Oldham County 4-H Excels at State Horse Contest

The following 4-H Youth Development article printed in the Oldham Era.

2018 Kentucky State 4-H Horse Contest

On June 7 and 8, eleven 4-H’ers represented Oldham County at the 2018 Kentucky State 4-H Horse Contest in Lexington.

Oldham County 4-H’s Junior Horse Bowl team (Peyton Ash, Sydney Ash, Emily Altsman, and Carrie Olds) won first place. In the individual competition, Peyton earned third, and Carrie took fifth place.

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In the Hippology contest, 4-H’ers test their equine veterinary and management knowledge. The Oldham County 4-H Junior Hippology team was made up of Harper Ash, Peyton Ash, Sydney Cobb, and Carrie Olds. The team placed first in the written section, first in stations, and first in judging, taking first place in the overall competition. Sydney took first in individual performance, Carrie second, and Peyton third.

The Junior Horse Judging team placed third in team performance, fourth in team halter, and second overall. Peyton Ash, Caecilia Isenhart, Freya Isenhart, and Carrie Olds made up the Junior Horse Judging team. Caecilia also won fifth place in performance and first overall. In the senior division, Beth Huffman placed eighth in individual performance.

Oldham County 4-H’ers also took home several awards in the art competitions. In black and white photography, Ida Isenhart earned first place, Caecilia Isenhart took third, and Freya Isenhart came in tenth. Ella Olds won third place for her posed and candid photos as well as third place in art kits and patterns. Carrie Olds took third placed in original art. In equipment, Harper Ash won fifth place. Peyton Ash’s junior presentation earned second place, and her sewing project won third.

Oldham County is proud of the fantastic efforts displayed by our 4-H’ers!

Written by Lauren Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant. Reviewed by Kelly Woods, Oldham County 4-H Agent.

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Upcoming Oldham County Events

The following calendar originally printed in the 2018 Summer edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

All activities are held at the Oldham County Extension office unless otherwise noted. Please call to RSVP for classes held at Extension offices.

June Extension Events

1-3 District Horse Show
4 4-H Camp Forms due
5 4-H Teen Conference Orientation
6 Green Thumbs/Master Gardener Tour, Lexington
6 Cost-Share Appointments Available
7 Extension District Board, 9am
7 Canning Boot Camp, 6:30pm
7-8 State 4-H Horse Contest
8 Canning Boot Camp, 10am
8 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30pm
11-14 4-H Teen Conference, Lexington
13 Cost-Share Appointments Available
18 Green Thumbs/Master Gardener Tour, Crestwood
18 4-H Camper Orientation
19 4-H Summer Gardening Club, 2-4pm
19 4-H Camp Leader Orientation
20 Cost-Share Appointments Available
21 Extension Council, 9am
21 District Board, 10am
25 Louisville Area Homemakers Annual Meeting, Farnsley-Moreman Landing, 10am
26 4-H Summer Gardening Club, 2-4pm
26-27 Kids Cooking Camp
29 Couch Potato Challenge Logs due

June 30-July 7 State 4-H Horse Show

July Extension Events

5 District Board, 9am
10 4-H Summer Gardening Club, 2-4pm
12 4-H Council
13 Lice Head Checks for 4-H Camp
13 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30pm
14 4-H State Communications, Lexington
16 Oldham County Cattlemen, 7pm
16-20 4-H Camp, Lake Cumberland
17-19 Cooking Basics for Adults
17 Garden Secrets, 6:30pm
23 Home & Family Arts Non-Perishable County Fair Entries, 2-7pm
24 Home & Family Arts Non-Perishable County Fair Entries, 9am-noon
24 4-H Summer Gardening Club, 2-4pm
26 4-H Fair Project Entry Day
28 OC 4-H Dog Show
28 Woodland Owners Short Course, Shelby County Extension
30 Home & Family Arts Perishable County Fair Entries, 9am-noon
30 Ag Fair Entries, 3-7pm

July 31-August 4 Oldham County Fair

August Extension Events

2 District Board, 9am
2 4-H Fashion Revue
2 CAIP Cost-Share Education, 6:30pm
3 CAIP Cost-Share Education, 9am
5 County Fair Entry Pickup, Oldham County Fairgrounds, noon-2pm
7 Insect Pests & Beneficials, 6:30pm
10 4-H State Fair Projects due
10 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30pm
11 Monarch Butterfly Egg Hunt, oldhamccd.com
11-12 State Fair 4-H Dog Show
16-26 Kentucky State Fair
21 Cooking With Herbs, 6:30pm
23 CAIP Cost-Share Education, 6:30pm
24 CAIP Cost-Share Education, 9am

Save the date! The Healthy Oldham County Walk will be September 15.

