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Agriculture

  • 'Saving Lives' Farm Safety Symposium set for March 7

    Safety on the road is everyone’s job, especially when one of the vehicles involved is a farm implement. That’s the message of the 21st annual Farm Safety Symposium and Louis Crosier Lecture March 7 at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, 600 College Street Road, Elizabethtown.
    The event, themed “Share the Road: Saving Lives by Regarding Lights,” is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the RPC Auditorium.

  • COLUMN: Extension – 100 years and counting

     As Extension celebrates 100 years of serving the public, everyone recognizes the tremendous changes that have occurred in rural living and across the country in the last 100 years.

    The first county agent in LaRue County, J.W. Jones, began working on June 15, 1920, almost 94 years ago. We have his first annual report on file. His reports included working with the establishment of the County Farm Bureau, the early use of lime and fertilizer, the first plantings of soybeans, bringing in purebred livestock and sheep clubs.

  • Farm Bill: Losses covered to 2011

    The 2014 Farm Bill, formally known as the Agricultural Act of 2014, makes the Livestock Forage Program (LFP) and Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) permanent programs and provides retroactive authority to cover eligible losses back to Oct. 1, 2011.  

  • Kentucky Afield Outdoors: The fish are there and they will bite

    FRANKFORT, Ky. – The cold, muddy water coursing through many rivers in Kentucky right now brings another round of dread in anglers. This situation seems depressing, but for anglers with level 10 cabin fever after this long, dark winter, it is good news.

    When the rivers clear and stabilize, the sauger and walleye fishing will take off downstream of Green River Lake, Lake Cumberland, Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley.

  • 4-H Calendar – March 5, 2014

    Wranglers

    The 4-H Wranglers Horse Club will meet 7 p.m. March 4 at the Extension office.

     

    Cloverbuds

    The 4-H Cloverbuds will meet 3:30-4:45 p.m. March 5 at the Extension office. The Cloverbud program is for youth ages 5 to 8 years old or K-third grades.

     

    Dog Club

    The 4-H Dog Club will meet 3:30-4:45 p.m. March 6 at the Extension office. No dogs at this meeting.

     

    Livestock Club

  • 4-H: It isn't just for kids

    There may be some confusion related to the history of 4-H as we celebrate the 100 years since the establishment of the Cooperative Extension Service. 4-H in Kentucky celebrated 100 years back in 2009. 

    4-H is a part of the Cooperative Extension Service, however 4-H in Kentucky began in 1909 with the organization of the Fayette County Corn Club. In just eight years, the organization spread to 42 counties and included 3,887 young people. 

  • Honeybees passing virus to bumblebees
  • Farm Safety Symposium set for March 7

     Safety on the road is everyone’s job, especially when one of the vehicles involved is a farm implement. That’s the message of the 21st annual Farm Safety Symposium and Louis Crosier Lecture March 7 at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, 600 College Street Road, Elizabethtown.

    The event, themed “Share the Road: Saving Lives by Regarding Lights,” is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the RPC Auditorium.

  • FFA receives $2,500 from Monsanto, Lee

     Local farmer Robin Lee has directed a $2,500 donation to the LaRue County High School FFA. Funded by America’s Farmers Grow Communities, the donation will be utilized to allow students to travel to new locations and help with community service projects. Members will also use the funds to travel to contests throughout the year.

    Thanks to the support of farmers across the country, more than $3.2 million is being directed to nonprofits in 1,289 counties in 39 states.

  • Deadly virus threatens pig farms

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that a deadly pig virus that is leading to industry financial losses and potentially higher pork prices for consumers, and could have a greater impact on the nation's hog supply than previously thought, Meredith Davis reports for Reuters. Porcine epidemic diarrhea has been confirmed in 25 states, including Kentucky, and three Canadian provinces, and has resulted in 3,528 confirmed cases of PED as of Saturday. USDA defines a case as “multiple animals at a single farm site or at several locations.”