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Extension

  • Fall webinar series offers informative Extension programs

    The 2017 Fall Forestry Webinar Series will kick off next week at the Carroll County Extension Office.

    This series focusing on interesting topics related to forestry, including:

    • Identifying Kentucky’s Trees, Oct. 26 – 7 p.m. — This hands-on webinar will help you learn how to identify the many trees found in Kentucky’s forests. Participants will learn how to use a handy dichotomous leaf key to help them identify the trees around us. This webinar is presented by Laurie Thomas, Extension forester.

  • It’s autumn, the season to know all things pumpkin

    Few things say fall better than pumpkins. Whether you use them to cook, decorate or carve, chances are a pumpkin in some form or fashion will be a part of your seasonal celebrations. In fact, 80 percent of the U.S. pumpkin supply is available in October.

    Here are some interesting facts about the season’s favorite gourd.

    Pumpkins originated in Central America and get their name from the Greek word pepon, which means large melon. Pumpkins are in the same family with cucumbers, squash, zucchini and melons.

  • Extension rearing monarch butterflies

    Monarch butterflies are fascinating creatures, and we have been rearing them over the past several weeks at the Extension Office.

    Monarchs are distinct and easy to recognize with their dark orange wings with black or dark brown veins, and dark borders with white spots. They belong to the family Danaidae, and butterflies in this family are collectively known as the “milkweed butterflies.” The Monarch, Danaus plexippus, is the only member of this family that occurs in Kentucky.

  • Jansen: Celebrate Extension Homemakers during KEHA Week

    Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association Week is Oct. 8-14, and the state’s more than 850 clubs are celebrating their accomplishments from the past year.

    Extension Homemakers are firmly rooted in community service with more than 14,000 members contributing more than 300,000 volunteer hours for Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service-sponsored activities.

  • 4-H teen council officers practice leadership skills over fall break

    What did our 4-H teen officers do during fall break? Leadership!

    At the beginning of fall break, Madeline Watts and Andrea Searcy attended “Issues Conference” at Lake Cumberland 4-H Leadership Center in Jabez, Ky. While there Andrea gave a presentation on the grant that she wrote and completed. Madeline served on the Issues planning committee and was completely in charge of Sunday’s activities. These two girls are amazing.

  • October is 4-H month in Carroll County
  • Socializing is important for living a healthy life

    Just as we need food and water to survive, we also need meaningful social relationships and connections. Because we are wired for social contact, going without it increases the risks to jeopardize our overall health, well-being and life quality. While it is okay to feel lonely and to be alone at times, chronic loneliness can cause serious health concerns. Researchers continue to demonstrate how important meaningful relationships with others are to our mental, emotional and physical health.

  • Spiders like the golden argiope keep other bugs away

    Spiders can have a bad reputation. They are creepy-looking with all those legs stretching out from their bodies, and honestly, what creature should have six or more eyes?

    While there are dangerous spiders out there that we should avoid at all costs (black widow and brown recluse), most spiders are very beneficial, and if they are not right in our way, we should let them be.

    One such spider that is out and about during this time of year is the golden argiope or black and yellow garden spider.

  • Full calendar this year for 4-H

    4-H has started and it’s going to be an exciting year. Please look over the schedule and call the office (502) 732-7030 and sign your child up for the activities that they would be interested in. Also, if you have livestock (goats, poultry, swine, cattle, sheep, rabbits) please attend the livestock orientation at 2 p.m. Sept. 24, at the Carroll County Cooperative Extension Office.

    Joyce Doyle is the Carroll County Extension agent for 4-H and youth development. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to JWDoyl2@email.uky.edu. 

  • Tips to optimize your stockpiled grass for cows-calves

    Feed, and specifically winter feeding, is the single highest expense in cow-calf production systems. In many cases it can make up more than 50 percent of the total cow-calf budget.

    Traditionally, hay is the main feed that is used during the winter months. Producing hay that is high enough in forage quality to meet the nutritional needs of lactating brood cows can be difficult. Feeding that hay during the cold, wet and muddy winter months can also be a challenge, especially if you work off the farm since it is dark when you leave and dark when you get home.