• UK industrial hemp research making progress

    Industrial hemp research at the University of Kentucky is moving along in its second year. In August, I attended a field day that Researchers in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment hosted to showcase their current hemp projects, conducted under the guidance of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

  • Kentucky apples and sweet potatoes are two of nature’s great nutritional pleasures

    Fall—just the thought of it brings visions of colorful leaves, cooler temperatures and wonderful Kentucky fall foods, such as sweet potatoes and apples. Not only are these foods delicious, but they are jam-packed with nutrients.
    Apples and sweet potatoes are two of nature’s great nutritional gifts, and even the wrapping is edible. They are low in calories, fat, and sodium. They are cholesterol free and are an excellent source of fiber. They also contain many of the phyto-chemicals that research shows may play an important role in preventing disease.

  • Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University starts September 15 at Trimble Extension facility

    Registration for Financial Peace University is closing soon. Starting Tuesday, September 15, 2015, the Trimble County Cooperative Extension Service will be offering Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (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.

  • Hints for revitalizing summer flower gardens

    Summer’s heat and dry weather can take a toll on your flower garden, but with a little extra care, it is possible to bring it back to life for a few more weeks of vibrant color and texture according to Rick Durham, University of Kentucky Extension Horticulture Specialist.
    With both annuals and perennials, making sure they get plenty of water is always important, but even more so in late summer. Annuals, in particular, will start to decline without an adequate supply of water to keep the ground moist.

  • Help your children deal with disappointment

    We all know how it feels when someone swipes our favorite swing or we come in second in a contest we thought we should have no problem winning. Unfortunately, disappointing events like these occur early in our lives and the lives of our children. Helping children learn how to channel their disappointment can actually help them develop emotionally, intellectually and socially and positively impact their future happiness and achievements.

  • County agricultural investment program application extended

    The Trimble County Cattlemen’s Association is offering farmers who missed the previous deadline of July 3, 2015 the opportunity to apply for 50 percent cost share reimbursement on farm improvements.  Applications are available at the Trimble County Extension Office.  Projects must be completed and receipts must be dated December 3, 2014 – December 15, 2015.
    Application Period: August 15, 2015 – September 15, 2015.  

  • What does food dating mean?

    Many food packages have a date on them, along with the words “sell by,” “best if used by” or “use by.” This information can be confusing. Does it mean that the food is unsafe to eat if the date has passed? Do you need to throw it away? Most often, the answer to those questions is “No.” “Sell by,” “best by,” and “use by” dates are used to ensure good food quality. They are not safety dates.

  • The basics of coconut oil

    For many years, the high saturated fat content of coconut oil made the oil a no-no for individuals looking to lose weight or live healthier lifestyles. Recent scientific reports have said saturated fat may not be as bad as once thought or as bad when compared to trans-fat. This has allowed coconut oil to gain popularity.

  • Establishing late-summer forages for pasture or hay

    The period from late summer into early fall in Kentucky is the best time to establish the common cool-season grasses such as orchardgrass, tall fescue, timothy and bluegrass for pasture or hay. These four grasses make up 95 percent of pasture acreage according to Garry Lacefield, University of Kentucky professor emeritus and Extension Forage Specialist.

  • Lawn mower safety tips

    Is there anything better than a fresh mowed lawn in the summer?  As you are thinking about your freshly mowed lawn, you also want to make sure that you and your family are safe when you have to mow. Here are a few safety tips to think about when you are mowing:
    4 Always wear sturdy shoes while mowing.  Do not wear sandals.  Although you may think summer weather requires sandals, you should always protect your toes and keep them covered when you are mowing.