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Extension

  • 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.

  • Once cut, how to properly care for your Christmas tree

  • Early bird grain meeting is Nov. 27

    The 2012 drought this spring and summer was tough on grain producers in Kentucky. Hopefully expectations will be better next year.

    Trimble County corn producers can get a leg up on the 2013 grain production season by attending the Early Bird Grain Meeting on Tuesday, November 27, 2013 at the Trimble County Extension Office.

    This program is coming to Trimble County via a live Lync session from the Fayette County Extension Office. The meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. and end at 4:30 p.m.

  • Navigating the holidays as a caregiver

    Caregiving can be stressful, and these stresses can be exacerbated around the holidays as you are faced with added responsibilities and obligations.

    Whether this is your first holiday season as a caregiver or you have been providing care for years, you can do several things to make the holidays easier on you, the person you’re caring for and your extended family and friends by following the recommendations below.

  • Soil testing after dry conditions

    Dry weather conditions this past summer may lead to lower soil pH and potassium levels in fall soil samples according to Frank Sikora, UK Extension Soil Testing Coordinator. Measuring the accurate levels of pH and potassium in soil after harvest will provide the proper amount of potassium fertilizer and lime needed in the spring to supplement the soil’s nutrients to provide suitable growing conditions.

  • Tips for creating a festive holiday meal on a budget

    The holiday season can bring financial stress that burdens your spirit. From purchasing gifts to traveling to planning an elaborate holiday meal, extra expenses make it hard on families this time of the year. Many families skip holiday traditions to avoid overspending. Skipping the big Thanksgiving or Christmas meal may not be the answer to pinching pennies; choosing to eat a nutritious meal can help you avoid the extra spending and extra calories.

  • During a disaster, cash donations are most effective means of assistance

    The best way Kentuckians can help victims of Hurricane Sandy that walloped the East Coast this week, is by donating cash.  Cash can be used directly to meet specific needs in the flooded areas.  

    Donations such as clothing and household items can become difficult for disaster responders to handle and might not be needed in some areas.  In fact, many responders and recovery experts often call donations of clothing, the second disaster.