August 23, 2014

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Calculating hay supply Print E-mail

The arrival of fall is an important time for livestock producers to assess their winter hay supplies. Kentucky forage and livestock producers made a lot of hay this September, and for much of the state, hay supplies should be adequate for winter feeding. However, in areas of Western Kentucky that experienced a longer, more extensive drought, some producers may have supply issues.

4-H Country ham auction Print E-mail

In our efforts to congratulate the 4-H country ham participants for a successful year of curing, cleaning and presenting their hams at the KY State Fair, we are rewarding them with a dinner and auction similar to the livestock show and sale at the county fair. We hope that you can take part in our third annual ham auction on Friday, September 13 at 6 p.m. located at the Extension Office.

This is a 4-H project and I would encourage you to be generous in any donations made towards supporting the youth and the hard work that went towards preparing the hams. Please keep in mind that you will not only be bidding to support the youth, but you would also be receiving the ham if you are the highest bidder!

So what are you waiting for? Call 859-654-3395 to RSVP your spot for the auction and let us know that you are coming. With a winning bid, your Thanksgiving or Christmas ham could already be taken care of!


The basics of stevia Print E-mail

There’s been a lot of hype about stevia. Stevia is an extract of a shrub originating from South America and is also grown in India, South Korea and China.

C.A.I.P. - Phase I program money available soon Print E-mail

The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Governor Beshear, approved ten model programs for the Pendleton County CAIP Programs.  There will be three informational meetings held for the general public in reference to the County Agricultural Investment Programs available and the application process.  Please RSVP for one of the following meetings so that we can ensure enough copies will be available for all attendees.  Reservations can be made by calling 859-654-3395.

The first meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 4, the second will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, September 5 and the third will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, September 5. All meetings will be held in the Pendleton County Extension Office meeting room. Regardless if you have participated in these programs in the past, it is recommended that everyone interested in participating to attend one of these information meetings as some processes may have changed. Please call 859-654-3395 for more information.


Join 4-H in new school year Print E-mail

A new school year is upon us, and it’s a great time to join 4-H, the nation’s largest youth organization. 4-H offers experiential learning to youth ages nine to 18 with something for all interests from insects to space to sewing. There are topics for all youths. By participating in 4-H, youths develop many essential life skills including responsibility, leadership and self-esteem.

Largest pumpkin weighs 1,000 pounds at the Kentucky State Fair Print E-mail

Prestonsburg, Kentucky grower Dwight Slone grabbed first place in the fourth annual Largest Pumpkin Contest.

Comer launches new mobile science units to teach kids about agriculture Print E-mail

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer (right) shakes hands with Tod Griffin, chairman of Kentucky Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom Inc., following the ribbon-cutting to officially launch the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s new Mobile Science Activity Centers Aug. 15 in the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. At left is Dan Flanagan, who represented Farm Credit Mid-America and the Kentucky Poultry Federation. Kentucky Department of Agriculture photo by Chris Aldridge.

Kentucky students will use a dazzling array of high-tech instruments to learn about agriculture when the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s two new Mobile Science Activity Centers (MSAC) hit the roads this fall.

4-H'ers can build a million Print E-mail

All of us want our children to grow up to be financially secure adults. Teaching young people early about basic money management can help your young person have a good financial foundation, and 4-H is here to help.

4-H Build A Million is a financial simulation program that was developed by family financial specialists from the University of Kentucky, Michigan State University, University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech. Through the 4-H Build A Million Program, senior 4-H’ers can learn firsthand how to grow their money in a safe, risk-free environment.

In the online program, 4-H members can work toward building their wealth through interactive games and activities. As they complete each of the six units, 4-H’ers learn the basics of saving and investing, including compound interest, risk and budgeting. In the process, they also learn valuable life skills including decision making, goal setting and distinguishing between wants and needs. All of which can be very valuable tools as these young people will soon become responsible for their finances for the first time.

The 4-H Build A Million is great for individuals and groups, such as 4-H clubs or afterschool clubs. It is available at

For more information about the 4-H Build A Million Program or other youth money management topics, contact the Pendleton County Cooperative Extension Service.


End of season tobacco disease management Print E-mail

With the 2012 tobacco growing season coming to an end, growers are working hard to get their crops into the barns. On one hand, the dry conditions of this past summer have kept leaf diseases like frogeye and target spot in check and we have not seen any blue mold. On the other hand, we saw more black shank and Fusarium wilt than we have for the past three or four years.

Reduce grocery costs Print E-mail

You have probably heard that the cost of food is expected to rise next year. You can do several things to reduce your current grocery expenses and hopefully prepare yourself for the expected price increase.


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