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Agriculture

  • Learning opportunities abound in Jan.

    The hard winter we’ve had so far certainly takes our minds off the next growing season, yet farmers are called upon to make many decisions during this time which will affect new plantings and growing intentions.  Following are an abundance of opportunities to learn about the latest varieties, technologies, and other production practices.  Contact the Henry County Extension Office at 845-2811 for additional information.

  • Real world lessons can be taught

  • Extension memories to be celebrated Jan. 23

    They have worked to improve our lifestyle through new cooking ideas and recipes, community projects and cultural advancement, and this year the Henry County Homemakers will celebrate their 73rd year and on Sunday, Jan. 23, from 2-4 p.m., we will be recognizing Extension Leaders from Homemakers, 4-H and Agriculture at a special reception to be held at Twin Oaks Assisted Living here in New Castle.

  • Timely tips for cattlemen

    Here are a few tips from the UK Beef Cattle group for management of the beef herd at this time of year. 
    For spring calvers, body condition is important, so plan an adequate winter program for cows to be at least body condition score 5 (carrying enough flesh to cover the ribs) before the calving and breeding season.  This will help them to breed early in the spring.  Thin cows should be fed to regain body condition prior to winter.

  • Henry County Cattlemen

    eon and Joyce Creech, above, of Eminence were named ‘Henry County Cattleman of the Year’ for 2010 during Monday evenings Annual Cattleman’s meeting at the Extension Office. The 2011 Henry County Cattleman’s Board of Directors and Officers, below, were elected during Monday evening’s annual meeting.  Seated, from left to right: Treasurer Mary Bryant, Phillip Douglas, Vice President Judy Jackson, and Larry Bryant.  Standing, same order:  Brad Hargrove, Lloyd Gray, President Justin Atchison, Chris McBurney, and Secretary Johnny Allison.

  • Preparing students for real life decisions

    “You need to finish school,” parents often tell their children. Sometimes it feels like those words go in one ear and out the other.

    According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, 28 percent of Kentucky’s high school graduates go directly to work. Six months later, 10 percent of those are unemployed.

    To combat this trend, a 4-H exercise called “Reality Store” aims to give students the tools to help them make informed decisions about their future.

  • Kentucky ag groups combine for Ag Industry Show

    For the first time, the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association, Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association and the Kentucky Horse Council have decided to join forces for the first Ag Industry Trade Show, Jan. 13-14 at the Lexington Convention Center to coincide with each organization’s annual meeting. 

    Many farmers and ag industry people are involved in more than one facet of agriculture, so an event like this should maximize efficiency for both the farmer and the trade show exhibitors.

  • It’s cold out there: safety tips for heating your home

    The cold Kentucky winds are beginning to blow signaling that it’s time to turn on the furnace.  Safety from fire and carbon monoxide poisoning should be your first priority.
    U.S. fire departments responded to thousands of home fires in 2009 that involved heating equipment, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Not only are furnaces potential hazards, but many of the fires started from space heaters. Carbon monoxide deaths were another problem.

  • Give thanks for 15 billion gallons

    We just celebrated the Thanksgiving season, and I’ve heard many folks talking about the good visits they had with family and friends.  Personally, that’s what I’m most thankful for.  Here in Henry County, we were thankful for the abundant rains which fell last Wednesday and Thursday.  More on that rain in a moment.

  • What we are willing to change for varies by person

    It’s pretty easy to gain 5-10 pounds from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. Big holiday meals, parties and open houses, and candies, cookies and rolls are more available at home, work and school. All promote weight gain, and pair that with less time for exercise... well, you see the problem.