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Agriculture

  • Try these tips for healthy holiday cooking

    This time of the year can be very difficult for those of us who are trying to watch what we eat. With all of the homemade candies, cookies, and treats sitting in front of us, it can be next to impossible to skip the goodies completely. Moderation should be your “friend” in fighting off the temptation of eating a whole pecan pie instead of one piece.

  • Forecast: agriculture receipts down in 2015

    In early December each year, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture’s Department of Agricultural Economics releases their annual Agricultural Situation and Outlook covering the country’s and state’s general farm economy, and 12 specific farm commodities important to Kentucky.

    A brief summary of their thoughts on the overall Kentucky’s Agriculture review for 2014 and outlook for 2015 follows. The entire publication is available at http://www2.ca.uky.edu/agecon/.

  • Writer analyzes the language of barns

    The little barn in this picture can be seen from Ky. 470. Travel east on 470 one half mile or less after you cross McDougal Creek. Look to your right and there it is, about 400 feet from the highway.

    I’ll name this little barn “Bantam Barn” because it is so small. It is not far from two other barns I featured some time ago. I dubbed those two old barns Grover and Wilson.

  • 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.