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Extension

  • 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.

  • New research on rapid drying of hay

  • Weather key to Ky. agriculture

    Coming out of the wettest combined April and May on record, Kentucky agriculture producers are dealing with a multitude of problems including flooding and increased disease, according to Tom Priddy, UK Extension meteorologist.

    Data from Jan. 1 to May 31 reveals Kentucky’s wettest year on record with an average 31.38 inches of rainfall statewide. That figure surpasses the previous record of 31.18 inches set in 1950.

  • Adapting to a gluten-free diet

    A diagnosis requiring a gluten-free diet can make shopping and meal planning a daunting task. Manufacturers have responded with more products to suit the gluten-free life, ready-made items that are tastier than early counterparts, and an expanded selection of baking and packaged goods. Walk into many grocery stores these days, and you’ll see a selection of gluten-free products, including in the freezer section. These new offerings are a response to shoppers’ needs and requests for an increase in quantity and quality of gluten-free products.

  • Add value to your home

  • Goats and sheep as a new enterprise on your farm

  • Showing rabbits: a rewarding activity for youth