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Agriculture

  • 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.”

  • Farm Bill makes watching a cockfight a felony

     The new Farm Bill has new penalties to discourage cockfighting. Merely attending a cockfight is now a federal crime punishable by up to a year and prison and a $10,000 fine. Bringing a minor to such an event could result in up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

  • COLUMN: Home fruit disease management practices for late winter

     Homeowners will soon be busy with the rush of spring planting activities. Early spring is also when primary infections occur in many fruits crops. So, late winter is the ideal time for home fruit growers to get a jump on disease management. 

    You should trim fruit trees to thin the tree canopy. This allows for good air movement and sunlight penetration. Rake up and destroy fallen leaves and remove and destroy fruit mummies left on trees or on the ground from last season.

  • Winter taking a toll on trees

     It’s been a hard winter on Kentucky’s trees. Though the state hasn’t suffered a catastrophic ice storm this year, there has been enough ice to cause significant damage to both woodland and urban trees in some areas.

    “It was particularly onerous on some of the pines, particularly Eastern white pine,” said Jeff Stringer, referring to an icy storm that struck the Bluegrass a couple of weeks ago. Stringer is an extension professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Forestry, part of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

  • Fair board to meet

    The LaRue County Fair Board will meet 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at the LaRue County Fairgrounds.

  • Farm Calendar – Feb. 19, 2014

     FFA emblems

  • Spring fire season begins Feb. 15

     It doesn’t make sense for wildfires to start easily when Kentucky has had such a run of cold, wet weather but how wet or cold the ground is has little to do with how vulnerable dead grass is to a spark.

  • 4-H Calendar - Feb. 19, 2014

     Dog Club

    The 4-H Dog Club will meet 3:30-4:45 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Extension office. New members are encouraged to attend.

     

    Cooking Club, Conservation Banquet

    The 4-H Cooking Club will be preparing and serving the meal for the Conservation Banquet on Thursday, Feb. 20. If you would like to help with this fundraiser, contact club leader, Connie Smith, at 270-766-7771.

     

    Rubber band bracelet class

  • Extension memories wanted

     Submit an Extension memory and get a chance to win $100.

    This year the national Cooperative Extension Service is celebrating its 100th year anniversary. If you have a favorite memory or story from some Extension-related experience such as Ag, Homemakers or 4-H, share it with the LaRue County Extension Office (270-358-3401). All who submit a memory will be eligible for a $100 prize which will be drawn on March 15 at the Extension Expo. Memories can be dropped off at the Extension office, 807 Old Elizabethtown Road, or emailed to marcy.ward@uky.edu.