April 19, 2014

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Internet Safety for Youth Print E-mail

School will soon be out for the summer and that means children and teens find themselves with more free time for activities they enjoy.  Summer fun can include everything from sports to shopping and, for most young people, it will include socializing with friends.

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Protecting Pollinators Print E-mail

Insects pollinate a large percentage of food crops grown in the U.S. and all over the world.  Many different species of pollinators exist, but the insect best equipped for this job is the honey bee. Honey bees are exceptionally efficient at collecting and transferring pollen among the flowers of a particular crop.  In a practice known as “flower fidelity” groups of foraging bees will visit just one type of flower, collecting and storing pollen in baskets located on their legs.  As the bees fly from flower to flower, pollen particles are transformed between male and female parts triggering the plant’s reproduction cycle which results in a fruit or vegetable that may eventually find its way to a dinner table.

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USDA will be accepting new offers for contracts Print E-mail

Beginning May 13, 2013, the USDA-Farm Service Agency will be accepting new offers and approving new contracts under CRP's Continuous, CREP, FWP, and SAFE signups.

The following practices are available under continuous signup: CP-8A Grass Waterways Non-easement; CP-9 Shallow Water Areas for Wildlife; CP-21 Filter Strips, CP-22 Riparian Buffers, CP-29 Marginal Pastureland and Wildlife Habitat Buffer, CP-23 Wetland Restoration; CP-33 Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds; and CP-38 State Acres for Wildlife, and CP-42 Pollinator Habitat.

Landowners enrolled in the CRP program receive annual rental payments and cost-share assistance to establish long-term, resource conserving covers on eligible farmland. Land that is not currently enrolled in CRP can be offered during sign-up if all eligibility requirements are met. Expiring CRP continuous contracts can be re-enrolled with an enrollment date of October 1, 2013.

The authority for this sign-up will end September 30, 2013.

For more information about the CRP continuous sign-up visit us online at www.fsa.usda.gov or contact your local FSA office.

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Safely Riding an ATV on Hills Print E-mail

Kentucky is known for its rolling hills, but these hills can pose great dangers when navigated by inexperienced all-terrain vehicle drivers. Understanding how to safely ride on hills is important for ATV drivers of all ages and experience levels.

Navigating hills improperly could cause the driver to lose control or cause the ATV to overturn. Both could result in serious personal injury or death.

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Travel safe and smart this Summer Print E-mail

Summer is upon us, and for many, the season means at least one family vacation or weekend getaway.  According to a TripAdvisor survey, 90 percent of Americans were planning to take two or more leisure trips within the next year and 24 percent were planning five or more trips. Of those surveyed, 79 percent said they plan to spend at least $3,000 on these vacations. As you start planning your next vacation, you can take precautions to keep yourself, your family and your finances safe when you travel.

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Help livestock beat the heat Print E-mail

Humans aren't the only ones that suffer from the heat of summer. Farm animals feel the heat, too. With summer temperatures already upon us, it’s time to think about ways to know when your livestock may be in danger from the heat and what to do to reduce their plight.

The University of Kentucky Agricultural Weather Center provides warnings of the potential danger to livestock. Livestock become uncomfortable when the heat index reaches about 90 degrees. The heat index is a combination of air temperature and humidity and is used to describe how it feels outside.

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Controlling flies on cattle Print E-mail

Warmer weather brings more pest problems. Horn flies and face flies are key pests of cattle in Kentucky. Both species breed in fresh pasture manure piles but present very different threats and management problems. Fortunately, there are a variety of fly control options.

Horn flies are blood feeders. They remain on animals most of the time, taking 20 to 30 small blood meals per day. More than 100 flies along the sides and backs of each animal every day during the fly season can mean 12 to 15 pounds lower weaning weights for spring calves and poor gains for older animals. The close association between the horn fly and the animal, however, does make many control methods quite effective.

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Don’t break the bank for summertime fun Print E-mail


With the days finally getting warmer, many of us are looking forward to summertime and making plans for all of the activities we want to do and events we want to attend. Summer can be a lot of fun, but many summertime adventures can also be expensive. Preparing now for summertime expenses can help soften the blow to your wallet.

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Applications available for 2013-2014 Performing Arts Troupe Print E-mail

If you’re a 4-H’er who loves to sing and dance or work behind the scenes of musical productions, you may want to apply to be a performer or technical staff of the 2013-2014 Kentucky 4-H Performing Arts Troupe and Board.

The troupe began in 2012 as an offshoot of the popular Talent Show track at the Kentucky 4-H Teen Conference.

To become a troupe member, 4-H’ers must be in the ninth through 12 grades and attend 4-H’s Issues Conference, Teen Conference and Summit. Troupe members make a yearlong commitment to the group. Members must attend a music camp and organize and lead a performing arts camp for middle school 4-H’ers. Additionally, they must attend at least three 4-H or University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service performances a year beyond the conferences and Summit.  Members’ commitments to the troupe will end in June 2014.

To apply, interested 4-H’ers must complete an application form, available at local offices of the UK Cooperative Extension Service. In addition to the form, applicants must include a separate document that explains their qualifications and includes a Performing Arts Programming proposal. Young people interested in being performers should bring both documents to the live audition, which will occur the afternoon of June 10 during 4-H Teen Conference. Technical staff members do not have to audition. Troupe members will be determined then and will include 12 performers and four technical staff.

For more information on 4-H performing arts opportunities, contact the 4-H youth development agent at the Pendleton County Cooperative Extension Service.

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Pendleton Conservation District Banquet Print E-mail

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