• Don’t be next victim of alcohol poisoning

    Alcohol poisoning is a serious and preventable public health problem.

    Kentucky (9.1) is in the middle of the third quartile for age-adjusted rates of death related to alcohol poisoning. Kentucky is surrounded by Indiana (8.6), North Carolina, New York, Kansas, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey and California (9.9.)

    Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, North Dakota and Vermont had less than seven deaths annually from alcohol poisoning and weren’t included in the statistics.

  • Dealing with stresses cold has on newborn calves

    When the weather is predicted to be bitterly cold, producers should take extra care of newborn calves to ensure their survival.

    A calf’s body temperature often falls below normal in extremely cold conditions due to a slow or difficult birth (dystocia) followed by delayed standing and nursing.  Returning the calf’s core body temperature to normal (100 degrees F for newborn calves) then maintaining that core temperature is of primary importance.  If at all possible, bring close-up cows indoors to calve in a heavily bedded, clean pen.

  • Figuring out ‘use-by’ dates

    Many of us are familiar with the “sell-by,” “best if used by” and “use-by” dates that appear on food products. These dates are expiration dates that provide information on the quality of products purchased.

    Many consumers do not use or throw away products that have passed these dates. Knowing what these dates mean help consumers make better decisions on product quality, product safety, what to keep, what to toss and when.

    Types of dates

  • Pressure on next year for great gift giver

    I pride myself on thoughtful gift giving. I believe that everyone has a Christmas talent.

    My mother and husband can wrap presents with the precision that would rival any North Pole elf. My sister-in-law Jessica is the queen of holiday cocktails and fun group activities like board games, cards and trivia. My father’s holiday talent is fairly new. He’s learned to shop for mom without my help after I moved to Kentucky nearly three years ago.

  • How to manage high tunnel insect pests

    While growers can potentially find any type of insect pest in the high tunnel, whiteflies and thrips are the most common, and the most troublesome.

    In addition to insects, several species of mites are serious and common pests. These pests have several characteristics in common that makes them difficult to manage, including multiple generations per cropping cycle and small body size (thus, they are hard to find when populations are low). In addition, there are relatively few pesticides that are effective against these pests.

  • Make 2015 a year of good things

    Another year ends as a new year begins. Think of all the possibilities ahead of us. It’s only 365 days, but we sure pack a lot of life into them. Before all the merriment begins, I’d like to remind you of some very important things you should do today.

  • Plenty of options for the lactose intolerant

    Lactose intolerance is a common disorder that affects adults.

    About 75 percent of all people in the world have too little lactase to some degree. If you’re African-American, Asian, Hispanic or Native American, you are more likely to have it.

    Lactose intolerance isn’t the same as a food allergy to milk. It means the body can’t easily digest lactose, which is a type of natural sugar found in milk and dairy products.

  • Strange Christmas news

    I decided what better way to celebrate the Christmas season than a collection of weird news to gather with your family to laugh and/or scratch your head at.

    In Riverdale, New Jersey a man dressed as “the elf on the shelf” was charged with driving while intoxicated Friday, according to the Associated Press. Police say they found Brian Chellis passed out behind the wheel with lights on and music blaring. He reportedly seemed confused and there was an open can of beer found in the vehicle.

  • Throw a yule log on the fire and relax

    All it takes is one hand, or one cough or one sneeze and you too could be joining the ranks of the miserable. There’s a lot of sickness going around out there and of course it’s the worst time of year for it.

    I don’t think I can harp on you any more about washing your hands, eating right and getting enough sleep. Think of it as doing a good deed, because if you get it, you spread it.

  • Smashed potatoes make nice complete meal

    Potatoes are available in different colors, sizes and types. Russets or a variation of russets are the most common. They are high starch, low moisture potatoes. They produce a dry, fluffy potato. Almost all russets are white potatoes but not all white potatoes are russets.

    Waxy potatoes are lower in starch, but higher in moisture. This makes them more dense and able to hold their shape when cooked, making them more suitable for boiling, frying and in recipes requiring a firmer potato, such as potato salad. These potatoes can be red or white.