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Extension

  • 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.

  • Start planning for best spring calving cow herd

    Study the performance of last year’s calf crop and plan for improvement. Plan your breeding program and consider a better herd sire(s).  Select herd sires which will allow you to meet your goals and be willing to pay for superior animals. 

    Consider vaccinating the cows to help prevent calf scours.

    Start cows on the high magnesium mineral supplement soon.  Consider protein supplementation if hay is less than 10 percent crude protein.  If cows are thin, begin energy (grain) supplementation now. 

  • Planning ahead, buying at clearance sales can improve your fishing season

    Kentucky Afield

    FRANKFORT, Ky. – It’s the time of year for resolutions that make us feel good for a few days after making them, but lie in the junk heap of our actions by Valentine’s Day.

    For those who love to hunt and fish, a few resolutions for next year that should be kept will make each hunting or fishing trip much better in 2013.

  • Know your heating goals before investing in firewood

    Many Kentuckians burn firewood as their main source of heat during the winter.  Others use it to supplement their heating sources.

    For many families, that means purchasing wood.  To gain the most from your investment, pay attention to the seasoning, density and quantity of firewood.

  • Programs to teach about food, sewing and family history

    Your Carroll County Extension Service has many programs and activities planned to address your interests and needs. I am sharing some from family and consumer sciences that might interest you. Please stop by our office to check out other opportunities. 

    Champion Food Volunteer

    The Champion Food Volunteer training will be offered in February and March by our Northern Kentucky Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agents.  Next Tuesday, Jan. 15, is the deadline to register for the six-week program.