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  • ‘Stay off the SoFAS’ this holiday season with right choices

    It’s the holiday season. If you hear, “stay off the SoFAS” during this holiday season, it doesn’t mean to stay off the sofa or get active. “SoFAS” are calories from solid fat and added sugars and is a new term used in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

  • Medicare open enrollment is time to review coverage

    Health insurance coverage is a top priority for many people.  Medicare is health insurance available for people over the age of 65 as well as those under the age of 65 with certain disabilities. The primary Parts of Medicare are A, B and D. 

    Part A is known as hospital coverage and assists with expenses for inpatient care and skilled nursing facility, hospice and home health care.

  • Options offer residents help with turkey, black vultures

    Two species of vultures, commonly called buzzards, are found in Kentucky:  the turkey vulture and the black vulture.  Both birds are scavengers—animals that feed on carrion (the carcass of a dead animal).  The presence of these birds is a natural and necessary occurrence.

  • FSA county committee voting begins Nov.4

    Lexington, Ky., October 25, 2011- John W. McCauley, FSA State Executive Director, announced that ballots for the 2011 FSA county committee elections will be mailed to eligible voters Nov. 4, 2011. The deadline for eligible voters to return ballots to their local FSA offices is December 5, 2011.

  • Extension begins rebuild of 4-H program

    People of the Cooperative Extension Service wear many hats in the community:  big ones, small ones, hats that are worn in public, and hats that fit best working behind the scenes.

  • Consistent schedules important for children’s development

    Do you keep a regular daily schedule for your children?  Children need a family schedule they can count on. They should have enough rest and sleep every day. There should be time to eat meals without rushing. Time should be planned to complete homework. Finally, there should be time for enough physically active play that your child freely chooses.

  • Applications sought for programs

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

    The application process for 2008 Farm Bill conservation programs is continuous, but funding selections are made at specific times throughout the year.  The Kentucky NRCS application ranking cutoff date for consideration for 2012 funds in this sign up period is Nov. 15.

  • Equine Institute looking to count Kentucky’s horses

    “Welcome to Kentucky, the Horse Capitol of the World!”

    Ever heard that phrase before?  Chances are you have.  From the historic Run for the Roses to the recent 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrians Games, people all over the United States and abroad associate the equine with Kentucky.  The horse industry is Kentucky’s signature industry, so keeping that in mind, let me pose a question:

    How many horses are in Kentucky?

  • Openings remain for Nov. 3 ‘cheesy’ Extension workshop

    “It’s So Easy Being Cheesy!” will be heard throughout the Carrollton area after local residents attend an all-day hands-on cheese making workshop taught by Jim Graves Thurs-day, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. here at the Exten-sion office. Jim raises his own goats and is a graduate of a three-day cheesemaking school at the University of Kentucky. 

    Participants will learn how to make butter, to make and handle buttermilk and different cheese cultures, why temperature is important and learn a lot of valuable information about cheesemaking.

  • New farm bill programs accept applications

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

    The application process for 2008 Farm Bill conservation programs is continuous, but funding selections are made at specific times throughout the year.  The Kentucky NRCS application ranking cutoff date for consideration for 2012 funds in this sign up period is Nov. 15.