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Agriculture

  • KADF cost share applications are available; due June 15

    The Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund is now taking applications for Henry County Phase I Cost-Share Funds. Applications are available at the Henry County Extension Office at 2151 Campbellsburg Road, New Castle, and must be submitted to the same location by 4 p.m. Friday, June 15. This will be the only application period for KADF funds in 2012.

  • Rowlett reelected to DFA Board

    Terry Rowlett, a dairy farmer from Campbellsburg, has been re-elected to serve on Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.’s Board of Directors, representing the cooperative’s Mideast Area. He will serve a two-year term.

    In a family partnership with his wife and sister, Rowlett milks 120 cows and raises corn silage, grain, tobacco and grass hay on more than 600 acres.

  • Hone up now on your summertime first aid

    In Kentucky, we usually spend more time outdoors during the summer months and we may need some First Aid Treatment for the following conditions.

    Heat Exhaustion/Heatstroke

    Excessive exercise, heavy sweating and not drinking enough water in hot weather can lead to heat exhaustion. You may have a headache, feel faint, nauseated, and dizzy and/or develop a fever. You may also have cool, clammy skin and look pale. Untreated heat exhaustion can become heatstroke, which is a medical emergency and can be life threatening.

  • Thistlehead weevil plays role in biocontrol

    In my growing up years, the number one pest on Boyle County farms was the nodding head thistle (musk thistle). I spent untold days and hours out in the fields grubbing them from our pasture and hay fields, all the while knowing that the ones on roadways or in unclipped pastures were going to produce plenty of seeds to blow onto our farm to fight the next year.

  • 4-H Smart Shooters dominate at Brewer

    The Henry County 4-H Smart Shooters attended the Brewer Invitational Youth Hunter Educational Challenge held in Harrodsburg on April 28.

    The YHEC event covers many aspects of hunting including:  shotgun, muzzleloader, archery, wildlife ID, orienteering, hunter safety course and a written exam.

  • Time to make hay

    Last spring started a good year for grazing cattle which was halted in this region by a July and August drought.

    However, the fall was wet enough to bring back the fall pasture and hay fields, and this past winter was especially mild. Here is hoping that we have another good season with no droughts or blizzards. In farming, just as in most other endeavors in life, we can hope for the best but should be prepared for the worst.

  • Farmer's Market is a family affair

    Submitted by Maryellen Garrison
    Farmers Market is a family affair! Viola Shaw and family opened the Henry County Farmers Market on Saturday at the Courthouse in New Castle with a large variety of plants.  Each week as we get further into the season there will be more and more farmers, plants and produce showing up!  Support our local farmers and have a healthier diet by eating locally grown, fresh fruits and vegetables this summer!

  • Tic-tic-ticking away in the outdoors

    Nearly anyone dealing with the outdoors runs across ticks sooner or later, and many activities can get you up close and personal with several ticks.

  • Get back to your New Years resolution and get active this spring

    New Year’s resolutions to lose weight or get healthier may be long forgotten, but spring, with its beautiful flowers and warmer weather, is the perfect time to rejuvenate those resolutions by getting active outdoors. 

    Most of us know that regular physical activity can help prevent heart disease and type 2 diabetes, reduce the risk of some cancers, help you maintain a healthy weight; strengthen muscles and bones and improve your mental health. Regardless, most of us do not get the exercise we need.

  • Getting away on what you can afford

    As the end of the school year approaches, many people are looking forward to a family vacation. They offer a time to rest, rejuvenate and spend quality time together. However, increasing prices for gasoline, airfare, lodging and entertainment may make this year’s summer getaway more difficult. Instead of cancelling, there are several ways to trim the travel budget.