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County Extension

  • 4-H Horticulture Rally Day is Aug. 3

    Casey County 4-H will have a Horticulture Rally Day on Wednesday, August 3 at the Casey County Extension education building.
    Our county fair was very early in the season making it very difficult to enter horticulture items in the fair. We will be having a Rally Day to encourage youth to enter produce and other horticulture items for the fair. The items will be judged and the class champion will be given the opportunity to go to the state fair with their entries.

  • 20 heifers given for 2010 'I Love Cows' memorial contest

    More than 160 people from across the state gathered in April at the Mercer County Extension Office for the 11th Annual Dustin Worthington “I Love Cows” Essay Contest awards ceremony.
    The ceremony saw 20 beef heifers given away to students who participated in the contest.  The contest is open to all FFA & 4-H members interested in the cattle industry in the state of Kentucky. 

  • Incorporating edible plants into the landscape

    A nice landscape of a few trees and shrubs, some flowers and well-tended turf has value. Our landscapes help define our outdoor living space, provide shade and help screen unwanted views.
    A well-maintained landscape may add as much as 5 to 10 percent to the value of our property.
    But landscapes can provide another resource that we don ft often consider  \ food. What if it were possible to introduce edible plants to your landscape?

  • Fire safety measures can save your life

    One structure fire was reported every 66 seconds in the U.S. in 2009, according to the National Fire Protection Association. To maintain a fire-safe home and keep your family safe this winter, follow these tips.
    — If you are using kerosene heaters, be sure your heater is in good working condition. Clean off the carbon that may have built up around the exhaust parts.  Be sure the heater has an emergency shut off in case the heater gets tipped over.

  • Control dandelions in fall

    Common chickweed, henbit, and purple deadnettle are cool-season weeds we usually see in crop fields during the fall and winter.
    However, other weeds, such as dandelions, have become more prevalent in recent years.  Dandelions are generally considered a major lawn or pasture weed but are increasingly found in grain crop fields.
    The expansion of dandelion populations in field crops is likely due to fewer applications of soil-residual herbicides along with no-till crop production practices.

  • Safety tips for heating your home as the weather turns cold

    The cold Kentucky winds are beginning to blow, signaling that it’s time to turn on the furnace.  Safety from fire and carbon monoxide poisoning should be your first priority.
    U.S. fire departments responded to thousands of home structure fires in 2009 that involved heating equipment, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Not only are furnaces potential hazards, but many of the fires started from space heaters. Carbon monoxide deaths were another problem.