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Extension

  • Celebrates Extension’s 100-year anniversary at open house today

    The Smith-Lever Act creating Cooperative Extension nationwide was signed on May 8, 1914. Today, 100 years later, we will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Cooperative Extension Service.  Throughout Kentucky, extension offices will be celebrating 100 years of helping people change their lives for the better. 

  • Honey bees play role in pollination, plus make honey

    Insects pollinate a large percentage of food crops grown in the United States and all over the world.  Many different species of pollinators exist, but the insect best equipped for this job is the honey bee.

    Honey bees are exceptionally efficient at collecting and transferring pollen among the flowers of a particular crop.  In a practice known as “flower fidelity” groups of foraging bees will visit just one type of flower, collecting and storing pollen in baskets located on their legs.

  • Sewing Expo draws large crowd from across U.S.

    On April 14 - 16, we held our ninth “It’s Sew Fine!” for Home and Family Sewing Expo at General Butler State Resort Park.

    Nine years ago, 10 of us, Extension educators from the Northern Kentucky and Louisville area, interested in clothing and textiles wanted to plan a sewing event that would provide extensive training in sewing and enrichment in home décor, personal sewing and quilting for sewing enthusiasts in this region of the country.

  • Spring weather brings pests out after a long winter

    Spring is the time to see everything in our landscapes wake from what has been a cold, snowy, and long winter.  Not only do our plants come to life, but spring pests do as well.  Here are some common spring pests to keep an eye out for:

     

    Boxwood psyllid nymphs

  • Glamping, treasure hunt are fun, outdoor options

    Spring is here! We are all happy that we can now get outdoors more and enjoy the nice warmer weather. This week I am sharing information about activities you can do with your family this spring and summer and fall, too. These are Glamping and a Springtime Treasure Hunt.

    Learn About Glamping!

  • Black cherry trees can pose a posion risk to livestock

    Black cherry trees grow in abundance across Kentucky’s landscape.  These trees are an important timber and wildlife species, yet can cause cyanide poisoning in livestock.

    The leaves of the trees, especially wilted ones, are high in cyanic acid, which can kill livestock by depriving them of oxygen.

  • Use safety guidelines with Easter eggs this holiday

    If you are dyeing eggs for Easter this week, keep your eggs safe for eating by following these steps.

    Wash your hands with soap and warm water before and after handling eggs.

    Keep eggs refrigerated until use. Discard any cracked or dirty eggs.

  • Excelling in 4-H
  • Census shows new farming trends

    The USDA released a portion of the national and state 2012 U.S. Census of Agriculture data on Feb. 20, with the remaining data (including county-level data) due in May.

    The preliminary data reveals the following:

    United States

    • The number of U.S. farms (still defined as $1,000 or more of sales) totals $2.1 million, down 4.3 percent from the 2007 Census of Agriculture.

    • The average U.S. farm size increased from 418 acres in 2007 acres to 434 acres in 2012.

  • Shooting sports club sets its new schedule

    The 4-H shooting sports program opened with shotgun this past Sunday and what a great turn out. The weather was beautiful, the adults were supportive, the 4-H members were shooting and the leaders were so excited.

    The following is the schedule for shooting sports:

    • Shotgun will meet every Sunday from 2-5 p.m. on Hwy. 389 at the Michael Walls/Cody Human property. 

    • Rifle will meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 10.

    • Pistol will start at 4 p.m., Sunday, April 13 and meet every other Sunday.