• Steam canners: Safe to use?

    Until recently, the USDA and Cooperative Extension have recommended only two types of canners for use in home canning — a boiling water canner for high acid foods, or a pressure canner for low acid foods. The use of steam canners was not recommended, due to a lack of research on their safety.

  • Plan early for retirement

    We all want to get the most out of our retirement, but financially that cannot be possible if we don’t start planning for it early in our careers. While retirement may seem like an eternity away for you, it will come sooner than you think.

  • Farmers beware: Earworms pose threat to corn crop

    One of the most potentially damaging problems facing sweet corn producers is controlling insects that feed on the ear. During the summer months, if you grow sweet corn, you need to watch for corn earworm.

    Earworms are moderately hairy larvae that vary in color from yellow to green to red to brownish-black, but they all have a brown head without markings and numerous microscopic spines covering their body. You may find them feeding in the ear tips following silking. The larvae are cannibalistic, rarely is there more than one per ear or whorl.

  • 4-H/Open horse show

    The Carroll County 4-H/Open Horse Show featured a whole lot of horseplay at the June 8, event at the Carroll County Fairgrounds. The results for the events are as follows:

    Class 2- Open Walk Trot: Dillan Human, first place; Kolt Kinman, second place.

    Class 3- Carroll County 4-H Pole Bending: Call Maiden, first place; Colten Human, second place; Dillan Human, third place.

    Class 5- Open Pole Bending: Michelle Detmer, first place; Houston Lindsay, second place; Call Maiden, third place.

  • New role comes for ‘grand’ fathers

    Many of us have fond memories of our grandfathers… the stories, the candy, the fishing lessons and life lessons we learn while visiting them are things we treasure and carry with us throughout our lives. But as family dynamics have changed, more and more grandfathers are finding the old adage of “spoil them rotten and send them home” no longer a reality. In fact, around 2.4 million grandparents across the United States are now raising their grandchildren.

  • Carroll 4-Hers packed exhibit hall at the county fair

    Carroll County 4-H’ers filled up the exhibit building this year. One hundred exhibits qualified to go to the Kentucky State Fair, Aug. 18-28. The Cloverville exhibits will be on display for the run of the fair. The 4-H country ham competition will be held during the first few days of the fair.

    The 4-H’ers and their projects that qualified for the state fair are as follows.

  • Manage endophyte in tall fescue to prevent toxicosis

    Tall fescue is a cool season, perennial grass, and the KY-31 variety is usually infected with a fungal endophyte which grows within the leaf sheaths, stems, and seeds. An “endophyte” is a fungus or bacteria that lives entirely within the tissue spaces of plants and is only visible microscopically.

  • 4-H Goat Showmanship
  • Thanks given to the fair volunteers

    “Many hands make light work.” This statement was said many times the week prior to the fair and the week of the fair.

    Thank you to the students from Carroll County Schools that helped clean and get the Exhibit Hall ready for items to be entered.

    Thank you to, Grover Crawford, Pat Kindoll, and Martha Moorman for their help taking entries for open class.

    Thank you to Marie Van Diver for organizing and displaying 4-H and open class entries.

  • 4-H/open livestock shows set recent high participation numbers

    A successful 4-H/Open Livestock Show at the Carroll 2016 County Fair is officially in the books!

    This year’s shows included poultry, rabbit, beef, swine, dog, horse, meat and dairy goat, sheep, and beef. All of our exhibitors increased in the shows, and it has been awesome to see the show participation grow each year. This was also the first year in a long time that we have had Carroll County 4-H’ers and Cloverbuds in every species. Way to go!

    I would like to take the time to thank the following volunteers that helped us this year: