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Agriculture

  • I have a dream of youthful talents

    I have a dream that the 4-H Communications Event beginning at 6 p.m. Feb. 28, at the Extension office, will be filled with youth delivering sensational speeches, daring demonstrations and astounding talent driven performances during the variety show.  For those of you who have shied away from the limelight this is your chance to step up and show everyone your skills.  If you are not sure where to start on writing a speech or demonstrations check out our website for helpful tips at www.henrycounty4h.com.

  • Tips for cattle producers and aid for organic growers

    The Henry County Cattleman’s Association will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at the Henry County Extension Office.  Please contact the Extension Office at 845-2811 to reserve your spot.

  • Five steps for boosting memory

    You’ve met her before. You can even remember where.  But her name? It eludes you, taunting you, just out of reach. 

    Has this happened to you? Do you accept it as part of growing older? Ironically, this attitude may make things worse.

    Aging can make it harder to remember some things. But by focusing on your potential and continuing to exercise your mind, you may be able to boost your memory power. Get started with these strategies shared by UK Health Care:

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  • A perfect time to renovate your pastures for yield and quality

    February is an excellent time to boost both the yield and the quality of pasture and hay fields by adding clover. The old farmer’s adage is “sow clover in the dark of the moon in February on snow.”

  • Early year pruning tips

    As spring approaches, many homeowners begin to think about their yard’s landscape. To ensure healthy spring plants, homeowners may want to prune the trees and shrubs around their home. But do not just prune for the sake of pruning, make sure you have a valid reason for pruning before you begin.

  • Pepe le Pew’s in the mood for love

    On a long drive this past Sunday, I saw a fresh dead skunk on the road every few miles.  It sure looked like a bad night for skunks since all of them had been hit by cars.  What’s going on? 

    The short answer:  Breeding season.  Breeding season usually starts in late January.    Males can travel up to four or five miles a night, but are reluctant to flee when endangered, so they just get hammered on the roadways.  

  • Preparing for tax season is half the battle

    Now is the time when we start thinking about filing our income taxes from the previous year.  Even though it’s an annual event, it can cause anxiety for many. By preparing now, you can ease the process for yourself and your tax preparer.

  • Be mindful of your eating habits

    One of the most common New Year’s resolutions we make is to lose weight. Eating the correct portions of nutritious foods and engaging in physical activity are two keys to successful weight loss. One way that may help you keep your portions under control is to be mindful of what you eat.

    Mindful eating means you eat slowly and enjoy your food with all your senses. When you are more mindful of what you eat, you may become more aware of when you become full, which prevents overeating.

  • 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.