April 20, 2014

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Planning Dad’s Day Out Print E-mail

Fathers play an important role in their children’s lives. The National Fatherhood Initiative reported that a study examining father involvement with children of adolescent mothers showed that children who had contact with their fathers had better socio-emotional and academic functioning. Children with more involved fathers also experienced fewer behavioral problems and scored higher on reading achievement. These results were consistent whether the involved father was residing with the child or not.

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AG Department’s contest opens new categories for digital photos and art Print E-mail

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Poster and Essay Contest will add a category for digital submissions this year along with the traditional poster and essay competitions.

The theme of this year’s contest is “Kentucky Farmers - Our American Heroes.”

“Kentucky farmers raise animals and plants that feed, clothe, and shelter us. But some of them also served in the military to protect our country,” Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said. “I look forward to seeing how Kentucky’s young people express themselves on how farmers are their heroes.”

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Join in on the fight against hunger in Kentucky Print E-mail

By Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer

Kentuckians are some of the most generous folks you will ever meet. It’s part of our culture and values to share from our abundance with those who are less fortunate. This year, we all will have a new opportunity to do just that.

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Cut-off period for the (EQIP) and (WHIP) applications Print E-mail

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Kentucky is encouraging landowners, farmers and producers to visit their local NRCS office now to receive information and apply for conservation technical assistance and possible financial funding opportunities.

The application process for NRCS’s conservation programs is continuous, but funding selections for specific programs are made throughout the year. For the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) the first application cutoff period date for consideration for 2014 funds is January 17, 2014. Applications received after January 17, 2014, will be held until the next application cut off period, which will be April 18, 2014.

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The Pendleton Co. Extension office says "Thank You" Print E-mail

The Pendleton County Extension Office extends their thanks to all who participated in the various outings and activities in 2013. It has been their pleasure helping people reach goals and they look forward to serving the community again in the New Year. They would also like to wish everyone a prosperous and wonderful 2014!

Here are just a few highlights from 2013:

4H Champion Livestock Sale

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Kentucky announces 2014 Farm Bill Program participation Print E-mail

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Kentucky is encouraging landowners, farmers and producers to visit their local NRCS office now to receive information and apply for conservation technical assistance and possible financial funding opportunities.

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USDA’s Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program 2014 funding deadline Print E-mail

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Kentucky announced that they will accept applications from entities for the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) through February 21, 2014. Applications submitted after this date will be held for the next funding consideration and ranking, likely in federal fiscal year 2015. NRCS does not accept applications directly from individual landowners for this program. Landowners must work through an approved entity to participate in FRPP.

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2014 acreage reporting dates Print E-mail

Kentucky USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director John W. McCauley announced that producers now have until January 15, 2014 to report crops that have a November 15, 2013 or December 15, 2013 reporting deadline without paying a late-filed fee. Crops under this waiver include wheat, rye and native and improved grasses intended for grazing or haying. The Risk Management Agency (RMA) did not grant a waiver so producers need to consult their crop insurance agent for deadlines for insured crops.

"In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit their County FSA office to file an accurage crop certification report by the applicable deadline," said McCauley.

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Comer searching for a clarification concerning federal industrial hemp Print E-mail

Kentucky farmers should be permitted to grow industrial hemp under existing federal and state law, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and other Kentucky leaders wrote in a letter to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration seeking clarification of the agency’s position on industrial hemp.

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"Waist" Management to soon begin Print E-mail

The Pendleton County Extension Office and Three Rivers Health Department will be conducting a “Waist Management” program starting the week of January 15. It will last eleven weeks.

Perks of the program will include weekly: Weigh-ins, challenges, prizes, incentives to encourage weight control, fact sheets on health and nutrition.

Weigh-in locations will include:

1. Pendleton County Extension Office every Wednesday from 1-6 p.m.

2. If there are at least 10 participants at any school, church or place of business and there is an individual willing to conduct the weigh-in, the extension office is willing to make that an official weigh-in location as well.

Benefits and cost of program:

• Cost will be $20 per participant. All money will be given back to participants at the conclusion of the program in prizes and awards

• Awards will be given to the individuals that lose the most weight by percentage and to the participants that receives the most points. (Award amounts will be determined after registration)

• Points will be given for attending planned physical activity or nutrition sessions, for completing weekly challenges and going to the weekly weigh-in

• Blood work and other free health screenings will be given to all participants

If you are interested, the steps to participate are easy:

1. Show up at the Pendleton County Extension Office between 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 15 for the initial weigh-in, measuring and screenings. Remember to bring your $20 registration fee.

2. Recruit individuals in your school, church or business to participate so that location can be used as a weigh-in location. (Minimum of 10 is needed)

3. Start making healthier lifestyle choices to better your quality of life.

If you want more information on the program, please feel free to call 859-654-3395 and ask for Kenna Knight.

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