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Financial Management Initiatives

(each of the links below has information that describe program initiatives, respectable web links and publications if applicable)

Your Money, Your Goals-A Financial Empowerment Toolkit for Social Services Programs Training Opportunity – This one day session provides training for individuals who may find themselves in need of resources to support their clientele regarding financial topics. This training will cover topics such as how to manage cash flow, dealing with debt, understanding credit reports and scores, as well as others. Cost: $30 per person.

Money Management Workshops and Web Resources – Reaching family members when and where they need it, we provide financial management educational programs on a variety of topics held during the evening or during the day at places of employment. Topics include budgeting, credit, saving and investing, communicating about money and helping families manage finances across the life cycle.

For more information on Financial Management programs contact Maria Pippidis

UD Plant Diagnostic Clinic Keeping Busy this Summer

June was a busy month for the UD Plant Diagnostic Clinic, with 160 plant and arthropod samples logged into the system. Of the samples, 133 or 86% were from Delaware, 22 were from MD, and 5 from VA. Most (87%) were for disease diagnosis, but there were some arthropod ID’s, and some plant/weed ID’s. Commercial samples through Cooperative Extension accounted for 56% of samples. Ornamental plants made up 37% of samples, with environmental stress playing a role, and Botrytis blight and bacterial blight common. Vegetable samples made up 40% of the total, and Field Crops 12%. Take all of wheat was diagnosed for the first time in a few years, and anthracnose and gray leaf spot have been seen on corn. Potato and tomato were diagnosed with early blight caused by Alternaria and ozone damage.

Your Money, Your Goals

Summer 2018 Training Dates & Locations (9am-4pm)

  • Thursday, July 5 Kent County Extension Office
    69 Transportation Circle, Dover, DE
  • Wednesday, July 18 New Castle County Extension
    461 Wyoming Road, Newark, DE
  • Wednesday, July 25 Sussex County Carvel Research and Education Center
    16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE

Registration information online at:

Lunch & Snacks provided; Fee of $30 payable to University of Delaware covers cost of refreshments and some program materials. Toolkit is free.

For more information: Contact Maria Pippidis, or call 302-831-1239.

Training Topics

  • Financial Empowerment
  • Starting the conversation
  • Emotions, values, culture and money decisions
  • Saving for Emergencies, Bills and Goals
  • Tracking and managing income and benefits
  • Paying bills and other expenses
  • Getting through the month-managing cash flow
  • Credit and Debt
  • Consumer Protection
  • Financial products, services and providers

Training Purpose

To provide you with:

  • An orientation to Your Money, Your Goals, a financial empowerment toolkit for Social Services programs developed by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)
  • An overview of the training for case managers and other frontline staff
  • The tools, knowledge and confidence to provide this training to your constituency or in your community

4-H Visits Legislators at Legislative Hall

State Rep. Lyndon Yearick welcomed State 4-H Team Council President Andrew Shaffer to the capitol last week as part the annual 4-H Legislative Day (4/25).

Having been raised on a dairy farm, Rep. Yearick has personal experience with the youth organization.

4-H began more than a century ago as a way to engage students in agriculture.  Today, the group reaches almost six million young people throughout the nation, with the majority of their members coming from urban and suburban areas.

What is a Spotted Lanternfly?

The spotted lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, is a plant hopper native to China, India, and Vietnam, that belongs to the order Homoptera, family Fulgoridae.

The spotted lanternfly adult is 1” long and 1/2” wide at rest. The forewings are gray with black spots, and the hind wings are red with black spots. The head and legs are black, and the abdomen is yellow with broad black bands. Immature stages are small, round, and black with white spots, and develop red patches as they grow.

Officials believe the spotted lanternfly must feed on tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima) to reproduce, however, the insect can be found feeding on other plants and trees as well. Egg masses will be laid on the trunk, branches, and limbs of medium to large trees, often in the upper reaches of the canopy. In springtime, nymphs will hatch and move off the trees and search for new hosts, including several agricultural crops, including grapes, apples, and peaches.

