• Ways to save on winter heating costs

    With the winter we have had thus far, chances are you’ve seen at least one or two high heating bills. While home heating costs can put a strain on your wallet during the winter, you can do certain things to save money on these expenses while still keeping your home warm.

    Sunlight, even in the winter, is a great way to add natural, free warmth to your home. Open your blinds and curtains during the day, particularly on south-facing walls as they get the most exposure to the sun. As the sun sets, close them to help trap in the warmth.

  • When bringing in firewood, check for insects

    Winter is in full swing in the Bluegrass, along with the chilling temperatures. For those people in the county who rely on firewood for a heat source, it is important to consider the uninvited “guests” that may set up shop inside the home.

  • Last year’s record rainfall, cloudy weather is having a negative impact on Kentucky cattle

    Record rainfall in 2018 has had major impacts on cattle health. Despite relatively mild temperatures this winter, Dr. Michele Arnold, Ruminant Extension Veterinarian at the UK Vet Diagnostic Lab, says lab submissions and telephone conversations with veterinarians and producers confirm cattle are losing body condition and some are dying of malnutrition.

  • Resolve to improve financially in 2019

    The new year is a great time for a fresh start. More than half of us will make a resolution. This year, think about resolutions you make to help improve your financial well-being.

    Taking stock of your current financial situation is a good place to start. Ask yourself these questions:

    Am I comfortable with my current financial situation?

    Do I stress over my finances?

    Do I find it difficult to pay all of my bills each month?

  • Take these steps to prevent waste with feeding hay

    Much expense and many long hours go into harvesting and storing hay for winter feeding. Reducing hay feeding waste could be especially important in 2019 since quality hay supplies are limited.

    Cattle can waste as much as 45 percent of their hay when it is fed in the open without restrictions.  How can you reduce these losses to minimize costs and maintain an adequate hay supply?

  • How to make your healthy resolutions stick this year

    Making New Year’s resolutions is easy. Sticking to them is hard.

    Whether you’re looking to eat better, start a new fitness program or just achieve a healthier overall lifestyle, here are some tips to help you find success in your resolutions throughout 2019.

    Start small and be focused.

    Trying to do too much too fast could lead to burnout. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you’re trying to improve your health, so instead of focusing on wholesale change throughout your life, work on changing one unhealthy behavior at a time.

  • Winter is the perfect time to spend with family

    The winter months are a great time to catch up on much needed family time. Yes, it’s cold. Yes, you cannot get outdoors as much, but around your home you have plenty of indoor activities to do with your children that can create a meaningful family experience and lots of wonderful memories.

  • Tips on picking, caring for poinsettia plants

    Poinsettia are holiday decorations in public and personal spaces. No holiday décor is complete without at least one. However, numerous plant diseases can act as a Grinch to steal holiday cheer. Proper plant selection and maintenance are important for a disease-free poinsettia that will last well into the New Year.

    Inspect all plant parts prior to purchase. Development of disease symptoms may occur over long periods of time. Early symptoms are easy to overlook as they are often small and underdeveloped.

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  • Get ready for winter

    Winter snuck in early this year. You can take steps now to get yourself ready for the winter yet to come and any winter weather-related emergencies. Here are some tips:

    •Have snow removal items such as shovels and ice melting products on hand.

    •Keep warm clothes and blankets handy.

    •If you have a wood burning stove or fireplace, stock up on dry, seasoned wood to use as an alternative heat source in the event of a power outage. Hire a professional to clean and inspect your chimney every year.