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  • 4-H Horse Club meets Feb. 23

    Carroll County is so fortunate to have two sets of horse clubs.

    One horse club, under the leadership of Marla Bickers and Danielle Hickey, has been very productive and has really put Carroll County on the map in the world of horse competition. Their members (Kassandra Hickey, Mallary Bickers, Cassidy Buchanan and Shelby Ackerman) are very competitive and always bring home many champion ribbons. 

  • Get ready to go to 4-H camp July 4-8

    Spring is around the corner and before you know it, summer will be here.

    4-H Camp is a great way to fill those lazy summer days. At 4-H Camp, young people learn independence, responsibility, have a lot of fun and make many friends.

  • Inflammation, is there a diet that helps?

    Picture going for a run and falling and cutting your knees, or working in the garden and having a rose thorn become lodged in your finger. When these and other injuries occur the body tries to remove the harmful, irritated tissues or damaged cells and begin the process of healing by producing inflammation. Redness, heat, swelling, pain and loss of function are signs of acute inflammation but some inflammation can occur without these symptoms.

  • Industrial hemp informational meeting, Feb. 4

    Tonight, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m., an informational meeting on the current research that is being done in production of industrial hemp in Kentucky will be held at the Carroll County Extension Office.

  • Water intake key to winter health

    The three most important things we can do to protect livestock in cold weather are providing sufficient water, giving ample high-quality feed, and offering weather protection.  Cold stress reduces livestock productivity, including rate of gain, milk production and reproductive difficulty, and can cause disease problems.

  • 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.