Today more than 60 percent of new jobs are derived from existing companies in our communities, and research shows that in some communities that figure is as high as 80 percent.
Economic development corporations are vital to community success, and that is a fact I cannot deny, but I also must state that not enough emphasis is placed on assisting existing companies, particularly Tier 2 companies, to help them grow.
Have you ever felt overwhelmed in the produce section of your local grocery store? There are so many different fruits and vegetables to choose from and knowing how to select and prepare the varieties can be a challenge. Kale is becoming quite popular and provides many health benefits! Kale chips can be a great snack in place of potato chips while providing a lot of nutrients at the same time.
As more and more people are concerning themselves with weight control and health it is important to keep in mind the body's necessity for certain nutrients in order to function properly. Did you know the dark leafy green vegetable, spinach, is high in nutritional benefits?
"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened" is the quote by Dr. Suess that really sums up the emotions I am having this week. The reason being because I feel honored to have been able to serve you as an Agriculture & Natural Resources Extension Educator in both Clay and Owen Counties over the last five years. However, effective February 1, I will become the Agriculture & Natural Resource Educator in Putnam County.