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Extension

  • Use the right strategy to control yellow jackets, hornets

    European hornets, bald-faced hornets, and yellow jackets are intimidating creatures, and spend the summer searching plants for insects to capture and carry back to the nest as food for developing larvae.

    How-ever, most are not outwardly aggressive, and tend to stay within a few hundred feet of their nests. Aggressiveness can change quickly.  Movements toward the nest may provoke an aggressive defense.

  • Manage poultry parasite risks to avoid problems with fowl

    For poultry owners, scouting for parasites is an important management practice for the flock. Let us take a closer look at a variety of parasites that can attack poultry by either sucking blood or feeding on skin and feathers.

    Northern fowl mite:  The most common external parasites in chickens, turkeys, game birds, pigeons etc. are northern fowl mites. Spread through bird contact, signs of infestation depend on severity.  Chickens may lose weight, exhibit decreased feed intake and egg production, or become anemic.

  • 4-Hers compete in state fair

    Carroll County will be well represented at the Kentucky State Fair next week.  Eight 4-H members – Evan Searcy, Luke Heveline, Cameron Darnold, Gracie Craig, Andrea Searcy, Abigail Rose, Adam Froman and Caleb Stephenson – will present their country ham speeches Thursday, Aug. 14. The Junior Division members (ages 9-13) will give speeches on how to store and cook a country ham while the Senior Division members will speak about how to build an ideal ham house.

    Along with judging the speakers, 788 country hams will be judged at this year’s fair.

  • Backpacks are best for students when used safely

    It’s back to school time and time to get all that school equipment ready for your child, be it a young child or teen. There is a lot to get done by the first day of school

    Back-packs are necessary school equipment for children and youth nowadays, from preschoolers to college students.

  • Stink bugs found locally are beneficial for the garden

    A lot of the time, stink bugs get a bad rap, and many producers associate this type of insect as one that is difficult to manage.  While some stink bugs found in Ken-tucky are indeed very harmful to agriculture production, there are some that are quite beneficial.
    So, what is a stink bug and why do we call it that?
    Stink bugs have piercing and sucking mouthparts and are in the order Hemiptera, which also includes assassin bugs and plant bugs.  

  • Join the 2014 ‘Plate it Up Kentucky Proud Challenge’

    Are you enjoying all our fresh ripe summer produce available in Carroll County?
    If so, I invite you to participate in a special challenge being conducted from Aug. 1-31 by the Northern Kentucky and Louisville area Family and Con-sumer Sciences Extension.  
    We are asking you to track your fruit and veggie intake for seven consecutive days, make a “Plate it Up” Kentucky Proud recipe with local produce available and tell us what you think of it.
    I have more than 50 excellent Kentucky Proud recipes available in my office for your selection.

  • Communication is an important part of 4-H youth development

    If you ask many 4-H alumni to name one of the most valuable life skills they learned during their 4-H careers, many would list the confidence gained through participating in communications projects. 4-H youth development strives to equip young people with the knowledge and skills they need to become successful adults. Effective communication and public speaking skills are vital to tomorrow’s leaders.

  • Time nearing to address pastures

    The time is quickly approaching to consider renovation of pastures.
    The decision to reseed pastures can be based on multiple reasons, like renovating old stands that are dying out causing bare spots, reducing the number of undesirable weeds and forages, introducing a new forage species, and controlling forage-related disorders.

  • Use hot pack method to minimize separation when canning tomatoes

    This past week, 12 people interested in learning food preservation methods attended our very successful food preservation workshop at the Carroll County Extension office. Local extension volunteer and food processor Bobby Giles of Carrollton was a great help in helping me teach the workshop. Thank you so much, Bobby! We gave them hands-on experience in canning green beans, strawberry jam and freezing sweet corn and concentrated on the USDA-approved techniques and information.

  • Summer weddings mean tax changes for new couple

    This week I am sharing some tips from the IRS for those of you getting married this summer, or recently being or been married.

    Taxes may not be high on your summer wedding plan checklist. But you should be aware of the tax issues that come along with marriage. Here are some basic tips that can help keep those issues to a minimum:

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