• Beef farmers can benefit from guidance on key issues

    As we move into September, Dr. Les Anderson, UK Extension Beef Specialist, offers timely tips for beef cattle producers:

    Spring-Calving Cow Herd

    Keep rotating pastures to permit calves to continue gaining weight. Keep minerals available at all times.

    Bulls should have been removed from the cow herd by now.

  • Keep tailgating enjoyable with food safety practices

    Whether you’re enjoying Friday night lights in your hometown or Saturdays at a college game, football and tailgating go hand-in-hand for many fans.  But unsafe food handling practices during your tailgating event could have you sidelined by game time.

    To keep your guests and yourself safe from foodborne illnesses, follow these tips:

    Wash your hands. Handwashing is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of disease-causing bacteria.

  • Depression in teens poses risk, needs treatment

    A new school year can bring new challenges and struggles for young people.

    Add on top of that changing bodies and hormones, and it can be a particularly challenging time for teenagers. As parents, we often wonder if our child’s behavior changes are typical or if they are something more that could be cause for concern.

    It’s important for us to familiarize ourselves with the signs and symptoms of depression so we can help our children live happier and healthier lives.

  • Composting is a great way to deal with fall yard waste

    Fall is a beautiful time in Kentucky gardens, but it can also be a messy time. Tree leaves turn from green to vibrant fall colors and then drop, creating big piles. Then there are the leaves and spent shoots from our flower beds.

    The way we address our yard waste can have a significant impact on our gardens and on the environment. Gardeners commonly rake up and bag leaves to haul away to yard waste dumps.

    This option, while tidy, uses a lot of energy, both yours and the energy to transport the leaves and mixed garden waste.

  • Impacts of mower height, sharpness on lawns

    Mowing is probably one of the most common lawn maintenance activities you will do this summer, but that does not mean it is the simplest thing you will do. Let us take a closer look at mowing so we can be mindful about this task.

  • Safe canning practices protect families from illnesses

    Gardens are beginning to bear the fruits of your labor. Soon, it will be time to start thinking about preserving some of that excess produce for winter months. Safety is of utmost importance for those of us preserving food because improperly home canned food can lead to foodborne illness.

    Bacteria, yeasts and molds can grow quickly on fresh fruits and vegetables. Oxygen and enzymes that can cause food to spoil are found all over and inside produce.

  • Kentucky State Fair kicks off Aug. 15 in Louisville

    Next week begins one of my favorite times of the year—the Kentucky State Fair!

    The Kentucky State Fair officially opens on Thursday, Aug. 15 and runs through Aug. 25. It is located on the Kentucky Fair Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Lane in Louisville.

    With all the sights and sounds, the State Fair has something for every member of the family:

  • Questions on battling animal parasites answered

    Learning how to be vigilant against parasites is the hardest part of small ruminant production. The key is learning how to live with parasites. Here are some common questions from new producers, and answers provided by the Kentucky Sheep and Goat Development Office.

    Question: Why do my sheep/goats always look skinny and won’t gain weight?

    Answer: If you are feeding adequate nutrients in each production period and your animals are still not carrying an appropriate body condition, you may have a parasite infestation.

  • Southern rust confirmed in corn in some areas of the state

    Last week, southern rust in corn has been confirmed in Livingston and Fulton counties in Western Kentucky. Although this is a long way from Carroll County, it is important for our corn growers to be aware.

  • Keep swimming fun, safe with pool safety ideas

    When the summer heat is making you sweat, hitting the pool is a great way to keep the family cool.

    While swimming is a ton of fun and a great activity for the whole family, it could prove to be dangerous, even deadly.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death for people of all ages, and the second leading cause of injury death for children ages 1 to 14 years.