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  • Sharing time makes a great gift

    The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy, but for some older adults, especially those living alone or in long-term care, holidays can be met with stress, confusion, and feelings of sadness and loneliness, often intensified because holidays can be further reminders of the loss of loved ones, health and even independence.

    During this time of year, older adults can become isolated from their friends, family and community, leading to an increased risk of depression.

  • Real Christmas trees can bring in unwanted visitors for the holiday

    Having a live Christmas tree in the home over the holidays is one of my favorite traditions. Sometimes, when we bring those trees into our homes, we may also encounter a few extra visitors.

    A number of arthropods live on Christmas trees while others may use them for winter shelter. Most are inactive or sluggish at outdoor temperatures but become active when their tree is brought indoors.

  • Doyle thanks 4-H volunteers

    As 2016 comes to an end I am reflecting on my greatest gift for which I am so grateful. In Kentucky 4-H, one of the things we are most grateful for is the volunteer support we have throughout the commonwealth.

    Our volunteers are leaders, cheerleaders, mentors and advocates for our youth. It is with their help and service that many young people find their voice or passion and become healthy, capable, caring and productive adults.

  • Drought conditions in Kentucky affect cattle’s quality

    According to Dr. Jeff Lehmkuhler, the impacts of the fall drought conditions can be seen in some of the cow herds across the state. Cows are lower in body condition as a result of the grass shortage.

    Fall vegetative fescue grass will often be in the low 60’s on Total Digestible Nutrients (TDN) and mid-teens for crude protein, much higher in quality than our average hay. The lack of this fall forage growth will necessitate some early intervention.

  • Be more environmentally friendly this holiday season

    Often we associate environmental topics with spring time, but you can be environmentally friendly any time of the year. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, household waste increases by about 25 percent in the United States.

    The holidays are a great time to reduce your waste and get young people interested in the environment. Here are some ways you and your children can reduce your impact on the environment while still enjoying the season and showing loved ones that you care.

  • Autumn brings mistletoe into view around the area

    Once autumn leaves have fallen, mistletoe becomes highly visible on large trees throughout Kentucky. Phoradendron, the scientific name for Kentucky’s most common variety of this parasitic plant, means tree thief. These small leafy plants are commonly found on twigs and branches of many hardwood species in the southern United States. Mistletoe extracts or steals, water, mineral elements and food from tree hosts, hence the name.

  • Dry conditions lead to stress, damage to plants on area farms

    Recent weather patterns have resulted in dry conditions in many areas across the state. Water is an essential component to plant mass and is vital to growth, carbohydrate production, and nutrient transport. During periods of below-average rainfall or when rain distribution is uneven, plant health may decline.

  • Proper diet, exercise can help prevent, control diabetes

    Diabetes is a condition that affects the way the body uses energy. More than 29 million Americans are affected by diabetes and close to one-quarter of these individuals do not know they have the disease. An additional 86.1 million Americans have prediabetes.

    Many people believe they can prevent or control this disease by taking various dietary supplements, but that may not be the case.

  • Use food safety guidelines to help prepare holiday turkey

    Happy Thanksgiving! Soon, delicious and juicy turkeys will take center stage at many of our holiday meals. While we can already smell that good turkey cooking, it is so important that these birds are properly cooked and prepared, because we do not want anyone to get sick from a food-borne illness.

    It does not matter whether you purchase a fresh or frozen turkey. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cooking safety tips for both on its Food Safety and Inspection Service website.

  • Planning can help make best use of feed this winter

    Dr. Roy Burris, UK Beef Extension Specialist, offers timely tips for cattle producers:

    Spring-calving herd

    Dry cows in good condition can use crop residues and lower quality hay now, but do not let them lose any more body condition. Save higher quality feed until calving time. Keep a good mineral supplement with vitamin A available.

    This has been a good year for fall pasture growth. Extend grazing for as long as possible to decrease the amount of stored feed needed.