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Extension

  • 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.  

  • Don’t text and drive: Distracted drivers cause accidents and death

    Most of us have experienced distractions of one sort or another while driving, but did you know the consequences you might face if your distractions cause an accident? In Kentucky, all drivers are now prohibited by law from texting while driving. The law was signed in 2010. In 2011, 176 people were killed in distracted driver-related accidents in the state.

  • Extension to celebrate 100 years of Trimble County

    The Trimble County Cooperative Extension Council is working on a project called 100 Years of Trimble County.  Since the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is celebrating 100 years of county agents, the Extension Council thought it would be a good idea to expand upon this theme, to include 100 years of Trimble County.

  • 4-H members learn good cleansing habits

    By Shelby Wilcoxson

    Today in 4-H we talked about people getting sick and ways to keep from getting sick.  One way to keep from getting sick is to wash your hands.  You sneeze on yourself then you start touching things and spreading germs.  

    The first step in washing your hands is to get warm water and apply soap.  When you get cold water your pores shrink and trap the dirt and germs.  When you use warm water the pores on your skin expands.  This allows you to get the dirt and germs out.  

  • Eating healthy around the holidays: For people with diabetes

    The holiday season is generally a time for celebrating and enjoying the company of friends and family. Unfortunately, it is also a time when people eat more high-fat, high-calorie foods than they normally would. If you have diabetes, it is sometimes difficult to  maintain your blood glucose within the target range set by your doctor.  Some careful thought and planning can go a long way to help you manage your blood glucose and still have a good time around the holidays.

  • Time to plant spring flowering bulbs during fall season

    Fall is the time to think about all those flowers we associate with spring: daffodils, crocus, and other easy-to-grow flowering bulbs. If you aren’t growing spring-flowering bulbs in your landscape, you are missing out on some easy-to-grow plants that provide early color to your garden, according to Rick Durham, UK Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture.

  • Master Stocker program in October