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Farm and Family

  • Thoughts on pasture appraisal and recovery

    After some record weather (droughts, hot months, cold months, wet months) over the past two or three years, what can we expect from our pasture and hay fields this year?  Did we lose desired grasses and legumes?  Can we expect increased weed pressure?

  • Shooting sports camp will begin March 30

    The State 4-H Shooting Sports Camp will be held from Wednesday, March 30, through Saturday, April 2, at the Lake Cumberland 4-H Camp, in Jabez. 

    The camp is for youth ages 9 – 13.  Certified instructors will be presenting classes and in charge of all shooting ranges. 

  • Master Cattleman class starts soon

    All folks interested in enrolling in the 2011 Master Cattleman Class are encouraged to call the Henry County Extension Office at 845-2811.  This is for virtually everyone in the cattle industry, primarily beef cattle, regardless of experience.  We are putting the class together in the next couple of weeks, and the first session of the year will be at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20, at the Shelby County Extension Office.

  • Sewing club is ready to get started

    If you have an interest in learning about fabrics, patterns, and sewing machines then the 4-H Sewing Club is for you.  The advanced club will be meeting from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27, at the Henry County Cooperative Extension Service.  The advanced club is for members who have sewn with the group last year.  The beginning group will start on the following Monday, Jan. 31, at the same time and place.

  • Small Steps to Health & Wealth starts Jan. 16

    Just in time to rescue failed New Year’s resolutions to improve health and personal finances, the Cooperative Extension system is launching an online Small Steps to Health and Wealth™ Challenge called “Winter 2011 SSHW Challenge.”  This free six-week program, open to anyone who enrolls online, runs from Sunday, Jan. 16, through Saturday, Feb. 26.  Prizes will be awarded for participants who report the highest point totals. 

  • Teamwork is an important skill to learn

    Teamwork is an important skill to learn.  Fourth and fifth graders throughout the county have been developing those skills this past month in 4-H school enrichment clubs. 

  • Ag meetings for January, February

    Last week, we listed several conferences and winter meetings for those interested in fruits and vegetables, horses, tobacco, sheep and goats, forages, and cattle.  We hope that you will make a point to get to the programs which interest you.  If you need more details, please contact the Henry County Extension Office at 845-2811 when we open up Monday, Jan. 3.

  • Fire safety measures can save your life

    One structure fire was reported every 66 seconds in the U.S. in 2009, according to the National Fire Protection Association. To maintain a fire-safe home and keep your family safe this winter, follow these tips.
    If you are using kerosene heaters, be sure your heater is in good working condition. Clean off the carbon that may have built up around the exhaust parts. Be sure the heater has an emergency shut off in case the heater gets tipped over.

  • Women in Ag conference set for Feb. 24-25

     Agriculture conference sponsored by Purdue in February will help  participants build their businesses and become stronger advocates for agriculture. The conference will be Feb. 24-25 at the Sheraton Louisville Riverside Hotel, 700 W. Riverside Dr., Jeffersonville, Indiana.
    “We hope the ladies gain information in areas that are important to the success of their agriculture enterprises, network with others and leave motivated to return to their farm or agribusiness,” said Purdue University Extension educator Elysia Berry, an organizer of the conference.

  • Learning opportunities abound in Jan.

    The hard winter we’ve had so far certainly takes our minds off the next growing season, yet farmers are called upon to make many decisions during this time which will affect new plantings and growing intentions.  Following are an abundance of opportunities to learn about the latest varieties, technologies, and other production practices.  Contact the Henry County Extension Office at 845-2811 for additional information.