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Farm and Family

  • Henry County 4-Hers bring home ribbons from district communications events

    The 4-H District 3 Communications Event was held at the La Grange Community Center on Saturday, April 15.  To be eligible for the district event participants had to compete at the county level in which they live and be chosen as class champions. The counties that participated were:  Bullitt, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble, Oldham and Henry.

  • Don’t underestimate poison hemlock

    There are a handful of weeds that I strongly suggest extensive control methods if found, and one of those weeds is poison hemlock.
    This is not a weed to overlook especially if you own livestock, because all parts of this weed are poisonous to livestock.
    Poison hemlock was introduced to the United States as an ornamental in the 1800s and has spread throughout most of Kentucky and much of North America.
    If ingested, poisoning symptoms appear within 30 minutes to two hours, depending on several factors including the animal species and quantity consumed.

  • Participants get a glimpse of dementia’s challenges

    Our Second Wind Dreams program in Henry County has been active since 2006 and has been able to arrange for staff at our local nursing home to participate in the Virtual Dementia Tour several times.  
    Last week, we had trainers come from Lexington to provide the experience to 23 staff, community members and family members of individuals who have some form of dementia.  

  • Maximize your hay storage with these timely tips

    Spring is here and hay fields are starting to pop. This means livestock producers should be preparing for hay season.
    Our county produces excellent quality forages and great hay, but no matter how great your forage is, if it is stored improperly, your hay will be wasted.
    The first step of preventing hay loss is to bale hay at the proper percentage of moisture.

  • Support your local farmers market

    The Henry Farmers Market will be open for the 2017 season later this spring.
    Asparagus is one of the early-season crops that is sometimes available at our market and always available at the grocery.
    Harvested during April and May in Kentucky, asparagus is a nutrient-dense vegetable that you can eat raw, lightly boil, steam, stir-fry or grill.
    It can be seasoned with herbs, butter or parmesan cheese to enhance its flavor.
    As you will see in the Plate It Up Kentucky Proud recipe that follows, it can also be an integral ingredient in many dishes.

  • Start your mowing engines

    It is hard to believe how fast spring had sprung, and lawns are really starting to pop. This means that you need to be thinking about lawn care since it’s time to clip the grass for the first time. Your most important annual lawn duties begin with that first mowing.

  • Spring clean your way to a healthier and wealthier you

    Many of us would love to work more physical activity into our schedules but between responsibilities at work and home, it can be hard to squeeze it in.
    The 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week most health and wellness experts recommend may seem impossible. Not helping matters were the short days and cold weather associated with winter.
    Fortunately, spring is upon us and with that comes longer days and warmer weather to encourage more outdoor physical activity.  

  • Henry County 4-H Communications and Variety Show results

    Henry County 4-H Council hosted the annual 4-H Communications Event and Variety Show on Tuesday, March 28, at the Henry County Cooperative Extension Service.  
    The following are the results for the speech participants.  

  • Several Extension events will bloom this spring

    Some upcoming spring Extension events include:

    March 30 — Truth and Consequences   
    This is a new 4-H and school program designed to help freshmen students from both Henry County and Eminence understand the consequences of using drugs or alcohol.  
    We need about 50 to 60 volunteers and are short 10 to 15.  
    As a volunteer you will act as a parent or guardia guiding a student through each booth and helping them understand the consequences of actions related to drug and alcohol abuse.  

  • How to remove weeds from your land

    The grasses are starting to green up which means spring is here. However, along with the grasses, many weeds have started to show up in fields, gardens and lawns.
    Weeds can play havoc from causing issues with livestock, medical issues for people and can take over crop fields.
    From dandelions to poison hemlock, weeds can come in many shapes and colors, and many times we don’t realize what we have. In most cases, certain weeds mimic harmless flowers.