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Agriculture

  • PHOTO: Women’s Gold Star Award of Excellence
  • Edlin joins American Angus Assoc.

    Bryan Edlin Farms, Hodgenville, is a new member of the American Angus Association.

    The American Angus Association, with nearly 24,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef breed association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on more than 17 million registered Angus.

  • Hemp pilots deadline Jan. 1

    Kentucky farmers and processors interested in participating in the 2015 round of industrial hemp pilot projects must apply by Jan. 1, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture has announced.

  • Manage burley diseases for 2015

    The 2014 tobacco growing season is over, stripping is well underway, and receiving stations have opened. But as we wind down this season, now is the time to start planning for next year. LaRue county farmers need to prepare to manage diseases in the 2015 burley crop.

    Black shank was not a big disease problem this year, but there’s no way to tell what disease pressures growers will face in the coming growing season. Much depends on the climate when dealing with diseases like black shank and target spot.

  • PHOTOS: LaRue County Cattleman's Christmas
  • COLUMN: Consider rotation for 2015 burley production

    The 2014 tobacco growing season is over, stripping is well underway, and receiving stations have opened. But as we wind down this season, now is the time to start planning for next year. LaRue county farmers need to prepare to manage diseases in the 2015 burley crop.

    Black shank was not a big disease problem this year, but there's no way to tell what disease pressures growers will face in the coming growing season. Much depends on the climate when dealing with diseases like black shank and target spot.

  • Deadline is Friday to sign up for 4-H Country Ham Project

    The 4-H Country Ham project in LaRue County will soon be starting its second year. It is time for youth and adults to sign up to participate.

    The 4-H Country Ham project has grown in the state of Kentucky, with almost 800 participants statewide last year. The project began in LaRue County with five youth traveling to Meade County to cure their hams in 2014. This project is open to anyone in LaRue County, youth and adults.

  • Beef Producers approve $1 referendum

    Kentucky beef cattle producers voted to assess themselves an additional $1 per head on cattle marketed in Kentucky in a statewide referendum held in November.

    The final tally was 1,816 in favor of the state check off and 1,423 against. The assessment will take effect April 1, 2015.

    In LaRue County, 45 people voted in favor of the check off while 24 people voted no. There are 213 members of LaRue County Cattleman’s Association, but anyone who is involved in the production of beef cattle was eligible to vote in their county of residence.

  • Cows like it when you cover their hay

    Hay stored outside before feeding suffers substantial losses of both yield and forage quality. Weathering losses in round hay bales are deceptively large. In fact, just a four-inch layer on the surface can contain up to one-third of the entire bale volume. A weather damaged 1,200-pound bale of hay would therefore actually provide only 800 pounds of feed.

    Weathered hay is much less palatable to livestock than undamaged hay. If livestock don’t like it, they won’t eat as much. If they eat less, they are in a worse nutritional state.

  • LaRue Farm Bureau honored

    LaRue County Farm Bureau was honored as one of the five winners in the 2014 Kentucky Farm Bureau County Activities of Excellence program. All five recipients of the award were recognized during the Dec. 4 general session of KFB’s annual meeting in Louisville.