April 24, 2014

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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.

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.


Pendleton Conservation District Banquet Print E-mail

Three Rivers District celebrated 5th annual 5K Family Fun Walk/Run Print E-mail

Three Rivers District Health Department celebrated their 5th Annual 5K Family Fun Walk/Run in Butler, Kentucky on April 13, 2013.

This is one of four 5K’s sponsored by Three Rivers in each of the four counties in the district. By collaborating with local businesses, some that serve residents in all four counties, Three Rivers’ 5K Races encourage county residents to become more physically active.

Earth Day 2013: The face of climate change Print E-mail

State Farm Service Agency (FSA) John W. McCauley announced his support for Earth Day. Climate change can seem like a remote problem, but in fact it impacts real people, animals, and their environments. These “Faces of Climate Change” are multiplying every day. Fortunately, we can do something about it.

KFB "Farmer of the Year" application process open Print E-mail

The 2013 Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) “Farmer of the Year” application process is now open, and the organization is seeking the Commonwealth’s finest nominees for this prestigious award.

KFB initiated a “Farmer of the Year” awards program as a way to recognize its members for their commitment to excellence in agriculture, efficiency in farming practices, sound financial management and outstanding leadership in their county Farm Bureau and other civic organizations. Eligibility and guidelines are included with the application, and can be downloaded at kyfb.com/federation/. All applications must be postmarked by July 1.

Entries will be narrowed down to the top three applicants over the summer, and finalists will be announced in mid-August. Judges will visit the three finalists in mid-September to conduct interviews and see their operations in action. The winner will be announced at the organization’s 2013 state annual meeting in Louisville on December 6.

KFB’s “Farmer of the Year” will receive $1,000 from Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation and will be presented with a commemorative award during the organization’s annual meeting in December. State finalists will receive $250 from Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation.

In addition to the statewide recognition and prizes, KFB’s “Farmer of the Year” winner will represent Kentucky in the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year contest, the South’s most prestigious agricultural award, in Moultrie, Georgia, October 14-16, 2014. The state winner will also receive $2,500 from Swisher International and a $500 gift certificate from Southern States Cooperative. Kentucky’s winner will compete against nine other state winners for the chance to win a $15,000 award from Swisher International and several other sponsor-based prizes.


Providing summer pasture for horses Print E-mail

Pasture provides a significant percentage of horses’ nutrient needs. Although horses have more grass than they can consume in the spring when moisture is adequate, the hot, dry conditions of summer greatly reduce available pasture. Good management is the key to getting through this growth slump.

Creative ways to increase your fruit and vegetable intake Print E-mail

We all know that we should eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, but many of us don’t get the recommended servings. Fruits and vegetables are important to our diet, because they provide necessary nutrients and are high in dietary fiber and low in calories, fat and cholesterol. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that you make half your plate fruits and vegetables.

Raising an Active Family Print E-mail

Most parents know children are like sponges, constantly absorbing our words and actions. By practicing healthy habits with your children, you can set them on the right course for a healthy life. One way to do this is to encourage family physical activity.

Volunteer with 4-H Print E-mail

Whether they’re leading a club meeting or helping judge a speech contest, adult volunteers are an essential and invaluable part of 4-H. In fact, many 4-H programs would not be possible without the help of caring, adult volunteers.

If you enjoy helping young people learn new subjects and reach goals, volunteering may be for you. With a variety of programs ranging from archery to cooking, adults volunteers can find a 4-H program to meet their interests or experience level.

Adult volunteers can help shape future leaders by helping 4-H’ers develop leadership skills, a sense of community and a positive connection with someone from a different age group. Volunteers can serve in different capacities from one night for one event to a year commitment as a leader of a 4-H club.

The vast majority of those who volunteer find they receive back just as much as they give. Volunteering is an opportunity for you to share your talents and interests with others. In the process, you can positively impact in the lives of young people, give back to your community and have fun doing an activity you enjoy. Many volunteers find it’s very rewarding for them to watch young people build self-confidence and self-worth as they develop new interests and accomplish goals.

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, contact the Pendleton County Cooperative Extension Service.



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