2018 Oldham County Master Gardener Classes

The following Agriculture & Natural Resources article originally printed in the 2018 Summer edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

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Master Gardener Classes

We are gauging interest for the next Master Gardener volunteer program, anticipated to begin in September. The program includes 12 classes that meet weekly, covering botany, soils, entomology, plant pathology, and other foundation topics. The cost for the program is $100, and partial scholarships to cover this fee are available. If you are interested, please call our office or send an email to lauren.state@uky.edu.

Master Gardener classes are designed for those who wish to become certified volunteers. Graduates complete 40 hours of service work and continuing education within one year of class completion in order to become certified Master Gardeners.

In subsequent years, Master Gardeners must complete at least 20 hours of volunteer service, plus 10 hours of continuing education to maintain certification.

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Master Gardener volunteers may choose to join the Oldham County Master Gardener Association. The association is a great networking resource and facilitates completion of volunteer hours. Oldham County Master Gardener Association also organizes and helps teach gardening programs for the public. Learn about upcoming Master Gardener programs at: oldham.ca.uky.edu/OC-Master-Gardeners.

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Written by Traci Missun, Oldham County Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent, and Lauren Fernandez,Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

Classic Kentucky Recipes

The University Press of Kentucky

Schmid Cover for blogWith the weather warming up, it’s almost time to bring out the grill and cook up some homemade barbecue. There’s nothing like getting a few friends together and fixing up an old family recipe, but if you’re looking for something new to spice up your table, look no further than Albert W. A. Schmid’s upcoming book, Burgoo, Barbecue, and Bourbon: A Kentucky Culinary Trinity.

Burgoo, barbecue, and bourbon have long been recognized as the trinity of good taste in Kentucky. Drawing from past and present sources from across Kentucky, Schmid offers both new and forgotten versions of some favorite regional dishes while sharing the storied traditions that surround them. The following recipes are just a small taste of the culinary journey that Schmid has to offer:


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Upcoming Oldham County Events

The following calendar originally printed in the 2018 Spring edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

Upcoming Extension Events

All activities are held at the Oldham County Extension office unless otherwise noted. Please call to RSVP for classes held at Extension offices.

March Extension Events

1 Oldham County Extension District Board, 9 am
1 Chickens 101 (Part 1), Shelby County Extension, 6 pm
1 Leaders of the Pack 4-H Dog Club
2-3 Organic Association of Kentucky Conference, Lexington
5 Dicamba Training for Grain Producers, Shelby County Extension, 10 am
5 4-H Robotics Club
6 Growing Succulents, 6:30 pm
7 4-H Budget Committee
8 Registration due for Needlework Workshop
8 Chickens 101 (Part 2), John Black Center, 6 pm
9 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30 pm
10 Produce Growers Best Practices, 9 am
12 Green Thumbs Garden Club, 9:30 am
12 4-H Cloverbud Club
13 Needlework Workshop, Shelby County Extension
15 Busy 4-H’ers of Oldham County
15 Improving Garden Soils, Oldham County Arts Center, 6:30 pm
16 Market Scale Certification, 10 am – noon
16 4-H Camp Teen Leader Interviews
17 Oldham County Master Gardeners, 10 am
16 Busy 4-H’ers of Oldham County
19 Delicious Delights 4-H Cooking Club
20 Evening with Extension, John Black Center, 5:30 pm
22 Homemakers Lesson: Couch Potato Challenge, 10 am
22 Homemakers Executive Board, noon
22-24 4-H Leadership Summit
23 Louisville Area Homemakers Council, 8 am – 3 pm
26 Come Sew With Us: Monograming, 3–8 pm
26 Oldham County 4-H Communications Event
27 4-H Teen Club
29 Oldham County Extension Council, 9 am
29 Oldham County Extension District Board, 10 am
29 Green Thumbs 4-H Horticulture Club
31 District 4-H Teen Council

