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Farm and Family

  • New youth beef contest announced

    I am extremely excited to announce a new project offered by the Henry County Extension Office, the 2017 Henry County Youth Best Beef Contest.
    This contest’s purpose is to educate youth about finishing beef animals and determining potential marketing opportunities for their beef while competing for the best beef animal and best speech.

  • Helping kids get healthy during 4-H Health Month

    The new year is a time for resolutions, many of which include getting healthier by eating better foods and exercising more.
    While health has always been one of the cornerstones of 4-H, clubs across Kentucky will ramp up their health efforts during the 4-H Health Month in February to encourage young people to develop healthy habits.
    Kentucky 4-H is participating in the fourth H for Health Challenge and has teamed up with the Health Kids Out of School Initiative and Tufts University School of Nutrition to offer this program.

  • Important safety tips for heating your home in winter

    Winter is upon us and we need to remember that fire and carbon monoxide poisoning are real concerns that come with staying warm.
    According to the National Fire Protection Association, between 2009 and 2013, U.S. fire departments responded each year to an average of 56,000 home structure fires that involved heating equipment.
    Space heaters are the most common type of heating equipment involved in home fires, accounting for 40 percent of all fires, and more importantly, 84 percent of non-firefighter deaths.

  • Are you getting the most out of your pastures?

    Since I have started working in Henry County and learning the county, one thing is always very prominent with the farmers here.
    They are very passionate about their pastures and hay, and on many days, I will receive forage questions for eight straight hours.
    However, there is one management practice not widely used, but can help increase pasture forage yields. That is rotational grazing.
    Studies from the University of Kentucky have shown that continually grazed pastures utilize only 30 percent of potential forage.

  • Clubs will provide activities during the winter

    This month several 4-H clubs for those 9 to 18 years old will start up again.
    These clubs are usually held during the winter months when student activities are fewer and weather is not as agreeable for being outside.
    Sewing Club begins meeting regularly on Mondays and Thursdays starting Thursday, Jan. 19.
    This club will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Extension office.  
    Through this club, 4-H youth will learn how to operate a sewing machine and learn the basic sewing tools.

  • Get encouragement on your New Year’s resolutions

    Are you trying to rescue a failed New Year’s resolution?
    It has been well documented that, when people monitor their behavior and measure how they are doing, they are often inspired to do better and achieve positive results.
    The Henry County Cooperative Extension Service is launching an online challenge called “Henry County Kentucky Small Steps to Health and Wealth On-Line Challenge.”  
    This free program is designed to help you improve both your health and personal finance behaviors and will last from Feb. 1 through 28.

  • Don’t get too carried away while waiting for spring planting season

    With this cold weather, it is hard to believe that spring will be here in a few months, and now is a good time to start thinking about what to put in your gardens.
    This means that vegetable catalogs are coming in your mail. They have every vegetable you can think of, and you are thinking about all of the great vegetables to plant.
    You might also think that you need two of these, two of those, 10 of those, and so on.

  • Make a New Year’s resolution to save more money

    Many people start the New Year with a financial resolution: to reduce debt, save money, spend money more wisely, increase their retirement savings or something similar.
    But despite good intentions, New Year’s resolutions often get abandoned. To stay on track, consider the following tips, which are designed to help you achieve your financial goals.
    Write down the goals and post them in a visible place to serve as a daily reminder. The fridge, bedroom mirror or your computer are good places to keep your goals in sight.

  • What should be in your calving toolbox?

    It’s hard to believe the holidays are already here and some gone. It’s even harder to believe that spring calving season is only a month or so away. 

    This means you need to be ready to handle those calves through all hours of the night and during any weather condition. 

    Below is a list of items to keep in your calving tool box, and hopefully ease a little pressure during the calving season. 

  • Be prepared with winter car emergency kit

    Wintertime can be dangerous for travelers. 

    Not only do you sometimes have to contend with deteriorating road conditions caused by snow and ice, but life-threatening situations can arise if you find yourself stranded on the road for a significant amount of time. 

    Here are some tips to help you prepare and make your wintertime travels safer.

    It is always helpful to have the following in your car in case of an emergency:

    •A cell phone, portable charger and extra batteries