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  • Fresh fruit makes a great gift in any Christmas season

    We all have our favorite childhood memories of Christmas. It’s my favorite season of the year!

    Each Christmas, my mother and father would buy a bushel of apples and oranges. For lack of a better place to keep them, all of the fruit and Christmas candy was stored in their bedroom. Growing up on the farm, we did not have heat in the bedrooms. I can still remember opening the door and their entire bedroom was filled with the sweet fragrance of apples. I will never forget that feeling and the smells of that room as long as I live.

  • Planning for 2012 garden starts now

  • Note the importance of cooking and eating at home

    The approaching holiday season reinforces a truth about eating: Dining at home with family and friends is rewarding, fun and enjoyable. In the coming year, consider making cooking and dining at home a priority in your family. It controls food costs, helps with weight management and it brings a family together.

  • Disability requires support

    Dyslexia is a reading disability that can make concentrating and reading difficult for children.

    It’s important to remember that dyslexia has no bearing on intelligence, and in fact, many famous people are believed to have had or been diagnosed with dyslexia, including Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Tom Cruise, and baseball pitcher Nolan Ryan. Detection of learning disabilities has advanced over recent decades, so much so that dyslexia is now commonly diagnosed.

  • Winter cattle feeding that won’t break the bank

    Feeding cattle in the winter can be the single, largest expense for producers according to University of Kentucky College of Agriculture beef specialist Roy Burris and this year will not be an exception.

    Due to high input costs, mainly grain and concentrates, this year will present a challenge to producers. There are several management practices that you can use to lower feed costs and make your herds more profitable. One big way producers can decrease the amount of hay and feed they use is by extending the grazing season as long as possible.

  • Helpful suggestions for healthy eating over the holidays

    The holiday season is a time for enjoying the company of friends and family, a time for frequent parties and social gatherings and a time when high-fat, high-calorie foods are available. As a result, there are many opportunities for putting on extra pounds.

    Research shows that the average American gains about one to two pounds during the holidays. This may not seem like a lot, but the problem is that this weight is kept on and it can accumulate with each passing year.

  • The Kentucky Agriculture Water Quality Act dates to 1994

    The Agriculture Water Quality Act was passed by the Kentucky General Assembly in 1994. It states that landowners with 10 or more acres in agricultural production must develop a water quality plan. If you farm 10 or more acres or plan to harvest trees on 10 or more acres in Kentucky, then you are required by state law to implement an agriculture water quality plan, according to Amanda Gumbert, UK Water Quality Extension Specialist.

    Actually, very few Trimble County farmers have completed their required water quality plans.

  • Location strategies for winter feeding of livestock

    As we move closer to cold weather, it is a good time for Trimble county cattle producers to think about strategies for winter feeding of livestock, since it is a necessary part of nearly all operations.

    Choosing the right place for winter feeding can improve production and reduce threats to nearby water resources. A poorly chosen site for winter feeding can have negative impacts on soil and water quality according to Steve Higgins, UK Extension Director of Environmental Compliance.

  • Strategies for controlling weight: the “plate method”

    Better health through weight control can reduce the risk of developing chronic health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and some cancers. One strategy for weight control is to use the “plate method,” which is a food-awareness tool that helps change habits and attitudes toward food and eating.

    The plate method helps you to:

    •Make healthy choices

    •Eat more high fiber foods

    •Control carbs

  • 4-H helps youth factor in the costs of pet ownership

    Owning a pet is a valuable and rewarding experience for youth. However, youth and parents should understand both the financial cost and commitment required for different animals. Before acquiring a pet, you should thoroughly consider the demands of owning different pets to be sure your choice will fit in with your family’s lifestyle and budget realistically and without undue hardship. A fish fits neatly on a counter top; a Great Dane needs a big yard.