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  • Difficulty with alfalfa establishment in 2016
  • FAFSA changes effective soon

    If you have gone to college or have had a child go, chances are you’ve filled out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as FAFSA. Changes to this form announced by the Obama administration in 2015 are about to go into effect for the 2017-2018 school year.

  • Wearing contact lenses

    If you wear corrective lenses for vision, you may have chosen to wear contacts.  Contact lenses can be a great alternative to wearing glasses.  However, when wearing contact lenses, you will want to make sure that you are safely handling them on a day-to-day basis, taking care of them making sure that you visit the eye doctor on a regular basis.
    Here are some healthy habits for contact lens wearers:
    lWash hands. Before you ever touch your contact lenses you should wash your hands with soap and water and dry your hands with a clean cloth.

  • Make the most of manure

    Manure can be a valuable fertilizer, if you know how to correctly use it. Having a nutrient management plan (NMP) can help you to understand how much manure your farm produces, to pinpoint what areas need manure and to identify crops that can best use the manure without losing nutrients via leaching or runoff.

  • Crystanomoly: Beware the Howler

    By Crystal Caudillo

    I love animals. I love all animals. I firmly believe that all creatures were created for a reason no matter how elusive that reason may appear.

    I love the outdoors. I hate to stay inside. I love sunshine, moonlight, thunderstorms and everything in between.

    Given this particular set of attributes one may assume that nothing in the outdoors at any time would disturb me. One may assume that, but one would be wrong.

  • Healthier tailgating

    By Jane Proctor

    Football season is here. Across the state, many Kentuckians will mark the season by getting out their tastiest tailgating recipes and firing up the grill. Unfortunately, some tailgating favorites like hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken wings and potato chips can cause you to pack on the pounds while cheering for your team. Below are some tips to help you make healthier choices this season.

    Include vegetables in the game plan. Cut them up and serve them with a low-fat dip or hummus. You can also grill them and serve as a side to your main course.

  • 2016 Trimble County Fair Open Class Exhibit Champs

    FINE ARTS
    Painting–MaryAnn Mitchell
    Water Color–Bethany Dearing, Kay Barnes
    Drawing–MaryAnn Mitchell, Kay Barnes
    Pastels–Mindy Shelton
    Oil Painting on Canvas–Kay Barnes
    Pottery–Mindy Shelton  
    PHOTOGRAPHY
    Digital–Jordan Dennison
    Nature–Jordan Dennison, Kay Barnes
    TEXTILES                             Quilts

  • Saving for big ticket items

    For many consumers, purchasing a big-ticket item such as a new home theatre system, appliances, or furniture involves swiping a credit card or taking out a loan. Unfortunately, these buying strategies often contribute to an endless cycle of debt. Saving up for a significant purchase is an important step toward staying out of debt and ensuring your future financial success. If you are considering a big-ticket item purchase now or in the future, consider the following tips for saving:
    Establish a goal

  • UK breeder develops new tall fescue variety

    University of Kentucky plant breeder Tim Phillips has developed a new tall fescue variety that is nontoxic to grazing animals.
    The variety, Lacefield MaxQ II, is the result of selections Phillips, a member of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, made from endophyte-free Kentucky 31 and related lines. Phillips named the variety for UK Professor Emeritus Garry Lacefield upon his retirement to honor his numerous contributions to the forage industry and to the college.

  • Ways to pep up lunch

    A new school year is upon us. One of the most challenging daily tasks that goes with back to school is finding something interesting, healthy and tasty for your child to eat if they take their lunch instead of participating in a school lunch program. Here are some tips to simplify the process.