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Agriculture

  • 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.

  • Many activities planned at 4-H Conference

     With summer just around the corner, it is time for Kentucky 4-H teens to register for the Kentucky 4-H Teen Conference.

    The Conference takes place at the University of Kentucky June 9-12 and is open to all 4-Hers who have graduated eighth grade through the age of 18.

    During the conference, 4-H members have the opportunity to experience dorm life in UK residence halls, attend educational and recreational workshops and meet new friends from across the state.

  • 4-H Calendar - March 26, 2014

     Explorers

    The 4-H Arts & Crafts Explorers Club will meet 3:30-5 p.m. March 26 at the Extension office.

     

    Dog Club

    The 4-H Dog Club will meet 3:30-4:45 p.m. March 27 at the Extension office.

     

    Poster contest deadline

    The 4-H Poster Contest deadline is Friday, March 28. If you need a copy of the rules, contact the Extension office at 270-358-3401.

     

    Photography Club

  • PHOTO: Young Farmers donate to Rock
  • Farm News - March 19, 2014

    Pond management workshops
    Landowners can learn more about managing their ponds for farm, recreational or small-scale aquaculture use at two special workshops scheduled for March 22 in Leitchfield and April 12 in Frankfort. The workshops are free and open to the public.
    Experts from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and Kentucky State University will provide an overview of fish management, keeping fish alive and healthy, water quality, pond site selection and proper construction.

  • PHOTO: Looking Back at 4-H

     Howard Ragland, 1951 State 4-H President, presented an award to Governor Lawrence Wetherby in recognition of him being the first former 4-H member to become governor of Kentucky. Annette Allen, State 4-H Secretary, from Fayette County, is also pictured. The photo was taken in the Governor’s office in Frankfort. (Editor’s note: This photo ran in last week’s Extension supplement. Full cutline information has been provided.)

  • Rabbit Club hopes spring festival brings them closer to Texas trip

    Rotten weather has hampered fundraising efforts of the 4-H Rabbit Club. They’re depending on a “spring fling” to bring in enough money to attend and compete at the American Rabbit Breeders Association’s National Convention in Texas in November.
    The event will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 29 at LaRue County Park and Recreation Community Center.
    They’ve raised about $1,500 of the $7,000 they need to cover most of the expenses for a dozen club members.