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  • National economic woes show need to examine the family budget

    Recent national and global economic news has been troubling, with significant long-term issues that contribute to financial uncertainty. While it’s important to remain aware of these issues, concern is better channeled into productive action on a more personal level, such as examining your family’s budget and making decisions that wisely use money.

  • Fall: Taking advantage of the third gardening season

    Gardening this year has surely had its ups and downs. It rained profusely in April and May, delaying planting. Then came the weeds followed by early blight, late blight, Septoria leaf blight and insects! If that wasn’t bad enough, it stopped raining along with 20 plus days of temperatures above 90 degrees. However, gardeners still have one more opportunity to complete the gardening season.

  • Horse owners grazing school

    Area Horse enthusiasts are invited to attend the second Area Horse Owners Grazing School, scheduled to begin next month. Participants will learn management tips for healthy horses, healthy pastures and lower feed costs.

    The schedule of seminars and locations is as follows:

    Sept. 13 at 6 p.m., Oldham County Extension Office: Forage Selection & Establishment

    Sept. 27 at 6 p.m., Shelby County Extension Office: Health Concerns on Pasture

  • Eggplant: Good source of fiber, low in calories, no fat

    Eggplant has not always been a popular vegetable in the United States, but it is a favorite in many areas of the South.  Thomas Jefferson, who experimented with many varieties of plants in his Virginia garden, is credited with introducing egg plant to North America.

  • Smartsnacks for families and children

  • Your farm’s hidden asset: Its woodlands

    Maximizing every bit of profit from a farm is one of the keys to success. One thing that may not be at the top Kentucky landowners’ minds is their farm’s woodlands, but woodlands should be thought about and managed just like crops, fields, gardens or other agricultural endeavors suggests Billy Thomas, UK Extension Forestry Specialist.

  • Hazards of excessive heat

    Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States, resulting in hundreds of
    fatalities each year. In fact, on average, excessive heat claims more lives each year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes combined.

  • Vegetable growers face disease issues

    Warm temperatures and rain have caused several diseases to pop up on tomatoes and cucurbits throughout the state during the past month. 
    University of Kentucky extension plant pathologist Kenny Seebold said he’s seen cases of bacterial leaf spot, early blight, Septoria leaf blight and bacterial canker on tomatoes.

  • Kentucky’s summer squash are tasty, easily prepared

    Summer squash are staples in Kentucky gardens and at local farmers markets. Their versatility makes them easy to prepare for tasty summer meals and side dishes.  Two of the more popular varieties include yellow squash and zucchini.

  • Give infants and toddlers a good start

    Recent findings indicate that even infants and toddlers are now at risk for becoming obese. Current national figures for infants and toddlers show that one in 10 is overweight, and more than 20 percent of children between the ages 2 and 5 are already overweight or obese.

    Early obesity can lead to adult overweight or obesity and the chronic diseases that stem from weight management issues. Reversing this alarming trend is critical for parents or care-givers to ensure health for children as they grow up.
    Recommendations include the following: