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Beginning Cheese Making

A “Beginning Cheese Making” class, part of the Gardner’s Toolbox Series, will be held 6 p.m. Jan. 15 at Hardin County Extension Service, 201 Peterson Dr., Elizabethtown. Try your hand at making mozzarella from whole milk. Class size limited; cost is $5. For more information, call 270-765-4121.


Monty’s Plant Food scholarship

Monty’s Plant Food Company is accepting applications from Kentucky students for $1,000 college scholarships. Students must live on a family farm and plan to pursue post-secondary education and study agronomy and crop science, sustainable agriculture, soil science or soil conservation, have a minimum high school GPA of 3.25 and participate in community service. A complete list of criteria is listed at www.montysplantfood.com/FFA. 

Scholarship applications are available at www.ffa.org/scholarships. The deadline to apply is Feb. 1, 2014. 


No-till drills

The LaRue County Conservation District has three no-till drills available for rent. For more information, call 270-358-3132. The office is located in the LaRue County Farm Bureau Building, 606 N. Lincoln Blvd., Hodgenville.


Dead animal pickup

For dead animal pickup, call Bluegrass Recycling at 888-744-1186. The cost is $87.50 and the LaRue County Conservation District will reimburse the landowner with receipt. 

For more information, call the Conservation District office at 270-358-3132. 


Fall forest fire hazard season over

Kentucky’s fall forest fire hazard season has officially ended. The restriction on burning times is no longer in place until the start of the spring fire season Feb. 15, 2014. The Division of Forestry, however, continues to encourage everyone to be vigilant when burning or building fires in the open.

People are still responsible for results of any of their burning and must always take proper precautions. All Division for Air Quality and Division of Waste Management regulations still apply, as well as any local restrictions. 

Since Jan. 1, 2013, KDF has suppressed 948 wildland fires that have burned 22,821 acres across the state. Forestry officials reported the following causes for this year’s wildfires:  679 arson fires, 155 debris fires and 114 fires from a variety of other causes.