• USDA announces ‘USDA Resource Day’ events in Ky.

    USDA Rural Development State Director Thomas G. Fern announced recently that USDA has scheduled seven ‘USDA Resource Day’ events throughout Kentucky as part of USDA’s StrikeForce Initiative for Rural Growth and Opportunity.
    A valued partner of USDA, the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Cooperative Extension) will host the seven locations for the information sharing events.

  • Tips for storing home canning equipment

    Are you getting ready to put away your canning equipment for the winter?  Take some time now to ensure that everything will be in good shape and ready to go when summer comes again.
    Before storing your pressure canner, clean the vent and safety valve, following the manufacturer’s instructions. If your canner has a gasket or sealing ring in the lid, clean and check it as well. If it is hard or cracked, it should be replaced before next canning season. If needed, a new gasket can be ordered from the manufacturer or found at a local hardware store.

  • Building character through 4-H livestock programs

    Participating in livestock programs are one of the most recognized aspects of 4-H, but along with learning about animals young people can develop positive character traits to become the leaders of tomorrow.
    Livestock projects allow 4-H’ers to get firsthand experience in raising and caring for an animal. Caring for an animal teaches youth responsibility. As the animal grows, young people can take pride in knowing they helped the animal develop and mature.

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • 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.