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  • Finding money to save this summer

    After a snowy, cold winter and a spring filled with heavy rain and thunderstorms, it’s no surprise that Kentuckians are welcoming the arrival of summer.  With that excitement, however, comes the temptation to overspend.  Between rising gas and grocery prices, vacations, and extra expenses for summer outings such as golf, the community pool, or summer camp, it can be easy to splurge.  Learning simple ways to stretch your dollar will help your family enjoy the decadence of summertime without breaking the bank.

  • Marching orders from the White House

    Because childhood obesity is an epidemic in the United States, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have made physical activity, a key component in fighting obesity and increasing health, a priority. The first lady has launched the Let’s Move! initiative, whose goal is to solve the problem of obesity within a generation. This ambitious plan draws heavily on partnerships between families, educators and community leaders to make substantive changes that will allow for greater childhood health. Let’s Move! lists its five pillars as the following:

  • Label change will help producers

  • Ideas for summer family fun

    Summer is a great time to do things together as a family! There are many things you can do to enjoy being with one another. As the kids finish school for summer, sit down as a family and set aside some time without distractions to make some plans for things to do together. Involve all ages! When kids feel like they have a voice in the planning, they will be more interested in making it happen and in being involved.

  • Farmers markets and CSAs support the local agricultural economy

  • Handy tips for enjoying summer activities on a budget

    As the temperature starts to rise outside, many families start look­ing forward to spending more time with friends and family, vacationing, and other summer activities. Often, people are tempted to do and spend more money during the summer months.

    It is important to realize that with proper planning, you can still enjoy all of the fun that summer has to offer without spending more than your budget will allow.

  • Special care needed for successful post-flood mold cleanup

    Torrential rains and resulting flood damage in April have left a path of destruction for homeowners across Kentucky. Sunny skies and warm temperatures will help clean-up efforts, but with high-moisture content in the air, conditions are ripe for the growth of mold and fungi in waterlogged buildings.

  • Beware of bacterial soft rot on transplants due to recent rain

    The tremendous amount of rain that has fallen over much of Kentucky during the past month, along with extended periods of cool and overcast weather, is really starting to push outbreaks of diseases in tobacco float beds. We received almost thirteen inches of rainfall, alone in April and more than four inches of rainfall in early May. There have been reports of target spot, Sclerotinia collar rot, and Pythium root rot across the state.

  • Trimble Co. strawberries are a welcome, healthy delight

    What delicious Kentucky Proud fruit is the most popular crowd favorite? From late April to July, fresh strawberries certainly could be the most delightful winner! Kentucky strawberries always deliver satisfying flavor — whether it’s found in scrumptious strawberry pie, luscious strawberry preserves, or a yummy fresh berry snack! Not only do they have mouth-watering appeal, but strawberries provide great healthy benefits.

  • Key tips farmers should not ignore for late planted corn