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Today's Opinions

  • Vaccine good first step to prevent calf scours

    Neonatal calf diarrhea is defined as scours when it occurs within the first three weeks of a calf’s life.

    Bacteria, viruses and parasites can attack the lining of the calf’s intestine and cause diarrhea.

    The decrease in absorption of essential nutrients from milk leads to weight loss and dehydration. If the disease level is severe, calves often die, but even calves that survive will perform poorly for the remainder of their lives when compared to healthy calves.

  • Need a healthful hobby? Try gardening

    Happy 2016 to all. The holidays are over and life is returning to what passes for normal. For some, this is a depressing time of year. May I recommend gardening? Gardening is one of the most healthful hobbies you can have.

    Though just starting seeds indoors doesn’t provide for much physical activity, it will potentially lower your blood pressure, increase your mental acuity and reduce your stress. And there is also the reward factor of watching positive growth.

  • Medicaid costs will hit you in the wallet

    Column as I see ’em …

    It remains to be seen what changes Gov. Bevin plans to make to the expanded Medicaid plan his predecessor shoved down Kentucky’s throat, but here’s hoping it’s a little less expensive for those actually paying for it.

    Giving health care to people who truly can’t afford it isn’t a bad thing. Having those who have to pay for it, though, shell out the kind of bucks it’s currently costing, is.

  • UK provides insight, outlook for ag economy

    Following record-breaking years, the Kentucky agricultural economy, like the overall U.S. agricultural economy, slumped in 2015, with concern looming for 2016.

  • Making memories of past that last

    Winter has officially arrived, which means we have three months to get through until spring. Let’s hope the joys of Christmas get us through until then.

    Holiday memories can do a lot for our health, attitude and our brain. The trick is to recall the good stuff, like the time the giblets bag stayed in the turkey.

  • Hoping new year brings new industry

    Column as I see ’em …

    This week’s paper looks forward to the new year by first revisiting the year that is just ending.

    In what often feels like an exercise in self-examination, we set out at the end of each year to select the year’s top 10 stories, a nearly impossible task that leaves some people — including most of us — wondering how this story or that made the list while others were omitted.

  • Choose foods with a grain of salt ... or less

    Do you always reach for the salt shaker before tasting food? If you do, try taking a taste test first.

    About 80 percent of sodium comes from processed and pre-prepared foods. So that food on your plate may already have plenty of salt.

    Research shows that eating less than 2,300 mg of sodium (about 1 teaspoon of salt) per day may reduce the risk of high blood pressure.

  • Fruit and vegetable conference set for Jan. 4-5

    The 2016 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference will have something of interest for all fruit and vegetable producers.

    The event runs from 8 a.m. Jan. 4 until 5 p.m. Jan. 5 at Lexington’s Embassy Suites Hotel.

    Preconference activities on Jan. 3 will include tree fruit, small fruit, and vegetable roundtable discussions.