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Farm and Family

  • The spring and summer of plant diseases

    By Levi Berg, Cooperative Extension Service

    Is your garden struggling? Are your fruit trees struggling? If they aren’t, you might be one of the lucky few in the state of Kentucky.

    This year’s weather has played havoc on vegetables and fruit crops.

    The wet, cool spring and wet, hot summer has become the perfect conditions for plant diseases.

    The Kentucky Plant Disease Diagnostic lab has been processing numerous samples, and released a report of the most viewed disease this year.

  • Tips for parenting the second time around

    Many of us have fond memories of our grandfathers — the stories, the candy, the fishing lessons and life lessons we learned while visiting them. These are things we treasure and carry with us throughout our lives.

    But as family dynamics have changed, more and more grandfathers are finding the old adage of “spoil them rotten and send them home” no longer a reality.

    In fact, around 2.4 million grandparents across the United States are now raising their grandchildren.

  • Stay healthy by washing up after working on the farm

    Levi Berg, Cooperative Extension 

    Most times when we hear about safe handling of livestock, we think about the safety of the animals. However, many times we don’t think about our own safety in regards to diseases, bacteria and so on.

    Livestock, such as poultry, horses, ruminants and others, have digestive systems that can convert forages into usable nutrients, and this is possible because of bacteria, fungi and protozoa living in the intestinal tracts of those animals.

  • Forestry day allows 4-H to dig deep in the woods

    Cathy Toole, Henry County Cooperative Extension

    On Wednesday, June 8, 4-H youth had the opportunity to learn about the environment during the first day of the Forestry Days program.

    Twenty-one had the opportunity to travel to Henry County Park on Campbellsburg Road to listen to an expert, Lynn Garrison, retired employee from Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, speak about trees and to collect leaves for a 4-H project.

  • Getting ready for the state fair

    JESSE HARP/Local

  • Use sunscreen: Kids need protection from UV rays, too

    It’s often said that the habits children learn at a young age carry over to adulthood. Safe sun exposure should be included in those healthy habits.

  • 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.