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Agriculture

  • Get your taxes prepared for free at VITA site

    Since the tax filing season is underway, many people are searching for assistance to help them get their taxes prepared.  
    Help is available for many consumers who are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EIC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) programs.  
    The IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program works with community organizations to provide high quality tax preparation services, free of charge, for low-to-moderate income tax filers.  

  • Moore: An open letter to the people of Henry County

     Today I sit at the desk of the Henry County Extension Agent for Agriculture for the last time.  My emotions are mixed.  While I look forward to a new chapter of life, I will sorely miss the daily interactions with a wonderfully talented and dedicated extension staff and you, the people of Henry County.
    Over the past few weeks, since my retirement was announced, I have been visited by so many of you with your expressions of ‘best wishes’ in person or by card or letter.  

  • 4-H Clubs have sewing, canines, photography, art, cooking and more

    There is a lot going on in 4-H Clubs across the county.  If you are looking for something new to try I would like to encourage you to check out the clubs listed below and see if there is something that piques your interest.  4-H is learning at its best, you come because you’re interested and learn skills you can use throughout your life.  Don’t miss out.  Call us at 845-2811 or visit us on the web for more details www.henrycounty4h.com

  • Here’s how to file for earned income tax credit

    Here is some information from one of our Extension Management Specialists, Joanne Bankston of Kentucky State University who wants you to be sure to claim federal tax dollars that you deserve.   
    Did you work full or part-time during 2014 and have an income of less than $52,000 with children and less than $14,590 without children?   You may qualify for the Earned Income Credit (EIC).

  • Tobacco GAP meetings offered Jan. 30

    Because of buyer/manufacturer concerns, an annual training for tobacco producers called Tobacco GAP Certification was made mandatory a couple of years ago.  
    GAP stands for Good Agricultural Practices, and the trainings include information on Tobacco Production, Environmental Stewardship and Labor Management/ Worker Safety.   
    UK Extension Agronomist Dr. Bob Pearce spearheads the Kentucky Tobacco GAP Training efforts, in cooperation with a new organization known as “GAP Connections.”   

  • Ky. Farm Fest booth deadline approaching

    Booth applications are due by Jan. 31 for the two-day July event known as Kentucky Farm Fest to be held in Crestwood.
    Kentucky Farm Fest offers hours of hands-on agriculture workshops, interactive exhibits, live demonstrations, a 44-foot mobile science unit, juried artists, food, hands-on nature exhibits, interactive barn displays, kids’ nature crafts, live animals, live cooking demos and live bluegrass entertainment.
    Booths are available for food products and artists .
    Cost for the food booths up to Jan. 31 is $25 and $50 after.

  • Add more ‘Z’s in your life for good health

    We all want a good night’s sleep, but for some of us, sleep is hard to come by.
    If you experience trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, awakening too early or never feeling rested, you are not alone.
    Many adults experience sleep disturbances at some point. The National Institutes of Health estimates that nearly 30 percent of the general adult population complains of sleep disruption, and about 10 percent has functional impairment in the daytime that is a telltale sign of insomnia.

  • From Agriculture's Past
  • Retail food prices rise

    Retail food prices across the Commonwealth continued their year-long pattern of growth in the fourth quarter of 2014 according to the Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Federation’s latest Marketbasket Survey. The December 2014 survey results identified the total cost of 40 basic grocery items as $129.14, or 1.7 percent higher than the previous quarter. This is the seventh consecutive quarter that the Marketbasket Survey total resulted in an increase and is also a new all-time high.

  • Stay active while aging

    Staying physically active is especially important as we age. Beginning around age 50, we lose 1 percent of our muscle mass each year. Over time, this can negatively affect quality of life and our ability to maintain functional independence.