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Extension

  • Take time to evaluate your insurance needs

    The purpose of insurance is to protect against the unknown by providing financial security when the unexpected happens. Many people receive health insurance through their employers, but individuals who are self-employed, retired or who have too little or unaffordable coverage should purchase insurance on their own.

  • Check livestock for signs of louse

    Cold weather is louse weather for livestock. Inadequate nutrition, compromised immune response and shipping stress also favor outbreaks, if there are any infested animals in the herd.

    Biting and sucking lice have been associated with reduced weight gains and general lack of thriftiness during periods of greatest winter stress. These small external parasites can spread quickly through a herd as animals bunch for warmth or when feeding.

  • 4-H program holds multiple fundraisers

    This Saturday is our 4-H fundraiser, which is a vendor fair at the Relevant Church gymnasium from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. There will be local honey, jewelry, homemade crafts, skin care products, toys, candles, laundry detergent and more items. Please come out and visit our local vendors, which not only benefits them, but the 4-H program as well.

  • Deadline nears for producers to join farm programs

    The deadlines are quickly approaching for producers with base acres to make decisions regarding new coverage programs under the current Farm Bill.

    The two new programs that have been created through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the 2014 Farm Bill are Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC).

    ARC and PLC are commodity farm safety net programs that offer farmers protection when market forces cause substantial drops in crop prices and/or revenues.

  • Healthy choices can help with new year weight loss

    Hello, since this is my first article for the paper I wanted to thank everyone I’ve met in the community and at the Carroll County Extension Office for the warm welcomes and offers of support in my new position as Family and Consumer Science Agent. There are many folks to meet and opportunities yet to come, and I look forward to them all!

    At the beginning of January many of us made resolutions and set goals around health, such as eating healthier, becoming more fit or losing weight.

  • Dog club, country ham curing next for 4-H program

    Most children are introduced to “man’s best friend” early in life, but oftentimes a dog’s care, training and upkeep are chores left to their parents. The 4-H dog program offers young dog enthusiasts the opportunity to learn about all aspects of canines and strengthen the bond between them.

  • Tips on how to safely operate a generator at home

    Standby generators provide emergency electrical power during disruptions caused by winter storms and other disasters. However, we need to take some special precautions to ensure safe, efficient operation of these generators.

    Make sure to purchase a generator that is rated for the amount of power needed and buy one that will supply more than needed so you do not blow a fuse or damage the equipment you plan to attach to the generator.

  • The new year is the time to start keeping financial records for 2015

    As we move into the New Year and try to keep up with those resolutions we have set for ourselves, it is also a perfect time to get a good start on record keeping for our agricultural operations.

    Record keeping may not be every farmer’s favorite activity and probably not the reason a person gets into farming as a career. With time, patience and a commitment to get it done, it can make a producer’s financial life a lot less worrisome.

  • Extension welcomes new FCS agent Ann Schultz

    Happy New Year!

    Joyce, Rhonda, and I have very exciting news to share with the coming of 2015.  We will be welcoming a new coworker to the Carroll County Cooperative Extension Service.

    On behalf of the University of Kentucky and our Carroll County Cooperative Extension Service, I would like to announce that Ann Schultz will be joining us as our new Extension Agent for Family & Consumer Sciences.  Ann’s first day is Monday, Jan. 5.

  • 4-H pledge provides platform for success

    As I sit and think about 2014 coming to an end, I first think of all the positives in my life.  The first being good health.  Good health is something that we rarely appreciate, but the moment we get sick, we would give anything to regain good health.