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Agriculture

  • 2012 KCA Scholarship recipient

    Andrew Sharp of Drennon was one of five recipients of the 2012 Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association Scholarship. Andrew received the $1,000 scholarship award at the Kentucky State Fair from Governor Steve Beshear and members of the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association.  Andrew is currently a freshman at the University of Kentucky.

  • Ensure safety when handling melons

    The recent salmonella outbreak traced to cantaloupes grown in Indiana has many Kentuckians concerned about consuming melons, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to abstain from eating this fresh summer delicacy.  When properly handled, melons can be a safe, satisfying treat.

    Here are some tips on how to safely handle melons:

    • Buy melons from a local, reputable source. The shorter the distance food has to travel from farm to table, the less of a chance that microorganisms have grown on the produce. Microorganisms need time to multiply.

  • Forage field day Thursday

  • Henry County 4H students place at state fair

    Henry County 4-Hers have been very busy this past week at the Kentucky State Fair.  Before the fair began, the 4-H State Dog Show was held at Broadbent Arena on Aug. 11 and 12.  Kellyn and Kendyll Smith along with Lincoln won first place in the costume contest. The trio dressed as the Doublemint Twins and Lincoln was the stick of gum.  There were 50 entries in this category.  Congratulations to all three.  On Sunday two of our club members participated in classes throughout the day. 

  • Drought continues throughout nation; no rain recorded in county last week

    As I write this on Monday afternoon, hopes are high for some much-needed rain to be pushed into the area as a result of a Tropical Storm to the south.  While no rain has been observed at the office, I’ve been on the phone with two farmers in the Lacie and Turners Station area who reported rain.  The Lacie farmer had been caught out in the field in a rain that quit as soon as he was wet. 

  • You can cut calories while eating out

    Whether you’re trying to lose excess pounds or maintain a healthy weight, eating out in restaurants can sabotage your goals.  The following suggestions can help you downsize restaurant meals and maintain your weight and health when dining out:

    Plan for huge portions. To compensate, share an entrée with a dining companion or order a half portion or an appetizer for a main course. Be careful of appetizers, though; many are particularly high in fat.

  • Walking for Better Health Initiative in Henry County-Kick Off Sept. 29

     

    Most people know that walking is the most common type of physical activity, but you may not know that walking has increased. Six in 10 adults reported walking for at least 10 minutes at one time in the previous week. According to a new report by the Center for Disease control adults walking this amount rose from 56 percent to 62 percent over the last five years.

  • How much rainfall is enough for crops?

  • To can or to freeze comes down to nutrition

    Many vegetables and fruits are ready for harvesting, and many gardeners have more produce than they can readily eat.

    Those who want to preserve fresh, summer foods for later consumption will consider either freezing or canning the harvest. But is one way of preservation better than the other? The answer depends on the type of food you want to preserve. 

    If proper techniques and correct temperatures are used, frozen foods retain greater amounts of their vitamin content, natural color, flavor and texture.

  • Stockpiling fescue pasture beats spring hay