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December 18, 2017

Women in agriculture are challenging stereotypes
(BPT) - About a third of the nation's farmers are women, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And most of these women are working family farms, since 99 percent of all American farms are family-owned and operated. Just under 1 million women farmers contribute $12.9 billion to the nation... More >>


Growing need for ag expertise: Not all high-paid careers are on the farm
(BPT) - (BPT) - As the farming industry faces growing consolidation in the U.S., one might get the impression fewer jobs are now available in agriculture.In fact, just the opposite is true. Today, one in three people worldwide - more than a billion employees - work in an ag-related industry.Industr... More >>


The Organic Label is the Gold Standard [Infographic]
(BPT) - A new USDA study affirms that the organic label is the most comprehensive, most transparent and most tightly regulated food certification in the world, and points to the flaws in single label claims causing consumer confusion. With the proliferation of label claims over the past three decad... More >>


Save energy and money this holiday season
(BPT) - The holidays are a wonderful time of year to gather and celebrate with family and friends. This time of year is also when expenses can soar, especially your utility bills. Thankfully, Chip Wade, HGTV(R) expert, has some advice on how you can save energy, and, ultimately, money, this holiday... More >>


What is the home energy rating system (HERS)? [Infographic]
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4 great gifts for your green-living friend
(BPT) - Here's a stat for you: More than 145 million Americans report being alarmed or concerned about climate change, according to the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.Yes, over 145 million. That's more than a third of the nation's total population. Are you one of them? Whether yo... More >>


The New Year's resolution you can keep: A more eco-friendly home
(BPT) - Nearly 42 percent of all New Year's resolutions are broken by February, according to Statisticbrain. It's easy to understand why - resolutions are difficult to keep all year long. Instead of risking disappointment in 2018, why not make a resolution that takes short-term effort but yields lo... More >>


A cup of tea can be the best solution for everyday wellness
(BPT) - Before medicine and pharmaceuticals filled our remedy box, food and food ingredients were considered healing agents. Hippocrates was wise in his understanding of the special powers of food, beyond satisfying our appetites: 'Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.'There are many c... More >>


Top 5 features millennials look for in a home
(BPT) - For generations, homeownership has been part of the American dream. For most Americans, it's the largest, most significant investment they'll make, and because homeownership is the best way to grow their wealth, the most important investment as well.As the youngest generation of new homeown... More >>


Smarten up your holiday wish list with these must-have gadgets
(BPT) - With the hectic pace of today's busy lifestyles, is it really all that surprising that people everywhere are craving new smart technologies? After all, life basically demands that you save time and money wherever you can, and smart technologies utilized in your home deliver both. It's easy,... More >>


The perfect gift for animal lovers: Becoming a wildlife hero
(BPT) - As people come together to celebrate the holidays and share their hopes for the future, the environment often comes up in conversation. Threats to animals and the planet have never been greater; more than 25 percent of the world's mammals - such as elephants, polar bears and lemurs - are at... More >>


How to avoid cold weather woes
(BPT) - As sweater season knocks on the door, it's time to prepare for the brisk temperatures ahead. This winter, keep your home, health and well-being top of mind with these simple tips to avoid cold weather woes.Winterize your porchInstall plexiglass panels to keep the cold weather out, allowing ... More >>


Winterize your home now for comfort all throughout winter
(BPT) - While temperatures across the country are still mild, major snow fall in some parts of the country has given some Americans a bitter taste of what to expect this winter. Depending on where you live, winter may mean cooler, rainy days or lake-effect snow with four feet of the white stuff at ... More >>


The savvy homeowner's 5-point outdoor winterization checklist
(BPT) - As temperatures drop, you're reminded that Old Man Winter will soon rear his ugly head. Before the first flurries fly, it's important to take some winterization steps to ensure your home is ready for whatever the season brings.This five-point checklist will help safeguard your home against ... More >>


Home smart home: Boost your home IQ with smart appliances
(BPT) - If you think a Jetsons-like home of the future is still a ways off, think again. Today's smart home is here offering simple ways for consumers to operate their home, adding the ultimate in efficiency, convenience and enjoyment. It's easier than you think to create a connected home that lets... More >>


