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Extension

  • 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. 

  • Stay off the solid-fat, added- sugar calories this holiday

    The holidays are here again! While being active is important in maintaining a healthy weight, “Staying off the SoFAS” has a different meaning and focus in terms of weight management.

  • Learn the basics of arranging attractive holiday tables

    Since many of you have told me you wished you could create something special for your holiday table, I have planned a special holiday arrangement class from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 9, at the Extension office.

    Hav-ing it later in the afternoon may give more of you working outside the home a chance to take this class.

    You may know Sharon Graves of Ghent to be a local artist. She possesses many other talents – including being a certified florist. She will teach us to make a beautiful holiday arrangement. 

  • Cost share applications available Friday from Extension

    Applications will be available starting Friday, Dec. 6 for the 2013 Carroll County Agricultural Investment Program at the Carroll County Extension Office.

    Appli-cations must be picked up and returned to the Carroll County Exten-sion Office between Dec. 6 and 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 20. We cannot accept applications before or after those dates. 

  • Applications sought for CAIP progam by Extension office

    Applications will be available on Friday, Dec. 6 for the 2013 Carroll County Agricultural Investment Program at the Carroll County Extension Office.

    Applications must be picked up and returned to the Carroll County Exten-sion Office between Dec. 6 and Dec. 20 at 4:30 p.m.  We cannot accept applications before or after those dates.  

  • Maximize hay use with proper feeding techniques

    As we move into the winter months, we move into the hay feeding period for our livestock.  Regard-less of the livestock species, it is normal to expect hay loss during feeding. However, if hay is stored and fed properly, hay loss can be minimized. 

  • Sensible snacking is easy during the busy holidays

    The holiday season is now here, which means good food and festivities. Most of us get busy around the holidays, shopping for gifts, planning parties and visiting family and friends.

    Having a nutritious snack during these busy times helps keep our bodies fueled, supplies essential vitamins and minerals, and prevents us from overeating during main meals.

    Many people think of snacking as an unhealthy habit because when they think of snack food, they think of a candy bar, cookies or a bag of chips.