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Extension

  • 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.

  • Couponing in the digital age

    Couponing has moved beyond the Sunday paper and flyers received in the mail to the digital age. While you will still find great deals on paper, you will find many more online or on smartphone apps. Clipping coupons on websites and smartphone apps will result in more savings by giving you a greater number of coupons and a chance to search for the brands that your family uses. Below are a few pointers digital coupons:

  • Fall fertilizer applications to hay fields and pastures

    You may be wondering if it’s necessary and economical to apply fertilizer to your pastures and hay grounds this fall.

  • Test the mineral density of your bones

    Have you noted that as you age your doctor requests more tests than when you were in your 20s or 30s? Just like a car, as we age parts break down from wear and tear of age and use. One such test might be bone density or DXA. This test measures the amount of minerals in your bones or the bone density. 

  • Limiting weaning stress for beef cattle

    Weaning is usually a stressful time of year for calves. Limiting weaning stress in beef calves can increase their daily gain. Calves often experience four types of stress: physical, environmental, nutritional and social. You can help them avoid or minimize these with proper management.

  • At the farmers market: fresh Kentucky apples

    As summer comes to a close and September approaches, not only does fall bring corn mazes, squash and pumpkins, it is also a perfect time to visit local orchards to pick the freshest apples.
    A medium size apple—about 2 to 2.5 inches in diameter—contains approximately 75 calories and provides bulk in the diet, helping the body digest food. Apples are low in sodium and high in potassium, making them a great natural snack.

  • Join Extension Homemakers

    If you are interested in learning something new or giving back to your community, you may consider joining the Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association. Clubs across Kentucky are currently recruiting new individuals.
    The goal of KEHA is to improve the quality of life for families and communities. Each group carries out this objective differently based on region or interest.

  • Hints for keeping the family active when school starts
  • Beef cattle markets stabilizing but remain below 2016 levels

    Most beef cattle-producing states have been able to escape drought conditions so far this year and Kentucky producers enjoyed significant rainfall in early July that put them in a good position this summer. Still, weather aside, Cattle prices have improved from recent declines but remain lower than this time last year.