Farm and Family

  • The idea of using a rain barrel is not all wet

    I know rain has been a problem this year from mowing lawns, making hay, planting gardens, transplanting tobacco and planting row crops.

    However, what if you could put that rain to work?

    One way individuals can use rainwater is by collecting it in rain barrels and using the collected rain water when rain becomes scarce in the summer months.

    Rain barrels offer a number of benefits such as helping reduce stormwater runoff and potentially protecting homes’, barns’ and other structures’ foundations.

  • Lightning and storms pose some shocking hazards on the farm

    By Levi Berg

    Henry County Extension Service

  • Homemakers celebrate their 78-year anniversary

    The Henry County Extension Homemakers celebrated their 78th annual meeting this past week at the extension office.   
    The meeting opened with a Silent Auction to raise funds for the Kentucky Extension Homemaker Ovarian Cancer program and a collection of backpack food items that is being donated to the Family Resource Center.
    The program for the evening was a slide show by Steve Moore, retired ag agent. His topic was a review of the retirement trip that he and Cindy took to Hawaii this past fall.  

  • 4-H to provide lots of summer fun and activities

    If you are looking for some fun activities to fill your summer days, you may want to check out the following events.  
    • May 31 –  4-H campers orientation at 6:30 p.m. to be held at the Henry County Extension Office.  If you would like to meet your cabin and teen leaders, as well as see who is in your cabin and get answers to any questions you may have, then make sure to be here.  We will also be giving out luggage tags that night.  There are still a few boy slots available so talk to your friends and urge them to come along for the fun.

  • Enjoy yard sales more with these rules

    Yard sale season has arrived!  As the temperatures are warming up, people are beginning to realize items, such as children’s clothing or sporting equipment, they might need to purchase for spring and summer.  Yard sale shopping is a great place to find items you need at bargain prices.  
    If you are searching for yard sale bargains:
    • Start early.  

  • Rinse and repeat to safely dispose of pesticide containers

    By Levi Berg

    Henry County Extension Service

  • Ag Safety Day teaches all some important lessons

    By Cathy Toole

    Henry County Extension Service

  • Henry farm project receives KAFC backing

    The Kentucky Agricultural Finance Corp. (KAFC) approved $2,157,500 in 10 agricultural loans for projects in the Commonwealth at its board meeting on Friday, May 13, including one in the Beginning Farmer Loan Program in Henry County, according to a news release from KAFC.
     Beginning Farmer loans, or BFLP, totaled $1,357,500 for eight recipients, including $120,000 for one in Henry County.
    BFLP is designed to assist individuals with some farming experience who desire to develop, expand or buy into a farming operation.

  • Kentucky ag department launches Food to Fork program

    The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is accepting applications from community organizations interested in hosting Kentucky Proud dinners now through fall of 2016, according to a news release.
    The Kentucky Proud Food to Fork Program will provide funding to qualifying applicants for dinners that showcase local food products.
    The program will also promote local agritourism businesses and provide educational background on locally produced agricultural food and products.

  • UK provides the most up-to-date info on the Zika virus spread

    University of Kentucky entomologists recently developed a website that will have the most up-to-date information on the Zika virus and its spread, as mosquito populations around the state begin to build.
    The website is http://pest.ca.uky.edu/EXT/ZIKA/1kyzika.html.