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Extension

  • Poinsettias are a holiday tradition

    Whenever I begin to see poinsettias in retail stores, I know Christmas time is here! Poinsettias are synonymous with the holiday season. Their bright red, pink or white leaves are beautiful as standalone plants or as components of bigger holiday displays. It may surprise many to know that in their native climate, this subtropical plant can grow to lofty heights of more than 10 feet. In the United States, poinsettias are grown as indoor potted plants, most in heated greenhouses.

  • Managing diabetes during the holidays

    A healthy diet is so important to controlling and minimizing the effects of diabetes, but eating healthy can be a struggle and challenge for some people with diabetes, particularly those who have been recently diagnosed with the disease. The upcoming holidays pose additional challenges and present more temptations.

  • Kentucky Beef Checkoff program Nov. 20

    For more than 30 years, Kentucky farmers have supported the beef industry through a per-head checkoff program. When it began in 1976, the checkoff was 10 cents per head. The passage of the 1985 Farm Bill replaced the state program with a Federal Beef Checkoff program of $1 per head when a beef animal is sold during its lifetime. Half of the money comes back to Kentucky to support state beef promotion through the Kentucky Beef Council.

  • Leftover turkey talk

    The holidays are quickly approaching, and with them, the season of great eating. Soon, you’ll have more turkey and dressing than you’ll know what to do with.
    It’s a great idea to save your Thanksgiving leftovers, as it stretches your holiday food dollars and provides quick meals for your family. Leftovers must be stored and reheated safely to prevent foodborne illnesses. Follow these tips to ensure your leftovers are safe to eat:

  • Pasta perfect for quick, tasty, nutritious meals

    The Dietary Guidelines for Americans stress the importance of choosing a diet low in fat and saturated fat, and cholesterol. The best diet is one high in complex carbohydrates.

    But after a hectic day, you don’t want to work overtime in the kitchen. Pasta is the solution for quick, tasty and nutritious meals that can fit any budget. Pasta is an important source of protein, fiber and complex carbohydrates, as well as B-vitamins and iron.

    Pasta also is low in fat, cholesterol, sodium and calories.

  • Forestry, woodlands focus of Extension webinar series

    The University of Kentucky Forestry Extension specialists will be conducting a webinar series using the Adobe Connect webinar system.

    The webinars will be offered on five Tuesdays starting Oct. 7 and ending Nov. 11 and will be broadcast from UK Forestry Extension to the Trimble County Extension Office, except for the Oct. 14 webinar on Woodland Certification.

    All webinars will be broadcast from 7-8 p.m. Eastern time. The schedule of webinar programs is as follows.

  • Home canning the right way

    New Extension Canning Publications are Available

  • Farm Service Agency deadline Aug. 1, for farm related losses

    Our friends at the Farm Service Agency in Carrollton wanted me to remind farmers of this impending sign-up deadline. Produ-cers who suffered eligible livestock, honeybee or farm-raised fish losses have until August 1, 2014, to submit a notice of loss and application for payment under the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP). Time is short. You only have about fifteen (15) days left to submit a claim if you have suffered a loss.

  • Small Ruminant Profit School -- Fall 2014
  • Distracted driving affects everyone

    We live in a world with information readily available at our fingertips 24/7. While this is a great convenience, it can be dangerous if you are behind the wheel.
    According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, at any given second in the United States, an estimated 660,000 people are driving while using a cell phone or manipulating an electronic device. In 2012, over 3,000 people died and around 420,000 more were injured in automobile accidents involving a distracted driver.