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Agriculture

  • 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.  

  • The economic outlook for agriculture is bright

    Last week, I had the chance to attend the Commodity Day of the Kentucky Farm Bureau Annual meeting in Louisville.  State and national experts discuss new findings and directions for a variety of farm enterprises through short conferences through the day.  I was able to attend the tobacco conference, the economic outlook conference and the forage conference.  Other well attended offerings were:  dairy, equine, feed grains, beef, horticulture, forestry and natural resources. 

  • Wrap up stress and relax this holiday season

  • 4-H livestock judging opportunities abound

    4-H livestock judging is a great way for young people to learn more about the animals they love and learn valuable life skills, such as decision making and critical thinking, in the process.

    One of the great things about livestock judging is you only need to have an interest in livestock to participate. Owning livestock or coming from an agricultural background are not participation requirements.