.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Extension

  • 4-H’ers prepare for a busy June

    What a busy month!  Shooting sports is off and “shooting.”

    We have 12 members attending the District 4 Invitational contest.  The disciplines in which our youth will participate are archery, trap, target rifle, percussion rifle, 22 target, pistol, sport rifle, and muzzle loader rifle.

    Carroll County 4-H is so successful in the area of shooting sports thanks to the men who have attended certification workshops. We have a leader in each discipline.

  • Grilling can be more than just hamburgers and hotdogs

    Grilling is one of many people’s favorite parts of summer, but it doesn’t always have to involve hamburgers, hot dogs and barbeque. There are plenty of creative ways to grill that can be healthier for you too.

  • County fair exhibit dates

    The Carroll County Fair begins next week, and there are a plethora of opportunities to showcase the talents of youth and adults alike in Carroll County through 4-H and Open exhibits.

    Flip through the fair catalog and consider entering exhibits.  Exhibit departments range from art, photography, and floral arrangements to foods, textiles, and horticulture.  Carroll County Fair catalogs are available the Extension Office.

  • Tips how to speed up the ripening process in fruit

    For most people, the upcoming months signal the arrival of fresh, seasonal produce, which promises eating at its finest. However, sometimes that produce isn’t as ripe as you need it to be. Some produce that has traveled a great distance is picked while it is still green and will not be ripe when it reaches the store. For some fruits, you can speed up the ripening process at home.

  • County fair is coming soon

     4-H members are working diligently to get their projects ready to exhibit at the Carroll County Fair.  So many lifelong skills are learned through participating in 4-H.  There will be items displayed in many areas, including photography, recycled items, horticulture, home environment, clothing, food, electricity, arts and crafts, consumer and financial education, crops, needlework and then our animal science shows in the barn on the fairgrounds.

    Open livestock show information is listed above.

  • Avoid the ouch of swimmer’s ear
  • Learn the warning signs of heat stress for livestock and pets

    Summer is just one short month away—June 21.  Over the past couple of weeks, we have experienced a little bit of heat, but we all know that is just a taste of what is to come.

    Just as humans can suffer when the temperatures rise, our livestock and pets can feel it, too.  Get a step up on the weather now, and learn to recognize when your livestock or pets may be in danger from the heat and what you can do to increase their comfort.

  • Local farmers markets have numerous benefits

    Many of us grew up with a family garden and remember the fresh taste of the first tomato of the summer or the crispness of the first ear of corn.  While you may not have the time or space to grow your own fruits and vegetables, you can still get the freshest produce available at your local farmers market. Shopping at the local farmers market has numerous benefits for you, your family, local farmers and the community. 

  • The best way to avoid ticks this summer is through prevention

    Temperatures are warming up, school will be out for the summer in a couple of weeks, and more time will be spent outdoors in this great weather.

    A pesky creature will also be looking for you to spend more time outdoors, and that is the tick.  However, knowing where ticks prefer to be can help you and your family be more aware of and avoid those close encounters of the tick kind.

  • Eastern tent caterpillars have made their 2015 appearance

    Several calls have come into the office about the presence of silken nests or “tents” in trees over the last couple of weeks.

    These tents are the nests of eastern tent caterpillars (ETC).

    ETC populations fluctuate from year to year. Defol-iation of trees, building of unsightly silken nests in trees, and wandering caterpillars crawling over plants, walkways, and roads cause this insect to be a pest in the late spring and early summer.