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Extension

  • Online tool to help protect bees from pesticides

    Dr. Tammy Potter, state apiarist, at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture has developed an online tool to facilitate communication between pesticide applicators and local beekeepers. This registry system can be used when, under specific circumstances as indicated by pesticide labels, applicators must notify beekeepers 48 hours prior to certain types of applications.

  • Being there for teens proven to help in their development
  • Friendship a precious gift

    Friendship is one of the most precious gifts you can give any time of year. It’s especially important to have close friends around during holiday seasons. These times of year people often are stressed or depressed. Perhaps they’re hundreds of miles away from loved ones, or recently have lost a family member or close friend.

    Meaningful relationships are based on friendship, which thrives on kindness and respect.

  • State’s Fish and Wildlife offers recycling to aid in disposal of Christmas trees

    After the holidays, instead of throwing out your live Christmas tree, consider recycling it as a fish habitat.

    The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife has several drop-off points across the state where you can bring your tree. Fish and Wildlife will take your tree and combine it with others to create fish attractors for lakes all over the state.  These brush reefs provide nesting and rearing habitat for gamefish as well as creating homes for invertebrates and smaller fishes that provide food for larger fish.

  • Herbst shares a favorite children’s Christmas story

    “Christmas Day in the Morning” is a children’s book written by Pearl S. Buck, a Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author. Originally published in 1955, it tells the story of a treasured relationship between father and son.

    The story begins with adult son, Rob, reflecting on the Christmas when he was fifteen. Waking at four o’clock each day was the norm, as he was expected to help his father feed and milk cows. Like a typical teenager, he tended to drag his feet when his father called on him. He loved his dad, but all those chores felt like a hassle.

  • Doyle thanks all of her 4-H volunteers for their support

    Now is the time of the year when many of us reflect on all of the things for which we are 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.

  • Keep warm this winter

    As the mercury drops on the thermometer, remember to stay warm both indoors and outdoors for your health. This is particularly true for older adults as they tend to lose body heat faster than younger adults.

  • Herbst shares info on chronic pneumonia in cattle

    In this era of advanced vaccine technology and long-acting, expensive, powerful antibiotics, why do chronic pneumonia cases continue to occur?

    Dr. Michelle Arnold, Ruminant Extension Veterinarian for the UK Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, provides more information.

  • Have age-appropriate talks with children about finances

    Thinking about the holidays and how excited we are as parents and grandparents, yet at the same time trying to determine how much we need to budget can be stressful.

    Even if they do not earn money, children influence the family’s budget with their needs and wants. This is especially true during the holiday season when their wants tend to outweigh needs, which makes the season a perfect time to begin talking to your children about money management.

  • Dealing with your child’s challenging behavior during the holiday season

    Speaking from experience over this past weekend, this topic hit home for me. As fast as I was wrapping presents and putting them under the tree, my 4 year old granddaughter was sneaking them off and unwrapping them. Even though I had told her the presents were for Grandpa, she was bound and determined to see what was inside. Needless to say my stress level went up!