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Extension

  • Take steps to control bugs, insects with year’s mild winter

    However blessed we have been with a mild winter, be prepared for some problems in the garden due to insects, diseases and fungi. 

    A normal freezing winter creates a hostile environment making it difficult for insect larvae, bacteria and various fungi to survive. It looks like this will not be the case this year. With temperatures in the 40s and 50s, we will not have a very good barrier against many pests this year. So it is time to make plans to combat this issue using all the tools we have available for this year and in the future.

  • 4-H camp dates set, offers employment opportunities

    The dates of 4-H Camp for Carroll County 4-Hers are July 3-6. This year’s four-day camp will be held at North Central 4-H Camp in Carlisle and is open to kids ages 9 to 14.

    Details are still being finalized, but if you have a 4-Her who is interested in camp, please add these camp dates to your calendar.

    More information about how to sign up to attend camp will be available in the coming months.

    Employment opportunities

  • Become heart healthy this February; enjoy chocolate, too

    Has heart disease affected someone in your family? Has it been you?

    Feb-ruary is National Heart Health Month. The Northern Kent-ucky Area Exten-sion Homemakers will sponsor a special heart health workshop and luncheon Friday, Feb. 3 from 10:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Boone County Extension office.

    Friday is “National Wear Red Day,” as millions of Americans join the fight against heart disease in women by wearing red as a reminder of the importance of stopping heart disease in our lifetime.

  • Cooperative Extension, FFA have roots in agriculture education

    Agriculture has long been considered the backbone of all major civilizations for thousands of years. 

    A civilized citizenry understands the importance of being able to feed themselves; this is why we made the shift from being hunters and gathers to farmers and ranchers. For centuries the skills and knowledge of farmers was passed down from father to son and mother to daughter – but during the industrial revolution this all changed. 

    Agriculture education was born and has been a mainstay in educational institutions worldwide. 

  • Homebased microprocessor workshop for home producers

    I am coordinating a state home-based microprocessor videoconference workshop on Tuesday, March 27 from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. here at the Carroll County Exten-sion office. 

    Pre- registration is required. 

    House Bill 391 and Farmers Market legislation allows Kentucky farmers who grow and harvest produce to process value-added products and sell them from designated farmers markets, certified roadside stands and the processor’s farm. There are two processing categories in HB 391, homebased processors and homebased microprocessors.

  • Sign up begins for EQUIP, Hoop, Houses On-Farm Energy initiatives

    USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced that the first of three ranking period cut-off dates for the Environ-mental Quality Incent-ives Program Organic, High Tunnel (Hoop Houses) and On-Farm Energy Initiatives is Feb. 3.

    Producers interested in any of these three programs should submit applications to their local NRCS office by the deadline so that their applications can be considered during the first ranking period of 2012.

  • It’s Sew Fine annual home, family expo begins April 17

    The sixth “It’s Sew Fine” Sewing Expo will be held at General Butler State Resort Park Tuesday, April 17 and Wednesday, April 18.

    The expo begins at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17 with registration followed by a make-it-take it session.

    That afternoon participants take a half day class. Classes include: Kanzashi embroidery, cosmetic sergery, a choice of 4 different quilt classes and a fabric dying class using procion MX dyes plus several other classchoices.

  • Proper planning now readies spring calving cow herd

    Keep replacement heifer calves gaining enough to reach their “target” breeding weight (65 percent mature weight) by spring.

    Get ready for calving season. See that all equipment and materials are ready, including obstetrical equipment, record forms or booklets, ear tags, scales for obtaining birth weights, etc. Prepare a calving area where assistance can be provided easily if needed. Purchase ear tags for calves and number them ahead of time if possible. Plan for enough labor to watch/assist during the calving period.

  • Practicing safety on the farm helps to prevent injuries

    Children can learn many valuable life lessons while working with livestock, and everyone loves to see children and animals working together.  However, it’s important to remember livestock can be dangerous. 

    Injur-ies from livestock-related accidents are a major source of harm that is suffered by children in agricultural settings.

  • Join Winter Walks to keep New Year’s healthy resolutions

    Did you make a New Year’s resolution to improve your health?

    If so, I have an opportunity for you. Even though it’s cold outside, it’s fine to go out and take a walk.  Just dress warmly and join us to walk at Westrick County Park from 4-5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for 10 weeks starting Wednesday, Jan. 18.

    Here’s how it works:

    • Jan. 9-17:  Register by calling or stopping by the Extension office. $5 Fee.