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Kentucky Cottage Food Program

I am considering making jams and jellies from home. I'm not sure where to start. I understand that as a home based processor I would need to go through a licensing/training session. I'm not sure where I would go to do that. I believe I qualify for the Cottage Food Program as I grow my own produce - I have around 300 grapevines. If you can direct me in the right direction it would be appreciated.

Marshall County KY Posted 1 day ago

Testing canner seals, etc.

I'm relocating to Kentucky this year and am wondering if you test canner seals/pressure at any time during the year. I know that at the beginning of canning season, here in Missouri, our Extension office will test them if we bring them in. Wondering if I should have it done here before I move. Relocating in or near Carlise County. Thank you for any information that you may be able to share.

Daviess County MO Posted 1 day ago

Sm Black gnats

These pest look exactly like what I have & they occasionally bite/sting. Swarms in house & car, get in hair & eyes

KY insects Posted 2 days ago

bed bugs

Hi, I just moved to an apt in Lexington and a few days later found out from the upstairs neighbor that my apt had bed bugs in Nov that spread to her unit. She said her apt had to be treated three times. Am I in danger of the bed bugs coming back in my apt now that I am here starting 1/8/20? Did my landlord have a requirement to tell me prior to signing my lease?

Fayette County KY legal issues bed bugs Posted 5 days ago


Do you still offer the SRNA Class?

Clark County KY classes Posted 5 days ago

Living in hell!!

Hello my name is Brandi, I live in the Northern Ky area. I have recently noticed a bird had gotten in my home. It have chicks and ok next of the baby birds got stuck in my ceiling and died. I could smell it but could not get to it . Well one week later I heard noises coming from my kitchen walls and the ceiling where the baby bird was. Accompanied with scratches and smells. I have never dealt with rodents , so I had no idea my house was being invaded from the hole in my roof that the bird also entered from.I got poison and killed most of the Rats (I'm guessing ) as I never caught anything . Someone said they were Roof Rats . 2 months after they left and died, things around my house started to move by themselves. I thought they were mice but I never could see the mice or catch any. Come to find out after checking Google, I was dealing with mites. But as I noticed some jumped when I startled them , came to find out I was sharing my home with not just one mite but spring tale fleas as well. But there are other bugs in my home as well , some fly , most of them crawl up my legs get into my shoes and some even borrow into my skin!!! If u could help me determine what I'm living with I would be forever in your debt. Because idk how much longer I can live with these creatures . It has been going on for 7 months.Some people say the burrowers are Scabies !!!?? But I don't have the tell tale signs !!! No mites in between my fingers but I don't them in my back, neck, face ,hair , legs and they are mostly red and black dots.but sometimes they are these clear white gooey blobs, that melt , feel like glue when you squeeze it between ur fingers . They make a popping noise too when u squeeze them. They get into ur cuticles,and borrow into ur skin. They make a airy whine cry noise if you try to pull them out or burn them.I find to hem on my floors , in my food , ok n my tables!! Hell everywhere !! My hair is falling out , and I have noticed I may have carpet beetles too !! They are in my clothes in n the lining . Even when I wash them they still pop and are there . Can u have more than one mite or beetle n ur home at once?? But I know something is burrowing inside me !! I ache and have pains in my muscles. My tail bone in s the most affected spot. My shoulder blades as well . My dog's have signs now too of something in their bare skin only . But do have gooey substance ok n their fur.i can barley get a brush through their fur... They are also in their paws and in between their finger paws. What are the creatures?? Please help me my 80 something year old grandma is now being affected. But the male's in the house are not as affected as the females . Does that mean something?? Why do they torment us females only?? I've tried everything under the sun to kill these things ,!!! I've tried Lysol spray and Apple Cider vinegar,tried Tree oil,tried a couple pesticides and Windex with ammonia in it to no prevail. Please help me I can't take much more !!! I even have a big creature looking thing that looks like a rock and it's black and has these gooey arm like thing attached to the rock , and it looks like a stinger at the very end . Scarest thing I've ever seen!!! I will send pics if u would like I caught it and out itput it in a plastic finger nail case . The scarest thing was I found it under a in table by the wall where the rats had a nest I believe. Thank u for reading this and I pray u can give me some kind of answer cause I'm starting to think I'm losing my mind. They have gotten so bad lately they r in my car as well .what do I do???

Campbell County Kentucky insect issues Posted 5 days ago


Should I be worried about sinkholes forming in my yard? This is actually in a back field I own but notice when it rains and the creek should be running, part of it is dry and the rest is flowing rapidly. I know it is going underground. But worried it may erode and cause a sinkhole. I have enclosed some video . There are also some spots that are small but look like a small sinkhole. And is there an organization that comes and looks at property to determine if it is high risk for sinkholes? I know Kentucky is full of Limestone bedrock and caves but hope I don’t have to worry that my property will fall into itself! Thanks for your time! Martina Mouser

Nelson County Kentucky sinkholes Posted 9 days ago

Maple tree trunk damage

My maple tree about 25 years old or more is being chipped or ate at the bottom next to the ground. Looks like it might be rotten. The inside is moist. Is there anything I can do. Hate to cut it down.

Nelson County Kentucky tree health nelson county kentucky horticulture Posted 11 days ago

Master gardener

When is your next time hosting the classes. It seems like Boone county is doing it this year.

Campbell County Kentucky master gardener program campbell county kentucky horticulture Posted 11 days ago

Master Gardening Program

Do we have a Master Gardening Training Program here in Union County?

Union County Kentucky master gardener program agriculture union county kentucky Posted 12 days ago