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  • Suggestions for more nutritious meeting snacks

    It seems like we see the typical donuts and pastries at every work meeting we attend. This can be trouble for individuals trying to maintain a healthy diet, considering a single donut or pastry could contain 300 calories or more. Next time, try serving some healthier food options.

    Below are some suggestions for healthier snacks for any time of day.

    Pass the water. Be sure to have cups on hand for a water fountain or bottled water as a beverage option. Bypass the sugar-sweetened beverages including soda and fruit juices.

  • Plan your garden for maximum production

    Last week, we focused our attention on choosing seeds for our gardens. For all gardeners, we aspire to have a successful gardening season—full of bounty and enjoyment. Let us continue the gardening discussion with some helpful tips to keep in mind for your garden.

    Plan your garden on paper before you begin. Draw a scale model of your garden space.

    Plan to plant perennials like asparagus, rhubarb, chives, and horseradish along one side of the garden since they may produce for six to twelve years.

  • Proper selection of cultivars help prevent plant diseases

    The recent mild weather may have many of you thinking about planning your spring garden. Looking through a seed catalog, store rack or online product offering can be overwhelming, since there are so many varieties available for each crop. So, how do we choose from the plethora of options?

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  • Tips to reduce chance of fire or carbon monoxide poisoning

    As winter gets into full swing, remember fire and carbon monoxide poisoning are real concerns that come with staying warm.

    According to the National Fire Protection Association, between 2009 and 2013, U.S. fire departments responded each year to an average of 56,000 home structure fires that involved heating equipment. Space heaters are the most common type of heating equipment involved in home fires, accounting for 40 percent of all fires, and more importantly, 84 percent of non-firefighter deaths.

  • Herbst provides advice for upcoming calving season

    Calving season will be here before we know it. Providing sound management during that time can mean more live calves, which translates to more profit for you.

    It is important to have a short calving period to allow frequent observation and assistance if needed. Some specific things a producer can do to limit calf loss include:

  • Encourage children to play outside

    For many of us, our fondest childhood memories were made outdoors, swinging, running, fishing and exploring nature. That’s not the case for many children today. Many of them spend very little time outdoors and too much time in front of computers, tablets and other electronic devices. Let’s change these statistics by making getting outdoors a priority for our families in 2017.

  • EPA approves two new dicamba formulations

    Dr. J.D. Green, UK Extension Weed Specialist, reports that two dicamba formulations, XtendiMax (Monsanto) and Engenia (BASF), received federal EPA approval in December for use with RoundupReady2Xtend soybean.

    In addition to federal registration, a pesticide must also be registered and approved within a state before it can be sold. The XtendiMax product received state approval in early January for applications in Kentucky. The Engenia product is still pending state approval, but is anticipated in the near future.

  • Extension offers winter tips, weather information

    Wintertime can be dangerous for travelers. Not only do you sometimes have to contend with deteriorating road conditions caused by snow and ice, but life-threatening situations can arise if you find yourself stranded on the road for a significant amount of time. Here are some tips to help you prepare and make your wintertime travels safer.

    It is always helpful to have the following in your car in case of an emergency:

    • A cell phone, portable charger, and extra batteries.

    • Jumper cables.

  • Herbst provides information about Johne’s disease

    Johne’s (pronounced Yo-knees) disease is a chronic disease of severe, watery diarrhea, and weight loss in adult cattle caused by a bacterium. These bacteria are very hardy due to a protective cell wall that can withstand harsh conditions and allows survival for long periods in the environment. Once the bacteria gain entry into an animal, the organism lives permanently within the cells of the large intestine where it multiplies and is then “shed” in the feces in large numbers.