April Extension Events

1 Homemaker Scholarship Applications Due
9 Green Thumbs Garden Club
9 4-H Robotics Club
10 Green Thumbs 4-H Horticulture Club
11 Nutrition Basics for Diabetics, 10:30 am
12 Leaders of the Pack 4-H Dog Club
13 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30 pm
14 Tree Seedling Giveaway, Oldham County Conservation District
14 District 4-H Communications Event
16 Delicious Delights 4-H Cooking Club
17 Fairy Gardens, 6:30 pm
19 4-H Council
20 SOHS 4-H Reality Store
23 Come Sew With Us: Gardening/Outdoor Accessories, 3–8 pm
26 Homemaker Lesson: Gardening in Small Spaces, 10 am
26 Homemaker Executive Board, noon
26 Busy 4-H’ers of Oldham County
30 4-H Cloverbud Club

May Extension Events

3 Oldham County Extension District Board, 9 am
5-7 KEHA State Meeting, Louisville
7 4-H Robotics Club
8 Native Shrubs, 6:30 pm
10 Green Thumbs 4-H Horticulture Club
11 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30 pm
14 Green Thumbs Garden Club
14 4-H Cloverbud Club
17 Oldham County Homemakers Annual Meeting
17 Busy 4-H’ers of Oldham County
21 Delicious Delights 4-H Cooking Club
22 4-H Camp Teen Leader Training
28 Memorial Day, Extension Office Closed

Oldham County Homemakers News

The following Family & Consumer Sciences articles originally printed in the 2018 Spring edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

Homemakers Offer Scholarships

The Oldham County Extension Homemakers Association offers college scholarships to its members as well as members’ children and grandchildren. Check for details online at oldham.ca.uky.edu/OC-Homemakers or stop by the Extension Office. Applications must be postmarked by April 1.

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Spit Polish a Success

Peggy Townsend, Louisville Area Cultural Arts Chair, facilitated a great program on preparing entries for Cultural Arts, Kentucky State Fair, and other competitions. Six counties from the Louisville Area Extension Homemaker Association were represented. Additional presenters included Angela Morris, Faye Korthaus, Nancy Dahlgren, and Mary Bauer.

Upcoming Homemakers Meetings

The 2018 KEHA State Meeting will be held at the Louisville Crown Plaza in May. Watch for the state newsletter this spring with further details. Contact FCS Agent Chris Duncan via (502) 222-9453 or crivera@uky.edu if you have any questions.

May 17 is the Oldham County Homemaker Annual Meeting at the John Black Center. The Suburbanites and Share & Sample clubs are organizing this year’s meeting. Further information should be available by the end of March.

Written by Chris Duncan, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent in Oldham County, Kentucky.

4-H Rewards Hard Work

The following 4-H Youth Development articles originally printed in the 2018 Spring edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

Bronze and Silver Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to the following Oldham County 4-H members who received the State Bronze and Silver Awards. These individuals will be recognized at Teen Conference in June at the University of Kentucky.

Bronze Award
Rebekah Anderson
Peyton Ash
Hunter Fackler
Ella Olds

Silver Award
Maggie Anderson
Keirstin Kennedy
Ruby Mason
Shelby Shackelford

Hannah Anderson, Sarah Griffin, Beth Huffman, and Olivia Minor moved on to the interview portion for the Gold Award which will take place on March 3rd. Molly Logsdon is applying for the Emerald Award, the top 4-H award in the state. Congratulations to each of you! We are very proud of our 4-H’ers.

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Oldham County 4-H Volunteers Honored

In February, two Oldham County 4-H club leaders were honored at the 2018 Kentucky 4-H Volunteer Forum. Paul Harjes received the State 4-H Certified Shooting Sports Achievement Award. This award was developed to recognize individuals who make an important, positive, measurable impact upon clubs, communities, the Kentucky 4-H Program, and the lives of 4-H members and/or volunteers. Jean Jenkins received the State 4-H Conrad Feltner Leadership Award in recognition of her exemplary 4-H leadership.

