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  • Take the challenge: 25 ways to eat better in 2013

    This week I am asking readers to take a challenge and see how you measure up to eating healthy.

    Read the list below of ways to eat healthier and mark “yes” for those you already do and “no” for those you do not do.  Add up your “yes” replies and then your “no” replies.

    Which response is higher?

  • Conservation district accepting cost-share applications

    The Carroll County Conservation District is now accepting Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share applications on a continuous basis.

    This continual sign-up is designed to make the program more “landowner friendly” and help address the needs of a landowner at any time during the year. 

    As landowners plan conservation projects with the assistance of their local conservation district, they will be able to apply for financial assistance for those projects without having to wait for a designated sign up period.

  • Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Record harvest for state’s deer season 


    By ART LANDER JR.

    Kentucky Afield Outdoors

    Kentucky deer hunters will have lots of ground venison for chili this winter, roasts to bake with onions, celery and vegetables, and back strap chops to grill during the summer.

    That’s because a record deer harvest was posted for the 2012-13 deer season, which ended with the close of archery season Jan. 21.

  • FSA offers registration for 2013 Farm Bill programs

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency reminds producers that the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extended the authorization of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the 2008 Farm Bill) for many Com-modity Credit Corpor-ation commodity, disaster, and conservation programs through 2013.  FSA administers these programs.  

  • 4-Hers, adults join in program on curing country hams

    I have said it more than once and I am going to say it again.  Carroll County is the greatest county on earth. There is not one project that 4-H has that there is not a true “expert” in Carroll County.

    One of the projects in 4-H animal science is the process of curing country hams. When I came to Carroll County curing country ham was a project I wanted for the youth.  Jim and Bob Froman gave of their time to talk with the members about the process and history of curing country hams.

  • Energy saving tips create savings for winter months

    It’s winter in Kentucky. This is a great time of year to turn up the heat and snuggle down by a warm fire in the fireplace, watch television or read a book. But, this can be costly.

    Heat-ing and cooling accounts for more than 50 percent of the energy usage in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes.

    It is no secret that energy usage often peaks in the winter with the use of more lighting and heat. Here are a few ways to offset excessive energy usage and electric or gas bills.

    Tips for saving energy

  • Take your child to the store to develop language skills

    Do you take your children shopping? This can be the perfect opportunity to help your child develop language skills.

    There are many fun activities to do with younger children at the store to help them with language and reading skills.

    The store is a great place for teaching new words and for introducing your child to new people and places. You can turn the time you have together into a valuable way to teach language skills to your child. Just remember to make it fun and to pick a time when neither you nor your child is hungry or tired.

  • Winter is time to look at spring heifer development

    January is an extremely important “checkpoint” in spring heifer-development programs. 

    The key to proper heifer development lies in understanding the factors that influence conception in yearling heifers.

    One key factor regulating heifer fertility is age at puberty. Most producers do not consider age at puberty of their heifers to be a major problem, yet few know how many heifers are actually cyclic at the beginning of the breeding season. 

  • A good plan makes money go further

    By the end of the month, do you wonder where your money went? Many of you reading this column will hope that you can manage your money better this year than you did last year. 

    The start of a new year is the perfect time to get better control of your money. Under-standing how and where you spend your money is important for everyone for financial success and to have enough money available for necessities - especially in tough economic times. There are several key steps you can take to stretch your money a little farther each month. 

  • 4-H seeks volunteers to help program grow

    As you are aware, the 4-H program could not exist without the support of caring adults. I have been the Carroll County 4-H Youth Development Agent for four months and I am absolutely so impressed with the encouragement that the citizens of this great county have given to this wonderful program.

    Now is the time of year we resolve to make changes for the better. This year, you can resolve to be a positive influence in the life of a young person by volunteering with 4-H.