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Farm and Family

  • In tribute to Noel’s community leadership

    During my time as the Henry County 4-H agent, I have had the privilege of working with many fine volunteer leaders.
    This past week we have lost one of those leaders in Linda Noel. I came to know Linda through her efforts in the Jericho Homemakers Club. She was in and out of the office quite a bit. She always had a cheery disposition and a willingness to help out wherever she was needed.

  • What should I be doing with my tax savings?

    Tax refund season: It’s like Christmas come really early! Or maybe it is just late?
    Either way, tax refund season is an excellent opportunity to begin the new year by making wise financial decisions.
    According to the Internal Revenue Service, the average tax refund in 2016 was about $3,050.
    Historically, Americans have found a wide variety of uses for their tax refunds, which range all the way from saving to spending and everything in between.
    But maybe you have wondered, what should I be doing with my tax return?

  • Frost seeding for pastures and hay fields

    Yes, I know. I have written about frost seeding once this year, but I wanted to share this information again. Grasses and legumes start to thin throughout the years and causes a decrease in forage production.
    A technique called “frost seeding” is a great way to increase your pasture and hay field production without completely renovating your pastures and hay fields.
    Frost seeding is when seed is broadcast onto the ground between Feb. 10 and March 1, and as the ground freezes and thaws, the seeds are worked into the ground and germinate in the spring.

  • High moisture grows health problems

    Mold and mildew are two fungi that may appear from time to time in your home.
    They can trigger allergic reactions or asthmatic complications for certain people, so prompt removal is critical to protect your family’s health.
    Both mold and mildew are types of fungi that grow in moist environments, spread easily and live on various surfaces.
    Mildew is a type of mold that usually has flat growth and remains on the surface.
    Mold contains multiple identical nuclei and grows in patches of various colors and can penetrate beneath the surface of an infected material.

  • Are you getting the best information for your farm?

    In today’s society, with increased internet access and social media presence, it is easy to become lost trying to research a specific topic or solution to a problem.
    If I check my social media accounts or emails, there is always that post or flyer wanting you to try this new and improved product or do this task a specific way. From the post or email, you might think, “I have to try this!”
    I’m not only talking about posts about kitchen appliances or recipes, but I’m referring to agricultural posts on social media and online.

  • Ways to save on heating, grocery costs

    With the winter we have had thus far, chances are you’ve seen at least one or two high heating bills. While home heating costs can put a strain on your wallet during the winter, you can do certain things to save money on these expenses while still keeping your home warm.
    Sunlight, even in the winter, is a great way to add natural, free warmth to your home.
    Open your blinds and curtains during the day, particularly on south-facing walls as they get the most exposure to the sun. As the sun sets, close them to help trap in the warmth.

  • Be mindful of your eating habits to lose weight

    One of the most common New Year’s resolutions we make is to lose weight. Eating the correct portions of nutritious foods and engaging in physical activity are two keys to successful weight loss.
    One way that may help you keep your portions under control is to be mindful of what you eat.
    Mindful eating means you eat slowly and enjoy your food with all your senses.
    When you are more mindful of what you eat, you may become more aware of when you become full, which prevents overeating.

  • Get more from pastures with rotational grazing

    Since I have started working in Henry County and learning the county, one thing is always very prominent with the farmers here. They are very passionate about their pastures and hay, and on many days, I will receive forage questions for eight straight hours.
    I can recommend one management practice that’s not widely used, but can help increase pasture forage yields. That is rotational grazing.

  • Conquer the indoors while kids are on break

    School holidays are fun and yet challenging times for caregivers — your patience may be wearing thin as you try to think of activities that will keep children occupied.
    There are a number of indoor activities that you can do in your home that will keep your child occupied for hours at a time, and they don’t require travel or money or the use of electronics. So that you and your child enjoy the activity, keep your child’s unique interests in mind.
    Listed below are some indoor activities that you may wish to try:

  • Adult relationships with grandparents are mutually beneficial

    One of the many benefits of living longer is grandparents get to see their grandchildren become adults.
    While scientists have conducted much research about the benefits and effects of positive relationships between grandparents and their young grandchildren, until recently little research had been conducted about the relationships between grandparents and adult grandchildren.
    Recent studies show that positive relationships between these two groups are mutually beneficial.