Farm and Family

  • 4-H continues through high school years

    Henry County 4-H is ready to kick off a new program year beginning in October, and there are lots of clubs and activities to join. If you are between the ages of 9 and 19 then you should check out 4-H.
    There are many excellent reasons to join 4-H. Here are just a few:
    Research has shown that active 4-Hers have a higher academic competence and higher school engagement.
    • They are four times more likely to make contributions to their communities.
    • They are two times more likely to be civically active.
    • They are two times more likely to make healthier choices.

  • Software eases record-keeping headaches

    Record-keeping may not be every farmer’s favorite activity, and probably not the reason someone chooses farming as a career.
    With time, patience and a commitment to get it done, it can make your financial life a lot less stressful.
    Record-keeping doesn’t have to be difficult.
    It’s a way to keep track of things about your operation that will help you make better long-term decisions.
    You can use a ledger book or a computer—whatever helps you maintain consistency.
    Software programs can make your data more meaningful.

  • 4-H continues through high school years

    Kentucky 4-H offers programs to help youth gain skills as they grow so they can ultimately become successful adults.
    As youth progress into middle and high school, 4-H continues to open doors through various leadership opportunities.
    Teens have the chance to complete projects and learn new skills on a higher level as senior-level 4-Hers, and they also have several leadership opportunities. While leadership training starts as soon as someone enrolls in 4-H, many young people become leaders of local clubs early on, as many of the statewide leadership roles are only available to teens.

  • Safety essential on county roads at harvest time

    It seems like the summer was hardly here and passed too fast. It is even harder to think that harvest season will soon be here.
    Grain farmers will be in the fields with combines, and cattle producers will be chopping corn for silage. This activity means that tractors and farm equipment will be on the roads, and drivers and equipment operators need to safely share the road.
    Motorist driving roads with agricultural equipment:
    • Slow down. Remember the top speed for tractors is around 20 mph, so slow down to give yourself the time and space to assess the situation.

  • Make packing school lunch fun; follow these tips

    A new school year brings many exciting changes. As parents, one way you can add some excitement into your young person’s school day is by mixing it up when it comes to their lunch.
    You might be thinking there is nothing exciting about packing a lunch, but with a little planning and preparation, it can even become fun for you.

  • Henry County youth win at KSF’s Cloverville
  • Fitness beginnings: make exercise a habit; KSF August 16

    We all know we should exercise every day for better health, but fitting it in can be tricky with demands of home, family and career.
    Before you know it, you’ve fallen off the exercise wagon–it’s easy when you miss one day, then skip the next one.
    That’s why it is so important for us to make exercise a daily habit.
    Research suggests it takes 21 days of doing an activity before it becomes a habit.
    Actually, if the habit is a new or a harder one (like exercise), it can take the average person up to 66 days to form a strong habit.
    Some tips to work exercise into your day:

  • Woodlands: a valuable natural resource and farm asset

    A common question I get from every landowner and farmer is “How can I make more money off of my land?”
    The next question, I ask is “What assets or resources do you have on your land?”
    More times than not, most will leave out their woodlands. It may even surprise you that timber is one of the largest agricultural and natural resource industries in Kentucky, and the economic impact of Kentucky’s forests and related industries contributes nearly $13 billion each year to the state’s economy.

  • Maryellen Garrison retires but will be remembered

    This week begins a new era in the Henry County Cooperative Extension Service office. As of this past Monday, Maryellen Garrison will be enjoying a much deserved retirement after serving as a Home Economics Extension agent for 47 years.
    Thankfully we have had the benefit of having Maryellen in Henry County for 32 years and I have been grateful to spend all of my extension career of over 20 years beside her.
    Kelly, Pam, Levi and I have discussed how different the office is going to be without Maryellen.

  • Volunteers make Harvest Showcase a hit; treestand safety

    Volunteers work hard to make Harvest Showcase special

    Throughout my extension career, the Harvest Showcase is always one of the largest productions and requires a great deal of preparation.
    However, without great volunteers, the Harvest Showcase could not happen, because there are so many moving parts from the food, farmers market vendors, parking, ag arena exhibits, exhibits, tractor parade and pull, trash, organization and the list keeps going on.