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Agriculture

  • Conservation District honors several at banquet

     Several residents were honored at the LaRue County Water and Soil Conservation District banquet last month.

  • 4-H and Magnolia Fire Department split Monsanto funds

     The LaRue County 4-H and Magnolia Volunteer Fire Department will now be able to better support their causes as well as serve their communities, thanks to the support of local farmer, Caleb Ragland, and America’s Farmers Grow Communities.

    Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, Grow Communities provides farmers in eligible counties the chance to win a $2,500 donation for a local nonprofit organization of their choice.

  • Pest survey is underway

     Kentuckians may soon start noticing objects attached to or hanging from trees this spring, and chances are they were put there by personnel from the Kentucky Office of the State Entomologist, which is housed at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

  • COLUMN: Fundamentals of pasture management

     Spring provides a good opportunity to assess pastures and create a working plan that is economical and increases the fertility of the land. Good pasture management enables livestock to graze on pasture for more days of the year. To increase days on pasture, farmers should first implement a rotational grazing system to allow pastures time to recover. Having two or more pastures and rotating stock back and forth increases the fertility of the soil by allowing the empty pasture to replenish itself.

  • 4-H Calendar - March 13, 2013

     Poultry Club

    The 4-H Poultry Club will meet 3:30-5 p.m. March 13 at the LaRue County Extension Service.

     

    Camp date set

    The 4-H Poster Contest deadline is Friday, March 15.

     

    Volunteers needed for Expo

    LaRue County 4-H will be at the Extension Expo on Saturday, March 16. Several clubs will have booths; cotton candy will be sold. Call 358-3401 to volunteer for a one hour shift.

     

    Cloverbuds

  • PHOTO: 4-H Poster Contest

     Members of the Kids Choice Club worked on posters for the 4-H Poster Contest during a recent meeting. Selena Vidal shows her creation. The deadline for submissions is March 15. For more information, call the Extension Office at 358-3401.

  • Disaster Assistance Program administered by FSA office

     The Farm Service Agency's Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) provides financial assistance to producers of non-insurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory or prevented planting occur due to a natural disaster. The upcoming deadlines to file an application for natural disaster protection under the NAP are March 15 and May 1.

  • Register now for grazing school

     Grazing is the most cost-effective way for producers to feed ruminant animals. Each year, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture hosts two installments of the Kentucky Grazing School to help producers become better managers of their grazing systems.

    The first installment is 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. April 17-18 at the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton.

    Past participants have included everyone from new farmers to experienced grazers, and all have received new information and practical skills to implement in their operations.

  • COLUMN: FSA understands farmers
  • Column: Tips to manage storm water on farms

     We often hear a lot about managing storm water in urban settings, but we may not think about how it impacts farms. During a heavy rain event, clean rainwater can mix with mud, manure and other contaminants and become wastewater.

    To manage storm water on your farm you have to divert rainwater from production areas to keep it clean and to reduce the volume of wastewater. To stay in compliance with the Clean Water Act, agricultural operations must manage wastewater in a way that creates no discharge to surface water resources.