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  • Bring lunch, learn about versatile bamboo Feb. 26

    When you think of bamboo, do you think of the little bamboo plants for sale in Chinese restaurants? Some of us of a certain age also may remember using bamboo fishing rods at the lake.

    Bam-boo has moved to a higher level today; it is used in many different items for your home and clothing, and is our topic for the “Lunch ’n Learn” at noon Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Carroll County Extension Office.

  • Many local residents step up for the February challenge

    Last week I gave you a February challenge — to select a few ways that you can improve your eating habits from a list of 25 ways that I had in my column.

    Several Carroll County residents have taken up the challenge and you can too.

    Read over the list from last week. Select some you wish to do to prove your health.

    Send me an e-mail with what you are doing or stop by the Extension office with what you plan to do.   I have a small gift for you. At the end of the challenge we’ll see how many took the challenge. 

  • Grasses over option for ground cover in rough winter months

    Many areas in pastures are susceptible to severe damage between late fall and early spring. High traffic areas such as feeding areas, sacrifice lots, alleyways, gateways and waterers are often bare and muddy this time of year.

    To slow and reduce soil erosion, compaction, forage damage, and weed problems, these areas need to be renovated promptly.  It is also beneficial for animal health to reduce muddy areas.

    Both annual (Italian) and perennial ryegrass are good options when renovating these areas.

  • Properly pruning trees, plants makes them healthier

    As spring approaches, many homeowners thoughts will turn to landscaping.

    To ensure healthy spring plants, now is the time to start  pruning the trees and shrubs around the house. How-ever, do not just prune for the sake of pruning; make sure you have a valid reason for pruning before you begin.

    The winter months can be damaging to trees and shrubs.

  • Take the challenge: 25 ways to eat better in 2013

    This week I am asking readers to take a challenge and see how you measure up to eating healthy.

    Read the list below of ways to eat healthier and mark “yes” for those you already do and “no” for those you do not do.  Add up your “yes” replies and then your “no” replies.

    Which response is higher?

  • Conservation district accepting cost-share 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 at any time during the year. 

    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.

  • Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Record harvest for state’s deer season 


    By ART LANDER JR.

    Kentucky Afield Outdoors

    Kentucky deer hunters will have lots of ground venison for chili this winter, roasts to bake with onions, celery and vegetables, and back strap chops to grill during the summer.

    That’s because a record deer harvest was posted for the 2012-13 deer season, which ended with the close of archery season Jan. 21.

  • FSA offers registration for 2013 Farm Bill programs

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency reminds producers that the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extended the authorization of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the 2008 Farm Bill) for many Com-modity Credit Corpor-ation commodity, disaster, and conservation programs through 2013.  FSA administers these programs.  

  • 4-Hers, adults join in program on curing country hams

    I have said it more than once and I am going to say it again.  Carroll County is the greatest county on earth. There is not one project that 4-H has that there is not a true “expert” in Carroll County.

    One of the projects in 4-H animal science is the process of curing country hams. When I came to Carroll County curing country ham was a project I wanted for the youth.  Jim and Bob Froman gave of their time to talk with the members about the process and history of curing country hams.

  • Energy saving tips create savings for winter months

    It’s winter in Kentucky. This is a great time of year to turn up the heat and snuggle down by a warm fire in the fireplace, watch television or read a book. But, this can be costly.

    Heat-ing and cooling accounts for more than 50 percent of the energy usage in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes.

    It is no secret that energy usage often peaks in the winter with the use of more lighting and heat. Here are a few ways to offset excessive energy usage and electric or gas bills.

    Tips for saving energy