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Extension

  • 4-H program almost ready to start at schools in county

    It won’t be long until 4-H will be taught at Cartmell Elementary and in afterschool programs at Kathryn Winn Primary and the Carroll County Middle School. Many lessons will be taught during the school day, but remember 4-H can go beyond the classroom.

  • Tent to feature Extension, 4-H and other local groups

    The Carroll County Cooperative Extension Service is hosting a tent at the 2013 Tobacco Festival in Carrollton, Oct. 3-5.

    In this year’s tent, we will spotlight each area of the Cooperative Extension Service through demonstrations and informational sessions. 

    On Thursday night, Oct. 3, we will provide an introduction of the Extension Service, explaining our role in the community and highlighting what the rest of the weekend will bring.  A schedule of our events will be posted throughout the festival.

  • Diabetes support group to learn about body language

    At the Thursday, Oct. 10, meeting of the It’s About You! Diabetes Support Group, the program will be “Your Body Language is Telling.”

    The session runs from 10 a.m. to noon at the Exten-sion office.

    Body language can support or clarify what you are saying verbally, or it can negate or lessen a verbal message. We invite residents with diabetes or others interested to attend this monthly meeting. A light sampling a food with lower carbohydrates, fat or sugar will be provided. 

    Texiles update

  • Extensions’ forestry fall webinar series begins Oct. 1

    Carroll County woodland owners and other interested individuals are invited to attend the Forestry Fall Webinar Series at the Carroll County Extension Office beginning Oct. 1.

    The Forestry Fall Webinar Series is an excellent opportunity for woodland owners and those with an interest in forestry to get a significant amount of information in a relatively short time, without having to drive great distances to attend.

    The webinar will start at 7 p.m., last about one hour, at the Carroll County Extension Office.

    The first topic will be tree identification.

  • Think food safety when tailgating this fall in Kentucky

    Football season is time for good food, tailgating, and family times with lots of good food. With changing weather from cool to warmer temperatures, it can also be a time for the risk of foodborne illness to increase. Keep your family safe from foodborne illness this season by following these on-the-go food safety tips:

    • Carry cold perishable foods in an insulated cooler with several inches of ice or frozen gel packs. Never let raw meat, cooked food or cut fresh fruits or vegetables sit out for more than two hours.

  • Cover-crop rotation can improve soil quality

    While members of the Carroll County High School FFA cooked hamburgers and hot dogs, the Carroll County Soil Conservation District held its annual field day Thursday in the shadows of the grain-drying and storage bins owned by Christ-man Farms in Preston-ville.

  • Autumn brings time to harvest apples in Kentucky

    September and October is a busy time for Kentucky’s apple growers—both for the commercial and home operation. In fact, I have received a couple of calls already about the best time to harvest apples this season.

    The best and most time-tested method of judging when to pick fruit is the taste method. When enough starch has been converted to sugar and the flavor is developed, the fruit is ready to eat.

  • Adults must help foster leadership skills in youth

    All young people need opportunities to develop leadership skills. By learning to interact with others and becoming engaged members of their communities, they learn they can make a difference. 

    In order for youth to be prepared to work in partnership with adults, they need to develop and/or enhance their leadership skills. Leadership education prepares youth to:

    l Manage time

    l Work as a team

    l Set goals

    l Start conversations

    l Facilitate meetings

    l Solve problems

  • FDA clears up label rules on what is really ‘gluten free’

    The Food and Drug Administration recently finalized the definition of the term “gluten-free” on food labels. All manufacturers that want to use the gluten-free wording on their products must adhere to strict guidelines.

    According to the FDA, the term gluten-free now refers to foods that are either inherently gluten-free or foods that do not contain any ingredient that is:

    • A gluten-containing grain (e.g., spelt or wheat)

    • Derived from a gluten-containing grain that has not been processed to remove gluten (e.g., wheat flour)

  • Carroll County Conservation District to hold field day

    The Carroll County Conservation District will hold a field day at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19.

    The field day will be held at Christman Farms on Hwy. 55 in Prestonville, one-fourth mile south of the intersection of U.S. 42 and Hwy. 55.

    This field day will spotlight grain bin storage and drying, as well as conservation practices related to that topic. Paul Veech, district conservationist, will speak on filter strips and soil quality.