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  • Protect your heart

    Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of illness and death for North American women and kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. February is Women’s Heart Health Month, and it is a great time for women to start taking better care of their hearts all year round.

    It’s important to know your personal risk for heart disease and family history. Common risk factors for heart disease include elevated blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, smoking, diabetes, a sedentary lifestyle and overweight or obesity.

  • Late winter opportunities to start spring off right

    Late winter is the time to really get the ball rolling in the right direction for a successful, upcoming grazing season.  Producers need to act now to take the proper steps to set their operation up to maximize grazing this year.  Consider these four management areas to evaluate to start off on the right foot.

    Soil fertility

  • Importance of dental health

    As the beginning of the gastrointestinal tract, the mouth starts the digestive system’s functions, so it is not surprising that nutrition and oral health are closely linked. When it comes to oral health and the teeth, nutrition is both protective and preventive. Good nutrition promotes maintenance of the mouth and teeth by mitigating the negative influences of food on teeth, where plaque can accumulate.

    Dental decay can be caused by many things:

  • Preventative steps with firewood to avoid indoor insect issues

    Winter has finally made its arrival in Carroll County over the course of this last week, and boy, has it made its presence known.  As the temperatures drop, many people use a fireplace to supplement their heat supply, or just for enjoyment.

    Each time a load of firewood is brought inside, you may be opening the door for wood-infesting insects to make your home their home.  These insects typically either actively feed on wood or are simply using the wood for shelter.

  • Preparing for tax season is half the battle

    Now is the time when we start thinking about filing our income taxes from the previous year.  Even though it’s an annual event, it can cause anxiety for many. By preparing now, you can ease the process for yourself and your tax preparer.

  • Livestock water intake is equally important in winter

    As we move into the winter months, water requirements of livestock are critical to maintain optimum animal performance.  Winter brings the challenge of providing water to livestock while battling freezing temperatures. 

    Factors that affect water intake include: environmental temperature, feed moisture, body size, and level of milk production.  A lactating beef cow in the summer on a 90˚F day will drink 16 gallons of water, while during a 40˚F day in December the same cow would consume less, approximately 11 gallons.

  • 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