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  • The essentials on essential oils

    By now, you’ve likely heard about essential oils, but may not be familiar with their benefits and risks. Essential oils are highly concentrated oils derived from plants. While used for centuries, their popularity has soared, especially among individuals looking for natural healing options.

  • Cattle taking a hit from wettest year on record

    2018 was Kentucky’s wettest year on record and the New Year seems to be more of the same. This means most livestock producers are dealing with less than ideal conditions, and cattle are showing signs of stress.

    “It is important to understand this winter has been relatively easy temperature-wise but difficult for cattle in Kentucky,” said Michelle Arnold, ruminant extension veterinarian for the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “Cows of all ages are losing weight now at levels typically seen in late winter.”

  • Making healthy, regular family meals a tradition

    Most of us know that eating family meals together at home is good for families.

  • Staying safe while slow cooking

    Few things are better than coming home at the end of the day to a freshly prepared meal. Slow cookers can help us achieve that dream.

    While slow cookers may be synonymous with winter, you can use them any time of the year to safely prepare foods. In fact, using a slow cooker during the summer will help keep your home a little cooler as it keeps you from using a hot oven to prepare dinner.

  • Managing limited hay supplies

    Having a limited hay supply can cause stress, but sound management will allow you to conserve hay without sacrificing animal productivity. Remember that the animals’ nutritional needs should always come first. Here are a few tips to help you figure it out.

  • A little information about avocados

    Avocados are fruits that have gained recent popularity for their high amount of oleic acid – a heart healthy monounsaturated fat.

  • Finding ways to spend quality time together as a family

    How much quality time do you spend together as a family? We all seem to have a growing list of tasks we need to complete every day, and it is easy to let time with your partner and children slip down this list.

    But as Kristen Harding from My Family Care explains, spending quality time together is important. It helps our children feel more confident and secure, it builds stronger family bonds, and it is good for our own emotional health.

  • Don't give firewood insects a new home this season

    Each time you bring a load of firewood inside this winter, you could be opening the door for wood-infesting insects to make your home their home. Most insects brought into the home on firewood are harmless, and you can greatly reduce their numbers by following a few simple steps from the entomology department at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

  • Depression during the winter months, how family can help

    Some people call it the winter blues. Some people call it Seasonal Affective Disorder. No matter what you call it, the symptoms include feelings of being depressed during the coldest and darkest months of the year. According to Mental Health America, about 5 percent of the United States population experiences seasonal depression. The vast majority of people with seasonal depression are women.

  • Several ag meetings on the calendar

    Forages at Kentucky Cattlemen Association will be at the Owensboro Convention Center on Jan. 18 and will focus on “The Dollars and Sense of Grazing”. Register online at https://kycattle.org/convention

    Heart of America Grazing Conference will be hosted by the Indiana Forage Council in Ferdinand, Ind. Jan. 22-23. This is a regional event, attracting speakers, producers and industry representatives from Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Missouri. Visit https://indianaforage.org for more information.