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Agriculture

  • Co-op growing sweet potatoes

    Throughout Kentucky, there is a push to “buy local.” In LaRue County, this movement is in full force, with events like the upcoming Holiday Open House asking locals to do their Christmas shopping in town, instead of going to one of the surrounding counties.

    A local group is heading the charge in the agriculture arena.

    These LaRue Countians are working hard to provide one more locally grown crop: sweet potatoes.

  • Southern States, John Deere offers scholarship for college bound

    For more than 11 years, Southern States Cooperative has partnered with John Deere Financial to provide competitive financing programs for Southern States customers. In 2013, the two companies established a scholarship fund available to rising college sophomores pursuing an associate’s degree focused on agriculture. Applications for the 2015 academic year will be accepted from Nov. 3 through Feb. 13, 2015.

  • LaRue’s FFA students compete in Nationals

    Thirteen members of LaRue County High School’s chapter are in Louisville this week competing for national recognition in the 87th National FFA Convention and Expo.

    The competitive areas and students in each include:

    • Agriscience Fair (first finalists in this contest ever from LaRue County) –Lindsey Shelton and Cristine Shive.

    • Agriculture Communications – Cayleigh Allen, Keeahna Bowen and Jacob Hurt.

    • Food Science and Technology – Forrest and Morgan Durham, Chloe Owen and Hunter Thomas.

  • LaRue farms use tons of nitrogen fertilizer

    It is estimated that half of the food produced in the world is supported by the use of commercial nitrogen (N) fertilizer. About 5,500 tons of nitrogen containing fertilizer is used in LaRue County annually.

    All N fertilizer begins with a source of hydrogen gas and atmospheric N that are reacted to form ammonia. The most-used source of hydrogen is natural gas (methane). After hydrogen and N are combined under conditions of high temperature and pressure to form ammonia, many other important N-containing fertilizers can then be made.

  • PHOTOS: Bivens visits Bullfrogs and Butterflies
  • Planter Pickers Photo Contest upcoming

    The Planter Pickers promotion invites gardeners/photographers to enter its 2015 Design & Photo Contest. The contest is designed to promote the creative recycling, upcycling and reuse of everyday items as flower planters. Entering is easy: pick or create an unusual item to repurpose as a flower planter, line it with MagniMoist, plant it with flowers or plants and upload a photo of your creation.

  • It’s for the best: Gentle bulls and smaller babies

    When selecting a new beef bull there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Buying a bull that fits the specific needs of an operation is very important and will be different for every farm.

    Look at all the traits for each bull being considered and determine which one best fits your needs. Using tools such as Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) will help in the decision-making process.

    Two traits often considered as the most important are calving ease and temperament. Both traits are associated with added convenience, but they also have an impact on production.

  • Women in Agriculture Conference to be held in November

    Kentucky Women in Agriculture Inc. will hold its 15th annual conference and tour Nov. 5-6 at the Cave City Convention Center in Cave City. The theme is “Faith, Family and Farming.” Registration is $65 for the one-day conference ($55 for students), which includes all meals, materials and membership dues. The pre-conference tour is $25. Registration is due by Oct. 24.

  • State beef assessment set for Nov. 20

    A referendum on whether Kentucky cattle producers may be assessed $1 per head on cattle marketed in Kentucky is scheduled for Nov. 20.

    The referendum will ask Kentucky cattle producers: “Shall the producers of bovine animals assess themselves an additional $1 per head sold, and use the funds so collected by the Kentucky Beef Promotion Council to finance a program to promote and stimulate by research, market development, and education, the use and sale, domestic and foreign, of bovine animal products?”

  • Pottinger named soybean ambassador

    The Kentucky Soybean Association’s Ambassador program was developed to give emerging leaders the opportunity to gain expertise and industry exposure critical to becoming an effective and knowledgeable future board member to the Kentucky Soybean Association or Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board.

    A select group of soybean farmers, including Butler “Quint” Pottinger V of New Haven, will participate in the two-year program to help develop leadership qualities and skills that may be channeled toward future leadership roles in the soybean industry.