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Extension

  • The basics of food label terms

    When you go grocery shopping, you’ve probably seen some new terms on the labels of your favorite foods. These terms are not meant to cause confusion but can help you make more informed choices about the foods you eat. This is a good thing, as concerns among consumers about food origin, safety and quality continue to increase.

    Here is a list of terms found on food labels and their definition as defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the Food and Drug Administration.

  • Herbst releases her list of dates for upcoming year

    With the New Year right around the corner, we have a full schedule of upcoming dates already set at the Extension Office.  All meetings will take place at the Carroll County Extension Office, unless otherwise noted.

    Carroll County Agricultural Development Council

    The next scheduled meeting of the Agricultural Development Council is at 7 p.m. Jan 6. The first Wednesdays of each month is reserved for the council meeting.

    Carroll County Extension Council

  • Cold weather health benefits

    Often times there are many warnings about the hazards that happen when the temperature turns cold.  But did you know that there are actually some benefits too?

    We tend to be more social. When the nights are longer and colder, people tend to reach out to friends and family more often.  In fact, one study found that people actually talked on the phone longer during bad weather. So if you are stuck inside, call up a friend or family member and chat away!

  • Bring holiday cheer to the elderly
  • Youth and adults participate in leadership development programs
  • Herbst shares a twist on a holiday classic story

    On this Christmas Eve, I imagine many families will gather tonight for that annual tradition of reading “The Night Before Christmas.”  It’s one of my favorite traditions from my childhood.  Here is a rendition of the timeless classic called, “The Farmer’s Night Before Christmas.”  Enjoy!

     

    ‘Twas the night before Christmas when down on the farm
    The animals were resting in the warm, cozy barn.

  • Proper amaryllis care helps lengthen life of the plant

    Few plants can liven up a winter day like the amaryllis.  The large pink, white, red, orange, and variegated flowers are truly spectacular.

    A member of the lily family, the amaryllis rises from a large bulb.  The growth habit makes it well suited for blooming during the colder months of the year.

  • Encounters with the kissing bug are extremely rare

    That special someone you are looking to meet up with under the mistletoe this holiday season apparently is not the only thing out there waiting for a “kiss.”

    An insect called a “kissing bug” has made local news stories over the past couple of weeks that may have made the thought of kissing a little unsettling.  Thank you to those who have shared the stories with me.  Let us take a moment to learn a little more about kissing bugs.

  • Support Carroll County 4-H by donating $10 when renewing ag tags

    Kentucky 4-H is one of the most important and influential youth programs in our state and our county. Across Kentucky over 238,000 youth ages 9 to 19 learn about leadership, citizenship and life skills in “learn-by-doing” experiences such as communications and public speaking,through agriculture projects like livestock judging, science projects with robotics, 4-H camp, Teen Conference, and many other 4-H programs and activities.

  • Use certificates for sharing gifts of joy with others

    Developing ideas for creative holiday gifts or making them is an enjoyable, economical way to remember friends and family members during the upcoming season.

    A babysitting gift certificate may be one of the best gifts a young mother receives, especially if she has infants and very young children.  Several hours of babysitting will enable her to enjoy some free time.

    If there’s a handyman or gardener in your household, give elderly friends and relatives certificates for home repairs and yard work they may be unable to do.