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  • County fair livestock shows successful thanks to volunteers

    Another successful 4-H/Open Livestock Show at the Carroll County Fair is officially in the books.

    This year’s shows included poultry, rabbit, beef, swine, meat and dairy goat, and sheep. Joyce and I could not have had such great results from the livestock shows if it was not for the amazing volunteers who helped us:

  • 4-H livestock show participants

    What a great county fair.  Our shows in the livestock barn were well attended.  Below are the champions and the other 4-H members who participated.

    Beef:  Sabrina Young

    Dog: Jackson Marsh, Wyatt Heveline

    Market Goat: Jace Walls, Cassidy Buchanan, Braxton Walls 

  • Potassium can help lower blood pressure

    Two out of three American adults have hypertension or prehypertension, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, increases your risk for heart disease and stroke, the two leading causes of death in America. Fortunately, most cases of high blood pressure can be improved or prevented through diet changes.

  • Preserving produce: To can or to freeze?

    Soon, many vegetables and fruits will be ready for harvesting, and many gardeners will have more produce than they can readily eat. Those who want to preserve fresh, summer foods for later consumption will consider either freezing or canning the harvest. But is one way of preservation better than the other? The answer depends on the type of food you want to preserve. 

    If proper techniques and correct temperatures are used, frozen foods retain greater amounts of their vitamin content, natural color, flavor and texture.

  • Goat, sheep shows to round out county fair

    The 2015 Carroll County Fair is in full swing!

    As you and your family walk through the fairgrounds and take in all the sights and sounds of the carnival and events, be sure to stroll on down to the livestock barns.  We have a lot still in store for the last three days of the county fair.

    The remaining livestock shows are as follows:

    Thursday, June 11 – Goat:

    Weigh-in at 4 p.m., show at 6 p.m.

    Friday, June 12 – Sheep:

    Weigh-in at 4 p.m., show at 6 p.m.

  • Soil compaction can cause home gardeners problems

    Gardening season is in full force.

    And gardening season is a good time to think about the soil in our garden plots and beds. Soil compaction creates an unfriendly growing environment for plants and is a serious problem.  We see this issue not only in large crop operations with conventional tillage (tobacco, for example) but it is also a common issue for many home gardeners.

    Compaction transforms soil into a difficult environment for plant growth by making it harder for roots and water to penetrate the soil.

  • 4-H’ers prepare for a busy June

    What a busy month!  Shooting sports is off and “shooting.”

    We have 12 members attending the District 4 Invitational contest.  The disciplines in which our youth will participate are archery, trap, target rifle, percussion rifle, 22 target, pistol, sport rifle, and muzzle loader rifle.

    Carroll County 4-H is so successful in the area of shooting sports thanks to the men who have attended certification workshops. We have a leader in each discipline.

  • Grilling can be more than just hamburgers and hotdogs

    Grilling is one of many people’s favorite parts of summer, but it doesn’t always have to involve hamburgers, hot dogs and barbeque. There are plenty of creative ways to grill that can be healthier for you too.

  • County fair exhibit dates

    The Carroll County Fair begins next week, and there are a plethora of opportunities to showcase the talents of youth and adults alike in Carroll County through 4-H and Open exhibits.

    Flip through the fair catalog and consider entering exhibits.  Exhibit departments range from art, photography, and floral arrangements to foods, textiles, and horticulture.  Carroll County Fair catalogs are available the Extension Office.

  • Tips how to speed up the ripening process in fruit

    For most people, the upcoming months signal the arrival of fresh, seasonal produce, which promises eating at its finest. However, sometimes that produce isn’t as ripe as you need it to be. Some produce that has traveled a great distance is picked while it is still green and will not be ripe when it reaches the store. For some fruits, you can speed up the ripening process at home.