Oldham County 4-H’ers also received awards for their achievements. Molly Logsdon, Karmen Woods, Brandon Howard, and Sarah Griffin received the State 4-H Ten Year Member Award. Hannah Anderson received the 4-H Community Service Youth Award.

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Written by Kelly Woods, Oldham County 4-H Agent, and Lauren Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

Opportunites for 4-H’ers and Volunteers

The following 4-H Youth Development articles originally printed in the 2018 Spring edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

4-H Speech Program Builds Confidence

Public speaking is one of Americans’ biggest fears. 4-H presents the opportunity for youth to conquer this fear at a young age by participating in the public speaking program. By learning public speaking skills, youth will have the confidence, organizational skills and composure to become the influential leaders of tomorrow.

The important thing is for young people to give 4-H public speaking a try. The earlier they begin the program and the longer they stick with it, the stronger their public speaking skills will be. Youth can deliver speeches on any topic they find interesting. As they look for more information on the topic, they develop valuable research skills. They also learn organizational skills by composing the speech and giving it the proper structure. Finally, they must use creative techniques to get the audience’s attention.

Competition begins at the club level qualifying for the county competition on March 26th. County winners advance to a district tournament on April 14th, and district winners advance to a state tournament, held in July at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Judges evaluate the presentation and the speaker’s ability to clearly deliver a message. It’s not too late to get involved in a 4-H speech program! Call (502) 222-9453 for details.

HELP! We need judges for the Communication Competitions on March 26 and April 14. If you are interested in volunteering to judge a speech or demonstration contest, please contact Kelly Woods at (502) 222-9453. We need your help to make this a rewarding experience for our 4-H’ers!

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Got Chickens?

If your family is interested in keeping chickens, your first step should be attending the “Chickens 101” workshop. The first session on March 1 focuses on Breed Selection, Chick Care, Housing and Predator Control. Get the rundown on Health and Nutrition at the second session on March 8. Please call (502) 222-9453 or email traci.missun@uky.edu to register.

Oldham County Extension would like to organize a 4-H Poultry Club. If your child wants to join or you are interested in leading the club, please contact Kelly Woods via (502) 222-9453 or kwoods@uky.edu.

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Volunteer at the 4-H Reality Store

South Oldham High School 4-H Reality Store will be held on Friday, April 20th. We need volunteers to make this event possible. Contact the Oldham County Cooperative Extension Office via (502) 222-9453 or kwoods@uky.edu if you can help out!

Written by Kelly Woods, Oldham County 4-H Agent.

Extension Builds Healthy Kentuckians

The following Family & Consumer Sciences article printed in the November 9, 2017 edition of the Oldham Era.

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FCS Extension Builds Strong, Healthy Kentuckians

In Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Extension, we help individuals develop the skills they need to improve quality of life for themselves and their families. We offer a variety of educational programs throughout the year, including cooking and nutrition classes, sewing workshops, financial stability talks, and much more. In the past programming year, we reached more than 1.6 million Kentuckians.

These programs have made a meaningful impact across the state. Our Truth and Consequences Program, which focuses on the realities of substance abuse, has changed the lives of young Kentuckians. In a recent survey, more than 400 of them reported that they know of peers who no longer engage in substance abuse because of the program.

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Extension offers health-related programs for all age groups that focus on eating healthy and increasing physical activity. Due to these efforts, more than 12,000 Kentuckians made a lifestyle change to improve their health. FCS Extension agents also work closely with local farmers markets to promote fresh produce consumption. By conducting Plate It Up Kentucky Proud food demonstrations and offering recipe cards during the markets, agents increased Kentucky farmers market sales by more than $17,000. Oldham County FCS Agent Chris Duncan partnered with Oldham County Fiscal Court to bring food demonstrations and nutrition tips to Oldham County TV. “Cooking With Chris” can be found online by visiting www.oldhamcounty.net/oldham-county-tv.

Educating low-income families on the benefits of healthier eating and buying fresh foods resulted in redemption of more than $61,000 in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; Women, Infants and Children; or senior benefits at the state’s farmers markets. To help support individuals and families in tough economic times, Oldham County Extension partners with the Dare To Care Food Bank to provide economic cooking and nutrition classes using the foods donated to the mobile pantry. Participants learn about preparing healthy recipes, meal planning, buying vegetables and fruit in season, and other ways to stretch a food budget.

