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Agriculture

  • Here’s how to file for earned income tax credit

    Here is some information from one of our Extension Management Specialists, Joanne Bankston of Kentucky State University who wants you to be sure to claim federal tax dollars that you deserve.   
    Did you work full or part-time during 2014 and have an income of less than $52,000 with children and less than $14,590 without children?   You may qualify for the Earned Income Credit (EIC).

  • Tobacco GAP meetings offered Jan. 30

    Because of buyer/manufacturer concerns, an annual training for tobacco producers called Tobacco GAP Certification was made mandatory a couple of years ago.  
    GAP stands for Good Agricultural Practices, and the trainings include information on Tobacco Production, Environmental Stewardship and Labor Management/ Worker Safety.   
    UK Extension Agronomist Dr. Bob Pearce spearheads the Kentucky Tobacco GAP Training efforts, in cooperation with a new organization known as “GAP Connections.”   

  • Ky. Farm Fest booth deadline approaching

    Booth applications are due by Jan. 31 for the two-day July event known as Kentucky Farm Fest to be held in Crestwood.
    Kentucky Farm Fest offers hours of hands-on agriculture workshops, interactive exhibits, live demonstrations, a 44-foot mobile science unit, juried artists, food, hands-on nature exhibits, interactive barn displays, kids’ nature crafts, live animals, live cooking demos and live bluegrass entertainment.
    Booths are available for food products and artists .
    Cost for the food booths up to Jan. 31 is $25 and $50 after.

  • Add more ‘Z’s in your life for good health

    We all want a good night’s sleep, but for some of us, sleep is hard to come by.
    If you experience trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, awakening too early or never feeling rested, you are not alone.
    Many adults experience sleep disturbances at some point. The National Institutes of Health estimates that nearly 30 percent of the general adult population complains of sleep disruption, and about 10 percent has functional impairment in the daytime that is a telltale sign of insomnia.

  • From Agriculture's Past
  • Retail food prices rise

    Retail food prices across the Commonwealth continued their year-long pattern of growth in the fourth quarter of 2014 according to the Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Federation’s latest Marketbasket Survey. The December 2014 survey results identified the total cost of 40 basic grocery items as $129.14, or 1.7 percent higher than the previous quarter. This is the seventh consecutive quarter that the Marketbasket Survey total resulted in an increase and is also a new all-time high.

  • Stay active while aging

    Staying physically active is especially important as we age. Beginning around age 50, we lose 1 percent of our muscle mass each year. Over time, this can negatively affect quality of life and our ability to maintain functional independence. 

  • 7 ANGUS FARMS JOINS AMERICAN ANGUS ASSOCIATION

     
    7 Angus Farms, Turners Station, is a new member of the American Angus Association®, said Bryce Schumann, CEO of the organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Mo.
    The American Angus Association, with nearly 24,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef breed association in the world.
    The association records ancestral information, keeps production records on individual animals, and develops selection tools for its members.

  • This quiz can guide New Year’s resolutions

    Each year, almost half of Americans develop New Year’s resolutions to improve different aspects of their lives. Often these resolutions involve health and personal finances.
    Specific examples include saving money, reducing debt, losing weight, quitting smoking and increased physical activity.

  • Coming up: GAP, cattlemen’s conference

    UPCOMING EDUCATIONAL EVENTS
    Henry County farmers and homeowners will have several opportunities over the next couple of months to learn about many agriculture enterprises, including forages, beef cattle, bees, turf care, grain crops, tobacco and poultry.  
    Also on the agenda is a series for new and beginning farmers, particularly those with small acreages.  
    It is the season, during our cold winter months, when many organizations and commodity groups have their annual conferences and the Extension Service has producer meetings.