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Agriculture

  • Sharing essential information on essential oils

    By now, you’ve likely heard about essential oils, but may not be familiar with what they are and their benefits and risks.
    Essential oils are highly concentrated oils derived from plants.
    While used for centuries, their popularity has recently soared, especially among individuals looking for natural healing options rather than prescription medications.  
    Our U.K. health specialist has shared some information from the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota on the subject of aromatherapy.
    Aromatherapy is how essential oils are used.

  • Jackson services on angus association board
  • Second Wind Dreams special sewing day

    Extension Master Clothing Volunteer Ethel Baker worked along with 14 other Second Wind Dream volunteers to create 60 dining vests for the residents at Providence New Castle from donated fabric at the Henry County Extension Office last Saturday.  The vests create a more dignified way to help people stay mess free at meal times and during the day.  The volunteers were able to get creative and sew beautiful reversible vests in a variety of colors.

  • Henry County Cattlemen’s Association to meet April 27

    Even though we don’t currently have a county extension agent for agriculture, we still have an active Cattlemen’s Association and they have a great meeting planned for April 27 at 6:30 p.m. here at the Extension Office.  
    The program is sponsored by Konklin Products AgVantage and you need to make your reservation for dinner by calling the Extension Office at 845-2811 by Friday, April 24, so that they will know how many to plan for.  

  • Tree seedlings handed out to celebrate Earth Day, Arbor Day

    The Henry County Conservation District provides tree seedlings on an annual basis to the fourth-grade students in the county school systems to observe Arbor Day and Earth Day, according to a news release.  
    The district utilizes any opportunity available to impress in the minds of youth the vital importance of conservation of Henry County’s natural resources, according to Mikki Croxton.
    The district purchases different species that will thrive here and the Kentucky Division of Forestry matches the order with white pine seedlings.  

  • Signs of 'sundowner syndrome

    If you care for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease you may notice that they get increasingly agitated, anxious, more confused or aggressive as the sun begins to set.
    These symptoms may be associated with sundowner syndrome.
    Sundowner syndrome causes people to be confused at the end of the day and into the night.
    It is common for individuals who are sundowning to pace, wander, ignore directions and not sleep well.

  • Announcing the 4-H communications event winners
  • Tips to speed up fruit ripening

    For most people, the upcoming months signal the arrival of fresh, seasonal produce, which promises eating at its finest. However, sometimes that produce isn’t as ripe as you need it to be.
    Some produce that has traveled a great distance is picked while it is still green and will not be ripe when it reaches the store. For some fruits, you can speed up the ripening process at home.
    Common fruits that can be ripened at home include bananas, cantaloupe, peaches, pears, pineapples and tomatoes.

  • Learn to drive defensively at AARP April 23

    Upcoming Programs:
    April 23 —  AARP Smart Driver Course, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Extension Office:  
    Learn defensive driving techniques, proven safety strategies, new traffic laws and rules of the road.  
    Plus, there are no tests to pass.  You simply sign up and learn.  
    Upon completion you could receive a multi-year discount on your car insurance — check with your agent to learn how much.  

  • Use natural coloring to brighten your Easter

    In just a few weeks, the Easter bunny will be hippity-hoppiting into many Kentucky homes. Along with the annual visit from our long-eared friend, coloring Easter eggs is one of the favorite holiday activities for children of all ages.
    While many of us are accustomed to purchasing the little dye tablets from the store, you can also use natural ingredients to get colorful results.
    Ingredients like fresh beets, yellow onion skins and fruit juices can dye eggs.