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Agriculture

  • Farm Calendar - July 23, 2014

    Farmers Market

    The LaRue County Farmers Market will be set up from noon to 6 p.m. July 24 and 31, at 2533 Lincoln Farm Road, Hodgenville (beside Lincoln Jamboree). Several new vendors have been participating and meal options are available. For more information, call the Extension office at 270-358-3401.

     

    Farm Service Agency County Committee nomination

  • 4-H Calendar - July 23, 2014

    Rabbit Club Fundraisers

    The LaRue County Rabbit Club is holding several fundraisers to send club members and their families to the National Convention and Show of the American Rabbit Breeder’s Association in Fort Worth, Texas in November. The club will host a yard sale beginning at 8 a.m. July 26 at the LaRue County Extension office, 807 Old Elizabethtown Road, Hodgenville.

     

    Forestry Field Day

  • Ray Mackey named Farmer of the Year

    Farming is nothing new to Ray Allan Mackey, who has been busy in the fields for more than 30 years. His diverse knowledge and techniques allowed him to win the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award in Kentucky. Mackey will join nine other state winners as a finalist for the overall title of Southeastern Farmer of the Year. “(This is) very humbling,” Mackey said. “It just causes you to reflect on your career on farming and since the beginning.”

  • Farmers' market growing, products diverse

    There was a good crowd for the seven vendors at the LaRue County Farmers’ Market July 17. The items ranged from produce to meat to handmade soaps. Though most of the vendors were from LaRue County, a couple were from outside the county, such as Karen and Austin Davis of Green County and Terri, Clare, Patrick, and Blake Cecil of Nelson County.

    Michael Huff, of Hinton’s Orchard, said peaches were in high demand that day.

  • Wheat variety test results are available at the Extension Office

    Despite some issues with winter injury in wheat and some concerns over DON (deoxynivalenol) in the harvested crop, most LaRue County farmers had very good wheat yields this year. Growers now are selecting the varieties they will grow for the 2014-15 crops.

    As growers select their varieties, they should consider results of the UK Small Grain Variety Performance Test. In the 2013-14 growing season, 112 wheat varieties were evaluated in six locations across Kentucky, under both no-till and conventional tillage systems.

  • PHOTO: Cattlemen's Dinner

     The LaRue County Cattlemen’s Association provided a meal at the Kentucky Farm Bureau Young Farmers’ Summer Outing on July 12. The event was held at Ryan and Misty Bivens’ Fresh Start Farms.  

  • AGstravaganza returns on Aug. 9

    The LaRue County Farm Bureau is hosting its second AGstravaganza event on Saturday, Aug. 9.

  • PHOTO: IFAL Conference

     LaRue County High School junior Turner Cottrell recently returned home from Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders. He and 45 other high school students from around the state attended the five-day summer leadership conference, held June 22-26 at the University of Kentucky. Cottrell, center, was greeted by Mark Haney, president of Kentucky Farm Bureau, left, and Dr. Larry Grabau, University of Kentucky Associate Dean for Instruction.

  • PHOTO: Ag interests

     Members of the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly Interim Joint Committee on Agriculture met with the members of the  Kentucky Soybean Association and the Kentucky Soybean Board last week at Ryan and Misty Bivens’ Fresh Start Farms in Hodgenville.

  • Tips for a field (or jar) full of fireflies

    Remember how much fun it was (or is) to chase fireflies when you were young? Once you caught a firefly, you would hold it in your hand to watch the flickering light for a few moments and then release it unharmed to fly away. You might also (as I did) make a firefly lantern with fireflies in a glass jar (holes punched in the lid of course).