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Extension

  • 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.

  • Tips help families prepare home for winter weather

    It is time to start thinking about the colder months ahead. Among of all the things you usually do during the fall, here are a few extra items that you may want to add to your to-do list.

    Winterize your home

    • Clean out gutters and repair any roof leaks.

    • If you have water pipes that run alongside exterior walls, make sure they are insulated so your pipes do not freeze when the weather turns colder.

  • Summer internships offer chance to work at an Extension job

    Working for the Cooperative Extension Service is a dream job for me.  Each day brings something different and exciting—an insect to identify, a farm to visit, eggs to incubate, or some agricultural “mystery” to solve.

    I was fortunate to know Extension before I ever got this job because I grew up in it, but not all young people thinking about a career in Extension have that type of experience. Therefore, the University of Kentucky Extension Summer Intern Program is just the ticket to get hands-on experience in Extension.

  • Tools can help farmers select the right bull

    When deciding on a new bull for your cattle operation, remember there is no one-size-fits-all approach.  Buying a bull that fits your needs and operation is very important and decisions will be different for every farm.

    Look-ing at all the traits for each bull you are considering and determining which one best fits your needs is the right approach.  Using tools such as Expected Progeny Differences will help in the decision-making process. Two traits often mentioned by Kentucky producers among the most important are calving ease and temperament.

  • Try these fun recipes after trick-or-treating this year

    Happy Halloween! It is that time of year for all the ghouls, goblins, princesses and superheroes to frolic around the neighborhoods. With all that fun, let us also be safe with a few Halloween safety reminders:

    •Make sure children travel in groups and/or with an adult.

    •Give children flashlights for added visibility.

    •Accessorize with glow-in-the-dark necklaces or bracelets, or use reflective tape.

    •Check collected items before allowing children to eat them.