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Agriculture

  • Small steps to health and wealth

    Just in time to rescue failed New Year’s resolutions to improve health and personal finances, the Cooperative Extension system is launching an online Small Steps to Health and Wealth challenge called “Winter 2013 SSHW Challenge. This free, six-week program is open to anyone who enrolls online, and will run from Sunday, Jan. 13, through Saturday, Feb. 23. Prizes will be awarded for participants who report the highest point totals.

  • Upcoming strategy session for farmers

    FARMER CONFERENCES

    The American Forage and GrassLand Conference, the Kentucky Cattleman’s Conference, the Burley Tobacco Growers Conference, the Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Grower, and meetings of the Kentucky Dairy Development Council and the Kentucky Horse Council were held last week in Lexington.

  • Applications for Soil and Water Conservation

    The Henry County Conservation District is now accepting Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share Applications on a continuous basis. This is designed to make the program more “landowner friendly” and address the needs of a landowner any time during the year.  As landowners plan conservation projects with the assistance of their local conservation district, they will be able to apply for financial assistance for projects without waiting for a designated sign up period.

  • January has a lot to offer for 4-H

    There are lots of fun activities beginning in 4-H during the month of January.  Please read all of them below, so as not to miss out.

  • Looking for treasure in all the right places

    With holiday bills mounting, many of us wish we could find money we lost, forgot about or didn’t know we had. Finding lost valuables, such as insurance policies and unclaimed money or property is easier than you might think.

  • Get organized in the new year

    The beginning of the New Year offers the opportunity to refresh and reset ourselves in a variety of different ways. One of the ways to do that is to get organized. Organization can help you feel more prepared for daily life and the unexpected situations which may arise over the next few months.  January is National Get Organized Month. In recognition, consider incorporating these “clutter-free” practices in your home.

  • Renovating hay and pasture fields; pasture and hay meeting

    If you have a less-than-productive grass pasture or hayfield, following a few simple renovation techniques could increase the field’s productivity.  Some things you can do include planting a legume such as red clover, controlling pests and adding lime and fertilizer. Be aware though, some techniques require you to start as early as the middle of February.

  • Make a successful breakfast plan

    We all know that breakfast is important so, what can we do to improve our chances of consuming a healthy breakfast before we face the world?  We need to plan ahead.  Just like we pack lunches the night before and set up our crock-pot for supper, we need to plan for our morning meals.

    Steps to Breakfast Success:

    • Add breakfast items to your grocery list: oats, whole grain cereals, fresh, frozen, dried and/or canned fruits and veggies, low-fat cheese, and skim milk, almond, soy, or coconut milk and light yogurt.

  • EQIP applications due soon

    Henry County Farmers/Landowners are encouraged to visit the NRCS office in New Castle now to receive information and apply for conservation technical assistance and possible financial funding opportunities.  Applications for Environmental Quality Incentives Program will be in the Jan. 18, 2013, ranking period.  The application process for 2008 Farm Bill conservation programs is continuous, but funding selections are made at specific times during the year.  

  • Teen retreat approaches


    The Distrtict 3 Teen Retreat is just around the corner.
    The retreat will be Jan. 18-19, 2013, at the Cincinnati Airport Marriott in Northern Kentucky. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m., with fun filled workshops and plenty of time to get to know other teens throughout the fourteen county district.  Friday evening there will be a movie and snack get together as well as time to swim in the indoor pool.  On Saturday morning there will be two additional workshops.