturday, January 20, 2024!

Don't forget to sign up for the Porter County Winter Farmer Meeting! πŸ§‘β€πŸŒΎπŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎβ„οΈThis meeting provides a FREE opportunity to...
11/15/2023

Don't forget to sign up for the Porter County Winter Farmer Meeting! πŸ§‘β€πŸŒΎπŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎβ„οΈ

This meeting provides a FREE opportunity to earn PARP credit, sponsored by the Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Marketing Council! Please call 219-465-3555 or email [email protected] if you have any questions about this event.

Register at the link: https://puext.in/WinterFarmer2023

Save the Date and Register for the Rolling Prairie Co-Alliance Meeting! 🌾 This event will take place on December 12th fr...
11/12/2023

Save the Date and Register for the Rolling Prairie Co-Alliance Meeting! 🌾

This event will take place on December 12th from 9am-12pm at Silver Palace in La Porte. To register for this event, call Co-Alliance at 1-219-778-2015

The holiday season is a time of joy and celebration, but it can also be a heavy burden on our wallets. However, hosting ...
11/11/2023

The holiday season is a time of joy and celebration, but it can also be a heavy burden on our wallets. However, hosting a memorable gathering doesn't have to break the bank. By implementing a few cost-effective strategies, you can create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for your guests without overspending!

Join us for an Ag Outlook Seminar! This seminar will cover the latest topics in agriculture as well as PARP training whi...
11/09/2023

Join us for an Ag Outlook Seminar! This seminar will cover the latest topics in agriculture as well as PARP training while you enjoy a delicious breakfast. Learn more at the link below:

Porter County Ag Outlook 23 - Speakers from Halderman Companies and also a PARP session from the Porter County Purdue Extension.

With soaring inflation prices, it's difficult to prioritize our health needs and costs in order to save money. Many adul...
11/03/2023

With soaring inflation prices, it's difficult to prioritize our health needs and costs in order to save money. Many adults who struggle to make ends meet can’t afford the extra trip to the doctor when they're sick. This quickly turns into more and more individuals not taking care of themselves. There are ways to keep yourself healthy during these trying times without having to sacrifice your basic needs.

Another great issue of Garden Thyme is now available. The Garden Thyme publication is created by some of the Porter Coun...
11/02/2023

Another great issue of Garden Thyme is now available.
The Garden Thyme publication is created by some of the Porter County Master Gardeners Association members. We hope you enjoy reading the publication as much as we did.

The pumpkins got frosted! Time to evaluate our efforts this growing season and look forward to the next. Sit a moment and enjoy the Garden Thyme November 2023 issue! https://www.pcgarden.info/garden-thyme-vol-9-issue-6/

What a beautiful time of year!
11/02/2023

What a beautiful time of year!

Have a happy and safe Halloween everyone!πŸŽƒ
10/31/2023

Have a happy and safe Halloween everyone!πŸŽƒ

As inflation rates skyrocket, so do mental health struggles. It becomes more stressful to provide for your household, fa...
10/27/2023

As inflation rates skyrocket, so do mental health struggles. It becomes more stressful to provide for your household, family and other basic needs. With rates at an all-time high, it's important to stay aware of your mental and emotional state. Take steps towards being proactive in your overall state of wellbeing to ensure you can manage your mental and emotional needs.

10/24/2023

It's about time to name the Porter County 4-H pets name!

Here are the name suggestions given to Jen:
Harry Porter
Ocean Lake
Indigo x2
Blue Star
Stella Jr.
PoCo
Harry Potter
Blue Angel
Aqua
Guppy
Robert
Percy
Ocean x2
Finn
Aquamarine
Caspian
Bradford
Cool Dude
Bluey
Clover
Phineas
Blueberry

And the name is....

COOL DUDE 😎

Suggested by Blaine McCarter in South County Clovers 4-H Club!

Stop by the Extension office to snag your 4-H goodie bag Blaine.

Struggling to save money when shopping? Here are some tips to help you get your spending habits under control!πŸ›’
10/20/2023

Struggling to save money when shopping? Here are some tips to help you get your spending habits under control!πŸ›’

Help us out with fish names for our new blue beta beauty!πŸ’™πŸ 
10/19/2023

Help us out with fish names for our new blue beta beauty!πŸ’™πŸ 

The new office pet says Good Morning Porter County 4-H!

Here are the current name suggestions for the handsome fishie:

Clover
Bluey
Ocean
Blue Angel
Phineas
Bradford
Cool Dude
Harry Porter
Percy
PoCo
Blueberry
Stella Jr.
Aquamarine

Porter County 4-H'ers - email your name suggestions with your name and club to [email protected] by 5 pm CST on Friday, October 20th for a chance of winning a 4-H goodie bag.

Winning name will be announced Monday, October 23rd.

Reduce the cost of your groceries! It's always possible to try to shrink the cost of necessities, and food is no excepti...
10/13/2023

Reduce the cost of your groceries! It's always possible to try to shrink the cost of necessities, and food is no exception.

Thank you all who attended our charcuterie board program on Tuesday! We had a great time learning about budgeting, food ...
10/12/2023

Thank you all who attended our charcuterie board program on Tuesday! We had a great time learning about budgeting, food safety, and how to make fun and creative charcuterie boardsπŸ˜‹

10/11/2023

WEST LAFAYETTE – Purdue University continues to fulfill its land-grant responsibilities, this time by serving the state in its broadband initiative. Through its presence in every county in the state, the university is taking a leading role in helping ensure all Indiana families and businesses ha ....

We welcomed Purdue President Mung Chiang this morning. We were so fortunate to have several special guests join us. In a...
10/09/2023

We welcomed Purdue President Mung Chiang this morning.

We were so fortunate to have several special guests join us. In attendance was: Nikky Witkowski (ANR Educator), Annetta Jones (HHS Educator), Purdue President Mung Chiang, State Representative Ed Soliday, Rex Richards (Valpo Chamber President), Kim Eldridge (Purdue CARET Member), Jan Bohling (Farm Bureau District 1 Education & Outreach Coordinator), Commissioner Barb Regnitz, Gina Avila (CD Educator), Jen Myers (4-H Educator), and Purdue's Dean of Agriculture, Bernie Engel

Are the holidays always a financial struggle? Is inflation affecting your holiday joy? Don't worry, Irma is here to help...
10/09/2023

Are the holidays always a financial struggle? Is inflation affecting your holiday joy? Don't worry, Irma is here to help! Sign up for this 6-week email program so you can Curb Your Urge to Splurge! Register at the link below:

tinyurl.com/CurbUrge23

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