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Agriculture

  • It’s county fair week - enter your crop exhibits

    The 2011 LaRue County Fair will be July 22-30 and LaRue county residents are encouraged to enter crop and livestock exhibits. Agriculture remains a strong part of our 104th LaRue County Community Fair.
    Let’s look this week at crop exhibits.  Specific details for all the exhibits and events can be reviewed in the last week‘s 2011 LaRue County Fair and Livestock Expo supplement in The LaRue County Herald News.  It can help you meet the rules and regulations for these and other County Fair events.  

  • PHOTO: Farming and religion

    David Robertson of Hodgenville drove his John Deere tractor and hay rake past First Baptist Church of Hodgenville.

  • PHOTO: Beef Association Field Day winners
  • Grants exceed $1 million for Kentucky Farmworker Programs

    The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded a $1,210,852 grant to Kentucky Farmworker Programs Inc. to support training, employment and support services for migrants, seasonal farmworkers and their families.
    “This investment is important to Kentucky’s agriculture and rural economy,” said Roger Thomas, GOAP Executive Director. “The services provided through Kentucky Farmworker Programs Inc. will remove barriers so that eligible farmworkers can enter into or remain in training and help stabilize their employment.”

  • 4-H Calendar: Updated 07/06

    Shooting Sports Club meets July 21
    The 4-H Shooting Sports Club will practice July 21.
     

  • Kentuckiana Dairy Exchange offers hands-on learning

    The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture is partnering with Purdue University to offer the fourth annual Kentuckiana Dairy Exchange. The two-day meeting will give dairy producers an opportunity to visit other dairies and learn the latest from UK and Purdue specialists Aug. 2-3 in Fort Wayne, Ind. and the surrounding area.
    Dairy specialists from both universities believe Kentucky and Indiana producers share many common challenges and have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share.

  • Farm News: Updated 07/06

    State Fair entry
    deadlines
    The Kentucky State Fair will be Aug. 18-28, but entry deadlines are as follows:  Open livestock entries must be postmarked by July 10. Open Show livestock may enter after July 10 by paying a double entry fee, but no open livestock entries will be accepted after July 25. Open show Poultry and Pigeon entries must be postmarked by July 10 and Rabbit entries by July 18. Most entries can be made at www.kystatefair.org.

  • Tips for rapid drying of hay

    Hay is a significant agricultural crop in LaRue County and is important to livestock producers of all types. Therefore, harvesting hay for higher and better yields is critical.
    Recent research from Wisconsin Extension gives ideas on how to shorten the harvest window, enhance forage quality and reduce the chance for rain damage. Growers should consider the points below:
    • Mow to a proper height, which is between 2-4 inches for alfalfa and between 3-4 inches for most grasses.

  • Bell's farm tour coincides with midwest flooding

    When Andrew Bell flew with a group of fellow Kentucky Farm Bureau members to view Midwest feedlots, he was surprised at the extent of land he saw that was flooded by the swollen Missouri River.
    “The heavy rains plus snow melt caused a great amount of flooding,” said Bell, who with his dad, Larry, raises 25 head of Angus on their farm near Gleanings.
    “When we flew into Omaha, the river had flooded almost to the airport,” he said. “The water was in houses and the Interstate was shut down for 20 miles.”  

  • Holbert's work with National Jersey Cattle Association takes her around the globe

    As a national representative for the American Jersey Cattle Association, Patty McDowell Holbert has traveled to all 48 contiguous states, appraising and promoting the popular breed of dairy cattle.
    “I’ve spent time in places where the wind chill was minus 40 degrees and other places where it was hot,” said Holbert, who lives on B.F. Brown Road. “The good thing about my job is I get to travel; the bad thing is I have to travel.”