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Agriculture

  • 4-Hers bring home Skillathon gold
  • End of Summer
  • Farms provided taste, sights and sounds of LaRue County

    More than 400 people attended Saturday’s AGstravaganza, held in conjunction with LaRue County Farm Bureau’s annual meeting.

    Five farming operations opened their gates to the public, providing tours and information. Tour locations were at Gaddie’s Hay and Cattle, Hinton’s Orchard and Farm Market, Homestead Family Farms, Lee’s Garden Center and Shady Rest Farm.

    Participants got to see and pet show cattle, and view a variety of large farm equipment, grain operations, barns and silos, a pig farm, retail establishments and orchards.

  • Lincoln Park’s People’s Garden is in full bloom for 2013 harvest

    Local volunteers planted the People’s Garden – located next to the picnic area of the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park – on May 31.

    Steve Meredith, who came up with the idea, said he has a personal interest in the garden as he grew up near the area and is a long time fan of Lincoln.

    “I had a conversation with the Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, about the project at the National FFA Convention a couple of years ago and started working on getting the garden together,” said Meredith.

  • Call 811 to D-I-G

    The summer months always bring increased construction, excavation and yard work.  This July, LG&E and KU remind consumers to call Kentucky 811 before they dig to prevent damaging underground utilities, otherwise known as third-party dig-ins. Using this free service can prevent costly repairs and protect public safety.

    In 2012 alone, the 811 call center took nearly 130,000 requests for LG&E gas and electric lines and KU electric lines.   

  • LCCD Field Day

    The LaRue County Conservation District co-hosted a field day with Kentucky Waterway Alliance on July 30. A group visited Eddie Bowen’s farm on Maxine Road and learned about Best Management Practices.

    David Shelton, an advisor to the LCCD Board, shared a soil erosion demonstration with the group.   

    After the program, several people took a hayride around the property, viewing the practices Bowen had worked with KWA and NRCS to install. The attendees enjoyed a lunch prepared by the LaRue County Pork Producers.

  • Discounted geotextile fabric available

    The LaRue County Conservation District is offering a one-time opportunity for county residents to purchase a 15’x 300’ roll of geotextile fabric through a Conservation District discount.

    Interested participants can expect to pay $470 for a full roll. No partial rolls will be sold.

    Anyone interested in purchasing a roll through this one-time offer will need to contact the Conservation District office and have payment submitted no later than Aug. 28.

    Participation will be canceled if payment is not received by that time.

  • Kentucky State Fair is Aug. 15-25

    As you look forward to visiting the Kentucky State Fair over the next 10 days, be sure to check out the 4-H exhibits in the area known as Cloverville.

    Numerous local 4-H members will have their exhibits on display in Cloverville.

    Items range from vegetables to photography. Items were taken on Monday and judged and displayed to be ready for the State Fair opening on Thursday, Aug. 15. Exhibits will be picked up and returned to the LaRue County Extension office on Monday, Aug. 26.

  • Journey began with a zinnia and ends with a book signing

    Planting a garden is a journey into the unknown sometimes.

    Of course, one knows what they are planting, but the road to harvest can get downright bumpy. Once the garden is planted, that’s the road map and the journey to harvest begins.

    There are unforeseen circumstances like the unexpected visit from the Colorado potato beetles. R.I.P. red pontiac potatoes. I hardly knew ye.

  • Agriculture Market Day set for Aug. 29

    Respondents to a recent online poll in The LaRue County Herald News indicated a majority was interested in a local farmers market.

    For the past several years, LaRue County producers have had a summer, two afternoons a week, farmers market. Unfortunately, this year there was insufficient interest by vendors to have it. However, those interested could still purchase farm produce at various roadside set ups, on farm and at local orchards.