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  • Avian flu outbreak affecting egg supplies

    A multi-state outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza, including Kentucky, has reduced the United States’ egg laying hen population to the smallest size in at least seven years.

    More than 50 million birds have died.  As a result, egg prices are on the rise in many grocery stores and some folks are wondering if the eggs and poultry products that remain are safe to consume.

  • Reducing sugary drinks in children’s diets

    Sugar sweetened beverages include a variety of commonly consumed liquids, such as sodas, energy and sport drinks,  lemonade and fruit drinks, sweet tea, flavored water, and coffee. Sales from sugary drinks in the United States totaled $14.3 billion in the year 2013, making them the single largest source of calories in our diet and one of the biggest contributors to high rates of obesity.

  • Carroll County Fair livestock show results

    Poultry Show – June 6

    Carroll County 4-H Grand Champion Poultry – Evan Searcy, Carroll County

    Open Grand Champion Poultry – Canaan Phillips, Owen County

    Open Grand Champion Waterfowl and Miscellaneous – Chevy Vaske, Grant County

    Open Best of Show – Canaan Phillips, Owen County

     

    Rabbit Show – June 6

    Carroll County 4-H Grand Champion Fancy Rabbit – Madison Hicks, Carroll County

  • Another pest heading this way, brown maramorated stink bug

    The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is an invasive pest of over 100 plant species, including vegetable, grain, fruit, and ornamental crops.  From June to September, agricultural producers and home gardeners should keep an eye out for the insects feeding on plants.

    Although the bug has not been officially confirmed in Carroll County, its presence is confirmed in surrounding counties.  A survey will take place this summer in our county to determine its presence in soybean fields.

  • 4-H winner
  • Stay cool this summer

    When it is hot outside, our bodies also become hot, especially when working or playing outdoors. By taking some simple precautions, we can reduce the possibility of overheating and other health problems caused by the combination of high summer temperatures and humidity.

    Adults normally need about 64 ounces of liquid a day, more during warmer weather.  During strenuous activities, drink one-half to one cup every 10 to 15 minutes, and continue to consume fluids afterwards to replace what you lost in perspiration.

  • County fair livestock shows successful thanks to volunteers

    Another successful 4-H/Open Livestock Show at the Carroll County Fair is officially in the books.

    This year’s shows included poultry, rabbit, beef, swine, meat and dairy goat, and sheep. Joyce and I could not have had such great results from the livestock shows if it was not for the amazing volunteers who helped us:

  • 4-H livestock show participants

    What a great county fair.  Our shows in the livestock barn were well attended.  Below are the champions and the other 4-H members who participated.

    Beef:  Sabrina Young

    Dog: Jackson Marsh, Wyatt Heveline

    Market Goat: Jace Walls, Cassidy Buchanan, Braxton Walls 

  • Potassium can help lower blood pressure

    Two out of three American adults have hypertension or prehypertension, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, increases your risk for heart disease and stroke, the two leading causes of death in America. Fortunately, most cases of high blood pressure can be improved or prevented through diet changes.

  • Preserving produce: To can or to freeze?

    Soon, many vegetables and fruits will be ready for harvesting, and many gardeners will have more produce than they can readily eat. Those who want to preserve fresh, summer foods for later consumption will consider either freezing or canning the harvest. But is one way of preservation better than the other? The answer depends on the type of food you want to preserve. 

    If proper techniques and correct temperatures are used, frozen foods retain greater amounts of their vitamin content, natural color, flavor and texture.