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Agriculture

  • Local farmer named Champion of Change

     

    A LaRue County farmer was recently recognized by Washington D.C. and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Quint Pottinger was one of only 15 farmers in the nation chosen as a White House Champion of Change.

    “All across the country, ordinary Americans are doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world.” That is how whitehouse.gov introduces the Champions of Change program. USDA recognized Pottinger, along with 14 others, during a ceremony at the White House on July 29.

  • AGstravaganza draws 800 to finale

    Last weekend’s AGstravaganza tour was a resounding success, said Ryan Bivens, one of the organizers and owner of the last stop, Fresh Start Farms in Hodgenville.

    According to Bivens, early estimates of attendance numbers show that the event had roughly double the turnout of last year, hovering around 800 attendees for the J.D. Shelburne concert on Saturday night. In addition, Bivens said each tour stop had more than 100 visitors, with most having many more.

  • Four points for seeding forages in late summer

    The period from late summer to early fall is generally the best time to seed cool season grasses such as orchardgrass, tall fescue, and timothy (alfalfa and clover typically do better in the spring). Consider these four points to increase your success.

    First, address the soil’s fertility needs. Inadequate levels of phosphorous, potassium or limestone can limit productive yields and decrease stand life.

  • LaRue County Fair Results

    4-H/FFA Dairy Show

    Showmanship – Novice (under 8 years) - Avery Bivens - Blue; Cyrus Bivens - Blue; Braxton Thomas - Blue

    Showmanship – Senior (14 +years) - Jessica Walters - Blue; Blake Brown - Blue

    4-H/FFA Sheep Show

    Showmanship- Novice (under 8 years) - Emily Sallee - Blue

    Showmanship- Superintendent (under 12 years) - Abigail Sallee - Blue

    Open Market Lamb Show Results

  • Gold Award given to young cattlemen
  • 4-H Day at the Fair
  • Junior Livestock Expo winnners
  • Getting young preschoolers to go to bed

    A recent study of 14 healthy 2-and-3-year-olds and their parents has learned more about why some young children have a hard time settling into sleep at night. Many parents know all too well the frustration of careful preparation of their young ones for bedtime, only to be met with requests to stay up later or crying out for water after being put down.

  • Sheep and goats on the rise in LaRue

    The farm landscape has changed in LaRue County in the past few years. The fastest growing herds are goats and sheep, rather than beef or dairy cattle, according to Gil Myers of Magnolia.

    Myers, a goat and sheep producer himself, said there are many reasons to start your own flock.

    “Many people, like myself, got into goats for clearing brush,” he said. “Goats can eat up to six-feet off the ground.”

    They complement cattle because they eat weeds that cattle won’t touch.

  • Chiggers, what an itch!

    There was a little chigger that wasn’t any bigger than the point of a very fine pen.… is the beginning of a youth camping song.

    Just thinking about chiggers makes me itch.

    You’ll find chiggers in the good old summertime in overgrown bushy areas, in shady humid areas near stream banks, and under or around shade trees or in berry thickets.