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  • Shoppers at 4-H Vendor Blitz
  • Plan now to control spring landscape scale insects

    Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow earlier this week, meaning six more weeks of winter, but there is an upside to that prediction…there are only six more weeks of winter!

    Spring will be here before we know it, and the pests that come with it will be sure to make their presence known as well.

  • Welcome, Ann!
  • Household budgeting leads to long-term financial stability

    At the end of the month, do you wonder what happened to your money? Are you regularly tempted to spend when you have a few extra dollars in your pocket? Spending and savings habits are directly linked to financial stability. Understanding how and where you spend money is important for financial success, especially in tough economic times.

    One important step for managing your household budget is to formulate a spending plan for your money. Use the following steps to develop your family’s spending plan:

  • Take time to evaluate your insurance needs

    The purpose of insurance is to protect against the unknown by providing financial security when the unexpected happens. Many people receive health insurance through their employers, but individuals who are self-employed, retired or who have too little or unaffordable coverage should purchase insurance on their own.

  • Check livestock for signs of louse

    Cold weather is louse weather for livestock. Inadequate nutrition, compromised immune response and shipping stress also favor outbreaks, if there are any infested animals in the herd.

    Biting and sucking lice have been associated with reduced weight gains and general lack of thriftiness during periods of greatest winter stress. These small external parasites can spread quickly through a herd as animals bunch for warmth or when feeding.

  • 4-H program holds multiple fundraisers

    This Saturday is our 4-H fundraiser, which is a vendor fair at the Relevant Church gymnasium from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. There will be local honey, jewelry, homemade crafts, skin care products, toys, candles, laundry detergent and more items. Please come out and visit our local vendors, which not only benefits them, but the 4-H program as well.

  • Deadline nears for producers to join farm programs

    The deadlines are quickly approaching for producers with base acres to make decisions regarding new coverage programs under the current Farm Bill.

    The two new programs that have been created through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the 2014 Farm Bill are Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC).

    ARC and PLC are commodity farm safety net programs that offer farmers protection when market forces cause substantial drops in crop prices and/or revenues.

  • Healthy choices can help with new year weight loss

    Hello, since this is my first article for the paper I wanted to thank everyone I’ve met in the community and at the Carroll County Extension Office for the warm welcomes and offers of support in my new position as Family and Consumer Science Agent. There are many folks to meet and opportunities yet to come, and I look forward to them all!

    At the beginning of January many of us made resolutions and set goals around health, such as eating healthier, becoming more fit or losing weight.

  • Dog club, country ham curing next for 4-H program

    Most children are introduced to “man’s best friend” early in life, but oftentimes a dog’s care, training and upkeep are chores left to their parents. The 4-H dog program offers young dog enthusiasts the opportunity to learn about all aspects of canines and strengthen the bond between them.