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Extension

  • Plan next year’s crops now to reduce threat of several tobacco diseases

    With the 2012 tobacco growing season wrapping up, growers are working hard to get their crops into the barns.

    On one hand, the dry conditions of this past summer have kept leaf diseases such as frogeye and target spot in check, and we have not seen any blue mold across the state.

    On the other hand, we saw more black shank and Fusarium wilt across the state than we have for the past three to four years.

  • USDA offers grant for ‘value added’ agricultural producers

    Kentucky agricultural producers who are adding value to what they are producing, either through processing or marketing, may be eligible for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Value Added Producer grant.

    Independent producers, farmer cooperatives, agricultural-producer groups, and majority-controlled producer-based businesses are eligible to apply for the grant.

    Special consideration is given to beginning farmers, socially disadvantaged farmers and small- and medium-sized family farms.

  • Good to be green: Doyle to rejuvenate Carroll 4-H program

    After more than three years, Carroll County finally has a 4-H Youth Development agent at the Extension office.

    Former Grant County 4-H Youth Development agent and Grant County Schools’ veteran Joyce Doyle took the reins, starting Aug. 20.

    And not even a car wreck could keep her away from coming back for day two.

  • Kentucky Master Stocker Program registration underway

    The area-wide Kentucky Master Stocker Program is set to begin on Sept. 18, and registration is now open for participants.

    The Master Stocker Program is a Kent-ucky Beef Network program, funded by the Kent-ucky Agricul-ture Develop-ment Board, that is developed and delivered by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

    The program consists of eight 2 1/2 hour sessions focusing on background and stocker operations in Kentucky. 

  • Regular schedules can help children remain healthy

    With children back in school, it is a good time to look at your family’s daily schedules. Children need a regular family schedule for their best health. 

    Child-ren should get enough daily rest and sleep each night. Enforce firm limits for bedtime, even on weekends.

    The National Sleep Foundation recommends 10 to11 hours of sleep daily for school-age children and nine hours for teens.

  • Respiratory masks safeguard lungs

    The harvest season will reach Carroll County before we know it, and there are some key safety considerations to keep in mind as we work out in the fields.

    Use respiratory protection to safeguard your lungs against dust and debris as you harvest crops, clean out grain bins, open silos, strip tobacco, and perform other seasonal farming activities.

  • Avoid salmonella: Wash melons before cutting

    We are very happy to welcome Joyce Doyle as our new Extension agent for 4-H/Youth Development in Carroll County. Joyce started here Monday and hit the ground running. She has had extensive experience in education with the Grant County School System and as Grant County 4-H Agent the past five years.

    We know that she will be developing a strong 4-H/Youth program here.

    Please come and welcome Joyce at a reception in her honor from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the office.

    Homemakers Kick-Off

  • Doyle joins Carroll County as 4-H Youth Development agent Aug. 20

    On behalf of the Carroll County Cooperative Extension Service, we are happy to announce that Joyce Doyle will be serving as our county’s Cooperative Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development.

    Joyce comes to us from Grant County, having served the last five years as the 4-H Youth Development Agent there.

    Previously, she was the Grant County 4-H program assistant for two years. 

  • 2012 Senior Event theme: ‘An Old-Fashioned Picnic’

    The Senior Event returns Thursday, Sept., 13, offering “An Old-Fashioned Picnic” experience free to all area senior citizens at Point Park in Carrollton.

    What would an old-fashioned picnic be without picnic food and games? Or, without the chance to sit back and enjoy, or sing along with some of those old favorite melodies?

    This year’s Senior Event will be a chance to come out to the park, enjoy good food, music and games while socializing with friends.

  • Packaging dates don’t always mean it’s time to toss unused food

    We have had an especially hot summer. Keeping food safe and properly cooled has probably been a challenge if you have been eating outdoors, camping or on a picnic.

    Using proper coolers, ice packs and other cooling methods is so very important when not indoors. But be sure, as the hot days of summer start winding down, that the food in your refrigerator is still safe.