August 22, 2014

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Local Cover Crop Seed Cost-Share Program Print E-mail

The Pendleton Country Conservation District is again this year sponsoring the local cost share program for cover crop wheat/rye seed.

This is for Pendleton County landowners only.

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Ky. fruit and veggie myths & facts Print E-mail

There are many myths and old wives tales concerning fruit and vegetable crops that have become part of Kentucky lore. Several myths that still exist today involve grape coloration and fall frosts.

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Creating a delicious holiday meal on a budget Print E-mail

The holiday season can bring financial stress that burdens your spirit. From purchasing gifts to traveling to planning an elaborate holiday meal, extra expenses make it hard on families this time of the year. Many families skip holiday traditions to avoid overspending. Skipping the big Thanksgiving or Christmas meal may not be the answer to pinching pennies; choosing to eat a nutritious meal can help you avoid the extra spending and extra calories.

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Factoring in the costs and time of pet ownership Print E-mail

Owning a pet is a valuable and rewarding experience for youth. However, youth and parents should understand both the financial cost and commitment required for different animals. Before acquiring a pet, you should thoroughly consider the demands of owning different pets to be sure your choice will fit in to your family’s lifestyle and budget realistically and without undue hardship. A fish fits neatly on a counter top; a Great Dane needs a big yard.

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Art contest commemorates Farm to School Week Print E-mail

Kentucky students can learn about the benefits of local food while competing for prizes in the third annual Farm to School Art Contest. The statewide contest will commemorate Farm to School Week October 20-25.

“The Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School Program connects Kentucky farmers with Kentucky schools,” Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said. “I invite all Kentucky school children to participate in this art contest and learn about the importance of eating fresh, nutritious Kentucky Proud foods.”

Contest entries must be mailed by November 15 to Kentucky Farm to School Program coordinator Tina Garland, 107 Corporate Drive, Frankfort, KY, 40601. Winners will be announced at a school food service directors conference in December in Bowling Green.

Each county is asked to select winners in elementary, middle school/junior high and high school. Statewide winners will be awarded $50 for first place, $30 for second and $20 for third.

All entries must be drawn on 8½-by-11-inch white unlined paper and have the theme “Farm to School Lunch …. Across Kentucky” printed on them, with the student’s name, address, grade and school listed on the back. Students are encouraged to make their entries colorful, since some may be reproduced onto note cards, calendars or T-shirts.

Each state winner’s school will receive a visit from renowned Kentucky Chef Jim Whaley, who will spend a day with the school food service director and his or her staff. Whaley, chef consultant at Jefferson County Public Schools with more than 30 years of experience, focuses on integrating local farmers’ foods into his cooking.

The schools of second-place finishers will receive Farm to School aprons for the food service directors and their staffs, and the schools of third-place finishers will get Farm to School gift baskets.

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has asked school food service directors to feature one item sourced from a Kentucky farm on their menus during Farm to School Week.

Kentucky schools spent an estimated $460,000 on local foods in the 2012-2013 school year, up from $280,000 in 2011-2012. Eighty-four Kentucky school districts are members of Kentucky Proud and more than 80 producers sell foods to Kentucky schools through the Farm to School Program.

For more information about the Farm to School program, contact Garland at Tina.Garland@ky.gov.

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4-H empowers young leaders Print E-mail

Kentucky 4-H has long focused on equipping youth with the skills they need to be successful leaders of tomorrow. Results of a recent test show that we have had significant success helping young people reach their leadership potential.

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Gluten-free is not for everyone Print E-mail

Recent publicity about celiac disease and the gluten-free diet has led to misconceptions about gluten and its role in weight loss. As a consequence, many individuals without gluten intolerance are following a gluten-free diet.

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Calving ease and disposition Print E-mail

Important aspects in bull selection

When deciding on a new bull for your cattle operation, remember that there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Buying a bull that fits your needs and operation is very important and decisions will be different for every farm.

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PC 4-H receives funding from statewide program Print E-mail

Kentucky 4-H councils to acquire share of funds from “Ag Tag” donations

In February, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer asked farmers across the Commonwealth to step-up and make the “Ag Tag” donation. For the second time, the proceeds from voluntary donations to the Agricultural Program Trust fund would be divided equally among 4-H, FFA and Kentucky Proud. Farmers had the option to donation $10 when they renewed their license plates in March.

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Homemakers celebrate KEHA Week Oct. 13 -19 Print E-mail

The Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association (KEHA) is a volunteer organization that works to improve the quality of life for families and communities through leadership development, volunteer service and education.  The organization was developed in cooperation with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.  Across the state, County Extension Agents for Family and Consumer Sciences work closely with KEHA members and clubs to provide educational programming and coordinate community activities.

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