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Extension

  • Family and consumer sciences extension builds strong, healthy Kentuckians through services

    In family and consumer sciences extension, we work to give individuals the skills they need to improve the quality of life for themselves and their families. Throughout the year, we offer educational programs centered in areas that range from making healthy lifestyle choices to securing financial stability. In the past programming year, we have reached more than 1.6 million Kentuckians.

  • Answers about Prediabetes
  • Landscape sanitation: Clean up for clean plants
  • Batch cooking (cooking in advance)

    Batch cooking (or cooking in advance) is preparing several meals at one time.  It allows you to plan a week or more of menus around featured sales at the grocery store.  This saves time and money.  Batch cooking can be done in several ways.  One way is to make entire meals and then freeze them for later use.  The meals can be prepped in advance and frozen for cooking later or completely cooked so they only need to be thawed and reheated.  Hearty stews, casseroles and lasagnas are great examples of meals you can freeze for later use. 

  • Stink bug management

    A stinky brown army is marching across Kentucky this fall, accidentally entering your homes and offices and they look for protective overwintering sites. Brown marmorated stink bugs leave a stain and a very unpleasant odor when mashed. Once winter ends, the insects move on and resume their normal life cycle. But they can leave a path of plant damage in their wake. You take charge and reclaim your structures and fields from these invaders.

  • Cutshaw named Outstanding Extension Support Staffer
  • At the farmers market: cauliflower

    The growing season is winding down, but the produce section of the market still has a lot of fresh produce available. One that you might not associate with fall is cauliflower.
    Cauliflower is packed full of nutrients and has very few calories. In fact, a half-cup serving of cauliflower contains an entire day’s dose of vitamin C and only 25 calories. Cauliflower also provides 10 percent of your daily folate needs and 8 percent of your dietary fiber requirements. It is very low in sodium and has no fat or cholesterol.    

  • A recipe for winter squash

    Winter squash come in many shapes, sizes and colors. They are packed with antioxidants and vitamins. They don’t have any fats and can be prepared sweet or savory. The different varieties of winter squash may be substituted for each other in many recipes. Don’t be afraid to get creative.

  • Strawberry viruses

    There are several virus diseases that can affect strawberry.  They occur rarely or infrequently, but transmission via imported cuttings can occur.  This fall, we have seen suspect viruses in planting stock.

  • Social relationships are important for your health

    Just as we need food and water to survive, we also need meaningful social relationships and connections. Because we are wired for social contact, going without it increases the risks to jeopardize our overall health, well-being and life quality. While it is okay to feel lonely and to be alone at times, chronic loneliness can cause serious health concerns. Researchers continue to demonstrate how important meaningful relationships with others are to our mental, emotional and physical health.