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  • 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.

  • Starting a successful savings plan

    Many people start the New Year with a financial resolution: to reduce debt, save money, spend money more wisely, increase their retirement savings or something similar. But despite good intentions, New Year’s resolutions often get abandoned. To stay on track, consider the following tips, which are designed to help you achieve your financial goals.

    Write down the goals and post them in a visible place to serve as a daily reminder. The fridge, bedroom mirror or your computer are good places to keep your goals in sight.

  • Order Kentucky tree seedlings

    Plan now for your late winter and early spring tree-planting activities by ordering tree seedlings through the Kentucky Division of Forestry. 

    Nearly 50 species including baldcypress, black walnut, white oak, yellow-poplar, dogwood, redbud and many more are now available for public and private use.

    Species that have been added in the past several years include roughleaf

  • Finding ways to meet physical activity guidelines for youth

    Children’s activity levels have dropped in recent decades through a number of factors, among them, cultural shifts in the way parents and supervisors address issues of child safety and supervision, differences in built and outdoor environments, to an increase in screen time. The days of neighborhood kids safely playing kick-the-can in bucolic suburbs have given way to supervised meetings and organized activity, increased school hours with less physical activity built into the day and greater use of electronic media.

  • Teach your children to use social media responsibly

  • Practice & teach safety while working with livestock

    I grew up on a dairy and tobacco farm. My main job in the dairy was to feed the cows as they were being milked by my older brothers and to bucket feed the calves. At the time, we probably never thought much about the danger of working with livestock, but there is always the possibility of injury. Fortunately, we were never seriously hurt.  Injuries from livestock-related accidents are, however, a major source of injuries to children in agriculture.

  • Why everyone should pursue healthy physical activity

    You may see more and more information on TV, in magazine and newspapers, and online telling you that it is important to be more physically active. 

    Have you ever wondered what all the fuss was about?  These days, our lives are filled with many things that we have to do on a daily basis.  Making time to be physically active is not always easy. 

    Here are a few reasons that may help you understand why being physically active really is important!

  • Short course set to advance vegetable production in Ky.

    The Vegetable Academy: A short course to advance vegetable production in Kentucky, will be held Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2012, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day at the Henry County Coop-erative Extension Office, located at 2151 Camp-bellsburg Road (U.S. 421) in New Castle.