To find out more about this insect,
download this Delaware Department of Agriculture Factsheet:

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Christmas Tree Production Workshop

UD Cooperative Extension will offer a Christmas Tree Production short course on Wednesday April 25, 2018, 4-6 PM Click here to register and view our other short courses!

Course instructors are Brian Kunkel, UD Extension entomologist, Nancy Gregory, UD plant diagnostician, and Jeff Brothers, DDA Plant Industries nursery inspector.

Fee: $10 payable at the door, 2 Pesticide Credits, 1 CNP, 2 ISA available

Location: Delaware Department of Agriculture, 2320 S. DuPont Hwy, Dover, DE 19901 302-698-4500


4:00 PM Jeff Brothers, DE Department of Ag – Regulations, Inspections, Licensing

4:20 PM Nancy Gregory, University of Delaware – Cultural Practices, Plant Diseases

5:05 PM Brian Kunkel, University of Delaware – Arthropod Pests, IPM

5:50 PM Questions and Answers, Wrap up, Pesticide Credit Sheets and Surveys

Kent County 4-H Junior Leader Retreat

4H Leadership Kent County RetreatMembers of the Kent County 4-H program took part in a weekend Junior Leader Retreat from Friday, Feb. 23 through Sunday, Feb. 25 learning skills to increase their leadership abilities and gaining additional tools to use when working with groups and leading.

The participants took part in workshops that covered everything from communication skills needed when working as part of a team, to how to help those in need who are being pestered by a bully, to learning all about how to use social media in a safe, responsible way.

They also planned the Younger Member Weekend where they will lead younger members of 4-H, ages 8-12, through a weekend retreat of their own.

Jenny Trunfio, 4-H program assistant, said that the 4-H participants practiced a lot of team challenges to help with leadership and communication skills. One such challenge involved teams working together to put together a puzzle but they couldn’t talk and weren’t allowed to touch other members’ puzzle pieces.

4H Leadership Kent County Retreat“Some thoughts for them during that exercise were that if you can’t communicate, if there’s no way for you to say, ‘Your puzzle piece goes over here,’ how do you get around that? We did a lot of activities like that to get them thinking about how to communicate with a team, how to work together and then we also did some leadership type activities and showed them some challenges in their leadership roles,” Trunfio said.

Rachel Taylor, a member of 4-H who attended the event, said that her favorite part of the weekend was hanging out with friends, sharing laughs and making new memories.

“We did so many activities that helped us determine the type of leader we are [such as one] through animal comparisons. As a specific animal group, we learned the strengths and weakness we hold as a leader. This was a fun way to better ourselves as a leader,” said Taylor.
Taylor added that 4-H allows its members to find their true selves.
“Throughout the course of the retreat, youth are able to find their strengths and weaknesses as a leader. When you determine these characteristics, it helps you determine how you can improve yourself to be the best leader possible,” said Taylor. “It also provides knowledge that you can bring back to your club and community. For example, I attended a social media workshop. During this workshop, I learned how to be safe when using social media. I can take the knowledge I learned and bring it into a presentation that I could do with my club.”

Christy Mannering, communications specialist in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Delaware, led the presentation on social media and stressed that there are a variety of social media platforms that all have different privacy and location settings.

“They’re all going to have different terms and privacy policies. The more you’re connected to them and the more they’re connected to each other, the more they share with each other cross-platform,” said Mannering.

Mannering also let the 4-H participants know that sometimes even though they are posting in an appropriate fashion, other people may tag them or mention them in something public, saying that it doesn’t hurt to Google yourself every now and then to see what is out there.

To emphasize this point, the first 10 minutes of her presentation shared information she had found about each member participating in the session, as Trunfio had given her a list of names in advance.

“It’s important to know that you’re pictures and your interests are connected, your favorite sports, book, hobbies are linked with pictures of your face, you don’t want strangers to take advantage by using that information,” said Mannering.

Dining with Diabetes

Dining with Diabetes – Following a careful meal plan is the first step in controlling blood sugar. This is also the hardest step in diabetes control. This program helps those individuals with diabetes or pre-diabetes learn strategies to manage their diabetes through menu planning, carbohydrate counting, portion control and label reading. Taste testing healthy recipes demonstrates that you don’t have to give up good tasting food if diabetic.

