April 24, 2014

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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.

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.

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.

Tree identification booklet from the Arbor Day Foundation helps people identify tree species in Kentucky Print E-mail

The Arbor Day Foundation has a booklet that helps people identify trees in a simple, step-by-step process. The booklet, What Tree Is That?, is available for a $5 donation to the nonprofit tree-planting organization.

What Tree Is That? is a fun, easy-to-use tree identification guide that features hand-drawn botanical illustrations highlighting the distinctive characteristics of many tree species.

Nature lovers and professional arborists alike have called this pocket field guide one of the most user-friendly resources to have. Its beautiful, full-color illustrations are in precise detail to depict natural colors, shapes and textures, so users can make a positive species identification in just a few easy steps.

The Arbor Day Foundation offers this booklet to help people identify trees in Kentucky and throughout the Eastern and Central regions of the United States. What Tree Is That? uses a unique step-by-step approach for identifying the species of each tree, explaining what to look for in the shape of the leaves, differences in the leaf stems and twig structures and specific characteristics of fruits, flowers, buds and bark.

“Our What Tree Is That? pocket brochure is an ideal resource for developing a greater appreciation for trees,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “The Arbor Day Foundation strives to help people enjoy and appreciate trees, and we feel our pocket field guide will do just that.”

What Tree is That? is also available as an online interactive version at arborday.org.

To obtain a tree identification guide in full color, send your name and address and $5 for each guide to What Tree Is That?, Arbor Day Foundation, Nebraska City, NE 68410. You can also order the book online at arborday.org.


Fireflies provide nighttime beauty; help control some garden pests Print E-mail

Remember how much fun it was to chase fireflies when you were young? Once you caught a firefly, you would hold it in your hand to watch the flickering light for a few moments and then release it unharmed to fly away.

4-H Fundraiser – Edwardo’s Coupons Print E-mail

Stop by the office to purchase an Edwardo’s Coupon!  They are $20 but include savings that tremendously exceed your purchase price.  These coupons are being sold as a 4-H fund raiser and are good at any of the three Edwardo’s locations (Falmouth, Williamstown, and Crittenden). They do not expire and would make excellent gifts for birthdays, holidays, graduations, etc.  There is a limited supply of coupons and are only available until they are sold out!

Stop in and get yours today before they are all gone!


Learning and fun during the summer for children and parents Print E-mail

Even though school is out for most of Kentucky’s young people, learning thrives through play during the summer. You can do many educational and fun activities with your children to keep their minds working and imaginations flowing during the summer.

An easy way to keep your child’s mind sharp is to encourage play. Studies show playtime has an important role in child development. Independent play can help children learn critical thinking and life skills as well as develop creativity.

Soil compaction creates unfriendly garden site Print E-mail

Gardening season is in full force with the threat of frost now behind us. It’s a good time to think about your soil. Soil compaction creates an unfriendly growing environment for plants and is a serious problem for many home gardeners. However, it is relatively easy to prevent.

Communications projects teach valuable life skills Print E-mail

A broad range of communications expertise is a vital skill for today’s youth and tomorrow’s adults. 4-H helps youth improve their quality of speech and association with others, whether one-on-one in a job interview or providing a keynote address in a banquet hall.

Save money by reducing food waste Print E-mail

As we scrape uneaten food into the trash can after dinner every night or throw away moldy bread that we just didn’t get around to eating, many of us don’t see that wasted food as wasted money. But in fact, that’s just what it is.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently reported that the amount of uneaten food in American homes and restaurants in 2008 was about $390 in wasted food per each U.S. consumer. This is more than the average American spends on food each month.


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