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Extension

  • CAIP application deadline tomorrow (Dec. 19)

     The Carroll County Cooperative Extension Service will be closed for the holidays from December 25to January 2.  The office will be open on Monday, January 5.

    CAIP Applications Still Available

    Applications are still available for the 2014 Carroll County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP) at the Carroll County Conservation District Office, 1802 Highland Avenue, Carrollton.

  • Proper storage of holiday decorations prevents a ‘Griswold’

    National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is one of my all-time favorite movies to watch during the holiday season.

    Every scene is quote-worthy and brings about big laughs.

    One scene in particular stands out to me:

    Clark Griswold has dragged his son, Russ, outside with him to start the big task of putting lights on the house.  Russ, who is not excited about helping out with this task at all, complains that his dad overdoes things.

  • Herbst offers history of holiday poinsettias plant

    Poinsettias are synonymous with the holiday season.  Their bright red, pink or white leaves are beautiful as standalone plants or as components of bigger holiday displays.

    It may surprise many to know that in their native climate, this subtropical plant can grow to lofty heights of more than 10 feet.  In the United States, poinsettias are grown as indoor potted plants, most in heated greenhouses.

  • Give the gift of time to your children this season

    “Walk a little slower Daddy”

     

    “Walk a little slower, Daddy!” said a little child so small.

    “I’m following in your footsteps and I don’t want to fall.

     

    Sometimes your steps are very fast; sometimes they’re hard to see;

    So walk a little slower Daddy, for you are leading me.

     

    Someday when I’m all grown up, you’re what I want to be.

  • Safety tips for you and your pets this winter season

    After our first snowfall in November, it is easy to start thinking about winter storms when winter has not even officially arrived, due to the calendar.  It is hard to tell if there will be many winter storms from year to year, but each year we should make sure that we are prepared for winter storms.

    Winter storms typically have low temperatures and are sometimes accompanied by ice, sleet, freezing rain, and snow.

  • Dec. 8 is deadline for country ham project sign ups

    It’s that time again to think about curing a country ham. If 4-H members are interested in learning this process, a contract must be signed and in my hands by Dec. 8. So please call the Extension office and request a contract or stop by and pick one up.  The contracts will also be in each school office for the child to pick up. It is so exciting to see the young people as they learn some “back in the day” projects.  Here are some facts about curing “green” hams the 4-H way.

  • Thankgiving provides a time with friends and family

    With Thanksgiving upon us, I would like to take a moment to venture away from my traditional agriculture column and share a poem of Thanksgiving.

    Many years ago, a Kentucky gentleman who prefers to remain anonymous awoke early on Thanks-giving morning and penned the following words. You may find, as many have, that his expression of gratitude speaks to your heart:

    “I am thankful for the gift of life, for the opportunity to breathe and move and see, for the invisible energy that lovingly beats my heart.

  • Applications due for ag investment program Dec. 1-19

    Applications will be available on Monday, Dec. 1 for the 2014 Carroll County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP) at the Carroll County Conservation District Office, 1802 Highland Ave., Carrollton.

    Applications must be picked up and returned to the Carroll County Conservation District Office between Dec. 1 and Dec. 19.  Applications cannot be accepted before or after those dates.  All applications must be in to the Conservation District Office by 4:30 p.m., Dec. 19.

  • Carroll County 4-H Council receives state Ag Tag funds

    The Carroll County 4-H Council received $426.83 from the 2014 Ag Tag Program, part of $84,000 distributed to County 4-H Councils by the Kentucky 4-H Foundation. 

    For the third year, thanks to Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer, proceeds from the voluntary donations to the Agricultural Program Trust Fund are divided equally among 4-H, FFA, and Kentucky Proud.

  • Extension workshop to share new farm bill details

    A 2014 Farm Bill Workshop will take place at the Carroll County Extension Office at 10 a.m. Nov. 20.

    This workshop will provide more information about the two new programs that have been created through the United States Department of Agriculture in the 2014 Farm Bill—Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage.

    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.