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Agriculture

  • What to consider when re-entering the work force
  • Century old pruning practices remain relevant

    Last week, all Kentucky Extension agents and specialists attended a training conference in Lexington. We were treated to a good history of the first 100 years of the Extension Service, and challenged to continue ‘making a difference’ in peoples’ lives through relevant research-based information in the century ahead.

  • Learn how to grow profits on the farm

    Growing Farm Profits is a training coming up Feb 1-3 in Lexington, which offers a great opportunity for Kentucky produce farmers. This is a farmer-to-farmer training that will inform participants about keeping records about their crops, their expenditures, their packing shed layouts and more in order to make themselves more profitable, more efficient and more competitive.

  • Keep fat and sugar away from your waistline with selective diet

    Many of us consume more solid fats and added sugars (SoFAS) than we should and especially at this time of the year. As a result, our waistlines expand, because these foods contribute more to weight gain than any other source of calories. So as we head into the time when we make New Year’s resolutions let’s try and stay off the SoFAS and the sofa too.

  • Learn how to design and modify your own clothing

    If you enjoy watching the clothing design shows on television and wish you could create your own clothing items then this is your chance. Two sewing clubs will begin meeting shortly after the New Year. The beginning club will be sewing 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Mondays starting Jan. 13. Those that have sewn previously in 4-H will be among the advanced group that will begin meeting 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursdays starting Jan. 9. The clubs will meet weekly until projects have been completed.

  • Plan adequately for spring calving cows

    Several of our commodity groups hold their annual meetings and educational conferences in the early part of the year, and 2014 opens with lots of opportunities to get needed information and networking. The Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Trade Show will take place Jan. 6 through Jan.7,at the Embassy Suites Hotel near the old UK Coldstream Farm on Newtown Pike in Lexington. Details and registration information are available at http://bit.ly/1bZjBpI.

  • Make adequate hay for your livestock

    By Steve Moore
    Henry County Extension Office

    The wet spring this year resulted in several acres of hay that were cut and baled late. This can be problematic since much of our hay is derived from fescue and fescue-legume mix stands. The later the hay harvest, the more the plants advance in maturity from a vegetative stage, causing the percentage of the good stuff, energy and protein, to decrease.

  • Motivation for those New Year’s health and wealth resolutions

    By Maryellen Garrison
    Henry County Extension Office

    Got New Year’s resolutions to improve your health and/or personal finances?

    For example, losing weight, increasing physical activity, reducing debt or saving money?
    Cooperative Extension’s Small Steps to Health and Wealth™ program has two free resources to motivate you to achieve your personal self-improvement goals: an online challenge and a 132-page workbook that is available for downloading or is free at our office.

  • Diet and nutrition’s role in disease prevention

    Evidence is mounting that a healthy diet can help protect you from some diseases. What you eat--or don’t eat--may help prevent heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis and type 2 diabetes. Here’s some information from the University of Kentucky on how to use your diet to help reduce your risk of disease.

    Heart disease

    To help prevent heart disease, you need to keep your blood cholesterol, blood pressure and weight under control. Healthy eating habits can help you accomplish this, as well as reduce your risk for stroke.

  • Agriculture receipts set new record

    Hundreds of Kentucky farmers traveled to Louisville last week for the Annual Farm Bureau Convention, and the UK Ag Economics team discussed the economic data for the present year, with an outlook for 2014.