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Extension

  • A new year is a great time to get the family’s finances in good order

    Getting your financial habits in order is good to undertake as we begin a new year. Last week I discussed the importance of analyzing your spending habits and creating a good spending and saving plan to stretch your money and make it go further.

    No matter your income, you can learn ways to live within your means. Without a plan, you may charge for purchases, thus increasing the money you owe. Or, at the end of the month, you may find yourself with no accessible cash.  This can cause undue stress and hardship to you or your family

  • Lice can be a potential problem during cold weather

    It has been a cold start to the week and making sure our livestock are adequately cared for in these cold temperatures is a concern for all livestock producers.

    In addition to being mindful of feeding high quality forages and supplemental grain to provide energy and keeping waterers flowing, we should also take a look at another pest of winter: lice.

    Lice are cold-loving pests that can spread when animals bunch together in response to frigid temperatures.

  • Tips on dealing with debt, stretching your dollars

    Happy New Year!

  • Pesticide, beef quality assurance trainings upcoming

    Happy New Year!

    This year of 2014 marks an important milestone in the history of the Cooperative Extension Service, as we celebrate the Smith-Lever Act, which established Extension back in 1914.

    The Smith-Lever Act began a unique educational partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the nation’s land-grant universities that extends research-based knowledge through a state-by-state network of extension educators.

  • Take 10 minutes to build a more fit family over break

    The Carroll County Cooperative Extension Service is closed for the holidays until Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. We hope that you are enjoying some special time with family and friends during the break and as we ring in a new year. Here’s to you and yours, “Happy New Year!”

     

    Do you have a Fit Family?

  • Amaryllis provides some color in winter months

    Cold temperatures, snow and muddy walkways may be in our future for winter this year, but I have a plant that will bring color and liven up the dreariest of winter days—the amaryllis.

    Amaryllis is a member of the lily family, and is available in a range of colors, including pink, white, red, orange and variegated.

    This plant grows from a large bulb, making it well suited for blooming during the colder months of the year.

  • Proper feeding in winter saves hay, keeps horses healthy

    With snow and colder temperatures showing up over the past weeks, producers should consider the nutritional needs of their horses and how those needs can change during Kentucky winters.

    The first step is to assess its body condition score, referred to as BCS, which is the amount of fat the horse is carrying.

  • The holidays are a great time for play together

    During the holiday break parents and grandparents can share many happy fun activities.

    Outdoor play is still important, but doing indoor activities in the warmth of the home is more enticing.

    Think for a moment about how to make the best use of your children’s indoor time. What are your children’s interests? What are they able to do developmentally?

    Buying expensive items is unnecessary. There are many things right in your own home or garage that you can use for activities to do with your children and the rest of the family, too.

  • Winter a busy time for conferences

    The winter months bring a wide variety of opportunities to extend your knowledge and network with other agricultural producers.

    Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Trade Show

    The 2014 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Trade Show will take place Jan. 6-7 in Lexington at the Embassy Suites Hotel.

    Highlights of this year’s meeting include pre-conference tree fruit and small fruit round table discussions.

  • Students can improve communication skills through 4-H

    As I go into Cartmell Elementary this month and in January, the students will be given information about the proper way to research and present a speech or a demonstration.

    In February each student will present their speech or demonstration in front of their classmates and community members who volunteer to judge their presentations. If they receive a blue ribbon, they will have the opportunity to continue to the county level and, from there, on to the district and state level.