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  • Asparagus: Herald of spring around the Bluegrass State

    Asparagus is the herald of spring.  Its tender stalks poke up from the ground during the first warm and wet days of the season.  More Kentucky producers than ever are growing asparagus.  It is a member of the Lily family and its origin is traced back to Eurasia.  

    In Kentucky, asparagus is in season from April through May.  It is a good source of vitamin A and folate.  One pound of asparagus yields four, one-half cup servings.  A serving contains around 22 calories, 2 grams of protein, and 4 grams of carbohydrate.  

  • Farmers, be on the lookout for frothy bloat in cattle

    Unseasonably warm temperatures have brought about an early spring flush of legumes in our pastures. As a result, the UK Veterinary Diagnostic Lab is already examining cases of frothy bloat in beef cattle.

  • Trimble County’s woodlands are ablaze in wildflowers

    My wife, Carole, and I enjoy walking in the woods on her mom and dad’s farm. On our walks, you will usually find me with camera in hand taking pictures of wildflowers or butterflies, depending on the season, or just anything that might interest me.

    If you also enjoy our native woodland wildflowers, you had better hurry! The unseasonably warm weather and recent rains this past week have brought about a flurry of early bloom. The bloom time for many of our native wildflowers is only about a week or two at most.

  • 4-H groups target ways to prevent, end bullying

    In an ideal world, everyone would treat others the way they would want to be treated. Unfortunately, we don’t live in an ideal world, and bullies exist.  

  • Take measures to protect yourself from scam artists

    Kentuckians have lost a lot as a result of the March 2 tornadoes. As those hit the hardest begin to piece together their lives and rebuild, they should be on the lookout for those who may want to prey on their misfortune. Many times, after an area has been hit by a natural disaster, it will see an influx of scam artists and fly-by-night contractors.

  • April 15 deadline approaches: Take control of your taxes

    It’s tax time! In 2011, over half of tax payers received a refund, with an average yield of over $3,000.  For many Americans, this payment may be the largest lump sum received during the year.  Although it might be tempting to spend your tax refund on something fun, it is important to develop a plan to use the refund to help meet financial goals for 2012.

  • Importance of maintaining conventional septic systems

    Septic systems are used in Kentucky where municipal sewage treatment is not available. They are an effective, long-standing method of collecting, treating and disposing of homeowner wastewater, provided they are properly sited and installed. However, a well-sited, properly sized and installed system will fail if not properly maintained. A failed septic system creates problems such as noxious odors, lower property values, surface water contamination and groundwater pollution and may be a health hazard. Repair and replacement costs are considerable.

  • Exercise and catching a cold

    It seems that this time of year the cold is a common occurrence.   There are certain factors that increase your risk of getting a cold such as: smoking, stress, poor nutrition and missing sleep.  Can being more physically active reduce the chances that you will get a cold?

  • NRCS high tunnel program available to Kentucky farmers

  • The importance of maintaining good dental health

    As the beginning of the gastrointestinal tract, the mouth starts the digestive system’s functions, so it is not surprising that nutrition and oral health are closely linked. When it comes to oral health and the teeth, nutrition is both protective and preventive. Good nutrition promotes maintenance of the mouth and teeth by mitigating the negative influences of food on teeth, where plaque can accumulate.

    Dental decay can be caused by many things: