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Extension

  • Joyce offers tips on how to attract butterflies

    Young people often list butterflies among their favorite insects. Planting flowers these insects prefer can help attract more butterflies to your garden. Asking your 4-H’er to help gives you the opportunity to share gardening skills with them and helps instill in them an appreciation for these colorful insects and nature.

  • Open Exhibits due Thursday; County fair June 2-10

    Tomorrow marks opening day of the 2017 Carroll County Fair!

    This morning, from 9 a.m. to noon, Open Exhibits are being accepted at the Exhibit Hall at the Carroll County Fairgrounds. Exhibits will be judged this afternoon and open to the public for display at the Exhibit Hall starting Saturday, June 3 from 6-10 p.m.

    4-H/FFA/Open livestock shows begin this weekend:

    Saturday, June 3 – Dairy Cattle/Dairy Goat/Beef Cattle:

  • Fair exhibits, shows offer options for youth, adults

    The Carroll County Fair begins next week, and there are a plethora of opportunities to showcase the talents of youth and adults alike in Carroll County through 4-H and Open exhibits.

    Flip through the fair catalog and consider entering exhibits. Exhibit departments range from art, photography, and floral arrangements to foods, textiles and horticulture. Carroll County Fair catalogs are available at the Extension Office.

  • Financial considerations for women: Planning for life’s major event

    This is the second part to last weeks article Financial Considerations for Women

    Life events such as marriage, divorce, remarriage, or widowhood all have specific financial considerations for women. Last week we talked about planning for retirement. This week we are talking about financial matters when life throws you a curve ball.

    Marriage

  • Teen council members’ projects strengthen community

    Leadership. What is it? When you look up leadership in a Google search you will get more than a million results. I believe a leader must be able to interact, communicate and influence others. That is what members of the Carroll County Teen Council are doing. I am so fortunate to work with these teens who are growing in this area and making a difference in our community.

  • At the Farmers Market - Strawberries

    The Carroll County Farmers Market is in full swing. Many of our local vendors have or will soon have strawberries available.

  • Cattle management tips

    Dr. Roy Burris, UK Beef Extension Specialist, offers some cattle producers some timely tips in cattle management.

    Spring-calving herd

    Bulls should have a breeding soundness evaluation (BSE) well before the breeding season. They should also receive their annual booster vaccinations and be dewormed.

    Continue supplying a high magnesium mineral until daytime temperatures are consistently above 60 degrees F.

    Improve or maintain body condition (BCS 5) of cows before breeding season starts, if necessary.

  • 4-H camping season nears; North Central 4-H Camp July 3-7

    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.

  • Financial considerations for women: Planning for life’s major events

    Over the course our lives, our financial needs change. Marriage, growing a family, divorce, retirement, and widowhood present women with new financial circumstances. Despite making great strides, women typically earn less than men and work fewer years as a result of leaving the workplace to raise children or care for elderly parents. As a result, women often have contributed less to retirement savings accounts and Social Security compared to men. Therefore, women need to be proactive in managing their finances and preparing for future life events.

    Planning for retirement

  • Family farm transitions are an important issue to discuss

    The average age of farmers in Kentucky is increasing, and over the next several years, many farm families will consider transitioning their farm to the next generation. The decision of when and how to begin the farm transition process can be a difficult topic to discuss.

    It is important to realize that at some point every farm business will experience a transfer of ownership, either with or without owner participation. The farm business can transfer in one of two ways: either as a viable farm business or as a set of assets.