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Extension

  • Tips on how to safely operate a generator at home

    Standby generators provide emergency electrical power during disruptions caused by winter storms and other disasters. However, we need to take some special precautions to ensure safe, efficient operation of these generators.

    Make sure to purchase a generator that is rated for the amount of power needed and buy one that will supply more than needed so you do not blow a fuse or damage the equipment you plan to attach to the generator.

  • The new year is the time to start keeping financial records for 2015

    As we move into the New Year and try to keep up with those resolutions we have set for ourselves, it is also a perfect time to get a good start on record keeping for our agricultural operations.

    Record keeping may not be every farmer’s favorite activity and probably not the reason a person gets into farming as a career. With time, patience and a commitment to get it done, it can make a producer’s financial life a lot less worrisome.

  • Extension welcomes new FCS agent Ann Schultz

    Happy New Year!

    Joyce, Rhonda, and I have very exciting news to share with the coming of 2015.  We will be welcoming a new coworker to the Carroll County Cooperative Extension Service.

    On behalf of the University of Kentucky and our Carroll County Cooperative Extension Service, I would like to announce that Ann Schultz will be joining us as our new Extension Agent for Family & Consumer Sciences.  Ann’s first day is Monday, Jan. 5.

  • 4-H pledge provides platform for success

    As I sit and think about 2014 coming to an end, I first think of all the positives in my life.  The first being good health.  Good health is something that we rarely appreciate, but the moment we get sick, we would give anything to regain good health.

  • Proper storage of holiday decorations prevents a ‘Griswold’

    National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is one of my all-time favorite movies to watch during the holiday season.

    Every scene is quote-worthy and brings about big laughs.

    One scene in particular stands out to me:

    Clark Griswold has dragged his son, Russ, outside with him to start the big task of putting lights on the house.  Russ, who is not excited about helping out with this task at all, complains that his dad overdoes things.

  • CAIP application deadline tomorrow (Dec. 19)

     The Carroll County Cooperative Extension Service will be closed for the holidays from December 25to January 2.  The office will be open on Monday, January 5.

    CAIP Applications Still Available

    Applications are still available for the 2014 Carroll County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP) at the Carroll County Conservation District Office, 1802 Highland Avenue, Carrollton.

  • Herbst offers history of holiday poinsettias plant

    Poinsettias are synonymous with the holiday season.  Their bright red, pink or white leaves are beautiful as standalone plants or as components of bigger holiday displays.

    It may surprise many to know that in their native climate, this subtropical plant can grow to lofty heights of more than 10 feet.  In the United States, poinsettias are grown as indoor potted plants, most in heated greenhouses.

  • Give the gift of time to your children this season

    “Walk a little slower Daddy”

     

    “Walk a little slower, Daddy!” said a little child so small.

    “I’m following in your footsteps and I don’t want to fall.

     

    Sometimes your steps are very fast; sometimes they’re hard to see;

    So walk a little slower Daddy, for you are leading me.

     

    Someday when I’m all grown up, you’re what I want to be.

  • Safety tips for you and your pets this winter season

    After our first snowfall in November, it is easy to start thinking about winter storms when winter has not even officially arrived, due to the calendar.  It is hard to tell if there will be many winter storms from year to year, but each year we should make sure that we are prepared for winter storms.

    Winter storms typically have low temperatures and are sometimes accompanied by ice, sleet, freezing rain, and snow.

  • Dec. 8 is deadline for country ham project sign ups

    It’s that time again to think about curing a country ham. If 4-H members are interested in learning this process, a contract must be signed and in my hands by Dec. 8. So please call the Extension office and request a contract or stop by and pick one up.  The contracts will also be in each school office for the child to pick up. It is so exciting to see the young people as they learn some “back in the day” projects.  Here are some facts about curing “green” hams the 4-H way.