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Agriculture

  • Helping for 100 years to navigate change

    While change isn’t easy for some people, it’s inevitable in some circumstances. Throughout the history of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, countless agents have worked to help Kentuckians learn about and embrace important changes. This year will mark the anniversary of the passage of the Smith-Lever Act, which formally established the national Cooperative Extension Service system. The UK Cooperative Extension Service is celebrating ways that extension has helped clients change their lives for the better.

  • Growing and cooking with herbs

    We all want to eat food that tastes good. One of the most common ways we tend to make food taste good is by adding salt. Unfortunately, most American diets are too high in sodium. Diets high in sodium can raise blood pressure, which can lead to many major health issues including heart disease. Herbs provide a great way for us to limit our sodium intake while still consuming flavorful foods.

  • Tough winter on cow herds and producers

    Near the end of most winters, diagnosticians at the veterinary labs, veterinarians, and producers see a few aged beef cows in poor body condition and a rumen full of forage material (hay) just ‘run out of gas’ with a belly full of hay and green grass just around the corner. However, this winter, they have seen these ‘malnutrition’ cases on a much more frequent basis, at a much earlier date, and have seen younger cows affected.

  • 4-H provides community, communication

    A broad range of communications expertise is a vital skill for today’s youth and tomorrow’s adults. 4-H helps youth improve their quality of speech and association with others, whether one-on-one in a job interview or providing a keynote address in a banquet hall.

  • Keep your livestock healthy this spring season
  • Spring clean your way to a healthier 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.

  • A local agriculture event update

     

    The Henry County Cattleman’s Association will be meeting 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 24, at the Henry County Extension Office. The program will include discussion of livestock marketing, Veterinarian’s Report, FFA and 4-H Youth Report, FSA Update, Phase I (CAIP) Update, and an update on the proposal to provide a local butchery and meat processing facility in the region.

    The meeting will again feature a sponsored beef supper. Please contact the Henry County Extension Office at 845-2811 by Friday to reserve your spot.

    TOBACCO GAP

  • Events and classes you don’t want to miss

    Tuesday evenings at the extension office are busy times as master clothing volunteer Alice Newman teaches Adult Sewing. You may want to learn to sew or you may have a project that you started on and are not sure how to finish it. Class runs from 7 until 9 p.m. on Tuesday evenings and you can just stop by or give Alice a call if you need more information (845-4287).

    April 22: Quick Sewing Repairs Leader Training-everyone is welcome. This program will be taught at the extension office at 10:30 a.m.

    April 23: Book Club at 1:30 at the extension office.

  • Programs provide networking in the industry

    Almost all our agriculture enterprises are encompassed in research, teaching and education programs at one of Kentucky’s two land grant institutions. While UK has the majority of the enterprises and the extension service, KSU has been working with some of the more ‘non-traditional’ types of farming, including goats, pawpaws and aquaculture. They have also had an award winning method of showing, demonstrating and teaching through the decade old ‘Third Thursday Thing.’

  • National FFA Week teaches leadership to students

    Jakob Beckley

    Leadership Committee Chairman

    Each year, FFA chapters around the country celebrate National FFA Week. The weeklong tradition began in 1947 when the National FFA Board of Directors designated the week of George Washington’s birthday as National FFA Week in recognition of his legacy as an agriculturist and farmer. The first National FFA Week was held in 1948. Today, FFA Week always runs Saturday to Saturday and encompasses Feb. 22, Washington’s birthday.