August 23, 2014

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Navigating the holidays as a caregiver Print E-mail

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.

Fox Run announces contest to promote new online education program Print E-mail

Fox Run Produce and Education Center, a sustainable farm located in Falmouth, Kentucky, will be offering online courses starting in 2014. Online classes covering topics in self-sufficiency, livestock care, alternative energy/green building, organic gardening, and natural living will be offered. We are having a contest to give away 14 free classes - one per each class offered! The contest will run from November 1, 2014 to December 30, 2014.

Entry is located at

To see our class list -

Ame Vanorio, owner/operator, says this is a “natural extension” for the farm. Ame has been teaching onsite classes, community education programs and presenting at national conferences about sustainability for over 20 years. “Online classes are a way to bring people together who are otherwise unable to attend. Our uncertain economy is such that people feel a real need to be more self-sufficient and independent. Our classes help people do that in a supportive, positive atmosphere.”

At Fox Run Produce and Education Center we strive to maintain harmony with our environment in all things we do and are completely off grid. We use sustainable organic farming methods, treating our land like a living organism and raising livestock naturally. Education is the cornerstone of our business. As well as offering classes we host interns, offer weekend intensives, and work with local high schools and colleges to promote agricultural and environmental programs.

For more information please contact: Ame Vanorio, Fox Run Produce and Education Center by calling 859-242-1037, emailing or visit the website at


USDA Farm Service Agency increases Guaranteed Loan Limit Print E-mail

John W. McCauley, State Executive Director for Kentucky’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), announced that the loan limit for the Guaranteed Loan Program increased to $1,355,000 on Oct. 1. The limit is adjusted annually based on the “Prices Paid to Farmers Index”, compiled by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

“Raising the guaranteed loan limit will allow FSA to better meet the financial needs of producers across the Commonwealth,” said McCauley.

FSA guaranteed loans allow lenders to provide agricultural credit to farmers who do not meet the lender's normal underwriting criteria. Farmers and ranchers apply for a guaranteed loan through a commercial lender, and the lender arranges for the guarantee. FSA can guarantee up to 95 percent of the loss of principal and interest on a loan. Guaranteed loans can be used for both farm ownership and operating purposes.

Producers should contact their local FSA Service Center with questions about farm loans or by visiting


Benefits of winter a pasture Print E-mail

Providing good winter pasture benefits your horses by giving them a superior source of nutrients. It also can save you money on the winter feed bill by extending the grazing season.

Horses on pasture get exercise, are exposed to sunshine and generally are healthier than those kept in stalls.

Help the 4-H'ers celebrate America Recycles Day Print E-mail

In 4-H, youth can learn to appreciate and become better stewards of their environment through various projects that explore the beauty and importance of our natural world. One of the great ways that you can help improve the environment, regardless of your age, is to recycle and reuse items you would normally discard. Nov. 15 is America Recycles Day and is a great opportunity to introduce young people to these important concepts.

Getting the most out of a new energy efficient heating or cooling unit Print E-mail

It’s a common misconception that purchasing a new home heating or cooling unit will automatically lower your energy bills. However, this answer is not always so simple.

Purchasing a new energy efficient heating or cooling unit should lower your energy bills. However, you may want to ask yourself if your home is prepared to fully realize the potential cost savings of a new energy efficient unit.

Mentoring and youth development Print E-mail

Mentoring programs help youth become productive citizens who give back to their communities by participating in service projects and helping other young people.

Mentoring is a sustained relationship between a youth and an adult or older teenager. In fact, mentoring comes from the Greek word meaning enduring. A mentor offers support and guidance through continued involvement.  A mentor also, offers assistance when the younger person experiences a difficult period, faces new challenges or works to correct an earlier problem.

Eating healthy around the Holidays for people with diabetes Print E-mail

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.

Eating during the holidays should be no different from the way you eat every day if you eat a moderate amount of foods that are high in

Health and safety issues for Kentucky aging farmers Print E-mail

Because farmers are exposed to multiple hazards throughout extended careers, physical problems can start early. To maintain health, Kentucky farm workers, whose average age is 57, higher than the average worker, must pay attention, particularly as they age, to issues caused by their way of life.

Risk of suicide. Farmers have the highest suicide rates of any occupation. Farmers are exposed to multifaceted stress and pressure. In

USDA issues Conservation Reserve Program rental payments, direct payments and ACRE payments Print E-mail

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA has begun distributing Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) annual rental payments to participants across the country. USDA also will distribute 2013 direct payments and 2012 Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program payments beginning Oct. 24. Payments originally were scheduled to be issued earlier in the month, but were delayed by several weeks due to the lapse in Federal funding.


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