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  • 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:

  • Developing leadership skills in youth promotes success

    All youth need opportunities to develop leadership skills. By learning to interact with others and becoming engaged members of their communities, youth learn that they can make a difference.  

    In order for youth to be prepared to work in partnership with adults, they need to develop and/or enhance their leadership skills. Leadership education prepares youth to:

    •manage time

    •work as a team

    •set goals

    •start conversations

    •facilitate meetings

  • Glyphosate-resistant weeds spreading in Kentucky

    Kentucky farmers have battled weeds resistant to herbicides containing glyphosate for the past decade. A recent survey of agriculture and natural resource agents with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service indicates these weeds are becoming more widespread.

    Marestail (also known as horseweed), Palmer amaranth and waterhemp are examples of weeds that are not being controlled with glyphosate. All three weeds can pose problems for soybean growers according to James Martin, UK Weed Science Specialist. 

  • Do not delay to plan your estate

    Have you ever asked yourself the “what if” questions? What if something should happen to me today? What if something should happen to my spouse or business partner? What if I have an accident that leaves me incapacitated?  

    No one likes to think about these questions.

    However, the answers are very important to your surviving family members. Taking the time to answer those questions can provide peace of mind. It also can mean that your wishes for asset distribution following death will be followed.  

  • Apple tree planting approaching

    Apples are one of my favorite fruits. Who can resist sinking their teeth into a cool, crisp juicy apple. Apples are good for you too! They contain phyto-chemicals that play a role in decreasing heart disease, controlling diabetes, and reducing the risk of cancer. The majority of the apples’ disease fighting factors are in the skin. The apple is also low in sodium and high in potassium, and it tastes great! Apples are also low in fat and are cholesterol free.

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  • Good for your heart? Good for your brain

    Sometimes people are at higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease and stroke due to risk factors they cannot control.  Such risk factors may include advanced age, family history or ethnicity.  There are risk factors you can control, however, to help improve both heart and brain health.

  • Emerald ash borer update

    Most people are aware of the danger to ash trees from the emerald ash borer throughout North America. According to a sobering USDA Forest Service publication, “Emerald ash borer is the most destructive forest insect introduced into North America in recent history. Our present ability to detect, contain, eradicate, or manage EAB infestations is limited….The eventual loss of the vast majority of ash trees in North America should be anticipated.” To read the entire publication, please visit http://na.fs.fed.us/pubs/eab/eab_strategy.pdf.

  • Winter is for nesting: take time to examine your life

    Because we spend a lot of time indoors during the winter, we can channel these increased hours spent nesting to allow for a thoughtful examination of our life and goals. Often, resolutions to change financial burdens or eating habits are made in the beginning of the year, but it’s also a great time to assess life goals and priorities, and how they relate to happiness. This year, following several trying economic years, offers an opportunity to reevaluate what you want out of life and how you can find happiness with what you have.

  • Maintaining your horse’s condition during winter

    Fluctuating winter temperatures can lull a horse owner into under- or overfeeding. Our winter so far has been very mild, but it still is cold enough to compromise nutrients horses might get from our semi-dormant fescue pastures.