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Agriculture

  • No Market for Milk

    More than 100 dairy farmers, around 20 of them from Kentucky including Gary Rock from LaRue County, recently received a letter stating they would no longer have a market for their product come May 31.

    Dean Foods, a Dallas Texas based food company, sent the letter to independent producers in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Indiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and New York, dated Feb. 26, according to numerous reports. In the letter, Dean’s terminates contracts with the producers and gives two reasons for the “difficult decision.”

  • Reduce stress with good record keeping

    Record keeping may not be every farmer’s favorite activity, and probably not the reason someone chooses farming as a career. With time, patience and a commitment to get it done, it can make your financial life a lot less stressful.

    Record keeping doesn’t have to be difficult. It’s a way to keep track of things about your operation that will help you make better long-term decisions. You can use a ledger book or a computer—whatever helps you maintain consistency. Software programs can make your data more meaningful.

  • Hunger Doesn’t Follow A Calendar

    There’s just something about the calendar turning over from November to December which makes us feel a bit more charitable. Nonprofit organizations all across the area see a surge in generosity during this time, even from those who have already opened their hearts to those in need. Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland (FAKH) and our partner agencies are no exception to this.

  • Happy hunting
  • Kentucky soybean growers break yield records

    Kentucky soybean growers produced the highest ever documented yields in the state this year in the soybean yield contest hosted by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the Kentucky Soybean Board.

  • Quarles rejects federal overreach into hemp program

    Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles called on Congress to remove industrial hemp from the list of controlled substances under federal law and challenged the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) position on consumable hemp-derived products in remarks delivered at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s (KDA) Industrial Hemp Advisory Board meeting.

  • 2017 county soybean plot results

    The LaRue County Extension Service annually conducts corn and soybean variety trial plots in cooperation with a local farmer and participating grain companies. The plots demonstrate how specific varieties can perform under local conditions for a given year.

       Both the corn and soybean plots were done in cooperation with Caleb and Leanne Ragland of Shady Rest Farms. This was our second year at the location and our yields for both plots were outstanding.

  • Farm Calendar - December 13, 2017

     Beef quality and care assurance training

    BQCA (formerly known as BQA) training will take place at the LaRue County Extension office at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 14 and again at 9 a.m. on Friday, December 15. This new program will be a combination of the Beef Quality Assurance program and the Cattle Handling and Care Certification program. Recertification is required every 3 years. The $5 cost must be paid by check, NO CASH. 

  • 2018 Kentucky Produce Conference

    The 2018 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference will have something of interest for all fruit and vegetable producers. The event runs from 8 a.m. EST Jan. 8 until 5 p.m. Jan. 9, 2018 at Lexington’s Embassy Suites Hotel.

        Preconference evening activities Jan. 7 will include vegetable, tree fruit and small fruit roundtable discussions.

  • Not all firewood is created equal

    Fires in the fireplace or outside in the fire pit are intrinsically connected to our visions of nestling in for a long comfy winter. Let the winter bring its ice and snow if it wants. Inside, we have a fire to snuggle up to.