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Agriculture

  • 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.

  • 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.