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  • 4-H Clover Quest is underway

    Carroll County 4-H Clover Quest started on Tuesday, March 28. The hints below will guide you to the first business that is displaying the clovers.

    Three clovers have been placed in a business in Carroll County. The question is, which one? I’m going to give you clues for you to find them and win a prize. You get three chances.

    Clue No. 1

  • Proper mowing now strengthens lawn for summer

    The spring-like temperatures and rain are making a big impact on our yards, and that first mowing of the year is due, if you have not pulled out the lawnmower already. Mowing grass is an important task and there are some points we should consider as we begin the mowing season.

  • Jansen gives information on tax benefits for higher education 

    Higher education costs paid in 2016 can mean tax savings when taxpayers file their tax returns. If taxpayers, their spouses or their dependents took post-high school coursework last year, they may be eligible for a tax credit or deduction.

    Here are some facts from the IRS about tax benefits for higher education coming from Issue Number: IRS Tax Tip 2017-31.

  • 4-H focuses on leadership; new promotion with local businesses

    This year the focus of the 4-H program has been leadership. We now have an active 4-H Teen Council that has attended and will continue to attend leadership workshops and come back to our county and implement new programs.

    In November, our four teen council officers (Kinley Huesman, Andrea Searcy, Clara Tuttle and Madeline Watts) and myself attended a forum called Issues Conference. At this conference they discussed issues that face our teens today, brainstormed and researched ideas so teens could make better decisions.

  • Mild winter has pushed ahead the need to scout for alfalfa weevils

    Alfalfa weevil is the major insect pest of the first alfalfa cutting. Kentucky’s mild winter has pushed development significantly ahead so feeding by weevil larvae is appearing early.

    The tiny pinholes chewed into tip leaves by first and second stage larvae are easy to overlook. The real damage comes a few days later as the third and fourth stages feed voraciously. Individual larvae feed for about three weeks, but eggs hatch over an extended period, so damage can continue for five to six weeks.

  • 2017 4-H Project Schedule

    All meetings will be held at the Carroll County Extension Office, 500 Floyd Dr., Carrollton, Ky., unless otherwise noted.

    Saturday, March 25 - Dog, 10 a.m.

    Sunday, March 26 - Art,

    2 p.m.

    Tuesday, March 28 - Leather, 3:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, March 29 - Projects, 3:30 p.m.

    Saturday, April 1 - Dog,

    10 a.m.

    Sunday, April 2 - Art, 2 p.m.

    Tuesday, April 4 - Pottery, 10 a.m., Cost is $30

    Thursday, April 6 - Beginning sewing, 9 a.m.

    Saturday, April 8 - Dog,

    10 a.m.

  • 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.