• 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.

  • Cooking teaches children math, science, life skills

    Do you want to do something fun with your children? Do you want to reinforce their math and science skills? Do you want to teach them skills they will use during their entire lifetime? If so, teach them to cook!

    That is exactly what 100 fifth-grade students from Cartmell Elementary learned to do last week. The Recipes For Life program is sponsored by the Carroll County Cooperative Extension Service. Numerous volunteers donate their time and energy to help with the program.

  • Tips to get your lawn mower ready for the first cut of spring

    The spring-like temperatures and rain are making a big impact on our yards, and that first mowing of the year is due, if you have not pulled out the lawnmower already. Mowing grass is an important task and there are some points we should consider as we begin the mowing season.