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Farm and Family

  • 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.

  • Sewing projects

    Andi Underwood, Izzy Hunt and Isabelle Ryan recently completed these projects in 4-H Sewing Club, according to facilitators.

  • Club to incubate some poultry scientists

    Did you know it takes 21 days for chicken eggs to develop while it takes 28 days for duck eggs?
    The Rabbit and Poultry Club will learn poultry science at their next meeting on Monday, March 27. They will be focusing on the development of the chick while in an egg.
    Eggs will be obtained from the University of Kentucky and incubated for several weeks. Some eggs will be placed immediately in an incubator while others will be stored for a week to 10 days.

  • Be aware of the signs of colorectal cancer

    March is colorectal cancer awareness month. Cancers of the colon and/or rectum have long been associated with individuals over 50.
    While that age group still accounts for the majority of cases, they are declining thanks to increased disease awareness and preventative screenings.
    But diagnoses among adults in their 20s and 30s are on the rise, according to a recent study conducted by researchers with the American Cancer Society.

  • It’s no bull: Get a breeding soundness exam

    I hope everyone is having an excellent calving season, and I’m sure you are worn out from checking your mothers-to-be.
    I know many of you are focused on your calves, but remember what comes after calving season: spring breeding season.
    Every year, I will hear stories about how a majority of someone’s cows will come up open during pregnancy checks, and I will hear excuses such as “I think this poor quality hay caused my cows to be open,” or “this mineral was the problem.”

  • Ag Tag makes a difference for Henry County youth in 4-H and FFA programs

    Kentucky 4-H is one of the most important and influential youth programs in our state and our county.
    Across Kentucky over 279,000 youth ages 9 to 19 learn about leadership, citizenship and life skills in “learn-by-doing” experiences such as communications and public speaking, through agriculture projects like livestock, shooting sports, 4-H camp, Teen Conference, and many other 4-H programs and activities.