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Extension

  • 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.

  • Make a plan, stick to it to get more active in the new year

    All of us at the Carroll County Extension office hope you had a nice holiday. We are looking forward to seeing you back for another year of great programs and activities. Please stop by and check out what the New Year brings.

    Did you make any new year’s resolutions to increase or start a physical activity program? Yes, it is easy to make a resolution to improve your physical activity, but sticking with it is the problem. 

  • Programs aid farmers with beef certification, breeding

    2012 is officially here, and with it comes new opportunities to gain knowledge through the UK Cooperative Extension Office.

    One such opportunity is through the “Carroll County Agri-culture News.” I have developed this Exten-sion newsletter to be delivered on a quarterly basis. The inaugural newsletter is being sent out at this time, and it will include information from the UK Cooperative Extension Service, as well as reminders and announcements for upcoming programs. If you would like to receive my newsletter, please contact the Extension office.

  • Rain gardens provide many benefits

    This year, 4-H agents will receive hands-on training at 4-H camps so they can teach youth about the benefits of rain gardens.  Rain gardens are landscaping features adapted to provide on-site treatment of stormwater runoff, according to the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    Residential rain gardens are usually small, “homeowner sized” (averaging 60 to 100 square feet) plots that utilize in-place or native soil.  They generally cost $2 to $5 per square feet (without under-drain) and create habitat for wildlife such as birds and butterflies.

  • Resolutions provide a chance to become healthier in 2012

    New Year’s is a great time to make a fresh start at living a healthy life. However, anyone can start over on any day of the year. Here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics that we can use to help middle and high school age kids put into practice. As adults, we can be good models by also trying them out ourselves:

    •                  Eat more fruits and vegetables