• Did you know there are stinging caterpillars? Herbst explains

    Most people know that bees, wasps, hornets and some ants can sting to defend themselves or their nests, but few may realize that handling some caterpillars can also produce painful results. A recent local Facebook post brought attention to an unfortunate encounter with a type of flannel moth caterpillar. Recognizing the few stinging caterpillar species in Kentucky may help prevent future irritating encounters.

    Caterpillars are immature stages of moths and butterflies that often have spines and barbed hooks. With most species, these are for show and harmless.

  • Watch for changes in 4-H exhibit area at Kentucky State Fair

    The Kentucky State Fair is just around the corner, and we are so excited about the changes happening in Cloverville, Kentucky 4-H’s village-like area.

    Cloverville is moving to the South Wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center to be a part of the fair’s newly created AgLand, which highlights Kentucky’s agricultural heritage. As part of the move, Cloverville is getting an exciting new look, including streets named for the four H’s in 4-H (Head, Heart, Hands and Health). These streets will help you navigate through the exhibit.

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  • Safe canning practices

    Gardens are beginning to bear the fruits of your labor. Soon, it will be time to start thinking about preserving some of that excess produce for winter months. Safety is of utmost importance for those of us preserving food because improperly home canned food can lead to foodborne illness.

  • Farm to Table Dinner brought together farmers, community

    This past Saturday, the Riverview Farmers’ Market held their first-ever Farm to Table Dinner on a perfect evening in the middle of Main Street in downtown Carrollton.

    This event, which has been in the works for the past two years, celebrated local farmers by creating a dinner featuring meats, produce and value-added products produced right here in Carroll County. I want to take this opportunity to express my sincerest gratitude to the following people for contributing their time and efforts into a very successful Farm to Table Dinner.

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  • Extra veggies? Make your own salsa

    Tomatoes are now in season, and soon you might have more on your hands than you know what to do with. A great way to use excess tomatoes, peppers, onions and other ingredients is by making salsa you can enjoy fresh now, or preserve for use throughout the year. The local Farmers Market is a great place to get fresh vegetables if you don’t raise a garden yourself.

  • Chowning wins first in state communications contest

    On Saturday, July 14, at the University of Kentucky, Carroll County was represented by Jack Chowning, son of Jeff and Cortney Chowning, at the 4-H State Communication Event. Jack was the champion in the demonstration category of shooting sports.

  • CAIP applications due Aug. 17

    Applications will soon be available for the 2018 Carroll County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP) at the Carroll County Conservation District Office, 1804 Highland Ave., Carrollton or at the Carroll County Extension Office.

    The application period is July 30, 2018 through Aug. 17, 2018. Applications may NOT be picked up until July 30. All applications must be into the Conservation District Office by Aug. 17 at 4:30 p.m.

    Office hours for the Conservation District are as follows: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m.-noon and Wednesday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

  • Selecting sunglasses – Protect those eyes

    Wearing sunglasses in the middle of summer may seem like a no-brainer, but not all sunglasses provide protection from ultraviolet rays, and not all adults wear them like they should. According to The Vision Council, 65 percent of American adults view a pair of sunglasses as a fashion accessory rather than a health necessity. One in four adults rarely or never wear sunglasses when going outside, with millennials, adults born between 1981 and 1996, being the least likely to wear sunglasses always or often.