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Take time for the little things

Thursday, March 11, 2010

As the weather continues to get nicer, we are all confronted with a busy schedule that does not always allow us to enjoy this nice spring weather. So as spring approaches, take some time to "stop to smell the roses," or "to tiptoe through the tulips."

You won't really be able to smell roses or see tulips right now, but the point is to take time to enjoy the little things in life. Some of the little things in life that might interest you include understanding the moldy corn Indiana farmers are dealing with, signing up a youth to participate in 4-H or Ag Day.

As many individuals around the Midwest know, the 2009 corn crop will not be forgotten thanks to the wet, cool weather we experienced. That wet, cool weather is what caused the moldy corn that farmers found in their fields in late 2009. To help individuals who are still facing storing, feeding and handling moldy corn, Purdue University has launched a Managing Moldy Corn website that can be accessed at http://www.purdue.edu/cornmold>.

It was developed from a list of Frequently Asked Questions that Extension Educators, Extension Specialists and others had been asked by individuals in the fields on how to manage the 2009 crop. The four primary topics covered at this website include causes and identification, feeding and animal nutrition, storage and handling and marketing and insurance.

Youth in grades 3-12 are welcome to join 4-H while those younger are given the opportunity to join mini 4-H. The 4-H program is not strictly about the important lessons learned from showing livestock, since it does include a variety of other projects that youth can learn valuable life lessons from, including scrapbooking, photography, foods, small engines and sewing. Throughout the year, as a child is working on these projects, they are often given a chance to build a relationship with other youth and adult volunteers within the 4-H program. Often, they strengthen the bond between them and their parent or guardian as they work side-by-side to finish a project. If you are interested in signing a child up for 4-H, please contact your local Purdue Extension Office as soon as possible as deadlines for enrollment are nearing.

National Ag Week is March 14-20. It is a chance for those in and around rural communities to thank those involved in agriculture for doing a great job producing the necessities we need to survive. As part of National Ag Week, counties all around Indiana and the Nation celebration Agriculture in unique ways.

For Clay County, there will be an Ag Day Dinner March 18 and a Youth Ag Day March 19.

The Ag Day Dinner will feature Jim Mintert, Assistant Director of Extension, Agriculture and Natural Resources for Purdue University. Contact the Purdue Extension Office to purchase a $5 ticket if you would like to attend. During Youth Ag Day, area fourth-graders will get to see how agriculture impacts their daily lives and how those ingredients get from the farm to their plate when they enjoy a slice of pizza.

Owen County Youth Ag Day took place in October, but that doesn't mean there won't be a celebration taking place during March to celebrate agriculture. The Owen County Ag Day Dinner is March 22 and will take place at the fairgrounds. Contact the Purdue Extension Office to purchase a $5 ticket if you would like to attend.

The theme for this year's Ag Dinner is Owen County Agriculture Through the Years.

Taking time to enjoy the small things that impact our daily lives is not the easiest thing to do. Sometimes, we get so caught up on getting every little detail done that we forget to just take a break. It isn't until we end up sick that we realize we neglected some of the small things in our life that brought us joy. So in the coming weeks, take a few minutes out of your day to "stop to smell the roses," or "tiptoe through the tulips." As always, if you have any questions or concerns about this week's column or agriculture, horticulture, or natural resources, please contact your local Purdue Extension Office at 448-9041, or reach me directly via e-mail at smith535@pur-due.edu.

Upcoming opportunities available to you through Purdue Extension include:

* March 18 -- Clay County Adult Ag Day Dinner. Doors open at 6 p.m. Contact the Clay County Extension Office or a local First Financial Branch to purchase a ticket,

* March 19 -- Clay County Youth Ag Day,

* March 19 -- Soil Health/Cover Crop Roundtable, 9-11:30 a.m., Terre Haute. Bring your Pesticide License and $10 if you would like to receive PARP credit,

* March 22 -- Owen County Adult Ag Day Dinner, 6:30 p.m., Owen County Fairgrounds. Pick up tickets at the Owen County Extension Office for $5,

* March 24 -- Farmers Market Vendor Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Farm Bureau Office in Spencer. Contact 812-829-2307 for more information.