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Farm and Family

  • Enjoy food and fun at Harvest Showcase this Saturday, July 29

    Have some family fun and celebrate the rich agricultural history in Henry County by bringing the whole family to Henry County Harvest Showcase.

  • Kentucky Fish and Wildlife needs info about wild pig damage on farms

    Have you experienced crop damage from wild pigs?  Do you know the signs of crop damage?  

    Wild pigs damage crops by wallowing rooting, trampling, and eating.  

  • These 4-Hers took home ribbons from the local fair

    I hope that many of you took the opportunity to visit the exhibit hall at the county fair last week.  

    There were a lot of great things there to see and I am always proud to showcase the work our 4-Hers have completed throughout the program year.  

  • Use these simple methods to get rid of your Japanese beetles

    Sometimes, I have requests about subjects for my articles, and this week I got one — Japanese beetle control. 

    These little critters have gotten into just about everything this year. 

    A Japanese beetle is a metallic green beetle, just under half an inch long, with copper-brown wing covers. 

    They also have small white spots around their wing covers and down their abdomen. 

  • Don’t let a backyard barbeque disaster spoil the party

    These tips will help make sure the special barbeque you plan for family and friends doesn’t end with a bout of food poisoning.  The Partnership for Food Safety Education suggests that we:
    •Always marinate foods in the refrigerator, not on the counter or outdoors. Don’t use sauce that was used to marinate raw meat or poultry on cooked food. Boil used marinade before applying to cooked food or reserve a portion of the unused marinade to use as a sauce.

  • Lights, camera, action

    The 4-H Drama Day Camp recently met to learn more about performance art.  Participants learned stage terms and definitions.  Exercises were taught using improvisation techniques and charades, as well as teaching the youth poly-rhythmic drumming.  
    These techniques brought them to a higher level of performance.  Members also helped create the backdrops for a play and helped create costumes.  

  • Soil sampling now could reap benefits later

    I know this might be early, but most farmers are already thinking about next year’s crop. The first step to planning is to know what you have, and for tobacco or row crops, a soil sample could be the difference between a bumper crop and a loss.
    Soil sampling is the only way to allow the landowner to know exactly how much of a nutrient is present in the soil. Most soil samples will tell pH, phosphorus levels, potassium levels and a few micronutrient levels.

  • 4-H campers: ‘May the Clover be with You’

    This summer, Henry County 4-Hers recently enjoyed a fun filled week at Lake Cumberland 4-H Camp.  
    The Henry County group of 166 campers, teens and adults joined forces with Shelby and Pulaski counties to fill the campground to capacity for a total of 366.  
    The theme for the week was “May the Clover be With You.” Campers enjoyed canoeing, fishing, pontooning, archery, riflery, swimming, low ropes, high ropes, crafts and nature.  

  • Save money while shopping at the Henry County Farmers Market

    Our Henry County Farmers’ Market is getting in full swing and more farmers will soon arrive as the produce begins to ripen!
    Our market is located on the Henry County Courthouse lawn in New Castle on Wednesday and Saturday mornings and will accept WIC and Senior Farmers Market Coupons.  
    As you visit the market it can be tempting to overspend due to all the abundant, fresh produce and other homemade items available, but shopping the market doesn’t have to be expensive.

  • Extension office taking Ag Development Fund applications until June 30

    Until June 30, Henry County Agricultural Development Fund applications will be available for multiple programs; County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP), Next Generation Program (NextGen), and Youth Agriculture Incentives Program. All applications can be picked up at the Henry County Extension Office, located at 2151 Campbellsburg Road, New Castle.
    As in past years, CAIP will match up to $2,500 for an agricultural projects within program guidelines.