July 30, 2014

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Ten tips for generating profit from hay operations Print E-mail

Winter is a good time to think ahead to the growing season that’s not really all that far away. Cash hay sales can be an income source for many Kentucky farmers. These 10 management tips can help you generate the most profit from your hay enterprise.

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Protect your heart Print E-mail

Heart disease is the number one cause of illness and death for North American women and kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. February is Women’s Heart Health Month, and it is a great time for women to start taking better care of their hearts all year round.

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Comer hailing provision in federal farm bill for hemp Print E-mail

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer applauded news that the proposed federal farm bill contains language that would take a giant step toward restoring industrial hemp production to Kentucky and the nation.

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4-H Banquet for 2013 Print E-mail

The Pendleton County 4-H Banquet was held at the Pendleton County Extension Office on January 19, 2014. All 4-Her’s in attendance were recognized for their participation and accomplishments for the 2013 4-H program year.

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Multivitamins and you Print E-mail

Today, multivitamins and minerals marketing campaigns claiming to improve your health and reduce your risk of chronic disease constantly bombarded us. Just look around your supermarket. Chances are, multivitamins and mineral supplements have their own section.

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Early Spring gardening Print E-mail

You don’t need to wait for warm weather to start your vegetable garden. Several types of vegetables can be started as early as March.  Radishes, spinach, cabbage, broccoli, lettuce, onions and many more vegetables are all quite frost tolerant, and you can seed or transplant them in the garden from mid March to early April.

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Comer and Grimes encourage taxpayers to donate to Farms to Food Banks Trust Fund Print E-mail

Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and several  lawmakers went to the Capitol Rotunda Tuesday, January 14, rallying Kentucky taxpayers to “check the box” for hunger relief.

Starting this tax season, Kentucky state income taxpayers can donate a portion of their refund to the Farms to Food Banks Trust Fund. Administered by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, the fund is intended to provide grants to nonprofits for the distribution of Kentucky-grown surplus agricultural commodities to low-income individuals. The fund was established in 2009 but has never received any funding from the Kentucky General Assembly.

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Take the 10 percent challenge and buy more Ky. Proud foods in 2014 Print E-mail

Resolutions are in fashion this time of year, and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer asks you to add one more resolution to your list: Make a commitment to support your local food economy and the Kentucky farm families that supply it by spending at least 10 percent of your food purchases this year on Kentucky Proud products.

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Winter and early spring pruning tips Print E-mail

As spring approaches, many homeowners begin to think about their yard’s landscape. The winter months can be damaging to trees and shrubs. To ensure healthy spring plants, homeowners may want to prune the trees and shrubs around their home. But do not just prune for the sake of pruning, make sure you have a valid reason for pruning before you begin.

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Cooking up a cure for cabin fever Print E-mail

When it is too cold to play outside, it is time to get creative inside. A great way to engage your children is to help them cook something warm and cozy in the kitchen. Cooking is especially enjoyable for children because it requires using all five senses. They see the foods and prepare them with their own hands. They can hear foods popping or sizzling in the pan and smell the aromas. Finally, the best part is they get to taste their finished product.

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