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Extension

  • Application of nitrogen helps spring lawns begin to green up

    At the first sign of green grass in the spring, it is tempting to dust off the fertilizer spreader to apply nitrogen to the lawn.  If you applied nitrogen late last fall or winter there is no need to apply nitrogen this spring because the lawn already should be starting to green up.

    Applying nitrogen now also will make grass less heat and drought tolerant and cause more problems with weeds and diseases.  Weeds compete with grass for moisture and nutrients.

  • Foot care, shoes to be discussed by diabetes support group

    Do you have diabetes or a friend or family member with the disease? A special group, the It’s About You Diabetes Support Group, meets the third Thurs-day of the month at the Carroll County Exten-sion office for people like you.

    The next meeting is this Thursday, March 14, a program on the care of the feet and shoe selection.

    Ruth Kingkade, RN, a certified diabetes educator with Three Rivers District Health Department, will discuss the importance of proper care of the feet. Chuck Webster, owner of Webster Drugs, will discuss proper shoe selection.

  • COWS alert local residents of tornados

    Carroll County Emergency Management has the ability to notify residents and visitors of Carroll County in the event of a tornado sighting or tornado warning by means of the Community Outdoor Warning System, called COWS. The COWS are meant for just that, community outdoor warning. At this time Carroll County Emergency Management has a total of 19 COWS. The COWS are not intended for notification inside homes, stores or any other type of building/structure.

  • Horse college offered to area farmers

    The Northern Kentucky area counties participate in horse college—a four-week program that focuses on horse nutrition, horse health, facilities, tack, and many other horse-related topics.

    Dr. Bob Cole-man, Univer-sity of Kent-ucky equine Extension specialist, will lead the series.  Dr. Coleman will be physically present at the Boone County Extension Office, but his classes will be broadcasted live at the Gallatin County Extension Office, U.S. 42 West, Warsaw.

  • There are healthy ways to prepare family favorites

    Eating healthier doesn’t mean that you have to give up those family favorite recipes. In many cases family favorites can be adapted to be lower in fat, sugar or sodium.

    To do this, identify the ingredient that makes your recipe high in fat, cholesterol, sodium or sugar and try replacing it with a low-fat, low sugar or low salt alternative. For best results, make small changes and limit the number of changes that you make at one time.

    Try these tips to cut back on fat:

  • 4-H students, volunteers visit the state capital

    4-H members and volunteers traveled to Frankfort Feb. 21 to participate in Capitol Experience.  4-H was represented by more than 300 participants from all across the state.

    Car-roll County wore its green 4-H shirts and got to meet with the 4-H state officers as well as Dr. Char-lene Jacobs, who is the assistant director for 4-H Youth Development.

    Knowing your elected officials, how the government works and the process of creating political change are all important skills necessary for youth to become active members of society.

  • Farm tags benefit 4-H, FFA, Kentucky Proud

    The 4-H, FFA and Kentucky Proud Program has a $10 voluntary donation that goes directly to support these vital programs, according to a news release from Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer and Carroll County Clerk Alice W. Marsh.

    4-H and FFA develop future farmers and rural leaders, and the Kentucky Proud marketing program promotes Kentucky-grown and Kentucky-made agriculture products.

  • Farm Service Agency sign-ups underway for area farm owners

    Your local Carroll-Gallatin-Trimble County Farm Service Agency office has the following announcements:

    • The Direct and Counter Cyclical Payment Program (DCP/ grain base) has been extended for another year. Signups started on Feb. 19 and will end on Aug. 2.

    • Farm owners, if you have changed or added new producers for 2013, please notify the FSA office at (502) 732-6931 or stop by the office at 1800 Highland Avenue in Carrollton.

  • Sewing expo offers classes, programs for all skill levels

    The It’s Sew Fine for Home and Family Sewing Expo will be held April 1-17 in Carroll-ton at General Butler State Resort Park.

    More than 20 classes are available for the beginning, intermediate and advanced sewer.

    Nationally acclaimed quilt historian and documentarian Shelly Zegart will be the keynote speaker. She will share her passion for the history of quilting and insight into why quilts have been and continue to be at the center of Kentucky and American culture.

  • Cost Share program accepting 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 year-round. 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.