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Extension

  • Tips on dealing with debt, stretching your dollars

    Happy New Year!

  • Pesticide, beef quality assurance trainings upcoming

    Happy New Year!

    This year of 2014 marks an important milestone in the history of the Cooperative Extension Service, as we celebrate the Smith-Lever Act, which established Extension back in 1914.

    The Smith-Lever Act began a unique educational partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the nation’s land-grant universities that extends research-based knowledge through a state-by-state network of extension educators.

  • Take 10 minutes to build a more fit family over break

    The Carroll County Cooperative Extension Service is closed for the holidays until Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. We hope that you are enjoying some special time with family and friends during the break and as we ring in a new year. Here’s to you and yours, “Happy New Year!”

     

    Do you have a Fit Family?

  • Amaryllis provides some color in winter months

    Cold temperatures, snow and muddy walkways may be in our future for winter this year, but I have a plant that will bring color and liven up the dreariest of winter days—the amaryllis.

    Amaryllis is a member of the lily family, and is available in a range of colors, including pink, white, red, orange and variegated.

    This plant grows from a large bulb, making it well suited for blooming during the colder months of the year.

  • Proper feeding in winter saves hay, keeps horses healthy

    With snow and colder temperatures showing up over the past weeks, producers should consider the nutritional needs of their horses and how those needs can change during Kentucky winters.

    The first step is to assess its body condition score, referred to as BCS, which is the amount of fat the horse is carrying.

  • The holidays are a great time for play together

    During the holiday break parents and grandparents can share many happy fun activities.

    Outdoor play is still important, but doing indoor activities in the warmth of the home is more enticing.

    Think for a moment about how to make the best use of your children’s indoor time. What are your children’s interests? What are they able to do developmentally?

    Buying expensive items is unnecessary. There are many things right in your own home or garage that you can use for activities to do with your children and the rest of the family, too.

  • Winter a busy time for conferences

    The winter months bring a wide variety of opportunities to extend your knowledge and network with other agricultural producers.

    Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Trade Show

    The 2014 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Trade Show will take place Jan. 6-7 in Lexington at the Embassy Suites Hotel.

    Highlights of this year’s meeting include pre-conference tree fruit and small fruit round table discussions.

  • Students can improve communication skills through 4-H

    As I go into Cartmell Elementary this month and in January, the students will be given information about the proper way to research and present a speech or a demonstration.

    In February each student will present their speech or demonstration in front of their classmates and community members who volunteer to judge their presentations. If they receive a blue ribbon, they will have the opportunity to continue to the county level and, from there, on to the district and state level. 

  • Stay off the solid-fat, added- sugar calories this holiday

    The holidays are here again! While being active is important in maintaining a healthy weight, “Staying off the SoFAS” has a different meaning and focus in terms of weight management.

  • Learn the basics of arranging attractive holiday tables

    Since many of you have told me you wished you could create something special for your holiday table, I have planned a special holiday arrangement class from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 9, at the Extension office.

    Hav-ing it later in the afternoon may give more of you working outside the home a chance to take this class.

    You may know Sharon Graves of Ghent to be a local artist. She possesses many other talents – including being a certified florist. She will teach us to make a beautiful holiday arrangement.