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Today's Features

  • The Kentucky Pork Producers Association has appointed a new CEO to succeed Mike Ovesen, who died earlier this month.

    Bonnie Jolly, who served as secretary for 20 years, now heads the Elizabethtown-based group, which is a liaison between producers and government agencies.

    The 58-year-old Sonora woman said the KPPA will continue to make sure farmers’ voices are heard in all the right places, including Frankfort.

    One issue is that hog producers are under attack by some animal rights activists. Jolly said there is no advantage for them to abuse animals.

  • LaRue County recently received approval of $130,000 to offer the County Agricultural Investment Program this year. This program combines all the old model programs previously offered by the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy into one grant program that is administered by one agency instead of several; in our case, the LaRue County Beef Cattle Association. The grant administrator is Dyan Puckett.

  • Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer urges ginseng dealers and sellers to operate within the laws governing the sales of ginseng roots.

    “The ginseng trade can be both profitable and sustainable, but only if everyone follows the rules,” Commissioner Farmer said. “I encourage dealers to watch for roots that are not legal to sell. Harvesters should keep in mind that they may sell only to dealers that are licensed in the state.”

  • The Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program is accepting nominations for its ninth class, which begins in January.

    The 18-month program focuses on fine-tuning the leadership skills of 20 active farmers or agribusiness professionals. It is funded by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, farm organizations, agribusinesses, alumni and program participants.

  • Beekeeping School to be held in Frankfort

  • The LaRue County Extension Leadership Banquet was held in January. Bobby McDowell Awards of Excellence were presented to Linda Grimes and to the family of Mike Ovesen in his memory. 

    Ovesen, 63, was the longtime chief executive officer of the Kentucky Pork Producers Association.

    He was CEO of the Pork Producers from 1987 to 2009. He operated a family farm in Magnolia from 1972 until his death. Ovesen also served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, earning a Purple Heart.

  • County Homemaker Scholarship

    A $400 scholarship is available to LaRue County residents graduating from high school this year who plan to earn a degree in Family & Consumer Sciences, Agriculture or related fields or an adult county resident returning to college, vocational or technical school for any field of study. Application forms are available from the Extension Service office at 358-3401 or on the office Web site ces.ca.uky.edu/larue/FamilyConsumerSciences. Applications are due to the Extension Service by March 12.

    Class of 1968 Memorial

  • FFA emblem fundraiser

    Southern States is supporting FFA by selling FFA emblems for $1 through March 14. 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.

  • Cloverbuds

    The 4-H Cloverbuds will meet 3:15-4:30 p.m. March 11 at the Extension Service office. Cloverbud activities are for ages 5 to 8 or in kindergarten through third grade.

     

    Poultry Club

    The 4-H Poultry Club will meet 3:30-5 p.m. March 15 at the Extension Service office. New members are welcome to attend.

     

    Leadership project

  • Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women in the United States. In fact, more women die every year from heart disease than all cancers combined, including breast cancer. How do triglycerides fit into this picture? Just like cholesterol, high triglycerides increase the risk of developing heart disease.