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  • Clark gives student commencement speech, Dean’s List announced

    JCTC’s commencement ceremony was Tuesday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kentucky International Convention Center. 

    About 500 students participated in the ceremony, where the college awarded a record 1,201 associate’s degrees, as well as 131 diplomas and 3,194 certificates to a total of 1,738 graduates.  Many students earned more than one credential.

    Carrollton campus student Marty Clark won the Maria B. Miller Speech award and gave the student commencement speech.

    The following excerpt came from the commencement program:

  • Newly planted trees could fall victim to sunscald

    The first day of summer is quickly approaching on June 21, and the warmer temperatures are definitely a welcomed sight from the cold winter temperatures we experienced earlier this year.

    However, with these warm temperatures, we begin to see the development of a type of injury on newly planted trees that is actually a result of the cold winter. This problem is called sunscald.

    Sunscald is not only disfiguring but often leads to a long, slow mortality spiral. It usually appears only on the south or southwest side of trunks and only on recently planted trees.

  • Champions announced for exhibits at Carroll fair

    I am pleased to announce the Grand Champion winners in open class at the 2014 Carroll County Fair.

    Winners are Rileigh Darnold of Carroll-ton, a lamp made from garden supplies, crafts; Eva Ingram of Carroll-ton, coconut chocolate Bon Bons candy, culinary; Charlotte Clayton of Carrollton, artistically canned green beans, food preservation; Patrick Parker, bunch of white onions, horticulture; Barbara Clymer of Carrollton, photo of a little princess, photography; and Kimberly Bowen, beautiful crocheted scarf, textiles.

  • Open class fair exhibits due Friday

    Tomorrow is entry day for open class exhibits in this year’s Carroll County Fair. I hope that a lot of you will bring in exhibits so we can really showcase the great talents of all our Carroll County residents.

  • Millet is good addition to forage

    During the hot summer months, adding warm-season annuals to a grazing system can provide a high quality forage when cool-season grasses and legumes decrease in production and quality.

    One available warm-season annual that can be used in Kentucky is millet.

    Adding millets can reduce or end the need for feeding stored feeds, reduce overgrazing of cool-season grasses in the “summer slump,” and increase field stocking density.

  • Colorful laundry pods can pose a risk to children

    The new single-use liquid laundry detergent packs that dissolve in the washing machine are convenient and easy to use. But if you have (or care for) small children, be especially careful to keep them locked up and out of reach. 

    All cleaning products should be kept out of the reach of children, but these new laundry pods present an even greater risk. With their bright colors and squishy feel, they may look to a child like something fun to play with or good to eat. 

  • Steps for managing insects help prevent crop damage

    Insect infestations in stored wheat can cost a lot of money in treatment expenses or elevator discounts.  The best way to avoid insect problems in stored wheat is to follow preventive management practices from harvest until delivery of the crop for sale.

    These steps include conscientious equipment management before, during, and after harvest as well as good sanitation practices.  Other safeguards are thoroughly drying the crop, timely aeration, and frequently checking grain condition.

  • Club to work on quilt June 9

    The Covergirls Quilt Club will meet from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Monday, June 9 at the Carroll County Extension Office, 500 Floyd Drive, Carrollton. They will start working on the beautiful “Blue Pinwheels Quilt that they are making to be raffled off at the Goldenrod Gala in late August.

  • Federal disaster assistance available to farmers

    The Carrollton Service Center Farm Service Agency is currently conducting sign-ups for livestock disaster assistance programs. 

    These disaster programs are authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill as permanent programs and provide retroactive authority to cover losses that occurred on or after Oct. 1, 2011.

    The three programs are:

    Livestock Forage Program

    The Livestock Forage Program provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who have suffered grazing losses due to drought or fire.