April 16, 2014

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Keep your most precious cargo safe Print E-mail

We all know that summertime in Kentucky is hot and humid, to say the least. But did you know that temperatures inside a vehicle can rise as much 19 degrees higher than the outside temperature within 10 minutes and can reach 45 to 50 degrees warmer in as little as an hour?

Temperatures like that can make the inside of a car lethal for anyone as it can raise body temperatures to dangerous levels. Body temperatures higher than 104 degrees can lead to heat stroke, and temperatures above

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Foreign Buyers Notification Print E-mail

John W. McCauley, USDA Farm Service Agency Kentucky State Executive Director reminds producers that the Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act (AFIDA) requires all foreign owners of U.S. agricultural land to report their holdings to the Secretary of Agriculture. The Farm Service Agency administers this program for USDA.

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Commissioner Comer earns national honor Print E-mail

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has been awarded National Friend of Extension honors by the cooperative extension organization Epsilon Sigma Phi.

“I have had a close relationship with Extension for most of my life,” Commissioner Comer said. “I got to know about Extension when I was in 4-H. As a farmer, I utilize Extension services in my own operation back home in Monroe County. As a legislator and as ag commissioner, I have always worked with Extension to strengthen Kentucky agriculture. I am deeply honored to receive this award.”

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Be a Good Sport At the State Fair Print E-mail

The Kentucky State Fair is quickly approaching, and it will be time for 4-H’ers to compete for state livestock awards. The 4-H livestock shows are some of the most widely recognized and anticipated events of the fair. While these competitions are meant to be a fun, learning experience for 4-H’ers, some get caught up in the competitive spirit of the event, which can cause anger and disappointment if a young person or animal doesn’t place as high as expected.

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Summer watering Print E-mail

When summer weather heats up with no sign of rain, gardeners hook up the water hose to give their thirsty landscapes a drink.  It seems like a simple task, but there are some ways to ensure you get the most from your efforts.

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To Can or to Freeze? Print E-mail

Soon, many vegetables and fruits will be ready for harvesting, and many gardeners will have more produce than they can readily eat. Those who want to preserve fresh, summer foods for later consumption will consider either freezing or canning the harvest. But is one way of preservation better than the other? The answer depends on the type of food you want to preserve.

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Exciting leadership opportunities exist for 4-H’ers Print E-mail

Our young people are the future leaders and decision makers of the nation. 4-H offers its members prime opportunities to explore and engage in leadership roles. By participating in a leadership role, young people can develop critical thinking, communication and life skills that will aid them in making future decisions.

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Fun facts about Kentucky forests Print E-mail

Kentucky has an abundance of trees—about 12.4 million forested acres. In Eastern Kentucky, forests are full of dense stands of hardwoods. In Western Kentucky, you’re more likely to see a riparian forest along a winding river, and in Central Kentucky, stately bur oaks often populate urban landscapes. Regardless of the species or climate, these forests help all of us breathe cleaner air, drink cleaner water, enjoy forest wildlife and we use products from them every day.

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Prevent exposure to poisonous plants Print E-mail

Now that summertime is here, most of us will be spending more time enjoying the great outdoors. But many a great summer day can be ruined by exposure to poisonous plants such as poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac. All three plants contain oil called urushiol that causes an allergic skin reaction to humans. Prevention is the key to avoiding the rash and uncomfortable itching caused by exposure to these plants.

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No-Till farming to help prevent dust bowl Print E-mail

The impact of the Dust Bowl was felt all-over the U.S. on Black Sunday, 1935. One of the FDR's advisors, Hugh Hammond Bennett, was in Washington, D.C. on his way to testify before Congress about the need for soil conservation legislation. Just as he began to speak before Congress, a dust storm blew in to Washington, DC; all the way from the Great Plains. A dusty gloom spread over the nation's capital and blotted out the sun. When Bennett rose to address the legislature he said "This gentlemen, is what I have been talking about." Congress passed the Soil Conservation Act that same year.

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