April 16, 2014

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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.


Moving Houseplants Outside; Good Care of Hanging Baskets Print E-mail

Moving houseplants outside in late spring or early summer is good for them; they get better air circulation and light exposure. This also is a good time to repot your container-bound plants.

Wait to move plants outdoors until at least mid- to late-May, or when the weather is consistently warm. Since most houseplants have a tropical origin, temperatures below 40 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit might damage them.

Time to think about termites Print E-mail

Lindie Huffman, Agriculture and Natural Resources

Springtime, with its warmer temperatures and more abundant rainfall, is typically when many winged termites emerge inside homes and other structures. Termites swarm from the colony to disburse, fall to the ground, find mates and start new colonies in the soil.

From now through May, you might see swarms of winged termites, called swarmers, inside your home, signaling an infestation that can cause extensive and costly damage. Since swarmers are attracted to light, you often see them, or their shed wings, around windows, doors and light fixtures.

Get active this spring Print E-mail

New Year’s resolutions to lose weight or get healthier may be long forgotten, but spring, with its beautiful flowers and warmer weather, is the perfect time to rejuvenate those resolutions by getting active outdoors.

Most of us know that regular physical activity can help prevent heart disease and type 2 diabetes, reduce the risk of some cancers, help you maintain a healthy weight; strengthen muscles and bones and improve your mental health. Regardless, most of us do not get the exercise we need.


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