• Start planning now for summer vacation

    It’s time to start thinking about summer. This season is a great time to relax and spend time with family. One of the best ways to spend time with your family is during summer vacations, but planning for those can be expensive and time-consuming.

    To begin planning for a summer vacation, it is important to make a budget. This will help you decide where to go, where to stay and how to get there. A budget can also provide you with a spending guideline for once you reach your destination.

  • Livestock clinic May 4; Camp filling up

    Just a reminder about the livestock clinic this Friday, May 4, starting at 5 p.m. Poultry and rabbits will meet first in the Extension office and then go to the 4-H livestock barn on the fair grounds. All other animals will begin at 5 p.m. in the 4-H livestock barn.

    Bring your animal(s) to the meeting. If you are planning on showing an animal in 4-H, you must attend this meeting. Pizza will be served.

    Also on Friday from 3:30-5 p.m. will be the bulletin board decorating project. Livestock will begin right after the bulletin board project.

  • Tips for protecting pollinators like honey bees

    Pollinator protection has become a common phrase we frequently hear. Those of us working in agriculture recognize that honey bees and other pollinators are as much a part of agriculture as cattle and corn. Losses of honey bees since 2006 have been at unacceptable and unsustainable levels due to a variety of causes and has led to creation of pollinator protection plans.

    One of the risks that insect pollinators face is pesticides. When it comes to protecting pollinators from pesticides there are a few key risks that need to be managed.

  • Try a small-scale garden this year

    With more people living in urban areas or getting older, many think they do not have the space to garden or think about downsizing. A new publication from the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, ID-248: Gardening in Small Spaces, describes how you can garden in a limited area.

  • Castrating cattle early minimizes risk of developing tetanus

    In the United States, more than 17 million bulls that range in age from one day to one year are castrated yearly. Tetanus is a potentially life-threatening neurologic disease affecting all species of domestic livestock, including cattle, so it is important for producers to take steps to prevent it.

  • Homemakers raise money for ovarian cancer research

    Carroll County Extension Homemakers will raise funds for ovarian cancer research programs by donating $1 per member out of their annual dues. This year we are also having three additional fundraising events to help.

  • 4-H trap shooting meeting April 22

    The 4-H Trap shooting sports team will hold its first meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22, behind Kinman Chevrolet. Trap shooting coach Randy Glauber said all interested youth are invited to attend. He said 4-H has shotguns youth can use and the targets and ammunition are provided by grants 4-H receives from several shooting organizations.

    Glauber said all the instructors are certified. The meeting and practice sessions are usually held on Sunday afternoons.

  • 4-H gears up for the county fair; Ladies Day Out fundraiser Saturday

    It won’t be long until the Carroll County fair is open and going strong. 4-H is gearing up to prepare for the fair. The following meetings will be held in preparation for the fair:

    Friday, April 20 - We will be decorating a wastebasket project at the Extension office right after school until 5 p.m..

    Thursday, April 26, Irish folding (paper craft) at the Extension office from 6-8 p.m.

    Monday, April 30 - Beginning electricity and wood science at the Extension office right after school

  • Information will aid in alfalfa production

    Degreeday (dd) accumulations provide the best way to estimate progress of the alfalfa weevil season. The relatively cooler winter and spring for 2018 should have weevils developing more slowly this year. Now is the time to check for feeding damage, especially in fields that had problems last year. While it has been a sluggish spring, the pace can pick up rapidly with more seasonal temperatures.

  • Growing and cooking with herbs

    We all want to eat food that tastes good. One of the most common ways we tend to make food taste good is by adding salt. Unfortunately, most American diets are too high in sodium. Diets high in sodium can raise blood pressure, which can lead to many major health issues including heart disease. Herbs provide a great way for us to limit our sodium intake while still consuming flavorful foods.