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Agriculture

  • Agricultural Development Board invests $25,000 in Hart County

    The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, approved Tim and Wanda Quiggins for $25,000 in county Agricultural Development Funds to construct a multi-purpose facility for agricultural events.
    These funds were contributed by the following counties: Barren ($10,000), Hart ($5,000) and LaRue ($10,000).

  • PHOTO: Watermelon helpers
  • 4-H points system record sheets due

    The 4-H year runs from Sept. 1 through Aug. 31. With the end of the 2010-11 4-H year, it’s now time for 4-H members to submit their 4-H Awards Point System Record Sheets.
    Record Sheets are simply a record of the 4-H activities or events a particular member has participated in during the past year. Points are assigned for various events, depending on the level of participation.  
    Cloverbuds are eligible to submit a record form as well in order to receive recognition. Cloverbuds are ages 5 to 8.

  • October: Time to identify and fortify calves

    For fall calving cows, the calving season is in full swing. Check cows frequently. Identify calves.
    For others, it is time to get everything ready for the fall-breeding season. Line-up semen and supplies and get your bulls ready to go. Put fall-calving cows on accumulated pasture before the breeding season.
    For spring calving herds have a pregnancy examination of cows. Winter feeding costs can be minimized by eliminating open cows prior to winter feeding. Also, obtain weaning weights of your calves.

  • Department of Fish and Wildlife looking for recruits

    The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is advertising for 28 conservation officer recruit positions.
    Applicants must create an account online through the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet website and apply to the posting.
    The size of the recruit class depends on the vacancies at the time, said Capt. Myra Minton, acting assistant director of the Law Enforcement Division of Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. By the time the department hires this class, it will be almost two years since the last hiring.

  • 4-H Calendar: Updated 09/21

    4-H Council meets
    The LaRue County 4-H Council will meet 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Extension Office. The meetings are open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend.

  • Crop insurance changes

    Barley and popcorn are no longer insurable through crop insurance for LaRue County. Producers are required to purchase noninsured crop disaster assistance insurance through Farm Service Agency to maintain eligibility for Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payment (SURE) purposes.
    Contact the FSA office at 765-2702 before Sept. 30 for barley and March 15, 2012 for popcorn.

  • Jakes Day a success with 46 children in attendance

    The fifth annual Jakes Day for the Lincoln Area Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation hosted by Chapter President Charlie Wootton and his wife, Valerie Wootton, was held Aug. 28.
    About 42 children, ages 6-25, attended the event on the Wootton Farm on Knob School House Road in Sonora.

  • Additional tips for a safe harvest

    Keep bystanders away from operating equipment. Also, be aware of people who may have come into the area. Harvesting areas and equipment are no place for children. Always check around equipment before starting or moving it.
    Carry a fire extinguisher on all tractors and self-propelled equipment, especially combines. Periodically check extinguishers to be sure they are pressurized and in good condition. To prevent fires on combines, be sure equipment is clean and hoses and fuel systems are in good shape and not leaking. Remove trash and debris around engine components.

  • Farm News: Updated 0913

    Bee Awareness Day
    The Green River Beekeepers will hold Bee Awareness Day 3-7 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Taylor County Extension Office, 1143 S. Columbia Ave., Campbellsville. There will be apiary displays, sample honey products and refreshments. For more information, contact Taishaun Johnson, vice-president of Green River Beekeepers, at 270-699-9318 or parkboyknls@aol.com.
     
    Farmers Market, last day
    The last day for farmers market will be Sept. 16. It will be open 2-5:30 p.m. at the LaRue County Extension Office.