• Camping season nears

    Now is the time for young people and their parents to begin making plans for an annual summer ritual, 4-H Camp.

    4-H camps are open to all Kentucky youth between the ages of 9 and 14. At 4-H Camp, young people learn independence and responsibility, have a lot of fun, and make new friends.

  • Fish consumption advisories, what it means

    Recently, the Kentucky Departments for Environmental Protection, Health Services and Fish and Wildlife Resources jointly issued a fish consumption advisory in Kentucky.

  • While beautiful, ‘Bradford’ pear trees can pose a danger to homeowners

    Over the past couple of weeks, have you noticed the brilliant white blossoms on trees that seem to be everywhere?

    Oh, what beautiful trees!

    Well…not so much.

    This tree species is incredibly invasive, and it is all thanks to an unfortunately popular landscape tree:  the Callery pear, or “Bradford” pear, as it is commonly called.

  • Does using coated legume seed benefit farmers?

    Dr. Ray Smith, UK Forage Extension Specialist, offers information on coated seed:

  • April is Month of the Military Child

    Since 1986, April has been named Month of the Military Child. This awareness month was created to highlight the important roles children play in the military community.

  • Upcoming 4-H activity dates

    Students, check with the school to see if you can ride the bus to the Extension office.   Bus No. 157 comes by the Extension office.

    Thursday, March 31, 3:30 p.m. Extension Office  - Jewelry materials will be furnished – but if you want to select your own beads you may bring them with you. (No pony beads)

    Monday, April 4, 10 a.m., Extension Office - Gourd Painting, call and get your name on the list

  • Graves wins statewide service award

    Carroll County 4-H leader Jim Graves was honored with a state Community Service Award at the Kentucky 4-H Leaders Forum in Lexington, Feb. 13.

  • Slugs can cause a lot of plant damage if not controlled

    Spring is here, and what a welcomed sight it is!

    After experiencing two very cold winters, this past winter has been rather mild.  Because of the mild temperatures, it is a good chance that slugs have survived, which may cause our plants some issues.

    Slugs use their rasping mouthparts to tear tissue from leaves, stems, and flowers.  New transplants and small seedlings are especially vulnerable to these creatures.  Feeding damage and silvery slime trails on bedding plants is a sign of the creatures.

  • Growing and cooking with herbs

    We all want to eat food that tastes good. One of the most common ways we tend to make food taste good is by adding salt. Unfortunately, most American diets are too high in sodium. Diets high in sodium can raise blood pressure, which can lead to many major health issues including heart disease. Herbs provide a great way for us to limit our sodium intake while still consuming flavorful foods.

  • Natural dyes can brighten up Easter

    In just a few weeks, the Easter bunny will be hippity-hoppiting into many Kentucky homes. Along with the annual visit from our long-eared friend, coloring Easter eggs is one of the favorite holiday activities for children of all ages. While many of us are accustomed to purchasing the little dye tablets from the store, you can also use natural ingredients to get colorful results.

     Ingredients like fresh beets, yellow onion skins and fruit juices can dye eggs. Here’s a list of natural dye sources and the colors they produce.