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Agriculture

  • New 4-H classes in crochet and quilting to be offered

    There are two new 4-H projects available for you to enjoy.

    The first new offering is a crocheting club. The project will be a purse made from “granny squares.” Brenda Simpson, who many of you met while in sewing, has agreed to offer a beginning crocheting class. 

    Saundra Smith, our knitting club leader has agreed to assist Brenda with this class. 

  • Start a home composting program

    Composting reduces household waste and enriches the soil by converting leftovers and yard waste into a rich humus over a period of time. Planning now, while the garden is still fallow, allows you to decide on a method that best suits your family’s needs and to settle into a routine before gardening season starts.

  • Results of the 4-H Talk Meet & Variety Show

    The Henry County 4-H Talk Meet and Variety Show was held on March 23 at the Henry County Cooperative Extension Service.  The evening began with junior division speeches which are broken down by the 4-Hers ages. 

  • Pick 5 for the environment on Earth Day 2011

    On April 22, 1970, 20 million people celebrated the first Earth Day. Since then our planet has faced many environmental challenges, but has also made great strides in protecting and preserving our natural resources.

  • Knitters visit the yarn source
  • Cool season forage crops are growing well

  • To garden or not to garden, that is the question

    It’s SPRING and warm weather makes many of us start planning for flower and vegetable gardens and with today’s tight economy, everyone is looking for ways to cut expenses. Growing a garden has the potential to reduce the amount of money spent on groceries. But this “potential” depends on the costs involved in growing the crops, types and amounts of vegetables grown, yields that are derived from the garden, and other factors.

  • Tina Tipton wins Spirit of Collaboration Award from UL

    Tina Tipton, a 1964 graduate of Henry County High School, has been named a winner of the 2010 Spirit of Collaboration Award from the Nystand Center and the Universty of Louisville’s College of Education and Human Development.

  • 2011 food guidelines and the role of 4-H

    The newly released food guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture indicate a major shift in the recommendations that the agency is making for Americans. An increasing percentage of the population suffers from overweight, poor diet, obesity, forms of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other serious illnesses. The USDA’s revised guidelines are meant to raise awareness of the inherent risks in prevalent American lifestyle choices, characterized by an over-consumption of non-nutrient-dense highly processed foods and a sedentary lifestyle.

  • Prevent pasture bloat

     Spring brings with it a couple of big changes in a cow’s life.  Most of our momma cows have their calves in the spring and their need for high quality feed goes up greatly.  Luckily, this increased need happens at the same time our vast amount of cool season forages are growing rapidly after their winters nap.  However, there are a couple of potential forage related problems associated with early growth that we as animal caregivers need to be aware of and watch out for.  Grass Tetany and Bloat are the problems.