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Extension

  • Burley and livestock updates for Trimble producers

    Tobacco workshop set at Spindletop Farm

  • Registration now open for Kentucky Grazing School

    The second installment of the 2011 Kentucky Grazing School will be held Aug. 15-16 at the Woodford County office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service and the C. Oran Little Research Center in Versailles.
    Preregistration is necessary, as the school is limited to the first 45 applicants.

    The Woodford County program begins at 7:30 a.m. EDT and ends at 5:30 p.m. both days. Each day begins at the Woodford County extension office, and the participants will travel to UK’s C. Oran Little Research Center for hands-on activities.

  • Take these steps to protect your skin from UV radiation

    It seems each summer more information is released regarding what we should and should not do to protect your skin from the sun.  July is UV Safety Month, so take the time to take care of your skin and prevent skin cancer for yourself and your family!  

    Ultraviolet radiation is the main cause of skin cancer. The best way you can precent skin cancer is to protect your skin from the sun. Although the sun is the main culprit, you can also get UV radiation from tanning booths and sunlamps.

  • Summer cucumbers and corn

    Some of the first summer vegetables harvested in Kentucky gardens are cool, crisp cucumbers. Cucumbers can be found in local gardens and farmers markets between June and mid-September. The internal temperature of a cucumber can be 20 degrees cooler than the outside air and with steamy Kentucky days these popular vegetables bring coolness to summer meals.  

  • 4-H high adventure program

  • Hosting a green barbeque

    Beach towels, flip flops, and lawn chairs line the isles of local stores. It can only mean one thing — summer has arrived! To many individuals summer means backyard barbeques. However, these summer gatherings can often be costly not only to our pocket books but also our environment. Due to rising prices everywhere, from the gas pump to the grocery store, more and more Kentuckians are finding ways to save money.  This summer save money and go green by following a few simple tips when hosting a backyard barbeque:

  • Reduce flies for healthy herds

    By Katie Pratt
    Flies are annual summer pests of cattle and other livestock. Controlling them could mean happier, healthier and heavier livestock, according to Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

    Horn flies are small flies that feed off the blood of cattle and in rare cases, horses. Young animals are the most susceptible to horn flies, as large numbers of flies feeding on an animal can cause lower weights.

  • Harvesting blueberries and blackberries for full flavor

    Summer months are the harvest season for blueberries and blackberries, both of which have the potential to grow very well in Kentucky according to John Strang, UK Extension Fruit and Vegetable Specialist. Blue-berries, which are native to North America, are harvested from early June through early August. Blackberries are harvested from mid-June to early October. These delicious fruits offer newly recognized health benefits (high in cancer fighting antioxidants), but best of all, they capture the essence of summer in their sweetness.

  • MyPlate: A new icon and suggestions for eating healthy

    The MyPlate icon, with a plate, fork and drinking glass, simplifies the message for healthy eating. The plate is divided into four unequal sections—vegetables and fruits fill the left half, and grains and protein fill the right. The glass represents dairy products. The straightforward visual makes the recommendations for eating different food groups clear.

  • Recommendations for healthy sleep

    Sleep is something that you should be “doing” everyday!  You may often think of sleep as a time for rest and renewal. However, sleep is more than just a rest time.It is important to keep you healthy. Research shows that sleep is important for memory, weight control, safety, mood, heart health, and disease prevention.

    Learning and memory: Sleep helps the brain save new information to memory.