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  • Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University fall ‘15

    This is my second reminder to everyone about Financial Peace University. Starting Tuesday, September 15, 2015, the Trimble County Cooperative Extension Service will be offering Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace Univ-ersity (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.

  • Selecting the correct sunglasses

    Wearing sunglasses in the middle of summer may seem like a no-brainer, but not all sunglasses provide protection from ultraviolet rays, and not all adults wear them like they should. Accor-ding to The Vision Council, 65 percent of American adults view a pair of sunglasses as a fashion accessory rather than a health necessity. One in four adults rarely or never wear sunglasses when going outside, with millennials, adults born between 1981 and 1996, being the least likely to wear sunglasses always or often.

  • Help your children to be healthier little eaters

    If we lived in a perfect world all of our children and we would consume the daily recommended serving of five fruits and vegetables every day, but we don’t. As with many adults, getting kids to eat healthier is easier said than done. Here are some tips and tricks to help you get your family eating more nutritious foods.
    ·Offer vegetables every day. Children will not eat vegetables if you do not have them prepared and available to them.

  • Can I can in my electric pressure cooker or multi-cooker?

    Electric pressure cookers or multi-cookers can be great time savers in cooking family meals, but they should not be used for pressure canning.  In order for any pressure cooker to be safely used as a pressure canner, it must meet three requirements:
    Be large enough to hold at least 4 quart jars standing upright. This minimum size ensures that the canner will not heat and cool too quickly and helps maintain the high temperature needed to kill any spores of Clostridium botulinum (the bacterium that causes botulism) that might be present.

  • Advanced grazing school about warm-season grasses

    Adding warm-season grasses into a grazing system can help livestock producers better manage the summer months, when cold-season pastures typically take a hit. Producers can learn how these forages can enhance their operations by attending the Advanced Kentucky Grazing School Aug. 17 at the University of Kentucky Spindletop Research Farm in Lexington.

  • Protect yourself from weight-loss health fraud

    With nearly two-thirds of Americans considered overweight or obese, many of us would love a magic bullet to help us instantly shed a couple of pounds so we can look and feel better. Unfortunately, that magic potion or pill doesn’t exist, despite the various marketing efforts you see online or on television that promote products as weight loss cure-alls.

  • Butterfly weed

    A couple of weeks ago I discussed the need to preserve butterfly habitat, in particular that of the Monarch butterfly due to declining populations. Another member of the milkweed family I talked about is the butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa. You can find this plant blooming through the summer months along roadsides, but mostly in pastures and abandoned fields.

  • Understanding sunscreen

    We often hear how important it is to use sunscreen.  But have you ever wondered what all of those sunscreen numbers mean and which one is best for you?  Sunscreen is a way to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun.  Even when the day looks overcast, ultraviolet rays can damage your skin.

  • Preserve habitats where monarch butterflies flourish

    Many of you know that one of my hobbies is taking photos of butterflies. Butterfly populations, and that of the Monarch in particular, have been on the decline in recent years. This is due in part to the loss of habitat; plants that Monarchs and other butterflies depend upon for food and on which they lay their eggs. While encouraging farmers to control weeds in their pastures and crop fields, we have, perhaps, destroyed valuable habitat that butterfly populations need to survive. Perhaps we need to be a little more conservation minded and preserve areas where they can flourish.

  • Ways to decrease sugary drinks in children’s diets

    Sugar sweetened beverages include a variety of commonly consumed liquids, such as sodas, energy and sport drinks,  lemonade and fruit drinks, sweet tea, flavored water, and coffee. Sales from sugary drinks in the United States totaled $14.3 billion in the year 2013, making them the single largest source of calories in our diet and one of the biggest contributors to high rates of obesity.