August 21, 2014

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Comer searching for a clarification concerning federal industrial hemp Print E-mail

Kentucky farmers should be permitted to grow industrial hemp under existing federal and state law, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and other Kentucky leaders wrote in a letter to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration seeking clarification of the agency’s position on industrial hemp.

"Waist" Management to soon begin Print E-mail

The Pendleton County Extension Office and Three Rivers Health Department will be conducting a “Waist Management” program starting the week of January 15. It will last eleven weeks.

Perks of the program will include weekly: Weigh-ins, challenges, prizes, incentives to encourage weight control, fact sheets on health and nutrition.

Weigh-in locations will include:

1. Pendleton County Extension Office every Wednesday from 1-6 p.m.

2. If there are at least 10 participants at any school, church or place of business and there is an individual willing to conduct the weigh-in, the extension office is willing to make that an official weigh-in location as well.

Benefits and cost of program:

• Cost will be $20 per participant. All money will be given back to participants at the conclusion of the program in prizes and awards

• Awards will be given to the individuals that lose the most weight by percentage and to the participants that receives the most points. (Award amounts will be determined after registration)

• Points will be given for attending planned physical activity or nutrition sessions, for completing weekly challenges and going to the weekly weigh-in

• Blood work and other free health screenings will be given to all participants

If you are interested, the steps to participate are easy:

1. Show up at the Pendleton County Extension Office between 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 15 for the initial weigh-in, measuring and screenings. Remember to bring your $20 registration fee.

2. Recruit individuals in your school, church or business to participate so that location can be used as a weigh-in location. (Minimum of 10 is needed)

3. Start making healthier lifestyle choices to better your quality of life.

If you want more information on the program, please feel free to call 859-654-3395 and ask for Kenna Knight.


Getting yourself familiar with winter weather terms Print E-mail

With winter upon us, it’s important to closely follow local weather forecasts and warnings and be familiar with seasonal weather terminology. This knowledge could save lives.

Taking fire safety measures can help save your life Print E-mail

To maintain a fire-safe home and keep your family safe this winter, follow these tips:

The astounding realities of abusing prescription drugs Print E-mail

Unfortunately, prescription drug abuse has become all too common in our society. We see instances of it every day in the media, in our communities and in our extended family and friends. It’s extremely troubling that prescription drug abuse is not only an adult problem, but a youth problem as well.

2014 acreage reporting dates Print E-mail

Kentucky USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director John W. McCauley announced that producers now have until January 15, 2014 to report crops that have a November 15, 2013 or December 15, 2013 reporting deadline without paying a late-filed fee. Crops under this waiver include wheat, rye and native and improved grasses intended for grazing or haying. The Risk Management Agency (RMA) did not grant a waiver so producers need to consult their crop insurance agent for deadlines for insured crops.

"In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit their County FSA office to file an accurage crop certification report by the applicable deadline," said McCauley.


FSA advises producers to anticipate payment reductions Print E-mail
Safe use of standby generators Print E-mail

When winter storms and other disasters disrupt electrical service a standby generator can provide emergency electrical power. However, you need to take some special precautions to ensure safe, efficient operation of these generators.

Tips for finding money in surprising places Print E-mail

With holiday bills mounting, many of us wish we could find money we lost, forgot about or didn’t know we had. Finding lost valuables, such as insurance policies and unclaimed money or property is easier than you might think.

10 smart routes to bicycle safety Print E-mail

Bicycles are a popular holiday gift and, with schools closed for the holidays, many people will be riding their bikes in the coming weeks.  Following the guidelines below will ensure that bicyclists have a safe, happy season. Actually, it’s a good idea to remember bicycle safety throughout the year.


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