Farm and Family

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • April brings National Donate Life Month celebrations



    Each year, National Donate Life Month is celebrated in April, a special time to focus attention on organ and tissue donation and transplantation. The Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks work with Donate Life America to share the importance of registering one’s decision to be a donor, honor deceased and living donors and celebrate the lifesaving and healing gift of transplantation.

  • 4-Hers beautify butterfly garden, give away Easter baskets

    The District 3 4-H Teen Council met at the Carroll County Cooperative Extension office for their monthly meeting on Friday, April 19. 4-H members from Pendleton, Henry and Carroll Counties completed two service projects.

  • 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.

  • Spring arrives: Farmers, gardeners ready to dig in

    I’m absolutely loving these warmer temperatures. Spring is here. The grass is finally starting to green, and farmers are preparing fields for crops. This is also the time of the year that I start receiving plenty of calls about gardening. Below are tips that will help you in planning your garden.

  • 4-Hers score at communications event
  • How to incorporate warm season annuals

    Right now, hay fields and pastures are finally starting to green up, but what happens during June, July and August?

    The summer slump starts for our cool season grasses. Right now our fescues, orchard grasses and others are doing great, but when the summer heat starts, the cool season grasses just don’t produce. One potential way to overcome the summer slump is to incorporate warm season annuals into your forage system, and now is the time to start thinking about your summer forage systems.

  • Protect family from tick bites, season here soon

    As I was fishing last weekend, I had a thought, “Ticks are going to be here soon.”

     It was a thought that I did not want to deal with especially since I have had to deal with antibiotics and attached ticks in the past. It also wasn’t until I found a few attached ticks with the distinct “bull’s eye” that I really started to care about ticks.

  • Program rewards county 4-Hers

    4-H encourages young people to set and achieve their goals. To that end, the Kentucky 4-H Achievement Program was created to reward ambitious and accomplished young people throughout the state.

    In the highly competitive 4-H Achievement Program, young people receive recognition and prizes for their accomplishments in 4-H and their community. 4-Hers can start accumulating points as soon as they start 4-H and begin earning recognition in the sixth grade.