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Agriculture

  • Farmers hoping for resurgence of local farming by reinstating hemp

    rmers – Shelby Floyd from Upton and Matt Smith from Roanoke – are hoping for a resurgence of a strong local farming economy by area farmers reinstating hemp – a crop that hasn’t been grown here commercially for more than 60 years.

    Smith and Floyd, both 2011 LaRue County High School graduates, traveled to Colorado April 4 to the Northern Colorado Hemp Expo to learn more about the producing the plant commercially. They found that hemp is relatively easy to grow and quite versatile as it can be made into 25,000 products.

  • Upcoming home canning classes

    When thinking about home canning, safety is of utmost importance. Bacteria, molds and yeast can grow quickly on fresh foods, and fruits and vegetables contain oxygen and enzymes that can cause food to spoil. Safe home canning methods help prevent the growth of these bacteria, yeast and molds in addition to removing excess oxygen from the food, which destroys spoilage enzymes and helps form strong vacuum seals on the jars.

  • State opens comments on impaired waters list

    The Kentucky Division of Water has opened a 60-day comment period on the draft 2014 list of impaired waters, as required by the Water Pollution Control Act of 1972.

  • PHOTO: Ramona's first turkey

    Ramona Coffey, of Boston, harvested her first turkey April 20. The turkey weighed 20 pounds, and had 3/4-inch spurs and 11-inch beard. 

  • PHOTO: Brandon's tom

    Brandon Struck harvested a tom turkey May 2. The bird weighed 25.5 pounds with 1 1/2 inch Spurs and two beards measuring 12 inches and 7 1/4 inches.

  • PHOTO: Struck and jake

    Brandon Struck harvested a jake April 18. It weighed 19 pounds and had two beards measuring 5 1/2 inches and 5 inches.

  • PHOTO: Jared's harvest

    Jared Stillwell, Hodgenville, harvested a turkey April 5. It weighed 20 pounds and had a 10-inch beard.

  • PHOTO: Shelbi's first turkey

    Shelbi Brooks, Hodgenville, harvested her first turkey April 18. The jake weighed 19 pounds with a 5-inch beard.

  • COLUMN: Ag Market Day is May 19

    The LaRue County Extension Office, 807 Old Elizabethtown Road, is hosting an Agriculture Market Day 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 19 (Election Day). The event, patterned after previous Ag Market Days, will provide local producers an opportunity to sell, and consumers to buy, local farm products.  

    While early in the gardening season, there will be a wide selection of garden and food items to purchase, including strawberries, vegetable transplants, herbs, fresh seasonal vegetables, jams, jellies, baked goods, local eggs, meats, and flowers.

  • Farm Calendar – May 6, 2015

    Beef quality assurance training
    The LaRue County Extension Service will conduct beef quality assurance training for beef producers 6 p.m. May 12 at the Extension office (prior to the beef producers’ meeting). BQA certification is a good idea for all beef producers, but is required for certain beef grant programs, and for those selling feeder cattle in CPH sales. The training will last about one hour.

    Beef producers meet