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  • Organic corn production workshop

    With the price of corn around $7 per bushel, it may be surprising that there could be a more profitable alternative. But, with the price of certified organic corn in mid-December averaging $14.30 per bushel, producing certified organic corn deserves a good look, according to Lee Meyer, Extension agricultural Economist for the University of Kentucky.

  • Apply for Farm Bill participation

    I have been asked to remind local farmers of the Natural Resources Conservation Service Farm Bill Program.

    The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kentucky is encouraging landowners, farmers and producers to visit their local NRCS office now to receive information and apply for conservation technical assistance and possible financial funding opportunities.
     

  • Ways to eat better In the new year

    To help with portion control, use the smallest plate that will hold your food.

    At mealtime, serve from the stove instead of putting a serving bowl on the table.

    Make double vegetables and serve them first, to take the focus off meat.

    Switch to whole wheat pasta.

    Eat vegetarian one night a week.

    Cut back on butter or margarine – newer whole-grain breads are tasty on their own.

  • Fruit and Vegetable Conference Jan. 7-8 in Lexington

    The 2013 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Trade Show will have something of interest for all fruit and vegetable producers. This year’s event convenes at 8 a.m. Jan. 7 at Lexing-ton’s Embassy Suites Hotel and concludes around 5 p.m. Jan. 8.

    Preconference activities on Jan. 6 include a Winemaking Techniques Workshop from 1- 5:30 p.m. in Seay Auditorium on the University of Kentucky campus; a reception and the Kentucky Farmers’ Market Association annual meeting; and a fruit roundtable discussion from 7:30-9 p.m. at the hotel.

  • Myth-busters from Partnership for Food Safety Education

    Do you know how to keep your food safe? Some of the things you may have heard about food safety are true, but others are not. The Partner-ship for Food Safety Education shares some food safety myths that need to be “busted,” and the facts you need to know to help prevent foodborne illness.

    Myth:  I’m a vegetarian, so I don’t have to worry about food poisoning.

  • Handling holiday stress may come easier with these tips

    Some people think of Santa, joy, reindeer and presents when the holidays come around.  Others may think of stress, exhaustion, long lines and misery.  It is not uncommon to find yourself in the latter category, especially if you have numerous family gatherings and a long list of shopping to get done.  It may seem like the holidays are more work than enjoyment.  

    Handling holiday stress can be hard.  But if you follow some of these tips you may find yourself much more relaxed and rested during the holiday season.

  • Celebrate Christmas with the beauty of poinsettias

    Poinsettias combine the traditional red and green colors of the Christmas holidays. Poinset-tias are the most popular holiday flowers, and they are spectacular this year! You can find them in abundance in many of our area stores. When I think of Christmas flowers, the poinsettia is always at the top of my list. There are other holiday flowers like cyclamen, Christmas cactus, kalenchoe and even orchids, but the poinsettia is my favorite Christmas flower!

  • Keeping stress out of the holidays for your kids’ sakes

    Did you know that 91 percent of children are aware of parent stress?  Although there are a lot of fun things to do this time of year, it can also be very stressful.  Along with the holidays comes stress related to spending, entertaining, travel and changes in routine.  Follow some of these tips to help reduce the stress that your family may feel:

  • Bring holiday cheer to the elderly: give your time

    The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy, but for some older adults, especially those living alone or in long-term care, holidays can be met with stress, confusion and feelings of sadness and loneliness, often intensified because holidays can be further reminders of the loss of loved ones, health and even independence. During this time of year, older adults can become isolated from their friends, family and community, leading to an increased risk of depression. There are several ways to make the holidays brighter and more tolerable, however.

  • Understanding risks for ovarian cancer

    Ovarian cancer is often considered a silent killer, because many times, women do not know they have it until it is too late. Ovarian cancer accounts for 3 percent of all cancers diagnosed in women and is the deadliest gynecological cancer. This year, The American Cancer Society estimates that doctors will diagnose more than 22,000 cases of ovarian cancer in the United States and 15,500 American women will die of the disease.