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Agriculture

  • Celebrating 100 years of Extension Service

    We hope you’ll mark your calendar and plan to attend our open house at the Henry County Extension Office on Thursday, May 8.

    Our Open House and Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Cooperative Extension Service will be from 4 to 6 pm. We’ll reminisce, and we have some special guests and programs during the evening.

  • Extension plays pivotal role in land-grant system

    Even though the Cooperative Extension Service has been around for 100 years, people often ask about the connection between Extension and land-grant institutions.

    Land-grant institutions are legislated to not only teach but to engage in research and outreach. The Smith-Lever Act established the Extension Service system in 1914 to provide federal funding for land-grant universities to educate rural citizens in vocational, agricultural and home demonstration topics.

  • Raising responsible children today
  • Black cherry trees can be dangerous

    When you drive through the rolling land in Henry County, you can find many black cherry trees, including some in farm fencerows. While standing upright, there is not much danger, but if one of these trees or a limb falls in a windstorm, there can be problems for livestock.

    The leaves of black cherry trees, especially wilted ones, are high in cyanic acid, which can kill livestock by depriving them of oxygen. You can reduce the likelihood of livestock losses due to wild black cherry trees by cutting them out of fencerows.

  • Applications now being accepted for ‘Farmer of the Year’

    The 2014 Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) “Farmer of the Year” application process is now open, and the organization is seeking the Commonwealth’s finest nominees for this prestigious award.

  • Area business supports 4-H

    Tractor Supply Company, in partnership with the National 4-H Council, recently announced the launch of its spring 2014 Paper Clover Campaign.

    Tractor Supply Company, the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States, raised more than $3.2 million for 4-H programs across the country through the Paper Clover Campaigns over the last four years.

  • 4-H provides community, communication

    A broad range of communications expertise is a vital skill for today’s youth and tomorrow’s adults. 4-H helps youth improve their quality of speech and association with others, whether one-on-one in a job interview or providing a keynote address in a banquet hall.

  • Keep your livestock healthy this spring season
  • Spring clean your way to a healthier you

    Many of us would love to work more physical activity into our schedules, but between responsibilities at work and home, it can be hard to squeeze it in. The 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week most health and wellness experts recommend may seem impossible.

    Not helping matters were the short days and cold weather associated with winter. Fortunately, spring is upon us and with that comes longer days and warmer weather to encourage more outdoor physical activity.

  • Growing and cooking with herbs

    We all want to eat food that tastes good. One of the most common ways we tend to make food taste good is by adding salt. Unfortunately, most American diets are too high in sodium. Diets high in sodium can raise blood pressure, which can lead to many major health issues including heart disease. Herbs provide a great way for us to limit our sodium intake while still consuming flavorful foods.