Farm and Family

  • 4-H Family Fun Night a hit, awards given to students

    The 4-H Family Fun Night Event was held on June 6 at the Henry County Cooperative Extension Service pavilion with approximately 100 in attendance.

    Those honored were the Clover Level Achievement Award winners. There were two Level I Achievement Awards: Callie Derossett and Cambree Thompson-Tingle. Ella McManis received her Level 2 Clover Award. Henry County was honored to have two Gold Award Achievement Level winners: Kellyn Smith and Kendyll Smith. This level is reserved for those that have participated and competed at the highest level within the 4-H program.

  • How to preserve your garden vegetables like a pro

    Our gardens are finally starting to produce vegetables and berries. Don’t be like many gardeners I see, and just throw away produce or let it rot. You have worked hard on your garden, so you should be able to reap the rewards of that garden.

  • 4-H: Creating an outdoor learning environment

    In 4-H, we believe youth learn best by doing; but in this technology and media-driven age, it can be difficult to get young people outside to explore and learn from their natural environment. By turning the outdoors into a learning opportunity, you can help young people develop an appreciation for and a desire to conserve their natural environment.

  • Are garden weeds driving you crazy?

    Like many around the county, weeds are trying to take over everyone’s garden, and it is almost a full-time job trying to control the weeds. This is why I want to talk about garden weeds because everyone wants that beautiful, high-producing garden.

  • Tobacco cost share options; farmers market

    It is that time of the year again that applications for some tobacco cost-share programs will be available.

  • A successful year for Henry County FFA

    The Henry County FFA chapter wrapped up another successful year! This year’s traditional Ag Week was held April 29 through May 3.

    On Monday we hosted our annual FFA Banquet; we started with a steak dinner and moved to the auditorium for the second portion.

    We began by recognizing many students who passed the End of Program Exam and/or received industry certifications making them Career Ready in Agriculture.

  • Why should I use a rain barrel?

    I know the excess rain has caused numerous problems in the last few years, but what if you could put that rain to work? One way individuals are utilizing rain water is by collecting it in rain barrels, and using the collected rain water to water plants and livestock in the summer months.

  • Forage testing is necessary and beneficial; ins and outs of composting

    Hay making and forage harvesting is almost here. Hopefully, we can have some dry weather soon, so the hay season can begin. One aspect usually overlooked by forage producers is forage testing.

  • 4-H Emerald Gala celebrates HCHS senior

    The Emerald Gala was held at Hermitage Farm in Oldham County on April 27. The event was sponsored by the 4-H Foundation to showcase the 4-H Emerald Award winners for the year and serve as a fundraising event for future 4-H programming. Henry County’s own Camryn McManis was one of the four Emerald Award recipients this year that were honored at the event. The Emerald Award is reserved for the highest achieving 4-H members from across the state. Camryn is the daughter of Mary and Kevin McManis.

  • Importance of forage moisture for hay, haylage

    Hay season is almost here, and due to our rainy winter, we could be having some trouble. The fields are not in the best shape due to heavy rains and damage caused by livestock. Like many farmers, in Henry County preserved forages are almost a way of life, and without a high quality hay, many farms will be struggling this fall and winter.