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Agriculture

  • Small Steps to Health & Wealth starts Jan. 16

    Just in time to rescue failed New Year’s resolutions to improve health and personal finances, the Cooperative Extension system is launching an online Small Steps to Health and Wealth™ Challenge called “Winter 2011 SSHW Challenge.”  This free six-week program, open to anyone who enrolls online, runs from Sunday, Jan. 16, through Saturday, Feb. 26.  Prizes will be awarded for participants who report the highest point totals. 

  • Teamwork is an important skill to learn

    Teamwork is an important skill to learn.  Fourth and fifth graders throughout the county have been developing those skills this past month in 4-H school enrichment clubs. 

  • Ag meetings for January, February

    Last week, we listed several conferences and winter meetings for those interested in fruits and vegetables, horses, tobacco, sheep and goats, forages, and cattle.  We hope that you will make a point to get to the programs which interest you.  If you need more details, please contact the Henry County Extension Office at 845-2811 when we open up Monday, Jan. 3.

  • Fire safety measures can save your life

    One structure fire was reported every 66 seconds in the U.S. in 2009, according to the National Fire Protection Association. To maintain a fire-safe home and keep your family safe this winter, follow these tips.
    If you are using kerosene heaters, be sure your heater is in good working condition. Clean off the carbon that may have built up around the exhaust parts. Be sure the heater has an emergency shut off in case the heater gets tipped over.

  • Women in Ag conference set for Feb. 24-25

     Agriculture conference sponsored by Purdue in February will help  participants build their businesses and become stronger advocates for agriculture. The conference will be Feb. 24-25 at the Sheraton Louisville Riverside Hotel, 700 W. Riverside Dr., Jeffersonville, Indiana.
    “We hope the ladies gain information in areas that are important to the success of their agriculture enterprises, network with others and leave motivated to return to their farm or agribusiness,” said Purdue University Extension educator Elysia Berry, an organizer of the conference.

  • 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.