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  • Black cherry trees can pose a posion risk to livestock

    Black cherry trees grow in abundance across Kentucky’s landscape.  These trees are an important timber and wildlife species, yet can cause cyanide poisoning in livestock.

    The leaves of the trees, especially wilted ones, are high in cyanic acid, which can kill livestock by depriving them of oxygen.

  • Use safety guidelines with Easter eggs this holiday

    If you are dyeing eggs for Easter this week, keep your eggs safe for eating by following these steps.

    Wash your hands with soap and warm water before and after handling eggs.

    Keep eggs refrigerated until use. Discard any cracked or dirty eggs.

  • Excelling in 4-H
  • Census shows new farming trends

    The USDA released a portion of the national and state 2012 U.S. Census of Agriculture data on Feb. 20, with the remaining data (including county-level data) due in May.

    The preliminary data reveals the following:

    United States

    • The number of U.S. farms (still defined as $1,000 or more of sales) totals $2.1 million, down 4.3 percent from the 2007 Census of Agriculture.

    • The average U.S. farm size increased from 418 acres in 2007 acres to 434 acres in 2012.

  • Shooting sports club sets its new schedule

    The 4-H shooting sports program opened with shotgun this past Sunday and what a great turn out. The weather was beautiful, the adults were supportive, the 4-H members were shooting and the leaders were so excited.

    The following is the schedule for shooting sports:

    • Shotgun will meet every Sunday from 2-5 p.m. on Hwy. 389 at the Michael Walls/Cody Human property. 

    • Rifle will meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 10.

    • Pistol will start at 4 p.m., Sunday, April 13 and meet every other Sunday.

  • People with diabetes can benefit from group

    If you have diabetes and often wish you could talk with someone about your diabetes and your health, the “It’s About You!” diabetes support group usually meets the second Thursday of the month from 10 a.m. until noon at the Carroll County Extension Service, 500 Floyd Drive. The meeting includes discussion of participants concerns, time for answering questions and a short program and a healthy food sample. 

  • Spring weather changes can lead to grass tetany in cattle

    In last week’s article, we focused on greening pastures with the warmer temperatures arriving. I also mentioned being aware of grass tetany, so this week, we are going to take a closer look at this condition.

    Grass tetany is a condition caused by an abnormally low level of magnesium in the blood. It is also called spring tetany, grass staggers, wheat pasture poisoning, winter tetany or lactation tetany.

  • Quiltville founder to address sewing expo at Butler Park

    More than 160 sewing enthusiasts will converge at General Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton Monday, April 14, through Wed-nesday, April 16.

    Nine years ago the Louisville and Northern Kentucky area Cooper-ative Exten-sion Agents for Family and Consumer Sciences wanted to give sewing enthusiasts in this region of the county exposure to renown national sewing professionals and a chance to increase their sewing knowledge through an array of expanded sewing classes.  The “It’s Sew Fine” sewing expo was the result.

  • Student learn of leadership, state government through 4-H

    One of the 4-H categories is that of leadership.  Wednesday, March 19, nine people from Carroll County Extension attended the “Capitol Exper-ience” event in Frank-fort and on March 20, 21 and 22, seven delegates attended Teen Summit in Jabez.

    Knowing your elected officials, how the government works and the process of creating political change are all important skills necessary for youth to become active members of society.

  • Children learn many of their eating habits at home

    For parents, being a good role model is a constant challenge and a lifelong job. Kids absorb everything their parents say and do, right down to their eating habits.

    Consider these tips for building a healthy foundation for your kids’ eating habits by starting with yourself.