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Extension

  • Deadline for the Kentucky equine survey approaching

    The deadline for horse owners to send in their contact information for the participation in the Kentuc-ky Equine Survey is Feb. 17.

    The purpose of the survey is to estimate the number of horses in Kentucky by county, breed and use. This information can then be used to examine the impact of the state’s signature industry. The actual survey will take place this summer.

  • Senate tackles bills on early graduation, special diplomas

    The Senate passed several bills this week. Of these bills, three education bills are of particular importance.

    Many students feel bored with the pace of high school during their senior year. Senate Bill 86, passed with bipartisan support, helps focus our students on the higher challenges required of them. It provides an early graduation option to high school students who meet course requirements, grade point average and college readiness standards. 

  • Winter walk group takes steps to a healthier life

    Do you like to walk? We are starting a new program to get out and walk together during these colder winter days and continue into warmer spring days. 

    We will meet at the Extension office, get outdoors and walk, and then return to the Extension office to talk about the benefits of walking, sharing and a bite to eat. 

    We invite you to join us Mondays from 4-5 p.m. as follows:

    Monday Feb. 13: Winter Walks and Chili

    Monday, Feb. 20: Winter Walks and a Wrap

    Monday, Feb. 27: Winter Walks and Supper Soup

  • Emerald ash borer continues to spread in Kentucky

    Most people are aware of the danger to ash trees from the emerald ash borer throughout North America.

    Accord-ing to a sobering USDA Forest Service publication, “Emerald ash borer is the most destructive forest insect introduced into North America in recent history. Our present ability to detect, contain, eradicate, or manage EAB infestations is limited ... The eventual loss of the vast majority of ash trees in North America should be anticipated.”

  • 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.