Oldham County Extension also brings nutrition education to inmates in the substance abuse program at Roederer Correctional. Lessons focus on preparing the men for a healthier lifestyle upon returning to their families.

Through various career preparation programs, we spread knowledge that helps Kentuckians attain employment or find a more fulfilling job. In the past year, more than 43,000 people used practical living skills learned through FCS Extension to advance their education or employment.

We are home to a vibrant group of Extension Homemakers. These members engage in numerous outreach projects to better their communities and Kentucky. One such project is the ovarian cancer screening fundraising program. Each year, Extension Homemakers contribute to this UK Markey Cancer Center program, which provides free ovarian cancer screenings to Kentucky women. Since fundraising began 40 years ago, Extension Homemakers have given $1.4 million to that effort. Oldham County Extension Homemakers also contribute to Oldham County Community Scholarships, Oldham County 4-H Camp, Coins for Change, and WaterStep.

For more information on local Family and Consumer Sciences programs, contact the Oldham County Cooperative Extension Service via (502) 222-9453 or lauren.state@uky.edu. You can also visit us online at oldham.ca.uky.edu.

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Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, veteran status, or physical or mental disability.

Written by Jennifer Hunter, Interim Assistant Director of Family and Consumer Sciences Extension, and Lauren State Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

Supporting Oldham County Agriculture

The following Agriculture & Natural Resources articles originally published in the 2017 Report to the People and reprinted in the 2017 Winter edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

“If it wasn’t for 4-H I do not think I would have developed the skills that have helped me take care of my own horse, and I would not have gained the knowledge that is helping me [study pre-veterinary science.]”
– Oldham County 4-H alumni

Supporting Oldham’s #1 Ag Commodity

The 2012 Kentucky Equine Survey reported a total value of Oldham County’s equine and equine-related assets of $163 million. Oldham County ranks 4th in Kentucky in value of equine sold, 5th in equine operation income, 6th in value of equine and equine acres, and 7th in equine population.

Oldham County Extension supports farm managers and horse owners through site visits to help troubleshoot problems and improve pastures and horse health. This includes improving pastures through reseeding, fertility management, weed control, and grazing management; improving horse diets; and hay testing.

The Extension Service also provides equine programs on worming, pasture management, vaccinations, showmanship, and tack care. Between July 2016 and June 2017, the county 4-H and agriculture agents, as well as numerous community equine professionals and veterinarians, taught seven educational sessions to 4-H members and horse owners. Thirty-six repeat attendees learned valuable horse care information that improved health and safety of both horse and rider.

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Oldham County 4-H’ers at the Kentucky State 4-H Horse Show.

Through monthly educational meetings, 4-H horse club members build social and emotional skills like accountability, empathy, leadership, and confidence.

Beef Field Day

In Oldham County, pasture makes up 32% of available farmland and provides grazing for livestock. Livestock are important to Oldham County’s economy, with cattle alone representing over 2.4 million dollars in sales in 2012, according to the Census of Agriculture.

Because of the importance and prevalence of cattle production in the area, agriculture extension agents in Oldham, Trimble, Henry, and Shelby Counties have organized and held annual Regional Beef Field Days for farmers since 2005. These field days offer farmers an opportunity to see how production practices work on other farms. Field days also promote implementation of new practices that improve production efficiency while protecting natural resources, which are goals outlined in the county plan of work.

In 2016, this event was held at an Oldham County Farm. During the field day, 250 Louisville area producers attended and learned about:

  • Heavy Use Feeding Areas and Other Conservation Practices that Protect Soil and Water
  • Proper Handling Facilities to Minimize Animal Stress
  • Good Herd Health Practices and Update on Antibiotics Use

Farms make up one-half of total land acreage in Oldham County.

“Looking at the handling facilities setup helped me decide on changes needed for my own system.”
– Oldham County farmer

Written by Lauren State, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant; Traci Missun, Oldham County Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent; and Kelly Woods, Oldham County 4-H Youth Development Agent.