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Agriculture

  • Brown, Cochran named to Southern States Board

     David Brown of Hodgenville and Bill Cochran of Rineyville were elected to the local board at the Southern States annual membership meeting of the Hardin Co-op.

    The meeting was held Sept. 24 in Elizabethtown with more than 73 stockholder-members and their families attending.

    Caleb Ragland of Magnolia was elected chairman/president of the board of directors. Paul Hayse was named vice chairman.

    Don Thomas, district manager, presented a report on major developments at the co-op.

  • COLUMN: Farm Safety Week this week

    National Farm Safety and Health Week is Sept. 21-27. The theme is “Safety Counts Protecting What Matters.”

    There are about 600 deaths and 70,000 disabling injuries due to agricultural accidents annually, and harvest is a prime time for accidents. Let’s look at some harvest safety tips for farmers.

    Long working hours can lead to fatigue and stress, making one less alert to potential safety hazards. Take some breaks when operating equipment for an extended period of time.

  • Pike wins state 4-H Forestry event

    Four LaRue County 4-H members attended the State 4-H Forestry competition at Mammoth Cave on Sept. 15.

    The day included training in the morning and testing in the afternoon. The areas covered were compass and pacing, tree measurements and tree identification. In the compass and pacing, the participants first walked a 66-foot line to determine the length of their pace. They then measured the number of paces for three different lines and determined the distance in feet. They were also required to do three compass readings. 

  • Conservation district accepting soil samples

    The LaRue County Conservation District is accepting Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share Applications on a continuous basis. The current ranking period ends Sept. 30. This continual sign-up is designed to make the program more landowner friendly and help address the needs of a landowner at any time during the year.

    As landowners plan conservation projects with the assistance of their local conservation district, they will be able to apply for financial assistance for those projects without having to wait for a designated sign up period.

  • 4-H enrollment happening now

    4-H enrollment is currently taking place for 2014-15. School club meetings are being held for 4th, 5th and 6th graders and at LaRue County High School. These students have the opportunity to sign up and participate in 4-H at school. However, 4-H is open to all youth ages 9 to 18. All current members must complete a new 4-H enrollment form each year in order to remain a member. 4-H Cloverbud activities are also available for 5-to-8 year olds.

  • Local small ruminant profit school

    A Small Ruminant Profit School for interested goat and sheep producers will be offered locally this fall and winter. The four-session class course is designed for beginning sheep and goat producers, but all producers are welcome.

    In the four classes, producers will learn about the basics of small ruminant production ranging from breeds, nutrition, genetics and selection, marketing trends and niche marketing, fencing, facilities, shelters and equipment, parasite management, foot care, health management, recordkeeping and reproduction.

  • Conservation District is accepting Kentucky Soil Erosion applications

    The LaRue County Conservation District is accepting Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share Applications on a continuous basis. The current ranking period ends Sept. 30. This continual sign-up is designed to make the program more landowner friendly and help address the needs of a landowner at any time during the year. 

    As landowners plan conservation projects with the assistance of their local conservation district, they will be able to apply for financial assistance for those projects without having to wait for a designated sign up period.

  • Farm News

    Bacon Creek Watershed Council meeting

    The Bacon Creek Watershed Council will meet 4:30 p.m. CT Sept. 17 at Bonnieville City Hall, 775 N. Dixie Highway, Bonnieville. For more information, contact Project Manager Tessa Edelen at 502-589-8008 or Tessa@kwalliance.org, or Agricultural Coordinator Mark Howell at 270-766-9955.

    Taste of LaRue County and Fall Market Day

  • Conservation Writing and Art Contest coming up

    Students in grades 1-12 are encouraged to create and submit short essays and artistic entries for the annual Conservation Writing and Art Contests, sponsored by Kentucky Farm Bureau and the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts.

  • Leadership opportunities abound for 4-Hers

    Our young people are the future leaders and decision makers of the nation. 4-H offers its members prime opportunities to explore and engage in leadership roles. By participating in a leadership role, young people can develop critical thinking, communication and life skills that will aid them in making future decisions.

    Many leadership experiences are geared toward older youth, but younger youth also have the opportunity to become leaders early in their 4-H career.