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Agriculture

  • PHOTOS: Bivens visits Bullfrogs and Butterflies
  • Planter Pickers Photo Contest upcoming

    The Planter Pickers promotion invites gardeners/photographers to enter its 2015 Design & Photo Contest. The contest is designed to promote the creative recycling, upcycling and reuse of everyday items as flower planters. Entering is easy: pick or create an unusual item to repurpose as a flower planter, line it with MagniMoist, plant it with flowers or plants and upload a photo of your creation.

  • It’s for the best: Gentle bulls and smaller babies

    When selecting a new beef bull there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Buying a bull that fits the specific needs of an operation is very important and will be different for every farm.

    Look at all the traits for each bull being considered and determine which one best fits your needs. Using tools such as Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) will help in the decision-making process.

    Two traits often considered as the most important are calving ease and temperament. Both traits are associated with added convenience, but they also have an impact on production.

  • Women in Agriculture Conference to be held in November

    Kentucky Women in Agriculture Inc. will hold its 15th annual conference and tour Nov. 5-6 at the Cave City Convention Center in Cave City. The theme is “Faith, Family and Farming.” Registration is $65 for the one-day conference ($55 for students), which includes all meals, materials and membership dues. The pre-conference tour is $25. Registration is due by Oct. 24.

  • State beef assessment set for Nov. 20

    A referendum on whether Kentucky cattle producers may be assessed $1 per head on cattle marketed in Kentucky is scheduled for Nov. 20.

    The referendum will ask Kentucky cattle producers: “Shall the producers of bovine animals assess themselves an additional $1 per head sold, and use the funds so collected by the Kentucky Beef Promotion Council to finance a program to promote and stimulate by research, market development, and education, the use and sale, domestic and foreign, of bovine animal products?”

  • Pottinger named soybean ambassador

    The Kentucky Soybean Association’s Ambassador program was developed to give emerging leaders the opportunity to gain expertise and industry exposure critical to becoming an effective and knowledgeable future board member to the Kentucky Soybean Association or Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board.

    A select group of soybean farmers, including Butler “Quint” Pottinger V of New Haven, will participate in the two-year program to help develop leadership qualities and skills that may be channeled toward future leadership roles in the soybean industry.

  • Corn variety plot harvested

    The LaRue County Extension Service annually conducts a corn variety test plot in cooperation with a local farmer and participating grain dealers. The cooperator for 2014 was Fresh Start Farms.

    Seed companies supply seed (limit of two varieties), assist at planting and harvest, and sponsor a field day. Farmers use the yield information, along with other plot data and information to help decide which varieties to grow next year.

  • COLUMN: Corn test plot results available

    The LaRue County Extension Service annually conducts a corn variety test plot in cooperation with a local farmer and participating grain dealers. The cooperator for 2014 was Fresh Start Farms. 

    Seed companies supply seed (limit of two varieties), assist at planting and harvest, and sponsor a field day. Farmers use the yield information, along with other plot data and information to help decide which varieties to grow next year.

  • PHOTO: FFA float wins mayor's choice
  • Guthrie named Friend of Farm Bureau

    Congressman Brett Guthrie recently received the American Farm Bureau Federation’s “Friend of Farm Bureau” award.

     “Agriculture is a key industry in our Commonwealth and plays a major role in our local economy,” said Congressman Guthrie. “It truly is an honor to receive this award from the American Farm Bureau Federation.”