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Farm News - March 5, 2014

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Beef, Goat and Horse Management Calendars
Beef, Goat, and Horse Management Calendars are available for free at the Extension office. These multipurpose wall calendars cover a year or more, and each month contains suggested management practices for the respective species.  Drop by the LaRue County Extension office for a copy.          

FFA emblems offered by Southern States
Southern States is supporting the National FFA Organization by selling FFA emblems for $1. The campaign ends March 24. After you buy an emblem, you can sign your name on it or the name of a child you care about. The emblems will be displayed in the store. Proceeds are split between the local FFA chapter, the state FFA association and the National FFA Foundation.

Center of Kentucky Agriculture Technology Conference and Trade Show
The Center of Kentucky Agriculture Technology Conference and Trade Show will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, March 6 at the Taylor County Extension Office, 1143 South Columbia Ave., Campbellsville. Topics presented by UK Extension specialists include technological advances in beef production at 10:15 a.m., precision dairy: bringing technology to the farm at 11:30 a.m. and technology to advance corn and soybeans at 12:45 p.m. Lunch will be provided 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact LaRue or Taylor County Extension offices for more information.

Private Pesticide Applicator Training
The County Extension Service will conduct private pesticide applicator training at 10 a.m.  Friday, March 7 at the LaRue County Extension office in Hodgenville. The two-hour training session will qualify farmer attendees as a certified private pesticide applicator until Dec. 31, 2017. Call the Extension office at 270-358-3401 for more information.
 
Beef meeting – March 11
The LaRue County Beef Producers will meet 6:30 p.m. March 11 at the LaRue County Extension office in Hodgenville. The program “Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus (BVDV) – The Basics” will be presented by Dr. Bill Chessman, DVM, and president of Central States Testing. A meal will be provided. All interested producers are invited to attend.

CLASS: How to grow blueberries
A “how to grow blueberries” class, part of the Gardner’s Toolbox Series, will be 6 p.m. March 19 at Hardin County Extension Service, 201 Peterson Dr., Elizabethtown. Learn if you have the right soil to grow your own berries; cost is $5. For more information, call 270-765-4121.

CLASS: How to Grow Cabbage, Broccoli and Cauliflower
A “how to grow cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower” class, part of the Gardener’s Toolbox Series, will be 6 p.m. March 25 at Hardin County Extension Service, 201 Peterson Dr., Elizabethtown. Learn all about the three biggest cole crops. Cost is $5. For more information, call 270-765-4121.

FREE CLASS: Tips for Growing and Using Herbs
A “tips for growing and using herbs” class will be 5 p.m. April 3 at the LaRue County Extension office. Instructor is Cathy Taylor. For more information, call 270-358-3401.

Thistle Spraying - April 7
Kentucky Department of Agriculture personnel will be in LaRue County on Monday, April 7 to spray demonstration plots (grass pasture fields) for thistle control. Up to seven farmers may participate. The state will provide a sprayer and chemical to spray 10 acres for free (farmer must provide tractor and driver) and ten more acres if the farmer has purchased additional 2,4-D. Call the Extension Office for more information, or to make a request for spraying thistles.

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.