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Agriculture

  • Several local students attend ASSET conference

    Western Kentucky University’s Department of Agriculture hosted 27 students at the Agriculture Students Striving for Effective Tomorrows (ASSET) Conference June 15-19.

    The five-day conference is designed for students who have completed their junior year of high school and are interested in attending college and studying agriculture. The conference focused on activities that consist of leadership, communication and social development; making the most of a college experience; and created awareness of the opportunities within the agriculture industry.

  • Farm and 4-H Calendar

    Farmers Market

    The LaRue County Farmers Market will be set up from noon to 7 p.m. June 26 and July 3, at 2533 Lincoln Farm Road, Hodgenville (beside Lincoln Jamboree). Hamburgers will be served. For more information, call the Extension office at 270-358-3401.

    State Fair entries

  • Understand animal behavior when handling beef cattle

    Having proper handling facilities, understanding animal behavior and following safe handling techniques can make the chore of moving cattle less stressful for the animal and producer.

    When moving cattle, the position and movement of the handler is important.

    Cattle have a flight zone – the area around them that they do not like for people to enter. The size of this zone varies from animal to animal. The animal will move away when someone enters this zone and that trait can be used to move them where you want them to go.

  • FFA students honored at State Convention

    LaRue County FFA attended the 85th state convention. Several members were honored for contests held at region; others competed in state contests.

    The organization was recognized as a Gold Rated chapter and one of the top 15 chapters in the state. It now receives a National Rating.

    Six members received their state FFA degree – the highest degree awarded by the state to the organization. They are: Kyle DeVary, Kyle Edlin, Branden Pepper, Vickie Rhinehart, Sarah Stults and Austin Stillwell.

    Stillwell was a state officer candidate.

  • Farm News & 4-H Calendar - June 18

    FARM NEWS

    Farmers Market open on three dates

    The LaRue County Farmers Market will be set up from noon to 7 p.m. June 19 and 26, and July 3, at 2533 Lincoln Farm Road, Hodgenville (beside Lincoln Jamboree). Hamburgers will be served. For more information, call the Extension office at 270-358-3401.

    Farm Service Agency: COC elections begin June 15

  • Wild girls Susan and Becky frolic in the garden

    At Groundhog Hill, the zinnia, marigold and sunflower might not yet be in bloom, but the wildflowers certainly are: Black-eyed Susan, Queen Anne’s lace (aka, chiggers), daisy and cornflower dot the landscape surrounding the garden and nearby Nolynn Creek.

    Since the county fair is in June this year, I am tempted to cut a bouquet and enter it in the Floral Hall since nothing else is ready (although I could enter photos of zinnias).

  • LaRue County Fair starts Monday

    The oldest, continuously-running fair in the state kicks off Saturday with several animal shows: rabbits at 8 a.m.; walking horses at 4 p.m.
    The majority of the fun begins Monday when Forever Young Amusements rolls into Hodgenville in time to set up carnival rides for the 107th LaRue County Fair.
    That night, June 23, a new Mother of the Year will be selected at 8 p.m.; and a new Miss LaRue County Fair will be crowned at 8:30 p.m.
    Most of the events during the week are time-honored crowd pleasers – but there have been a few changes.

  • PHOTO: 4-H Teen Conference

    Sierra Mullins and Michaela Rock attended the State 4-H Teen Conference last week in Lexington on the University of Kentucky campus. Both served as voting delegates for LaRue County in the State 4-H officer election. Michaela has participated in the State 4-H Performing Arts Troupe over the past two years and auditioned and was selected to continue in the group for 2014-15.

  • County Fair - Crop Exhibits

    The 2014 LaRue County Fair is June 23-28 and LaRue county residents are encouraged to enter garden and crop exhibits. Agriculture remains a strong part of our 107th LaRue County Fair and Livestock Expo.

    Entries for the Agricultural displays will be taken 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, June 23. This year there is one youth division for ages 16 and younger. There are 18 vegetable classes and 10 canning classes for youth, and a garden display for youth. (4-H horticulture and crop entries will be taken at a split fair on July 31).

  • Inside the Garden of 'Ugly Babies'

    If a county-wide search for the best-looking garden were conducted by the Farm page of The LaRue County Herald News, mine would neither win, place, nor show.

    Groundhog Hill has officially entered “the ugly baby stage.”

    Uneven rows of purple corn surrounded by crabgrass reside alongside rows of zinnia dotted with Johnson grass, cape milkweed, and that weird ivy-like weed.

    I will never be accused of planting corn with a machine-like precision. If only some miraculous device existed.