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Agriculture

  • Biomass Crop Assistance Program

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) and the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is now accepting applications from foresters and farmers seeking financial assistance to harvest and deliver biomass to generate clean energy.

  • Crop progress report

    Kentucky experienced near normal temperatures and well above normal rainfall over the past week.

    Precipitation for the week totaled 2.45 inches, 1.63 inches above normal. Temperatures averaged 76 degrees for the week, which was near normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 55 percent adequate and 43 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 3 percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 30 percent surplus.

  • It's County Fair Time, crop exhibits

    The agricultural portion of the 2015 LaRue County Fair is July 29 to August 1. County residents are encouraged to enter garden and crop exhibits. Agriculture remains a strong part of our 108th LaRue County Fair and Livestock Expo.

    Entries for the Agricultural displays will be taken from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 29. This year there is a youth division for ages 16 and younger. There are 18 vegetable classes, 10 canning classes, and a Garden Display class for youth. 4-H entries are all in another division.

  • Farm Calendar - July 8, 2015

    Dairy farmers can enroll in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Margin Protection Program for coverage in 2016. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating dairy operations when the margin, the difference between the price of milk and feed costs, falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer. Enrollment began July 1 and ends on Sept. 30, 2015, for coverage in 2016.

  • Margin Protection Program for dairy farmers

    From USDA

    Dairy farmers can enroll in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Margin Protection Program for coverage in 2016. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating dairy operations when the margin, the difference between the price of milk and feed costs, falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer. Enrollment began July 1 and ends on Sept. 30, 2015, for coverage in 2016.

  • Free home freezing and canning classes

    One way to store vegetables for later use is to freeze them. When doing this it is recommended to first blanch most vegetables. Blanching is where you steam with water or submerge the vegetable pieces into boiling water for a short amount of time to stop the ripening enzymes in the food. These enzymes can cause loss of flavor, color and texture.

  • Steps to reduce mosquito populations

    With the spring and summer rain comes mosquitoes. They can get to be a problem rapidly. Let’s consider some practical, fairly simple, nonpesticide, environmentally friendly ways to reduce mosquito populations.

    Following the steps below will keep your property from becoming a prime mosquito breeding ground:

    Since used tires a mosquito breeding area, remove all discarded tires.

  • FFA shares patio garden tips

    FFA students Morgan Durham and Felicia Hornback gave a presentation to the seniors showing them different ways to plant a patio garden and which vegetables are best to plant together as well as gave them ideas and answered any garden questions they may have had. We also let each senior plant their own vegetable plant in a pot to take home along with any other plants they wanted to take to make a patio garden. We also gave away 4 prizes after the activities.

  • Farmers to receive documentation of USDA services

    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director John W. McCauley reminds agricultural producers that FSA provides a receipt to customers who request or receive assistance or information on FSA programs.

    “If you visit our office, you’ll receive documentation of services requested and provided,” said McCauley. “It’s part of our mission to provide enhanced customer service for producers. From December through June, FSA issued more than 327,000 electronic receipts.”

  • LaRue FFA in state's top 15

    Submitted by LCHS FFA

    LaRue County FFA had a tremendous week at State FFA Convention June 7 - 11.

    The following teams placed 1st in the state contest and will now compete at National Convention:

    Ag Communications

    Nichole Thomas

    Chasity Bryant

    Morgan Durham

    Lindsey Shelton  - alternate

    Milk Quality and Products

    Chloe Owen - State High individual

    Cade Milby

    Cristine Shive

    Levi Goodin

    Food Science