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  • Scam artists prey on those who have damage from storms

    Kentuckians have lost a lot as a result of the March 2 tornadoes.

    If you had damage be on the lookout for those who may want to prey on your misfortune. Often, after an area has been hit by a natural disaster, there will be an influx of scam artists and fly-by-night contractors.

  • Pythium root rot found in local tobacco float beds

    The unseasonably warm temperatures prevalent over recent weeks have pushed things in the plant world, including disease. 

    Last week, we confirmed Pythium root rot on some fairly young tobacco seedlings. 

    Pyth-ium root rot is common in tobacco float beds, but we usually do not see much of this disease until ad-April; however, warm weather has created favorable conditions ahead of schedule.

  • Program focuses on beautifying the yard and garden

    Most of us enjoy spending more time outdoors in our yards and gardens.

    Do you love your yard and gardens? Or, do you wish they were more personally enjoyable?

  • Youth invited to join in 4-H food preparation, sewing projects

    We are offering two new 4-H projects for youth.

    4-H sewing

    I will be teaching 4-H sewing for youth later in April and May. This will be a beginning sewing project club. Youth wanting to learn to sew or those with some basic sewing skills who have taken a 4-H beginning sewing project before and who want to increase their sewing skills are invited. Sessions will be held from 4-6 p.m. at the Extension office on Thursdays, April 19 and 26 and May 3, 10, 17 and 24. 

  • Cedar rusts threaten apple crops during warm spring

    Warmer-than-normal conditions this spring are causing a few concerns for apple growers. The biggest threats are cedar rusts and fire blight.

    Cedar rust galls are developing. As galls swell, they produce spores that threaten apple (and sometimes crabapple and hawthorn).

    Swelling galls were observed on cedar in Lexington in mid-March.  Warmer temperatures in Western Kentucky provided conditions for even earlier gall development.

    These galls indicate that rust pathogens are releasing or preparing to release infective spores.

  • Adults have opportunity to serve as 4-H camp counselors

    On March 9, 2012, President Obama declared six Indiana Counties as disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes and straight-line winds that occurred from Feb. 29 through March 3.

    As a result of the declaration, six Kentucky counties were named as contiguous counties where eligible family farmers may qualify for FSA EM loan assistance pursuant to Section 321(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act. 

    These counties are Carroll, Daviess, Henderson, Jefferson, Oldham and Trimble.

  • Building relationships: Grandparents, other relatives raising children

    This message is especially directed to grandparents and other relatives who find themselves raising children, and is useful for all parents.

    Child-ren’s development flourishes when they have close, trusting relationships with the adults who care for them. Keeping a close interactive relationship is one of the most important things you do with children. 

    Here are some ideas for you as you as a parent especially when parenting youth who have gone through rough times and may not be as receptive to you as you might wish. 

  • Pre-planning important in case of emergencies

    It is difficult to be completely prepared for some of the severe weather in Kentucky, especially the recent tornado outbreak.  However, advanced planning can help ensure your loved ones and your property will be as safe as possible if disaster strikes.

    The same concept of preparation applies to woodland owners managing their property after storm damage.

    Kentucky woodland owners should learn about safety in storm-damaged woods, storm timber assessment, types of damage and locations that can affect salvage intensity and timing.

  • Ag commissioner says help available for Kentucky farmers

    I was heartbroken to hear of the loss of life and property from the storms that ripped through parts of Kentucky on March 2. To those of you who were affected, my family and I hold you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Many of you lost your homes, your businesses, your vehicles, and other property in the storms. You are frustrated, and you just want to get back to some sense of normalcy. Neither I nor anyone else can make the pain of loss go away. But there are sources of aid to help you in this difficult time.

  • Let the consumer beware in tough economic times

    Today at 3 p.m., Linda Brown-Price, Kenton county family and consumer sciences agent, teaches a special program, “Let the Consumer Beware!” at the Carroll County Extension office.

    Con-sumer fraud, an age-old problem, has become more sophisticated with the expansion of the internet and direct-marketing techniques.