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Agriculture

  • Interest in industrial hemp is growing, Comer reports

    Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer recently joined farmers and industry leaders to lay out an ambitious agenda of industrial hemp research projects and economic development initiatives in Kentucky in 2015.
    “We’re here today to brand Kentucky as a leader in industrial hemp production,” Comer said in a celebration at G.F. Vaughan Tobacco Warehouse #23 in Lexington. “We want to make Kentucky synonymous with hemp like Idaho with potatoes. … Hemp equals jobs and economic development.”

  • Dairy farmer talks cow health and milk quality with the Eminence Rotary Club

    Susan Coleman is similar in many ways to the members of the Eminence Rotary Club she spoke with on May 4 – working to provide a quality product to customers, according to a news release from the Southeast United Dairy Industrial Association. But unlike the typical local business, Coleman’s most important asset is her cows and her product is milk.
    The Coleman family owns and operates their family dairy farm outside of Eminence.  
    The family milks 60 cows twice a day.
    They also raise corn and alfalfa hay on the 142-acre farm.  

  • Plan ahead to preserve the bounty of the season

    Spring has arrived and gardening season is underway. Nothing tastes better than locally grown produce picked fresh from the garden.
    Many consumers preserve the season’s bounty to use once the growing season has passed. For those who preserve food, now is a great time to gear up for the season.
    Start by creating an inventory of supplies and getting a head start on purchasing needed jars and lids and other necessities.

  • 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