Farm and Family

  • Kentucky named to farm-to-school food initiative

    Kentucky is one of three states that will partner with the Walmart Foundation and the National Farm to School Network to expand efforts to get more local foods into schools, the network announced recently.

  • Canines go to summer camp through 4-H club

    Most children are introduced to “man’s best friend” early in life, but oftentimes a dog’s care, training and upkeep are chores left to their parents.
    The 4-H Dog Program offers young dog enthusiasts the opportunity to learn about all aspects of canines and strengthens the bond between them.
    No matter your child’s experience level, there is a dog program to suit their interests.
    Young people explore topics such as dog anatomy, health, nutrition and potential genetic problems.

  • Use natural coloring to brighten your Easter

    In just a few weeks, the Easter bunny will be hippity-hoppiting into many Kentucky homes. Along with the annual visit from our long-eared friend, coloring Easter eggs is one of the favorite holiday activities for children of all ages.
    While many of us are accustomed to purchasing the little dye tablets from the store, you can also use natural ingredients to get colorful results.
    Ingredients like fresh beets, yellow onion skins and fruit juices can dye eggs.

  • ‘Homegrown by Heroes’ promotes veterans in agriculture

    Agriculture Commissioner James Comer on Monday told national military officials that Homegrown By Heroes “is one small thing that we can do to show our appreciation for our military veteran farmers,” according to a news release.
    Comer hosted a presentation about Homegrown By Heroes for Col. James P. Isenhower III, director of the Chairman’s Office of Reintegration for the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Cmdr. Brent J. Embry, USN, Northern Region director of the Chairman’s Office of Reintegration.

  • 4-H members learn how to be savvy consumers

    This month in the 4-H school clubs we have been talking about how important it is to be a savvy consumer.  
    We discussed what our basic needs are:  food, shelter and clothing, as well as their wants.  
    There was as discussion about how someone may need a new pair of jean, but do they really need to spend a lot of money for a certain brand name?  
    I asked students to write down several items that they really want.  
    While some were predictable there were also unusual ones as well.  

  • Know these important dates for ag activities

    Henry County Cattlemen Association to Meet March 23 at 6:30
    The next Henry County Cattlemen Association meeting will be held at the Extension Office on Monday, March 23, at 6:30 p.m.  
    The meal is sponsored by the Henry County Farm Bureau Federation and the guest speaker will be Fran McCall, commodities specialist with Kentucky Farm Bureau.  
    Call the Extension office at 845-2811 by Friday, March 20, to let the Cattlemen know how many to prepare for.
    Farmers Market Gearing Up

  • 4-H communications and variety show is March 30

    The Henry County 4-H Communications Event and Variety Show is fast approaching.  
    The date for the competition is March 30 at the Henry County Extension Service office beginning at 6 p.m.   
    While the weather is chilly and we are all starting to suffer from cabin fever, what better use of your time than to write a speech or put together a demonstration.
    Why not invite a friend over and work on an act for the talent show?
    The Speech Contest is judged according to 4-H age, which is how old you were on January 1, 2015.  

  • wins with piggy bank design

    Wins with piggy bank design

  • Ag Tag makes a difference for Henry County 4-H

    Kentucky 4-H is one of the most important and influential youth programs in our state and our county.
    Across Kentucky over 256,000 youth ages 9 to 19 learn about leadership, citizenship and life skills in “learn-by-doing” experiences such as communications and public speaking, through agriculture projects like livestock judging, science projects with robotics, 4-H camp, Teen Conference and many other 4-H programs and activities.

  • Pyles learned a lot in 66 years with Homemakers

    Juanita Pyles has learned a lot during the 66 years participating with Henry County homemaker clubs through the Henry County Extension Service.