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Agriculture

  • 4-H students attend retreat

    This past weekend teens across 14 counties gathered in Northern Kentucky to develop leadership skills, get to know each other better and have some fun.

    District 3 stretches from Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties to Pendleton, and down to Bullitt County. The size of the district makes it hard for teens to get together for a day conference, so for the past few years a winter weekend has been planned. Six teens from Henry County participated in the event: Connor Toole, Nathan Carroll, Renee Toole, Christen Crowe, Kennedy Fitzgerald and Savannah Mertz.

  • Extension to host microprocessor workshop

    The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, Kentucky Department of Agriculture and Kentucky Cabinet for Health Services are partnering to support farm friendly legislation. House Bill 391 and Farmers Market Legislation allows Kentucky farmers who grow and harvest produce to process value-added products and sell them from designated farmers markets, certified roadside stands and the processors’ farms. There are two processing categories in H.B. 391, homebased processors and homebased microprocessors.

  • Despite dry summer, county saw 61 inches of rain in 2011

    During the 2011 growing season, several of my columns mentioned the fairly severe drought in Henry County which occurred in July and August. These months are prime growing season days, with several critical processes taking place in our crops and vegetables.  We suffered diminished yields in virtually all crops, including corn, soybeans, tobacco, vegetables, fruits, hay and pasture.  

  • 12 days of holiday tips

    Here are some tips to help over the holidays and if you want more information go online to the government websites listed.

    Celebrate on a budget

    The holidays can be expensive, but you don’t have to break the bank to celebrate. Taking a few minutes to plan your holiday spending can help you avoid taking on debt. Start by creating a holiday spending plan, keep track of what you spend, avoid impulse purchases, and leave the credit cards at home.  www.consumerfinance.gov/plan-your-spending-to-avoid-holiday-debt/

  • One acre at a time

    Nearly all Henry County landowners have some portion of their land in trees.  This wooded portion can be just a fraction of an acre here or there, or it may be a sizeable area consisting of dozens or even hundreds of acres.   In fact, Henry County is nearly 25 percent covered in woodlands, with uses covering the gamut from wasteland to recreation to well managed timber.

  • How 4-H and civic engagement go together

    The skills taught throughout 4-H prepare youth for community involvement, with the idea that good leaders give back to their community in a variety ways.

    Community service, through 4-H involves service learning in which youth learn a skill or skills and apply it to a service project. This traditional approach to service applies to clubs at the county level, and for some youth, can lead to the national conference and/or the 4-H Congress.

  • KY farm cash receipts exceed $5B

    The big news out of the Kentucky Farm Bureau meeting last week is that farm cash receipts are likely to exceed $5 billion for the first time, up from $4.4 billion in 2010.  With improvement in returns in corn, soybeans, wheat, cattle, horses, hogs and dairy, net farm income is expected to rebound back above $1 billion in 2011, compared to $780 million in 2010.

  • KY farm cash receipts exceed $5B

    The big news out of the Kentucky Farm Bureau meeting last week is that farm cash receipts are likely to exceed $5 billion for the first time, up from $4.4 billion in 2010.  With improvement in returns in corn, soybeans, wheat, cattle, horses, hogs and dairy, net farm income is expected to rebound back above $1 billion in 2011, compared to $780 million in 2010.

  • Beware of the small bites — they add up to big calories

    Continuous tiny tastes of food throughout the coming days from now through the New Year can result in unwelcome weight gains.  Alice Henneman from the University of Nebraska has a short video, “Tiny Tastes Can Total Big Calories over the Winter Holidays,” that shows how bites can add up to excess pounds.  You will enjoy watching it if you can here on YouTube.com.

    But if you can’t here is the jist of the video.

  • 4-H beekeeping essay to focus on community effects

    The topic for the 2012 beekeeping essay, sponsored by the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc., is “The results of honey bee pollination in my community.” Active 4-H youth can compete to win three awards, at amounts of $750, $500 or $250. 4-H’ers are encouraged to consider the scope of plants, food crops, trees, habitats and animals that are positively affected by honeybee pollination.