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Agriculture

  • Plant Fair set for May 17

    The Lincoln Trail Area Master Gardener Plant Fair will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 17 at the Hardin County Extension Office, 201 Peterson Dr., Elizabethtown.

    The plant fair is a fundraiser for the LTAMGA which provides two college scholarships. 

    The Plant Fair usually has more than 35 vendors with flowering and vegetable plants and garden decor. Garden demonstrations will be held throughout the day and there will be door prizes. 

  • PHOTO: Mackey directions funds to 4-H

    Hardin County farmer David Mackey directed a $2,500 donation to Hardin County 4-H through America’s Farmers Grow Communities. The donation will help the group provide camp scholarships for low-income youth, and for adults who attend camp as a volunteer. It will also fund volunteer leadership development through trainings and certifications, in order for them to help the youth through their skills and knowledge.

  • 4-H Calendar - April 2, 2014

     Fundraiser deadline

    The deadline to turn in all Webb’s butcher block fundraiser orders is April 7.

     

    4-H Council meets

    The 4-H Council will meet 6:30 p.m. April 7 at the LaRue County Extension office.

     

    Wranglers

    The 4-H Wranglers Horse Club will meet 7 p.m. April 8 at the LaRue County Extension office.

     

    Cloverbuds

  • COLUMN: Class provides tips for growing herbs

    Most culinary herbs are perennials. Perennials live more than two growing seasons. Herbs will do well in pots, if adequate drainage is provided. Use a good-quality potting mix with fertilizer.

    Container herbs will require more moisture than garden-grown herbs, and many will benefit from after-noon shade.

  • PHOTO: Top Mechanic
  • Farm News - March 26, 2014

     FREE CLASS: Tips for Growing and Using Herbs

  • Register early for FSA programs

    Farmers and ranchers who plan to participate in FSA programs should register in advance. Producers are encouraged to report farm records and business structure changes to the Hardin/LaRue FSA Service Center before April 15. Enrollment for the disaster programs authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, including the Livestock Indemnity Program and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program will begin by April 15.

    Updates or changes to report include:

    New producers or producers who have not reported farm records to FSA.

  • Lee's awarded $60,000 loan by state

    The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, approved $555,026 for 11 agricultural diversification projects across the state during its March board meeting at the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Office. 

  • Monsanto Fund deadline is April 6

     The deadline is approaching for farmers to nominate rural public school districts to compete for a grant of up to $25,000, through America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Nominations will be accepted until April 6. Eligible farmers can nominate their school district by visiting www.GrowRuralEducation.com or by calling 1-877-267-3332. Grants are awarded based on merit, need and community support.

  • Thistle spray-day is April 7

     Musk or nodding thistle is the most common type of thistle locally. The primary growth period is in the spring and summer. However, most seed germinate in the fall and form a rosette which grows close to the ground, often growing unnoticed until spring.

    The most important step in long-term control of thistle is to prevent flowering, and the production and spread of new seed (which is carried by wind). This can be done by mechanical or chemical control.