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Extension

  • Deadline nears for cost-share program

    It’s time to apply for the 2012 Carroll County Agricultural Investment Program.

    Applications will be available at the Carroll County Extension Office, 500 Floyd Drive, Carrollton, on Thursday, Dec. 6. They must be completed and returned to my office by Dec. 20. We cannot accept applications before or after these dates.

    A Farm Serial Number is required for the application. I strongly recommend that applicants contact the Farm Service Agency at (502) 732-6931 to receive or confirm your FSN. Only the FSA can provide that information.

  • Tips for safe shopping during the holidays

    Unfortunately when looking forward to snapping up great deals on holiday specials, consumer fraud and theft never take a holiday. Each year, crime tends to increase throughout the nation as Christmas and Hanukkah approach. This is because people are more likely to be carrying large sums of cash or packages with expense gifts.

    An important part of being a smart consumer is knowing how to protect yourself from theft, no matter the date on the calendar. The National Crime Prevention Council provides these tips for shopping safely:

  • Volunteers are love in motion

    Volunteering is the sense of carrying out tasks or providing services for individuals or community organizations without being paid to promote good or improve human quality of life. There is absolutely no way that the 4-H program can be successful without the help of volunteers.

  • Farmer input sought for EQIP

    The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service administers the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, a federal program that provides technical and financial assistance to land users to address natural resource concerns. NRCS is asking for local input for the fiscal year 2013 program.

  • Thanksgiving meal puts the spotlight on turkey talk

    What would Thanksgiving be without the turkey? Traditionally, many of us plan our entire holiday dinner around turkey. That’s a lot of pressure on one bird.

    It is now only one day before Thanks-giving so frozen turkeys should probably be thawing. If you purchased a fresh turkey, it should be kept in the refrigerator until ready to roast.  

    The big thaw

  • Now is time to test soil pH, determine fertilizer needs

    It is still not too late to get in your fall soil samples for next year’s growing season, and the recent rains make it an excellent time to collect samples.

    An interesting result of the dry weather conditions this past summer is that we may see lower soil pH and potassium levels in fall soil samples. 

    Measuring the accurate levels of pH and potassium in soil after harvest will provide the proper amount of potassium fertilizer and lime needed in the spring to supplement the soil’s nutrients to provide suitable growing conditions.

  • Support group helps diabetics with holiday food choices

    At the It’s About You! Diabetes Support Group November meeting Thursday, Nov. 15, the program will focus on healthy holiday foods.

    A presentation will be given on healthier traditional holiday foods for people with diabetes. We will discuss how favorite recipes can be adapted, and several recipes will be shared.

    People with diabetes often have a difficult time over any holiday, especially at Thanksgiving and Christmas, as many of the traditional foods eaten are high in fat, sugar, carbohydrates and sodium – not the best foods to regularly eat.

  • 4-H livestock clinic offers lessons on raising poultry, rabbits

    The first scheduled 4-H program was the livestock clinic that was held Oct. 13, which focused on sheep, goats and beef.  The next one scheduled is a “Poultry and Rabbit Clinic” in the livestock barn on Nov.10 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Carroll County Fairgrounds 4-H Barn.

    During the Poultry meeting, the 4-H youth will be able to identify the parts of their chicken, select an appropriate breed for them, handle a chicken properly and learn to care for their chicken. They will learn how to show their chicken at the county fair.

  • Myths remain about how cool weather affects crops

    There are many myths and old wives tales concerning fruit and vegetable crops that have become part of Kentuc-ky lore.  

    Several myths that still exist today involve grape coloration and fall frosts.

    A number of grape growers believe it is necessary to pick the leaves off the vine to expose the grape clusters to the sun so the grapes will color. 

    This myth probably originated from growers removing leaves to improve air-circulation and reduce fruit rot.

  • November packed with Extension programs

    Having conversations with family members or significant others on handling “end of life” decisions is important.

    Serious illness, injury or death can occur at any age.

    At 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Exten-sion office, Patty Poor, Grant County family and consumer sciences agent, will share ways to use family “conversations” to plan ahead meeting the wishes of family members. This is a very interactive, informative session.

    It is the November “Learn with Us” lesson. Interested residents invited.