FARM NEWS - Dec. 26, 2012

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 Beef Cattle Association to meet

The LaRue County Beef Cattle Association will meet 6:30 p.m. Jan. 8 at 6:30 P.M. the LaRue County Extension Office, 807 Old Elizabethtown Road, Hodgenville. A meal will be served. All interested producers are invited. For more information, contact the Extension Office at 358-3401.


Ag scholarship offered

Monty’s Plant Food Company is accepting applications from Kentucky students for four, $1,000 college scholarships. The awards will be made in conjunction with the National FFA Organization to high school seniors who are members of FFA. 

To be eligible students must live on a family farm; 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 have participated in community service. Visit www.montysplantfood.com and www.ffa.org/scholarships for more information. The deadline to apply is Feb. 15.


Farm Service Agency Conservation Loans available

 Funds are now available for Guaranteed Conservation Loans. Conservation loans allow farmers and ranchers to implement conservation practices on their land that will help protect natural resources, including but not limited to, waste management systems, conservation structures or water conservation measures.

Interested applicants who do not already have a conservation plan approved by NRCS should work with their local NRCS staff to develop a conservation plan. As with other guarantees, lenders can reduce risk, increase liquidity and offer lower rates by selling the guaranteed portion in the secondary market. 

For more information, contact a local lender or the FSA office at 765-2702. 


Dead animal pickup

For dead animal pickup, call Bluegrass Recycling at 1-888-744-1186. The cost is $87.50 and the LaRue County Conservation District will reimburse the landowner 75 percent of the cost with receipt. For more information, call the Conservation District office at 358-3132.