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  • Sewing Expo attracts large crowd; learn to be a runner

    More than 100 sewing enthusiasts from Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and other states have been at General Butler State Resort Park  yesterday and today learning new sewing techniques and improving their skills as they attend the sixth annual “It’s Sew Fine” Sewing Expo hosted by the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service Family and Consumer Sciences program from the Northern Kentucky and Louisville area. 

  • Poison hemlock’s invasive nature has it spreading

    Last week, we focused on yellow buttercup emerging in fields and pastures.  This week, let us take a closer look at another weed that we may be seeing on the farm—poison hemlock (Conium maculatum).

    Altho-ugh this plant is often seen along roadways, abandoned lots, fence rows, and other non-cropland sites, in more recent years, poison hemlock has expanded into grazed pasture lands and hay fields.  The concern not only stems from its invasive nature, but the fact that it is one of the most toxic plants in the world.

  • Programs set on vegetarianism, diabetes health habits, tea

    This week we are having three very informative programs at the Carroll County Extension office that readers of this column might want to attend. There is no cost for any of these programs, but encourage those planning to attend to call the Extension office so I have enough copies of materials and samples for everyone.

    “Simply Vegetarian” program is Thursday.

    What is vegetarianism? Is a person who is a vegetarian getting all the protein and other nutrients that he or she needs for a healthy diet?

  • Eddie the Eagle spreads gun safety message to area students

    Safety is an important word in all aspects of our life. 4-H stresses safety in all of their projects, but the one that is being focused on right now is gun safety. 

    I had the privilege of being included in the health and safety fair that was held at Cartmell Elementary on March 16.  Eddie the Eagle was in attendance where his message was when you see a gun you are to “stop, don’t touch, leave the area and tell an adult.”

  • Buttercups are a sure sign that spring has arrived

    One of the signs that spring has arrived is when yellow buttercups begin to appear, but it is during the winter months that the vegetative growth of buttercups actually takes place.

    As a cool-season weed, this plant often flourishes in over-grazed pasture with poor stands of desirable forages.  In fact, many fields that have dense buttercup populations are fields heavily grazed by animals during the fall through the early spring months.

  • Moneywise, tips help with solid financial planning

    Spring is finally in the air. I hope you had a nice Easter and are enjoying the beautiful spring flowers that are gracing our yards and parks.

    Today I’m sharing some information about managing your money. Check out the University of Kentucky Moneywise website, www2.ca.uky.edu/moneywise.

    You will find lots of information, decision aids and calculators on Moneywise.

    Did you know?

  • Management practices can prevent soil compaction

    Soil compaction is a common problem that many producers face, but is often overlooked. 

    Significant soil compaction can reduce forage yields and slow forage establishment.  Manage-ment practices can be used to reduce and correct this problem while improving soil conditions.

  • Eating healthy through good choices helps well being

    Most of us eat three meals a day. We eat because food satisfies our taste buds. We eat because it is a social activity. We also eat because food is good for us.

    Eat-ing provides our body with energy so that we can breathe and function. It also has an impact on our overall health.

    Nutritious foods help us maintain a healthy body and protect us against various illnesses, disorders and chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, dementia, type 2 diabetes, bone loss, cancer and anemia.

  • Grand champion

    TBA Georgina 4712 won grand champion female at the 2013 Kentucky Sweepstakes Show & Sale, March 1 in Louisville, Ky. Caleb Stephenson, Carrollton, Ky., consigned the April 2012 daughter of S A V Brave 8320. Doug Sherman, Laconia, Ind., evaluated the 45 entries. Photo by Chuck Grove, American Angus Association.

  • 4-H prepares for county fair

    It’s time to mark your calendars for the beginning of summer. June 7-15 will be the Carroll County Fair. 

    As I have mentioned several times, I am so excited to be the 4-H Youth Develop-ment Agent for Carroll County. I have been accepted by so many agencies and organizations that are so receiving of the programs that 4-H has to offer.