3 new series’ will be offered this winter and spring throughout the state, designed for people with diabetes and their family members.  These classes will include diabetes education, cooking demonstrations, and tasting of healthy foods.  After each lesson, participants will take home recipes and knowledge about how to manage diabetes in their lives.

Because of generous funding through the Sussex County Health Coalition and the Greater Milford Lions Club, residents of Greater Milford and Sussex County can attend the classes free of charge.

  • Dover-August 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2018 with a reunion on November 7, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 pm
  • Wilmington-August 30, September 6, 13 and 20, 2018 with a reunion on December 6, 2018 at 10:00 am – noon
  • Georgetown-October 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2018 with a reunion on January 16, 2019 from 6:00-8pm

Please view and download the brochure below (no online registration):

Contact Kimi Moore for more information

Puzzled by Product Packaging: Enriched vs. Fortified?

Fortified and enriched are two terms that are often used interchangeably, but have very different meanings. Fortified foods have had nutrients added that were not originally present without processing. Foods are often fortified with nutrients when Americans have shown the struggle obtaining adequate amounts from the nutrient’s natural sources. Here is a list of vitamins that are commonly fortified in the average American’s diet:

  • Vitamin D in milk or orange juice
  • Iron in cereals
  • Folate in bread products, flour, rice, and pasta

Enriched means nutrients that were already present in a food item but lost during processing have been put back in. Grains are an example of a product that are frequently enriched to make up for nutrient loss that occurred during processing. Bread is an excellent source of many nutrients required for a healthy body. Iron, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and folate are nutrients enriched in grain products.

These terms are seen on packages and signage all over the grocery store, and it can be confusing to know exactly what you are buying if you don’t know what they mean! Being knowledgeable in the dietary lingo can help you make healthy food purchases for you and your family.

DINING with DIABETES offered from UD Cooperative Extension in 2018

Master Food EducatorsHave you ever experienced feeling trapped or caught, as in a spider’s web?

For some persons with diabetes, that feeling may be common – and it may be the reason why education about the disease and the important role that nutrition plays help significantly to detangle from the web.

The University of Delaware Cooperative Extension’s Family and Consumer Sciences team offers a 5 session, 2 hour workshop series, Dining with Diabetes, at locations throughout Delaware.  We can help through our unique design of workshops that deliver information about diabetes presented in the first half of the class by a registered dietitian/nutritionist or a certified diabetes educator.  Ample opportunities for participants to ask questions, share their story and support each other as the group learns successful strategies to manage diabetes are provided throughout the series of workshops.  In every class, a camaraderie develops that engages each diverse group of men, women, caregivers, and supporters, whether newly diagnosed or having been dealing with diabetes for a number of years.  Truly unique to Dining with Diabetes, the second half of each workshop provides a recipe demonstration, tasting, and the recipes to take home. Whether it’s the holidays or other times during the year, who couldn’t use fresh, delicious, healthy new recipes to prepare meals that can help manage blood sugars and go easy on the wallet?

The total fee for the four classes is $50.00. Couples are welcome to attend for $50.00. Through generous funding from the Sussex County Health Coalition.

An added bonus for Dining with Diabetes participants is a session that is scheduled about 3 months later for the same group of participants to have a reunion and see how their goals and steps to managing their diabetes have progressed.

Curious and want to learn more?  To access more information and receive a registration brochure for our 2018 classes access our link

If you have questions contact:

Kathleen Splane, MS   

Kimi Moore, RD           

Cheryl Bush, MS,RDN,LDN

Workshops scheduled:

New Castle Cooperative Extension, 461 Wyoming Road, Newark, DE 19716: March 20, 27, April 3, 10 from 6-8pm- reunion July 10
Call: 302-831-2506

Kent County Cooperative Extension, 69 Transportation Circle, Dover, DE 19901: February 20, 22, 27, March 1 from 6-8 pm- reunion June 19
Call: 302-730-4000

Sussex County Cooperative Extension, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947: May 16; 23, 30, June 6 from 10am-12- reunion August 2
Call: 302-856-7303