Farm and Family

  • Ditch technology to enjoy holiday break more


    The holidays are a wonderful time for family togetherness, but after a few days, everyone, no matter their age, begins to look for distractions. In a world of smart phones, tablets and laptops, our attention often turns to technology. But it is possible to keep young people active and engaged without technology.

  • Celebrate Christmas in your hearts; in your yard

    Over the years, I have noticed more families buying living Christmas trees, and then planting the tree with its root ball attached in their yards.

    A great aspect about this activity is that the trees will be alive for years to come, so your family can always remember your tree and family togetherness.

    This is a great tradition but special care of your tree is needed.

    Here are some tips for ensuring successful live tree planting:

  • Calf scours a scourge to herds; take precautions

      Every year, I hear producers discuss calf scours in their herds, and every year those same producers will complain about growth rates of their calves and calf death. Scours is defined by neonatal calf diarrhea occurring within the first three weeks of a calf’s life.

  • Country ham opportunity for 4-Hers to show at state fair

      Young people can now register to participate in the Kentucky 4-H country ham project.

    Kentucky ranks second in the United States in country ham production, and some people consider country ham one of the standard symbols of the state.

    Kentucky 4-H began offering the country ham project in the 1990s with less than 40 participants the first year.

    Now, nearly 800 youth from 65 counties exhibit their hams at the annual contest at the Kentucky State Fair annual contest.

    The country ham project is open to all Kentucky youth ages 9 to 18.

  • Turkey: to stuff or not to stuff, Thanksgiving tips for a perfect bird

      It’s that time again. That once-a-year tradition and pressure to cook the perfect, moist turkey is here again.


    Cooking the turkey

    Here is some information that may help with those last minute turkey questions.

    Use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature of the turkey.

  • Henry County 4-Hers show projects well at NALE
  • Ag Tag donations down but FFA student enthusiasm high


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    Ag Tag donations are in.

    The Henry County FFA is so thankful for each one of you that made the choice to donate to support your local and state FFA programs in addition to 4-H and Kentucky Proud. Although we were down just a bit from 32 percent to 28 percent we are still very appreciative of our county’s generosity to the future of agriculture.

  • FFA officers attend National FFA Convention in Indiana


       On Oct. 24-26, six FFA officers attended the 91st National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.

    On Wednesday, students got to visit the career expo where they met with hundreds of schools and businesses who were recruiting the best and brightest students for a wide array of agricultural related industries; walked through the hall of states where they learned about agriculture production all across the United States and got to sample some great treats; and got to shop in a huge mall with lots of FFA related clothes and goodies.

  • Teaching the importance of compassion

    The holiday season is a time for giving thanks and giving back. Now is the perfect time of year to teach children the importance of community service and to nurture the spirit of giving.

    Start by choosing a charity in your own community; talk to youth about the kinds of charities they would like to support.

  • Unique gifts without the hassle; deer hunters stop by for lunch, shopping


    Even though we don’t have a shopping mall in Henry County, you have the opportunity to purchase those unique gifts just around the corner by attending the Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Henry County 4-H/Fairgrounds Building.

    Shopping locally also helps to keep those dollars circulating in our own local economy, plus it will save on your gas bill and lower the stress of driving in all that Louisville traffic.