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Extension

  • Openings remain for Nov. 3 ‘cheesy’ Extension workshop

    “It’s So Easy Being Cheesy!” will be heard throughout the Carrollton area after local residents attend an all-day hands-on cheese making workshop taught by Jim Graves Thurs-day, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. here at the Exten-sion office. Jim raises his own goats and is a graduate of a three-day cheesemaking school at the University of Kentucky. 

    Participants will learn how to make butter, to make and handle buttermilk and different cheese cultures, why temperature is important and learn a lot of valuable information about cheesemaking.

  • New farm bill programs accept applications

    The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kentucky is encouraging landowners, farmers and producers to visit their local NRCS office now to receive more information and apply for conservation technical assistance and possible financial funding opportunities. 

    The application process for 2008 Farm Bill conservation programs is continuous, but funding selections are made at specific times throughout the year.  The Kentucky NRCS application ranking cutoff date for consideration for 2012 funds in this sign up period is Nov. 15.

  • Extension can assist with tests to improve soil conditions

    Fertile soil is the foundation of all agricultural production.  Without healthy soil, crops cannot grow, pastures cannot prosper, livestock cannot be raised to their full potential, and gardens cannot produce.

    So, how do you know if you have fertile soil?

    By conducting a soil test.

  • Tips help to keep Halloween from being so expensive

    Fall can be a very expensive time of year for families with back-to-school clothing and supplies, fall school activities and several holidays on the horizon. Often the holidays catch up before we have time to plan and one holiday coming up soon is Halloween.

    Halloween ranks as the third most expensive holiday, following Christmas and Valentine’s Day.  This might surprise some people, since typically the holiday does not involve large gift giving or family events. Nonetheless, the price of costumes, candy and decorations can add up. 

  • ‘Fun guys’ make appearance in the region

    Although the recent weather has suggested summer is not ready to end, the noticeable changing of the trees suggests fall is arriving in the Blue-grass State. Autumn is a beautiful time of year with its mums, pumpkins, and harvested fields, but it is also a popular time for the “fun guys” to appear.

    Fun guys?

    Oh!  You mean fungi!  Mushrooms!

  • Two win honors in 4-H shooting

    On Sept. 17, two Carroll County 4-H Rifle Shooters competed in the 2011 4-H state shooting competition at Wilmore.

  • Health and wealth challenge ends, forms are now due

    Six habits in six weeks — this has been the challenge we have given everyone in our eight-county Northern Kentucky area over the past six weeks.

    The challenge ended Sunday, Oct. 9, so now it is time to turn in those forms so you have a chance to win one of the nice prizes. Be sure to turn in your forms by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14 using the online submission at www.ca.uky.edu/boone or in person at the Carroll County Extension Office. You cannot win unless you turn in your forms.

    Upcoming food programs

  • Program offers reality lesson on money

    Our ag/4-H Extension agent, Christin Herbst, worked with the Reality Store last Friday at Carroll County Middle School, assisting guidance counselor Beth Wallace and other CCMS staff.

  • ‘New face in town’ offers lesson on Extension history

    Rumor has it there is a new girl in town.

    I hear she is young, but energetic.  People tell me she is a third-generation agriculture agent, who attended school at the University of Kentucky and is a genuine people person. 

    Furthermore, I hear she’s working with the 4-H program as well. The talk is that she is honored to be in Carroll County, and eager to do all she can to assist its residents.

  • Sales closing dates for USDA Crop Insurance Programs approaching

    FSA State Executive Director John W. McCauley reminds Kentucky producers who wish to purchase a Federal crop insurance program policy for the 2012 crop year, of the following final fall sales closing dates:

    • Barley, Sept. 30

    • Wheat – Sept. 30