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  • Kentucky poultry producers: Be aware of H7 virus

     Recently a highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza, H7, appeared on a large poultry farm in Tennessee by way of migratory ducks and geese. Currently no birds in Kentucky are infected, however, all poultry producers should take precautions and stay aware.

    The H7 virus is a North American strain that is of wild lineage, meaning waterfowl could be a source of it. Since this is the season for waterfowl to migrate north in the Mississippi flyway, there will be an increased presence of migratory ducks and geese in Kentucky.

  • Brain Power 101

    March 13 – 19 is Brain Awareness Week. So, let’s think about your brain. The brain is an amazing organ. It controls all bodily functions, all organs, thoughts, emotions, memory and ability to be self-aware.  Like other body parts, it is natural for the brain to lose some of its sharpness; but it can deteriorate even more if you do not take care of it.

    According to the Alzheimer’s Association, it is important to stay physically active, to adopt a brain-healthy diet, and to remain socially active and mentally alert. 

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  • Take proper steps to address damaged, fallen trees

    Many farmers and homeowners have been in the stages of cleanup after the storm that came through the county last week. A lot of trees took an especially hard hit, so let us take a look at the different types of tree damage and how to safely remove them.

    A common safety issue with storm damage is broken branches remaining high in the crown of trees. These are called “widow makers” and can persist in woodlands for several years after a storm.

  • Use food safety guidelines after a power outage

    This past week our area was hit by strong winds and other severe weather. Many families and individuals had homes, farms and businesses damaged, including weather damage, power outages and numerous other loses.

  • Ag Tags benefit local 4-H

    4-H has an opportunity to raise funds for Carroll County and statewide 4-H programs through the Kentucky Ag Tag Donation program.

    Since 2012, Kentucky Farmers have the option to make a $10 voluntary donation when they purchase or renew their license plate. Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles will again equally divide the amount raised among 4-H, FFA and Kentucky Proud. As an individual that makes the voluntary donation for your farm vehicle, you help 4-H grow strong leaders for tomorrow, advance agricultural education in Kentucky, and promote Kentucky farm products.

  • Free ovarian cancer screening for Carroll Co. Extension Homemakers

    It seems like every day you hear of someone being diagnosed with cancer. Cancer is the number two cause of death in the United States behind heart disease. Cancer is a group of diseases characterized by the uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. (Medical News Today) If detected early enough, many types can be successfully treated. Early detection is a key.

  • Preventative maintenance prolongs tractor life

    Last week, we talked about farm vehicle requirements on the road. This week, let us focus on the maintenance of our tractors.

    There is a tendency to put maintenance on the back burner as spring and summer field activities get into full swing.

    A simple front-to-back routine every week can help you remember key maintenance points. The manufacturer will have suggested-intervals for most of the maintenance tasks, so you will not have to do everything every week, but developing a weekly routine will prompt you to ask if it is time to do specific tasks.

  • Rules of the road for farm vehicles

    Planting season is quickly approaching, and with the warmer temperatures we have experienced this week, it has a lot of farmers itching to get a jump start on the growing season. Sometimes our farm work requires us to get on the main roads. Let us keep in mind the farm vehicle requirements for Kentucky provided by the Kentucky State Police.

    Moving farm implements are required to have a lead escort vehicle if a vehicle and load exceeds ten (10) feet, six (6) inches wide but does not exceed twelve (12) feet wide.

  • Jansen returns to Carroll Extension as FCS agent

    We have exciting news to share at the Carroll County Extension Office!

    We would like to welcome our new Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences, Cathy Jansen, to Carroll County!

    Cathy’s first day is Monday, Feb. 27. Please stop by the Extension Office and meet her! A welcome reception will follow in the coming weeks.

    To some of our residents, Cathy’s name may be very familiar—she was Carroll County’s 4-H Agent from 1997 to 2003. We are excited to welcome Cathy back to the community.

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