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Extension

  • 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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  • Water is an important key to a healthy life

    Most of us hear early on that we should drink water for good health, but some of us may not know why it is so important.

    More than two-thirds of our bodies are made of water. It helps lubricate our joints, and without water, our organs could not properly function. Water is also essential in helping us remove waste from our bodies.

    If you do not consume enough water, you run the risk of becoming dehydrated. Dehydration can cause headaches, mood changes, fever, dizziness, rapid heartbeat and kidney problems among others.

  • Tips on how to manage Kentucky 31 tall fescue

    Tall fescue, specifically Kentucky 31, is a cool-season grass that is widely grown throughout Kentucky and the eastern United States, because it is resistant to many unfavorable conditions including drought tolerance and insect resistance.

    However, the very reason for its resiliency is also its Achilles heel. It contains a harmful fungal endophyte that causes fescue toxicosis in cattle and horses. Affected animals get sick, have reduced weight gains, reproductive problems and other issues.

  • Skunk management tips offered as odors increase

    Do you smell that?

    Skunk. Eww.

    As you drive around the county, you may have noticed that familiar odor over the past couple of weeks.

    Two species of skunks live in Kentucky: the striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis) and the spotted skunk (Spilogale putorius). The striped skunk is very common and found in every county while the spotted skunk is rare and found in the southeastern corner of the state.

  • Online banking offers options for managing your money

    Do you find it difficult to keep track of your monthly banking activity?

    If so, you may want to consider automating your finances.

    Over the past several years, financial institutions have introduced services that allow you to pay bills and transfer money between accounts automatically after a one-time set up of your preferences. Automating your finances is an easy way to guarantee that your bills are paid on time and that you are on track to meeting your financial goals.

  • Suggestions for more nutritious meeting snacks

    It seems like we see the typical donuts and pastries at every work meeting we attend. This can be trouble for individuals trying to maintain a healthy diet, considering a single donut or pastry could contain 300 calories or more. Next time, try serving some healthier food options.

    Below are some suggestions for healthier snacks for any time of day.

    Pass the water. Be sure to have cups on hand for a water fountain or bottled water as a beverage option. Bypass the sugar-sweetened beverages including soda and fruit juices.

  • Plan your garden for maximum production

    Last week, we focused our attention on choosing seeds for our gardens. For all gardeners, we aspire to have a successful gardening season—full of bounty and enjoyment. Let us continue the gardening discussion with some helpful tips to keep in mind for your garden.

    Plan your garden on paper before you begin. Draw a scale model of your garden space.

    Plan to plant perennials like asparagus, rhubarb, chives, and horseradish along one side of the garden since they may produce for six to twelve years.