• Quarles kicks off campaign for ag commissioner

     Ryan Quarles, a state representative serving Scott, Owen and Fayette counties, has announced his candidacy for agriculture commissioner on the Republican ticket.

    Quarles, 31, stopped by The LaRue County Herald News for a brief visit.

    Quarles, who grew up on a family farm in Scott County, is a ninth generation farmer. He is the son of Roger and Bonnie Quarles.

    He grew his own crops while still in high school to help pay for college. He graduated as both valedictorian and president of his class, and enrolled at the University of Kentucky.

  • Remember livestock's needs during cold weather

      During cold weather, livestock experience cold stress. Good management dictates these conditions be handled as well as possible. The three most important things livestock producers need to do to protect livestock from cold stresses are to provide sufficient water, ample high-quality feed and weather protection. 

    Livestock need water to aid digestion. Be sure livestock always have plenty of clean water in liquid form. Dirty water is a host for disease organisms and animals might not know how or be able to break through ice to reach water. 

  • Kiva Zip is a new resource for farmers

     As his vegetables wilted on a trailer last summer during one of his weekly 100-mile trips to Louisville, Hart County farmer Andre Barbour realized he needed a box truck to deliver his produce to low-income families.

    Now, thanks to a three-year, zero-interest $10,000 loan obtained through the crowd-funding website Kiva Zip, he is shopping for a used truck.

  • 4-H’ers now selling pizza kits

    4-H members now have the opportunity to sell Little Caesars Pizza Kits to help raise money for 4-H. The sale is going on now through noon on Jan. 20.

  • PHOTO: Looking back at LaRue
  • Farm News

    Beef Cattle Association meets Jan. 13

    The LaRue County Beef Cattle Association will meet 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at the LaRue County Extension office in Hodgenville. Various items, including the State Convention, will be discussed. A meal will be served. All interested producers are invited. For more information, contact the Extension office at 270-358-3401.

    Fish and Wildlife meeting

  • Pick up a livestock calendar today

    Records are important. If you have a need for a calendar to help keep track of your livestock production records, we may have a calendar for you at the LaRue County Extension Office.

    The 2015 Beef Integrated Resource Management Wall Calendar is very useful for cow-calf producers. The 18-month calendar is designed for either a fall calving or spring calving herd, and lists due dates for each breeding date as well as management suggestions for cattle, forages and records for each month.

  • PHOTO: 4-H Holiday Crafts
  • Money allocated to local ag programs

    In 2014, more than $33 million in state and county Agricultural Development Funds were disbursed in grants and loans throughout the state for agricultural investments.

    The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, approved an additional $10,355,386 for 48 agricultural diversification and rural development programs and projects in December, totaling more than $43 million for the year.

  • PHOTO: Farm Bureau Recognized