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Extension

  • Living well is the focus this March

    During March, family and consumer science professionals with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service will make special efforts to educate citizens about ways to improve the quality of life for adults, youth, individuals and families.

    The emphasis is on eating right through nutrition and food safety, spending smart through financial management skills, enjoying home through safety, relationships and parenting skills, and sharing time through community and volunteerism.

  • Good samples provide best results

    The results of soil analyses are no better than the core samples you collect for your home lawn, garden, orchard or crop field. It’s like the adage, “garbage in, garbage out.”

  • Keep stretching your brain

  • 4-H Communications Contest set

    The Trimble County 4-H Communications Contest will be held on Thursday March 31, at 6 p.m. at the Trimble County Extension Office. This event is open to all Trimble youth ages 9 – 19. Partici-pants can phone 255-7188 by March 28. 

  • Tax refund advances: are they a good deal?

    This tax season, many tax preparers will advertise instant money through tax refund advance services.  In reality individuals who receive a tax refund advance are borrowing money at a very high price. A tax refund advance is a short-term money advance, similar to a payday loan. Both tax refund and payday loans are some of the most expensive ways to borrow money. The Consumer Action website, reports annual percentage rates as high as 774 percent for tax refund advance loans.  

  • Upcoming educational opportunities

    Before I mention a couple of upcoming Extension educational programs, I just want you to know that the Trimble County Extension Office is now on Facebook. Check us out for additional Extension news and more information about future programs.
    Fruit Tree Pruning Demonstration:

  • Monitor cows for successful calving

    Providing sound management during the calving season can mean more live calves. Excessive losses can mean the difference between a year’s profit or loss for a beef producer says Les Anderson, University of Kentucky Extension beef specialist.
    It is important to have a short calving period to allow frequent observation and assistance if needed. Some specific things a producer can do to limit calf loss include:

  • Overpaying? Recalculate tax withholding

    As tax time nears, many of us begin to think about the amount of our federal income-tax refund or try to figure how much we may owe. 
    Income taxes are based on the total income earned minus any allowable deductions. They must be filed by midnight April 15.
    The majority of people have their income tax deducted directly from their paycheck. The difference between the actual amount owed in income tax and the amount paid is calculated once per year. 

  • Small changes can yield big savings

    The recent economic situation has many people trying to save more money.  In 2005, the personal savings rate had fallen to below 1 percent, indicating that many Americans were spending either all or even more than they were earning. 
    The current personal savings rate, nearly 6 percent, shows more Americans are building their savings.
    Savings provides many people with a feeling of financial security – knowing they have money set aside to pay off debt, prepare for retirement, or purchase a big-ticket item, such as a house or car. 

  • Planning your own lunches can be fun and educational

    Selections from the school cafeteria don’t always tickle the taste buds. So, if you are a do-it-yourself kind of person who wants to pack your own lunch, here’s how.
    Plan ahead. Write down ideas for each school-day menu and review them with mom or dad to come up with a week’s worth. Go grocery shopping so you can help pick foods you like or want to try.
    Prepackaged foods aren’t always your best choice; they taste good and are easy to prepare., but many contain excessive quantities of calories, fat and salt.