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Extension

  • 4-H County Communications Contest
  • Tips for trying a small-scale garden this year

    With more people living in urban areas, many think they do not have the space to garden. A new publication from the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, ID-248: “Gardening in Small Spaces,” describes how you can garden in a limited area.

  • Tetanus prevention is important when banding bulls

    In the United States, more than 17 million bulls from 1-day-old to 1-year-old are castrated yearly. Tetanus is a potentially life-threatening neurologic disease affecting all species of domestic livestock, including cattle, so it’s important for producers to take steps to prevent it.

  • Navigating the supermarket bread aisle

    Sandwich bread is usually one of the first items to go on the grocery list. But with all the options in the bread aisle, it’s easy to become overwhelmed trying to choose the healthiest option for you and your family. Words commonly seen on bread labels include natural, multi-grain, whole grain, whole wheat, enriched and no added sugar. The list doesn’t stop there. What does it all mean?

  • Don't forget sprayer maintenance during spring cleaning

    Remember to include sprayer maintenance in your spring-cleaning tasks. Maintenance now will ensure that your spray equipment is ready for the planting season, and save you time and money down the road.

    Taking care of sprayer maintenance prior to the hectic growing season can prevent time-consuming equipment breakdowns, higher chemical costs, reduced pesticide effectiveness and potential crop damage.

  • Is the music too loud? Headphones and hearing loss

    BY JANE PROCTOR

    The latest research reveals that personal listening devices that utilize earbuds or headphones are hazardous to our hearing. These days, 1 in 5 teens has some form of hearing loss due in part to an increased use of earbuds and headphones.

    In order to reduce the risk of hearing loss experts suggest you follow the 60/60 rule:

    People should not exceed 60 percent of maximum volume when listening through headphones.

    People should listen with headphones for a total of 60 minutes a day.

  • Eastern Tent Caterpillars nearing seasonal debut

    It is likely Eastern Tent Caterpillars will begin to hatch soon, said Lee Townsend, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment extension entomologist.

    After spending about nine months as eggs in masses on twigs of wild cherry and related trees, the first few tiny Eastern Tent Caterpillars of the season soon should be leaving their eggs, Townsend said.

  • Now's the time to check tax withholdings

    You may have noticed an increase in your take-home pay recently due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed by Congress in December. Now, you need to determine how that will affect you when it comes time to file taxes next year. The IRS has released a new withholding calculator to help you determine whether to change your withholding status on your W-4 to reflect these changes to the tax law.

    Everyone is encouraged to check their withholding status, but it is particularly important for the following individuals:

    Two-income families.

  • Smart shopping for the whole family

    Building a healthy diet starts at the grocery store. Knowing your store is helpful when shopping with a list to avoid making unnecessary purchases. Keep MyPlate in mind when creating your grocery list and shopping. Use these tips below to see how:

    Fruits and vegetables: Choose a variety. See what is on sale and what makes the most sense for your family. Try fresh, frozen, canned and even dried fruits and vegetables.

  • Kentucky Beef Expo this weekend in Louisville

    Kentucky, with its ever-increasing interest in purebred livestock, offers purebred cattle breeders one of the most unique and effective state-supported promotional events ever developed – the Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Expo. This year marks the 23rd Annual Expo, which is held the first weekend in March, at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. This may only be the 23rd year of the expo, but looking back at previous years, the Kentucky Beef Expo actually has more history before its state supported start in 1987.