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Extension

  • A variety of programs set for 2013

    With the New Year comes great opportunities to participate in educational programs through the Cooperative Extension Service.

    Are you receiving my quarterly newsletter?  If not, would you like to receive my newsletter?

    My Extension newsletter, called “Carroll County Agriculture News,” is a free publication I put together every three months and send out to agricultural producers and Extension supporters.  Call the Carroll County Extension Office to be put on the mailing list.

  • Programs can help address drug abuse in our youth

    Unfortunately, prescription drug abuse has become all too common in our society. We see instances of it every day in the media, in our communities and in our extended family and friends. It’s extremely troubling that prescription drug abuse is not only an adult problem, but a youth problem as well.

  • Make a plan to tackle holiday bills, save for next year

    I hope you had a relaxing enjoyable holiday.  It’s hard to believe that it is 2013. Where does the time go?

    We invite you to join us at the Carroll County Extension office this coming year as wehave many special programs planned for your enjoyment, enrichment and to answer some of your needs and concerns.

  • Use old cut trees to help feed winged, feathered friends

    I hope you and your family are enjoying a wonderful holiday week. As we wind down the holidays, and if you have a live cut Christmas tree this year, the question may arise, “What should I do with my Christmas tree?”

    Instead of pitching that tree in the trash, consider recycling it.

    One way to recycle the tree is to use it as a wildlife habitat and spread some holiday cheer to the birds.

    Not only will the birds appreciate the gesture, but a tree in the yard covered with bird-food ornaments brightens the winter landscape.

  • Relax, enjoy family time, enjoy healthy winter activities

    We are now in the midst of the holiday season. I hope that you are enjoying a more relaxed week and will have time for some family activities or time with those special friends.

    Family time is so very important today. Sharing meaningful times together with your children, playing, talking or eating a family meal together can make a difference in their lives.

    These times together strengthen family bonds and create special memories for both you and your children.

  • 4-H demonstrations offer members a lesson in public speaking

    One of the seven areas of the 4-H program to be taught is communications. I have had the most wonderful two weeks by going into Cartmell Elementary and presenting the communications assignment to the fourth- and fifth-grade students.

    So many mixed emotions occurred in the classroom when the students were told that they would be giving a speech or a demonstration in front of their classmates. I sure did not want to add more stress to the students, teachers or to the children’s parents or guardians.

  • Mistletoe mythology leads to a ‘kiss’ under the bough

    Once autumn leaves have fallen, mistletoe becomes highly visible on large trees throughout Kentucky. 

    Phora-dendron, the scientific name for this plant, means “tree thief.”  We commonly find these small, leafy plants on twigs and branches of many hardwood species in the southern two-thirds of the United States. 

    Mistletoes extract water, mineral elements and food from their host trees by way of a parasite nutrient-uptake organ; hence the name, tree thief. 

  • Origins of holiday stocking tradition revealed

    Nothing signifies the holidays like festive colored stockings hanging on the fireplace mantle.

    As with many traditions, the exact origin is unknown but the most recognized is the one honoring the generous nature of Saint Nicholas in the 1823 poem, “A Visit from Saint Nicholas,” by Clement C. Moore. Historically, Saint Nicholas was a charitable bishop in the third and fourth century living in Myra, now Turkey.

  • CAIP program applications available Dec. 6

    Applications will be available on Thursday, Dec. 6 for the 2012 Carroll County Agricultural Investment Program at the Carroll County Extension Office, 500 Floyd Drive, Carrollton.

    Applications must be returned to the Carroll County Extension Office Dec. 6-20. We cannot accept applications before or after these dates.

    A Farm Serial Number is required information for the application, and it is strongly recommended you contact the Farm Service Agency at (502) 732-6931 to receive or confirm that number.  Only the FSA can provide your Farm Serial Number.

  • Herbs spice up holiday meals; special gifts add to season

    If turkey was on your Thanksgiving menu, stuffing with sage may have been served.

    Herbs add flavor and color to any food, Fresh herbs are wonderful when you can go outside and select them from your garden. Grocery stores often have a selection of fresh herbs available when you don’t have fresh ones growing in your garden.