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Agriculture

  • Improve your health by reducing your sodium

    We are a nation that loves salt. Unfortunately, too much sodium can cause you to retain excess fluid in the body, putting pressure on your heart. This can lead to high blood pressure, one of the major risk factors for heart disease. The American Heart Association estimates that about one in three Americans will be diagnosed with high blood pressure at some point in their lives. For people with diabetes, their chances of also getting high blood pressure are doubled.

  • Make your next yard sale a huge success

    Spring is a time when many people give their house a thorough cleaning. During this cleaning ritual, you may find that you’ve accumulated way too much stuff. A yard sale is a perfect way to remove household clutter and make some extra money.

    Having a yard sale does not necessarily mean it will be a success. Careful planning and preparation beforehand can help you have the most successful yard sale possible.

  • Take measures to ensure hay quality going forward

    This past winter was a tough one. We went into the winter thinking we had plenty of hay, but before it was over several producers ran out or were running close.

    In addition, the long cold periods told us through our poor cattle performance that our hay quality was not as good as we wanted or needed. True, we seem to get by pretty well with one of our mild winters, but how are we going to stay on top of things if we continue to have rough winters.

    Looking forward, what factors can we control in making higher quality hay?

  • Celebrating 100 years of volunteers, May 8

    For the past 100 years, the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service has been successful in recruiting, developing and retaining high quality volunteers of all ages.

  • Grazing school helps livestockers maximize potential

    Henry County’s rolling topography has always made this a great place for raising livestock, partly because our land is well suited for grazing and making hay.

    The Kentucky Grazing School, May 21-22, at the UK Research Farm near Versailles, is designed to give livestock farmers the latest information to help them maximize total production capability for their farm.

  • Celebrating a century of service through Extension

    For the past 100 years, the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service has focused on improving the quality of individual and family life through education, research and outreach. The history of the Cooperative Extension Service is evidence of its growth and sustainability in Kentucky.

    In 1922, the first formal “home demonstration clubs” were formed in Kentucky. In 1939 Bina Baird Foree started the first club in Henry County at Franklinton and the second one at Jericho. Today, the organization is known as the Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association.

  • Plant a tree, save a tree

    Conservation in Progress

    The Henry County Conservation District provides tree seedlings on an annual basis to the fourth grade students in the county school systems to observe Arbor/Earth Day.

  • AG Briefs

    Call for nominees

    Sand County Foundation and the Kentucky Agricultural Council (KAC) are accepting applications for the $10,000 Leopold Conservation Award program in Kentucky. The award honors Kentucky farmers, ranchers and other private landowners who voluntarily demonstrate outstanding stewardship and management of natural resources.

    Nominations must be postmarked by July 31, 2014, and mailed to Leopold Conservation Award, c/o Franklin County Conservation District, 103 Lakeview Court, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601

  • New Homemaker Club takes field trip

     

    The Country Ladies are the newest Homemaker Club in Henry County.  They held their last meeting at Star View Nursery and had a wonderful lesson from John Ott on making potted Herb Gardens.  For more information on Extension Homemakers call Saundra Smith our County President or Maryellen Garrison, Henry County Extension Agent.

     

     

  • Announcing the 4-H Communications event results

    The 4-H Communications Event and Variety Show was held on April 10 at the Henry County Cooperative Extension Service office.

    Those that competed in the speech category were: Jakob Beckley in the 15 year old category with a speech entitled “Hemp” and the potential uses and increase to the American economy.

    Katherine Buckler’s speech in the 14 year old category was on “Water Step” a new nonprofit movement to turn old shoes into water filtration systems in third world countries.