• Forestry fall webinar series

    The University of Kentucky Forestry Extension specialists will be conducting a webinar series in the coming weeks. The webinars will be broadcast from UK Forestry Extension to the Trimble County Extension Office. All webinars will be broadcast from 7:00 – 8:00 PM (Eastern Time). The schedule of webinar programs is as follows.
    October 29. Landowners and Federally Protected Species – What you Need to Know. (Jeff Stringer, UK Forestry Extension)

  • Talking to your teenager about money management

    Why should families talk about money? Arguments over finances are a common problem in many families, regardless of income, age, and education. They are often due to inadequate family communication in general. Beginning to include your children in age-appropriate discussions about family finances is a great first step to helping them learn to value money and spend it wisely. If parents never talk with their children about money, they are not providing their children with the guidance and hands-on financial experience needed when they begin to spend money of their own.

  • 529 savings plans help toward college expenses

    As many parents of college students will tell you, the cost of their child’s education may be more than they originally planned. Higher education costs continue to rise, leaving many of us wishing we had a secret nest egg or an additional savings account just for college expenses.
    A 529 savings plan is one way for parents of young or school-aged children to have a little extra money saved for future college expenses. It gets its name from Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code, which created these types of savings accounts in 1996.

  • Fall is a good time to take samples of your soil

    Fall is a great time to take soil samples for fertility analyses of your garden, lawns, landscape plantings, row crop fields, hayfields and pastures.
    Doing it now can allow you plenty of time to follow fertility recommendations before planting season, and that could end up saving you time and money. I realize this process will be a bit more difficult due to the lack of recent rainfall.

  • Fall tips for the garden

    As many of you know, fall is one of my favorite seasons of the year, but it can also be a messy time. Tree leaves turn from green to vibrant fall colors and then drop, creating big piles. Then there are the leaf and spent shoots from our flower beds.
    The way we address our yard waste can have a significant impact on our gardens and on the environment, according to Richard Durham, University of Kentucky Extension Horticulture Specialist. Gardeners commonly rake up and bag leaves to haul away to yard waste dumps or roadside pick-up.

  • Enjoy Kentucky potatoes

    Potatoes have been a staple in the diet of Americans for over 300 years, but they have been sustaining populations worldwide much longer.  Potatoes were introduced to North America in the 18th century by Irish immigrants, however their native home is South America.  Potatoes were firs cultivated in the Andes Mountains over 7,000 years ago.

  • Do you know GMOs?

    A lot of terminology exists surrounding genetically modified organisms, also known as GMOs, and other methods of food biotechnology. It can get confusing. Some basic information can help you as a consumer make informed decisions about the kinds of foods that are best for your family.
    First, here’s a little background on the history of food biotechnology.

  • UK industrial hemp research making progress

    Industrial hemp research at the University of Kentucky is moving along in its second year. In August, I attended a field day that Researchers in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment hosted to showcase their current hemp projects, conducted under the guidance of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

  • Kentucky apples and sweet potatoes are two of nature’s great nutritional pleasures

    Fall—just the thought of it brings visions of colorful leaves, cooler temperatures and wonderful Kentucky fall foods, such as sweet potatoes and apples. Not only are these foods delicious, but they are jam-packed with nutrients.
    Apples and sweet potatoes are two of nature’s great nutritional gifts, and even the wrapping is edible. They are low in calories, fat, and sodium. They are cholesterol free and are an excellent source of fiber. They also contain many of the phyto-chemicals that research shows may play an important role in preventing disease.

  • Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University starts September 15 at Trimble Extension facility

    Registration for Financial Peace University is closing soon. Starting Tuesday, September 15, 2015, the Trimble County Cooperative Extension Service will be offering Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU).  FPU is a nine-week video curriculum taught by financial expert Dave Ramsey and is designed to help individuals and families develop a financial plan to end debt, save for the future and share your wealth by giving like no one else. The program employs group discussion to encourage individual accountability.