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  • Help for canning salsa

    Salsas are usually mixtures of high acid foods, such as tomatoes and/or fruit, with low acid foods, such as onions and peppers. With the addition of lemon juice, citric acid, or vinegar in the right proportion, salsa becomes a high acid food and can be safely processed in a boiling water canner. However, only research-based recipes should be used. Other salsa recipes, found on the internet, in published books, or from grandma’s recipe stash, should not be home canned unless they have been properly tested for safety. Enjoy those salsas fresh, or frozen for longer storage.

  • Harvesting blueberries and blackberries

    Summer months are the harvest season for blueberries and blackberries, both of which have the potential to grow very well in Kentucky. Harvest time for blueberries, which are native to North America, is from early June through early August. Blackberry harvest is from mid-June to early October. These delicious fruits offer several health benefits, and they capture the essence of summer in their sweetness.

  • Home canning the right way: New publications available

    Local gardens, orchards and farmers markets are bursting with fresh produce, and home canning season is in full swing. If you’re planning to can at home this summer, be sure to use only tested recipes that follow USDA recommendations.

  • You can control earworm in corn

    One of the most potentially damaging problems facing sweet corn producers is controlling insects that feed on the ear. During the summer months, if you grow sweet corn, you need to watch for corn earworm.
    Earworms are moderately hairy larvae that vary in color from yellow to green to red to brownish-black, but they all have a brown head without markings and numerous microscopic spines covering their body. You may find them feeding in the ear tips following silking. The larvae are cannibalistic, rarely is there more than one per ear or whorl.

  • Plan early for your retirement

    We all want to get the most out of our retirement, but financially that cannot be possible if we don’t start planning for it early in our careers. While retirement may seem like an eternity away for you, it will come sooner than you think.

  • Summertime safety

    Long summer days are here again! This is a wonderful time of the year to enjoy being outside, have BBQ and possibly even a vacation. While enjoying many different activities this time of year, make sure you are doing so safely.
    Enjoying the outdoors safely
    One common injury during the summer is sunburn. Make sure that you apply sunscreen in the morning and every two hours throughout the day while you are outside. Remember that if you are swimming or sweating, you should reapply sunscreen more often.   

  • Kentucky beef cattle spring market update
  • Building ‘grand’ fathers

    Many of us have fond memories of our grandfathers… the stories, the candy, the fishing lessons and life lessons we learn while visiting them are things we treasure and carry with us throughout our lives. But as family dynamics have changed, more and more grandfathers are finding the old adage of “spoil them rotten and send them home” no longer a reality. In fact, around 2.4 million grandparents across the United States are now raising their grandchildren.

  • Menu labeling to become a reality next year

    When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released its final guidance on menu labeling in late April, it was the last step in a process to require restaurants, convenience stores, take-out, retail establishments and supermarkets to publish the calorie content of their food on their menus.
    Some chain restaurants were already publishing this information on some items in anticipation of this announcement. Others have until May 2017 to implement the change.

  • Old-time canning recipes

    Many old-time recipes are family favorites, handed down through the years and enjoyed by everyone. But for safe home canning, only current, research-based recipes should be used. Old or untested recipes from the internet, cookbooks or grandma’s recipe stash should not be canned. Instead, enjoy those recipes freshly made, or frozen for longer storage.