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Extension

  • Food safety is important after a weather emergency

    Our area was hit by tornadoes and other severe weather last week. Many families and individuals had homes, farms and businesses damaged,  including weather damage, power outages and numerous other loses.

    If you have had power outages and were without electricity or a cold source, foods stored in refrigerators and freezers can become unsafe. Bacteria in food grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees. If these foods are eaten, people can become very sick.

  • Current strength of feeder cattle market surprised many

    The 2011 feeder cattle market reached its low in September, one month earlier than 2010.  Prices improved in each of the following months and have literally risen on a weekly basis since the first of the year.

    5wt feeder steers averaged over $165 in the first week of February, with some groups much higher than that.  7wt steers averaged around $140, with some groups pushing $150.

  • Conserve water by taking the “40 Gallon Challenge”

    Many may consider Kentucky a “water-rich” state with over 90,000 miles of streams and rivers, thousands of ponds, lakes, reservoirs, and wetlands and approximately 50 inches of precipitation per year. So, it’s not surprising that water, one of our most valuable natural resources, is often taken for granted. For many Kentuckians, fresh water is no more than a turn of the faucet, the push of a button or the twist of a cap away. However, as consumers and users of water, it is our responsibility to manage our water resources efficiently.

  • Brazil is topic of homemakers annual international luncheon

    Carroll County Extension Homemakers will hold their annual International Luncheon at noon Tuesday, Feb. 28 at the Carroll County Extension office.

    This year’s theme is “A Visit to Brazil.” Guest speaker is Francisco Leité, a Carroll County resident who is originally from Brazil.

    Members are encouraged to attend this annual event. Recipes for some Brazilian dishes are available at the Carroll County Extension office.

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  • NRCS has funds available to build high tunnel kits

    After several years of pilot tests in states surrounding Kentucky, the seasonal high-tunnel program through the NRCS EQIP program is available in Kentuc-ky. 

    High tunnels are of continuing interest to small vegetable producers because they facilitate direct marketing programs, extend the season, allow farmers to increase income, and allow for popular early-tomato production, which is very popular.

  • New Kentucky foods web page shows locally grown items

    Kentucky has a rich tradition of hospitality and good food. A new Web page on the College of Agriculture website will help people make food connect-ions. The site can be found at www.ca.uky.edu/foods.

    It will help people find Kentuc-ky-grown foods in their county or surrounding area and give them more access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

  • Deadline for the Kentucky equine survey approaching

    The deadline for horse owners to send in their contact information for the participation in the Kentuc-ky Equine Survey is Feb. 17.

    The purpose of the survey is to estimate the number of horses in Kentucky by county, breed and use. This information can then be used to examine the impact of the state’s signature industry. The actual survey will take place this summer.

  • Senate tackles bills on early graduation, special diplomas

    The Senate passed several bills this week. Of these bills, three education bills are of particular importance.

    Many students feel bored with the pace of high school during their senior year. Senate Bill 86, passed with bipartisan support, helps focus our students on the higher challenges required of them. It provides an early graduation option to high school students who meet course requirements, grade point average and college readiness standards. 

  • Winter walk group takes steps to a healthier life

    Do you like to walk? We are starting a new program to get out and walk together during these colder winter days and continue into warmer spring days. 

    We will meet at the Extension office, get outdoors and walk, and then return to the Extension office to talk about the benefits of walking, sharing and a bite to eat. 

    We invite you to join us Mondays from 4-5 p.m. as follows:

    Monday Feb. 13: Winter Walks and Chili

    Monday, Feb. 20: Winter Walks and a Wrap

    Monday, Feb. 27: Winter Walks and Supper Soup

  • Emerald ash borer continues to spread in Kentucky

    Most people are aware of the danger to ash trees from the emerald ash borer throughout North America.

    Accord-ing to a sobering USDA Forest Service publication, “Emerald ash borer is the most destructive forest insect introduced into North America in recent history. Our present ability to detect, contain, eradicate, or manage EAB infestations is limited ... The eventual loss of the vast majority of ash trees in North America should be anticipated.”