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Extension

  • Nominations sought for FSA

     Kentucky’s USDA Farm Service Agency State Executive Director John McCauley wants to remind farmers and landowners that local Farm Service Agency county committee nominations continue through Aug. 1.

    To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area in which the person is a candidate.

    To become a candidate, an eligible individual must sign the nomination form, FSA-669A.

  • New law to protect agritourism operators, participants

     A new state law will provide Kentucky agritourism destinations with limited liability protection when it takes effect on July 11.

    The law requires venues such as wineries, orchards, and corn mazes to warn visitors that they are assuming the risk of participating in the activities of the operation. The law, filed as House Bill 440, was passed by the General Assembly and signed into law earlier this year.

  • Cattle at risk of nitrate poisoning during extreme drought

     Due to the extreme drought conditions throughout Kentucky, it is important to be aware of nitrate poisoning that may occur as a consequence of nitrate accumulation in certain forages.  

    Nitrate concentrations tend to be higher at the base of the plants and higher in the stalks than the leaves.

    Grains, seeds and leaves do not accumulate significant nitrate levels.

    Plants with high stem-to-leaf ratios are the most likely to cause nitrate intoxication. 

  • Extension office provides yoga class, youth sewing camp

     This Saturday, July 14 is the first session of a series of four Saturday morning Yoga classes to be held at the Extension office. Each class will run from 9-10 a.m. which gives you the rest of Saturday for yourself.

    The instructor is Carol Romero who has been practicing Yoga for over 15 years and is a Certified Yoga instructor with the Royal School of Yoga. This week’s topic is “Yoga for Managing Stress”.

  • Learn more about spiders and snakes in the backyard

      “I don’t like spiders and snakes…” are the lyrics to the catchy 1970s tune by singer Jim Stafford. 

    Although the song has little to do with wildlife and was popular before I was born, the sentiment holds true for many whose fear, when they cross paths with a common snake or spider, is real even when the perceived danger is not.  

    Arachnophobia, the fear of spiders, and Ophidiophobia, the fear of snakes, are the two most common phobias people experience about animals and wildlife. 

  • Fireworks safety can prevent Independence Day injuries

     The Fourth of July, or Independence Day, is a federal holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of the Independence on July 4, 1776.

    A special study conducted by U.S. Consum-er Product Safety Commis-sion found that 65 percent of all fireworks injuries in 2011 were sustained during the 30 days surrounding the Independence Day holiday.

  • Agriculture secretary to visit Extension office June 29

    Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer is making a four-county visit this Friday, June 29. 

    His first stop will be in Owen County, followed by Gallatin, Carroll and Trimble counties.

    Comer will be in Carroll County at the Carroll County Extension Office from 3-4 p.m. June 29. Take this unique opportunity to come out to the office and meet your Commissioner of Agriculture.

     

    Managing stored wheat

    Stored wheat needs proper care to maintain quality.

  • Month of June highlights dairy’s essential role in good diet

    June marks the beginning of summer and reminds us all to enjoy these warm summer days. It is also National Dairy Month.

    Every June across the U.S., farmers, consumers and members of the National Dairy Council celebrate the benefits of dairy.

    National Dairy Month reminds us that dairy foods are very important for good health.

    Eating at least three servings of dairy a day is essential for a healthy diet and to aid in the prevention of osteoporosis, high blood pressure, obesity and colon cancer. 

  • Establish small plots of clover to improve deer, turkey hunting

    Establishing small plots of clover throughout your hunting area can pay big dividends during deer and wild turkey seasons.

    Summer is a good time to start preparations for an initial planting in the fall.

  • Battle mosquitos by eliminating places for them to breed

    Along with the joys of summertime outdoor activities comes the not-so-joyful likelihood of encountering mosquitoes. 

    While we cannot control the entire outdoors, there are control measures you can take around your home, farm and business to eliminate potential breeding sites that provide the quiet, non-flowing water these bothersome pests need to develop.

    You can decrease mosquito populations by depriving them of places to breed. However, eliminating these sites often is easier said than done, because these locations are not always obvious.