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Agriculture

  • Does your child get homesick?

    by Cabrina Buckman

    Extension Agent

    For some kids, they want to have fun at a friend’s house or an overnight camp, but when they get there they just feel sad or even scared and want to go home. When some kids get homesick, they may feel headaches or stomachaches. It is okay for your child to have homesickness. Talking to your child about being away from home and ways to lessen that homesick feeling is a good idea if your child is wanting to have sleepovers or go to overnight camps.

  • Stay safe while hiking outdoors

    by Mackenzie Messer

    Summer Intern

    A great summer activity that is also a nice way to get exercise is hiking. We are lucky to live in the beautiful state of Kentucky where there are many places that everyone can enjoy a hike. However, staying safe on your adventures will make them much more enjoyable.

  • Sharpshooters compete

    The 4-H Sharpshooters Club members their coaches and parents have been busy these last couple of weekends hosting their annual invitational tournaments.  The first tournament was held at Hahn’s Trap Range in Chaplin and the second was held at the Mercer County Fish and Game Club.  Congratulations to our 4-H members who not only worked the tournaments, but also participated.  Below are the results of these tournaments.

  • How to beat the summer heat

    Makenzie Messer

    During summer in Kentucky, we can see the temperatures begin to climb. Sometimes the heat may even become extreme. Therefore it is important that we are aware of how to stay safe when the temperatures become very high.

  • It's time for sunscreen

    By Cabrina Buckman

    County Extension Agent

  • Taking advantage of in-season produce

    By Mackenzie Messer

    Extension Intern

  • Saving money at the grocery store

    Do you find yourself spending more money than you would like to at the grocery store? If so, you are certainly not alone. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, food is the third largest household expense for American households. Much of the expense associated with food shopping is due to overspending. Fortunately, there are many ways that you can save money at the grocery store without skimping on your needs! Below are some suggestions that will help you to save on your next grocery shopping trip:

  • Local student joins extension as intern

    One young Washington County resident is interning at the county’s extension office.

    Makenzie Messer, 21, of Willisburg is an Eastern Kentucky University student and said she’s excited to be working where she grew up.

    “I’m looking forward to a variety of things,” she said. “It’s not like a regular job where you do the same thing every day. It’s always different.”

  • Keys to parenting: take care of yourself

    Parenting requires a lot of energy and you may feel overwhelmed and exhausted. It can be hard to imagine finding time to take care of yourself when you are balancing so many other things. It is important to keep in mind that doing well starts with being well. You can learn to reduce your stress and nurture yourself.  Both you and your child will reap the benefits. You don’t have to be perfect. It is impossible to achieve because everyone has a different idea of perfection and we are all human. Try some of the following ideas to help keep your life in balance.

  • Protect your plants from spring frost