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Agriculture

  • Plan adequately for spring calving cows

    Several of our commodity groups hold their annual meetings and educational conferences in the early part of the year, and 2014 opens with lots of opportunities to get needed information and networking. The Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Trade Show will take place Jan. 6 through Jan.7,at the Embassy Suites Hotel near the old UK Coldstream Farm on Newtown Pike in Lexington. Details and registration information are available at http://bit.ly/1bZjBpI.

  • Make adequate hay for your livestock

    By Steve Moore
    Henry County Extension Office

    The wet spring this year resulted in several acres of hay that were cut and baled late. This can be problematic since much of our hay is derived from fescue and fescue-legume mix stands. The later the hay harvest, the more the plants advance in maturity from a vegetative stage, causing the percentage of the good stuff, energy and protein, to decrease.

  • Motivation for those New Year’s health and wealth resolutions

    By Maryellen Garrison
    Henry County Extension Office

    Got New Year’s resolutions to improve your health and/or personal finances?

    For example, losing weight, increasing physical activity, reducing debt or saving money?
    Cooperative Extension’s Small Steps to Health and Wealth™ program has two free resources to motivate you to achieve your personal self-improvement goals: an online challenge and a 132-page workbook that is available for downloading or is free at our office.

  • Diet and nutrition’s role in disease prevention

    Evidence is mounting that a healthy diet can help protect you from some diseases. What you eat--or don’t eat--may help prevent heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis and type 2 diabetes. Here’s some information from the University of Kentucky on how to use your diet to help reduce your risk of disease.

    Heart disease

    To help prevent heart disease, you need to keep your blood cholesterol, blood pressure and weight under control. Healthy eating habits can help you accomplish this, as well as reduce your risk for stroke.

  • Agriculture receipts set new record

    Hundreds of Kentucky farmers traveled to Louisville last week for the Annual Farm Bureau Convention, and the UK Ag Economics team discussed the economic data for the present year, with an outlook for 2014.

  • Cooking with a pressure cooker saves time and retains nutrients

    At the end of a busy day, many of us would love to quickly produce a tasty, nutritious, home-cooked meal with minimal effort. One way you can achieve this is by utilizing an electric pressure cooker.

  • Make your holidays green by reducing your environmental impact

    Often we associate environmental topics with springtime, but you can be environmentally friendly any time of the year.

    Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, Americans produce an extra 1 million tons of trash per week. The holidays are a great time to reduce your waste and get young people interested in the environment. Here are some ways you and your children can reduce your impact on the environment while still enjoying the season and showing loved ones that you care.

  • Reasons for much seasonal thanks

    We have much to be thankful for at this time of year, when traditionally we pause after the yearly harvest. Especially pleasing is the custom we have established in this country for family gatherings.

    So many people are connected to Henry County and its’ agricultural past and present, and will be returning to visit family and friends. Our wishes from the Henry County Extension Staff are for your Thanksgiving holiday to be peaceful and pleasant.

  • Up the potential of an energy efficient HVAC

    It’s a common misconception that purchasing a new home heating or cooling unit will automatically lower your energy bills. However, this answer is not always so simple.

    Purchasing a new energy efficient heating or cooling unit should lower your energy bills. However, you may want to ask yourself if your home is prepared to fully realize the potential cost savings of a new energy efficient unit.

  • It’s time to ham it up

    It is time to sign up for the Country Ham Project. This project begins when the raw or green hams arrive at the Henry County Cooperative Extension Service office, usually on a Saturday in the middle of January.
    When the hams arrive there are stations set up where youth and adults prepare the hams with a mixture of salt, seasonings and brown sugar. They are then wrapped and hung in the ham house until spring. Around spring break the 4-H member’s hams are cleaned and then rehung to go through the summer sweat.