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Extension

  • County fair is coming soon

     4-H members are working diligently to get their projects ready to exhibit at the Carroll County Fair.  So many lifelong skills are learned through participating in 4-H.  There will be items displayed in many areas, including photography, recycled items, horticulture, home environment, clothing, food, electricity, arts and crafts, consumer and financial education, crops, needlework and then our animal science shows in the barn on the fairgrounds.

    Open livestock show information is listed above.

  • Avoid the ouch of swimmer’s ear
  • Learn the warning signs of heat stress for livestock and pets

    Summer is just one short month away—June 21.  Over the past couple of weeks, we have experienced a little bit of heat, but we all know that is just a taste of what is to come.

    Just as humans can suffer when the temperatures rise, our livestock and pets can feel it, too.  Get a step up on the weather now, and learn to recognize when your livestock or pets may be in danger from the heat and what you can do to increase their comfort.

  • Local farmers markets have numerous benefits

    Many of us grew up with a family garden and remember the fresh taste of the first tomato of the summer or the crispness of the first ear of corn.  While you may not have the time or space to grow your own fruits and vegetables, you can still get the freshest produce available at your local farmers market. Shopping at the local farmers market has numerous benefits for you, your family, local farmers and the community. 

  • The best way to avoid ticks this summer is through prevention

    Temperatures are warming up, school will be out for the summer in a couple of weeks, and more time will be spent outdoors in this great weather.

    A pesky creature will also be looking for you to spend more time outdoors, and that is the tick.  However, knowing where ticks prefer to be can help you and your family be more aware of and avoid those close encounters of the tick kind.

  • Eastern tent caterpillars have made their 2015 appearance

    Several calls have come into the office about the presence of silken nests or “tents” in trees over the last couple of weeks.

    These tents are the nests of eastern tent caterpillars (ETC).

    ETC populations fluctuate from year to year. Defol-iation of trees, building of unsightly silken nests in trees, and wandering caterpillars crawling over plants, walkways, and roads cause this insect to be a pest in the late spring and early summer.

  • Encourage fun learning activities during the summer months

    Even though school will be out for most of Kentucky’s young people, learning thrives through play during the summer. You can do many educational and fun activities with your children to keep their minds working and imaginations flowing during the summer.

  • 4-H’ers begin to prepare for fair

    “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” - Warren Buffett

    Last week Carroll County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Christin Herbst and I presented a lesson on trees at Cartmell Elementary School. The students constructed a “human” tree and were taught the importance of trees. 

  • ‘Phantom load’ a drain on your wallet

    A dripping faucet can make a water bill soar, so rather than watch money go down the drain, you’d probably grab a wrench or call a plumber. But there are equally expensive leaks elsewhere in your house, and you probably aren’t aware of them. They’re called phantom loads, and they’re constantly draining electric current.

  • Winter damage to plants vary depending on type

    Over the past couple of weeks, our flowering trees and plants have really been showing off. Isn’t it a welcomed sight, especially after the winter we experienced? Those pretty flowers make it easy to forget about those cold temperatures.

    Well, sort of.

    Just like last year, we are seeing just how hardy our evergreens and marginally hardy plant species are in our area.