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  • Fighting the battle with chiggers

    It’s chigger time across Kentucky. Just talking about them may make you itch. Chiggers are actually the immature stage of certain mite species. You’ll find them most often in overgrown, bushy areas. They also congregate in shady, humid areas near stream banks, under or around shade trees or in berry thickets.

    After hatching, larvae crawl around until they find and attach to a suitable host. In addition to humans, chiggers feed on a variety of wild and domestic animals, including snakes, turtles, birds, rodents and domestic pets such as dogs and cats.

  • Summertime fun without breaking the bank

    After a snowy, cold winter and a spring filled with heavy rain and thunderstorms, it’s no surprise that Kentuckians are welcoming the arrival of summer. With that excitement, however, comes the temptation to overspend. Between rising gas and grocery prices, vacations and extra expenses for summer outings such as golf, the community pool or summer camp, it can be easy to splurge. Learning simple ways to stretch your dollar will help your family enjoy the excess of summertime without breaking the bank.

  • Set a good example for sportsmanship

    Livestock shows are some of the most anticipated and recognized events at many county fairs. With area county fairs taking place or coming up soon, it’s important for parents to remember to set a good example for their children by exhibiting good sportsmanship during these popular events.

    As a parent, your behavior is so important because you serve as major influencer and important role model for your children and for other young people. They will take note of how you act when faced with an adverse situation and may emulate your behavior.

  • Protecting your skin from soaking up the sun
  • Goal setting your way to fitness improvements

    You may have recently made a decision to get healthier but may not know where to start. Adding physical activity to your routine is a great way to improve your mind, mood and body.

    Adults need 150 minutes of physical activity each week. While this may seem overwhelming, you can split up over the week, but keep it in 10-minute segments. Set an appointment and keep it with yourself each day to ensure you meet this goal.

  • Kentucky-grown asparagus, onions help healthy diets

    One of the sure signs of spring in Kentucky is the appearance of our own Kentucky Asparagus. We enjoy its fresh flavor from April through May. This versatile vegetable can be eaten raw, lightly boiled, steamed, grilled, stir fried or baked.

    Asparagus was first grown more than 2,000 years ago in the eastern Mediterranean region and was brought to America by the early colonists. It is the slender shoot of a perennial plant that ranges from pencil thin to about one-half inch in thickness. Our Kentucky farmers’ markets offer asparagus picked at its peak tenderness.

  • CAIP applications now available

    It’s that time of year again folks. The County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP) is available for residents of Trimble County. This is a great opportunity for people who are interested in improving their operation or just beginning to start their own.

    Please take time to look into this and the education that is offered with this program. Folks have utilized this financial benefit for years and have been able to make improvements to their personal undertakings.

  • Cooking healthier meals with homegrown herbs

    We all want to eat food that tastes good. One of the most common ways we make food taste good is by adding salt. Unfortunately, most American diets are too high in sodium. Diets high in sodium can raise blood pressure, which can lead to many major health issues including heart disease and stroke. Herbs provide a great way for us to limit our sodium intake while still consuming flavorful foods.

  • Keys to embracing aging

    Positive Attitude

  • Harvesting blueberries, blackberries for full flavor

    It’s almost summertime, which means it will be prime harvest season for blueberries and blackberries, both of which have the potential to grow very well in Kentucky. Blueberries, native to North America, are ready to harvest from early June through early August. Blackberries are ready to harvest from mid-June to early October. These delicious fruits offer health benefits, but best of all, they capture the essence of summer in their sweetness.