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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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



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