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Agriculture

  • Extension office offers home energy management program

    We have all heard about home energy efficiency. Turn off the lights. Install a programmable thermostat. Turn down the thermostat in winter. Turn up the thermostat in summer. Do this. Don’t do that. It is very easy to feel like you are going in circles.

  • We will dodge the rain while planting

    According to the calendar, it is officially spring; however, it seems someone forgot to tell the weather to act accordingly in the Bluegrass. So what is going on? Did the groundhog lie? When is it going to get warmer? Will the rain and snow slow down?  

  • Sun tanning damages skin

    We all want beautiful and healthy skin, but some of us tend to equate beautiful, vibrant skin with tanned skin. Tanning is actually your body’s reaction to skin damage from ultraviolet rays.

    Both the sun and tanning equipment release two types of ultraviolet rays. UVB rays reach the top of the skin and are the likely cause of many types of sunburn.

    UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin. When your body is unprotected against UVA rays, it releases melanin, a pigment that darkens the skin.

  • Quite a capital experience

    There were 25 youth and adults that attended this year’s 4-H Capitol Experience in Frankfort. The 4-H Youth Development organization was there in full force with hundreds of youth attending from across the commonwealth.

  • Spring sessions can solve and involve resolution

    I received an interesting Facebook message from my niece; she said that she thought New Year’s resolutions were a very bad idea because January is such a rough time to commit to anything.
    It is the end of the holiday season and may be depressing for many and the weather is usually cold and grey. So she said why not make a Spring Equinox Resolution to go into effect on March 20! Spring seems like a better time to make some positive life changes. So why not plan to attend one of these interesting sessions and resolve to get involved.

  • Spring mowing: a must of all yearlong lawn duties

    As I write this column on Monday afternoon, I’m looking at a white landscape.  But the snow is rapidly disappearing, and it is likely that a rapid growth of lawn grass is not far behind.  That first spring mowing, usually in late March, begins your most important annual lawn duties.

    The first mowing makes the lawn look spring-like and very attractive.  So, when the first clumps of grass grow above the mowing height, mow, even if a lot of the yard doesn’t need to be mowed yet.

  • A visit with Ag Commissioner
  • Workshop for home based processors

    The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, Kentucky Department of Agriculture and Kentucky Cabinet for Health Services are partnering to support farm friendly legislation. House Bill 391 and Farmers Market Legislation allows Kentucky farmers who grow and harvest produce to process value-added products and sell them from designated farmers markets, certified roadside stands and the processor’s farm. There are two processing categories in HB 391, Homebased Processors and Home-based Microprocessors.

  • Deadlines approach for disaster relief

    The Farm Service Agency’s Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program provides financial assistance to producers of non-insurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory or prevented planting occur due to a natural disaster. The upcoming deadlines to file an application for natural disaster protection under the NAP are March 15 and May 1.

    Nearly all vegetable crops, small fruits and burley tobacco are in the March 15 deadline.  Nursery crops are in the May 1 deadline.

  • Event shows off youthful talent

    The Henry County 4-H Communication Event took place Feb. 28, at the Henry County Extension office.  The evening began with speeches.  Jakob Beckley gave a speech entitled “Change” in the 14-year-old category.  Jakob spoke on how communities as well as people change sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse.  Jakob received a blue and champion.