5 myths about solar panels, debunked
(BPT) - Home solar panels can drastically cut or even eliminate electricity bills, reduce a home's carbon footprint, increase resale value, and may even help a home sell faster.The cost of rooftop solar systems has fallen dramatically in recent years, and most homeowners have the option of buying t... More >>


Shedding new light: 8 surprising facts that will have you rethinking your lighting
(BPT) - You step into a dark room, turn on the light switch and go about your day without giving it another thought.But here's the thing - you should.According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American home has approximately 50 light sockets, and most of those still contain ... More >>


A smart thermostat is a smart choice [Infographic]
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Easy winter weatherproofing: Keep the chill out as temperatures drop
(BPT) - Households heating with natural gas, which is almost half of U.S. homes, are expected to spend an average of $635 on heating this winter - 22 percent more than last winter, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration - but some easy seasonal maintenance tips can make a big diffe... More >>


5 tips to clean your home - and save the planet
(BPT) - Log onto almost any news website and in just a few clicks you'll probably come across some story about the environment. Whether it involves international agreements, alternative energy sources or fuel-efficient cars, the discussion is often abstract and far removed from our everyday lives.C... More >>


Insulation can help protect homes from flooding
(BPT) - Hurricane season is in full swing, and thousands of homeowners across the southern U.S. and Puerto Rico have been hit by mammoth hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.The cost of damages that occur in hurricanes or intense tropical storms making landfall in the U.S. each year numbers in the bil... More >>


Four ways to preserve summer tastes from your garden
(BPT) - Your backyard garden was a huge success this year — you grew a ton of fresh food, which not only saved you money at the grocery store but also ensured your family ate nutritious, great-tasting fruits and vegetables with every meal. But now that the growing season is coming to a close, you m... More >>


Create your cozy [Infographic]
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Preserve seasonal flavors through the joy of canning
(BPT) - With summer coming to a close, there's more of a desire than ever to hang on to those breezy afternoons and peak flavors from newly picked fruits and vegetables. Canning, a time-honored tradition, makes it simple to not only preserve our favorite garden-fresh flavors, but also share them wi... More >>


Real vs artificial? Some facts to counter 3 Christmas tree myths
(BPT) - Here comes Santa Claus … and a sleigh full of confusion about Christmas trees. Better to buy real or better to buy artificial? Popular myths are that real trees are bad for the environment, artificial trees make more financial sense and real trees are just a hassle, but read on f... More >>


What are the benefits of energy-efficient building programs? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Interest in energy-efficient construction and design has grown enormously in the last couple of years. Net-zero buildings, passive houses and LEED-certified buildings are the most widespread energy-efficiency programs adopted by North Americans.... More >>


5 strategies to embrace a green lifestyle
(BPT) - Going green: It's more than an idea - it's a fundamental change you make to support the environment and reduce your carbon footprint. In making this change, you probably started with the small stuff. You turn the lights off when you're not in the room, unplug devices that aren't in use and ... More >>


Replacing a furnace? How to choose an energy-efficient system
(BPT) - If it's time to replace your furnace, you may be wondering if it's worth the extra investment to buy an energy-efficient system. Or, you may be unsure how to choose an energy-efficient system for your home.'Energy-efficient heating systems can substantially lower your fuel costs over the li... More >>


Bringing sustainability home is as easy as ABC
(BPT) - With 67 percent of consumers from across the globe preferring products from sustainable sources, according to a recent Nielsen survey, creating a more sustainable home is the new normal. From buying down and feather products to repairing leaky pipes, making your home more sustainable is as ... More >>


Tips for safely recycling household batteries
(BPT) - Do you have a pile of used household batteries hidden in your junk drawer or a coffee can in the garage? You know you should be environmentally responsible and recycle them, but you aren't sure where to start, so the pile grows larger.But did you also know that extra precautions are require... More >>


Meet today's organic shopper
The organics category is growing in just about every measurable way: in volume, dollars spent and even in conversations in the media.When consumers dabble in organic produce, they are more likely to purchase organic goods like organic snacks or organic cotton sheets. This means it is important for ... More >>



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