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Extension

  • Cover-crop rotation can improve soil quality

    While members of the Carroll County High School FFA cooked hamburgers and hot dogs, the Carroll County Soil Conservation District held its annual field day Thursday in the shadows of the grain-drying and storage bins owned by Christ-man Farms in Preston-ville.

  • Autumn brings time to harvest apples in Kentucky

    September and October is a busy time for Kentucky’s apple growers—both for the commercial and home operation. In fact, I have received a couple of calls already about the best time to harvest apples this season.

    The best and most time-tested method of judging when to pick fruit is the taste method. When enough starch has been converted to sugar and the flavor is developed, the fruit is ready to eat.

  • Adults must help foster leadership skills in youth

    All young people need opportunities to develop leadership skills. By learning to interact with others and becoming engaged members of their communities, they learn they can make a difference. 

    In order for youth to be prepared to work in partnership with adults, they need to develop and/or enhance their leadership skills. Leadership education prepares youth to:

    l Manage time

    l Work as a team

    l Set goals

    l Start conversations

    l Facilitate meetings

    l Solve problems

  • FDA clears up label rules on what is really ‘gluten free’

    The Food and Drug Administration recently finalized the definition of the term “gluten-free” on food labels. All manufacturers that want to use the gluten-free wording on their products must adhere to strict guidelines.

    According to the FDA, the term gluten-free now refers to foods that are either inherently gluten-free or foods that do not contain any ingredient that is:

    • A gluten-containing grain (e.g., spelt or wheat)

    • Derived from a gluten-containing grain that has not been processed to remove gluten (e.g., wheat flour)

  • Carroll County Conservation District to hold field day

    The Carroll County Conservation District will hold a field day at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19.

    The field day will be held at Christman Farms on Hwy. 55 in Prestonville, one-fourth mile south of the intersection of U.S. 42 and Hwy. 55.

    This field day will spotlight grain bin storage and drying, as well as conservation practices related to that topic. Paul Veech, district conservationist, will speak on filter strips and soil quality.

  • Special activities on tap for Wednesday and Thursday

    Several activities for area residents are set for Wednesday and Thursday.

    At 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11, a farm field day will be held at Fairview Place Assisted Living. The Carroll County Extension Homemakers will be assisting with the activities.

    Calling all senior citizens! Don’t forget to come to the Senior Event Thursday, Sept. 12 at Point Park. ”We’ve Been Working on the Railroad” is this year’s theme. It is going to be another great event.

  • Support group offers information on life with diabetes

    If you have diabetes, pre-diabetes, have a family member with diabetes or just want to learn more about the disease, you are invited to attend the regular monthly meeting of the “It’s About You!” Diabetes Support Group.

    The meeting is held from 10 a.m. until noon the second Thurs-day of each month at the Carroll County Cooper-ative Extension office.

  • Planning can help avert delays in harvesting fall grain

    It has been an interesting year for Kentucky’s corn crop.

    Last year, we faced drought-damaged corn, while this year’s crop is on track to be record-setting and wetter than average.

    Pre-pare handling equipment, dryers and storage bins well before harvest to minimize problems that can create unexpected delays.

  • Carroll County 4-Hers earn honors at the state fair

    As you read in the last article, Carroll County 4-Her’s were successful at the Kentucky State Fair last month.  You might ask, “Where’s the Beef?”

     And I can tell you where the best beef is! Right here in Carroll County, where Caleb and Levi Steph-enson placed in several classes in the Angus Beef show. The biggest honor was when Caleb’s heifer was named best of breed and owned.

  • New CRANE group takes flight for regional conservation

    Over the past several months, a couple of the area Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agents and I have been planning a new Exten-sion program that focuses more on our local natural resources.

    We call this program “Con-serving Resou-rces through Agri-cultural and Natural Explor-ation,” or CRANE.

    CRANE was developed to bring awareness and consideration to our natural resources by thinking outside of the classroom and learning about those resources through exploring our surroundings.