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Farm and Family

  • 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.

  • The first step to fitness: Develop a plan and stick to it

    If you are just starting to work out or want to shake up your routine, developing a workout plan can keep you from burning out too quickly as you begin your fitness journey and help you stay focused on your goals.
    To get the results you want, your workout plan should include cardio exercises as well as strength training.
    Take into consideration your current fitness level and goals and customize a plan for you based on these tips from Natalie Jones, UK physical activity program coordinator with the College of Ag.

  • Sample and analyze soil for best crops and lawns
  • Fun, food, music, games and more at Harvest Showcase

    Have some family fun and celebrate the rich agricultural heritage that is Henry County Kentucky by bringing the whole family to Harvest Showcase.
    The event is free and open to the public at the Henry County Fairgrounds this Saturday, July 28!
    The day will open with a live broadcast on WHAS-TV with Reed Yadon, and the Chamber of Commerce Breakfast of local sausage and fresh farm eggs starts at 7:30 a.m. and runs until it is gone! The entire breakfast is locally grown or raised, as is everything else that you will taste there.

  • Local 4-Hers win at state competition

    Henry County 4-Hers grabbed up several awards at the Kentucky 4-H Horse Show recently. Landen Tingle 1st place, Hunter Under Saddle 2nd place, Showmanship Taylor Sexton 1st place, Cross Rails 2nd place, Equitation 3rd place, Walk/Trot Under Saddle

  • 19th annual Harvest Showcase July 28
  • Stop throwing away vegetables, can and freeze

    Yes, I know you are wanting to know why the Ag agent is talking about vegetable preservation, and I will let you know why.
    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.
    Like many gardeners, your garden is probably producing vegetables faster than you can eat them. Do not just give them away if you have too many.
    Think about preserving them by either freezing or canning.

  • Think about ways to keep cool this summer

    In the midst of summer, Kentucky’s extreme temperatures, high humidity and prolonged heat can make being outdoors uncomfortable and dangerous. During this time, it’s important for you to know the signs and symptoms and prevent heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion, heat cramps and the most serious heat-related illness, heat stroke (also known as sun stroke).

  • Control weed threat to maintain beautiful gardens

    Like many around the county, weeds are trying to take over my garden, and it feels almost like 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.
    First off, why are weeds in your garden bad?
    Weeds cause many problems, but probably the biggest problem is weeds compete with your crops for nutrients, water and sunlight.
    Also, some weeds, like quackgrass, can chemically inhibit vegetable plant growth, and others are host for numerous insect pests and disease pathogens.

  • Growing and cooking herbs adds flavor to life

    We all want to eat food that tastes good. One of the most common ways we make food taste good is by adding salt. Unfortunately, most American diets are too high in sodium. Diets high in sodium can raise blood pressure, which can lead to many major health issues including heart disease and stroke. Herbs provide a great way for us to limit our sodium intake while still consuming flavorful foods.