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Agriculture

  • Signs of 'sundowner syndrome

    If you care for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease you may notice that they get increasingly agitated, anxious, more confused or aggressive as the sun begins to set.
    These symptoms may be associated with sundowner syndrome.
    Sundowner syndrome causes people to be confused at the end of the day and into the night.
    It is common for individuals who are sundowning to pace, wander, ignore directions and not sleep well.

  • Announcing the 4-H communications event winners
  • Tips to speed up fruit ripening

    For most people, the upcoming months signal the arrival of fresh, seasonal produce, which promises eating at its finest. However, sometimes that produce isn’t as ripe as you need it to be.
    Some produce that has traveled a great distance is picked while it is still green and will not be ripe when it reaches the store. For some fruits, you can speed up the ripening process at home.
    Common fruits that can be ripened at home include bananas, cantaloupe, peaches, pears, pineapples and tomatoes.

  • Learn to drive defensively at AARP April 23

    Upcoming Programs:
    April 23 —  AARP Smart Driver Course, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Extension Office:  
    Learn defensive driving techniques, proven safety strategies, new traffic laws and rules of the road.  
    Plus, there are no tests to pass.  You simply sign up and learn.  
    Upon completion you could receive a multi-year discount on your car insurance — check with your agent to learn how much.  

  • Conservation district giving away tree seedlings

    There will be a limited number of tree seedlings available to the public on a first-come basis in April, according to the Henry County Conservation District.  
    If you are interested in obtaining some of the seedlings, please call, visit or e-mail the district office as soon as possible to put your name and phone number on the list.
    The contact information is 1125, Campbellsburg Road, New Castle, KY  40050.
    Phone number is (502) 845-2890.
    E-mail is Mikki.croxton@ky.nacdnet.net.

  • Kentucky named to farm-to-school food initiative

    Kentucky is one of three states that will partner with the Walmart Foundation and the National Farm to School Network to expand efforts to get more local foods into schools, the network announced recently.

  • Canines go to summer camp through 4-H club

    Most children are introduced to “man’s best friend” early in life, but oftentimes a dog’s care, training and upkeep are chores left to their parents.
    The 4-H Dog Program offers young dog enthusiasts the opportunity to learn about all aspects of canines and strengthens the bond between them.
    No matter your child’s experience level, there is a dog program to suit their interests.
    Young people explore topics such as dog anatomy, health, nutrition and potential genetic problems.

  • Use natural coloring to brighten your Easter

    In just a few weeks, the Easter bunny will be hippity-hoppiting into many Kentucky homes. Along with the annual visit from our long-eared friend, coloring Easter eggs is one of the favorite holiday activities for children of all ages.
    While many of us are accustomed to purchasing the little dye tablets from the store, you can also use natural ingredients to get colorful results.
    Ingredients like fresh beets, yellow onion skins and fruit juices can dye eggs.

  • ‘Homegrown by Heroes’ promotes veterans in agriculture

    Agriculture Commissioner James Comer on Monday told national military officials that Homegrown By Heroes “is one small thing that we can do to show our appreciation for our military veteran farmers,” according to a news release.
    Comer hosted a presentation about Homegrown By Heroes for Col. James P. Isenhower III, director of the Chairman’s Office of Reintegration for the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Cmdr. Brent J. Embry, USN, Northern Region director of the Chairman’s Office of Reintegration.

  • 4-H members learn how to be savvy consumers

    This month in the 4-H school clubs we have been talking about how important it is to be a savvy consumer.  
    We discussed what our basic needs are:  food, shelter and clothing, as well as their wants.  
    There was as discussion about how someone may need a new pair of jean, but do they really need to spend a lot of money for a certain brand name?  
    I asked students to write down several items that they really want.  
    While some were predictable there were also unusual ones as well.