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Agriculture

  • Fall fire season ends Dec. 15

    Fall forest fire hazard season officially ended Dec. 15, but officials with the Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) continue to urge caution when conducting any kind of outdoor burning.

    "Recent precipitation has decreased the number of forest fires in the last few days, but it only takes a few warm, dry days to create conditions favorable for fires; therefore, we continue to urge caution with outdoor burning," said Leah MacSwords, director of the Division of Forestry.

  • Public input sought on Cox's Creek pollution

     The Division of Water’s recent study on E. coli pollution in the Cox’s Creek Watershed is not intended as a precursor to state regulatory action, but rather an educational tool for residents of the area to be more aware of how they contribute to water quality and be more involved in improving it.

    Scarlett Stapleton, an environmental scientist who is an author of the report, said Monday the state encourages the creation of local water watch groups and can provide technical support for a watershed plan, but the report does not require a plan.

  • PHOTO: Gold Star Award of Excellence

  • PHOTO: Trey Hardesty's buck

     Trey Hardesty, 7, harvested his first deer on his great-grandmother’s farm in Hammonsville.

  • Farm Calendar - Dec. 12, 2012

     Pork Association meeting Dec. 17

  • Bivens named 'Outstanding Young Farm Family'

     Ryan and Misty Bivens of LaRue County were honored as Kentucky Farm Bureau’s 2012 “Outstanding Young Farm Family” during the organization’s 93rd annual meeting in Louisville. Each year KFB awards this distinction to a couple under age 35 who has exhibited the strongest farm management skills, most consistent financial growth and highest level of involvement in both Farm Bureau and their community.

  • LaRue County Farm Bureau receives Women's Gold Star Award

     Recognized for the achievements of its women’s program this year, LaRue County Farm Bureau received the 2012 Gold Star Award of Excellence during Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in Louisville.

    The award honors county Women’s Committees for active participation in leadership development programs, agricultural promotion, educational initiatives and numerous other aspects of support to the local Farm Bureau.

  • 4-Hers recognized at banquet

    Numerous 4-H members and volunteers were recognized at the annual 4-H Awards banquet.

    The Outstanding 4-H members for 2012 were named. The junior division includes 4-H members who are 9-13 and the senior division includes members who are 14-18.

    Based on points earned for 4-H activities completed during the 2011-12 4-H year, Michaela Rock was the 2012 Outstanding Senior 4-H Member. 

    Based on the same point system, Tara Warren was recognized as the 2012 Outstanding Junior Division 4-H Member. 

  • Fruit and Vegetable Conference set for Jan. 7-8

     The 2013 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Trade Show convenes at 8 a.m. Jan. 7 at Lexington’s Embassy Suites Hotel and concludes around 5 p.m. Jan. 8.

    Preconference activities on Jan. 6 include a Winemaking Techniques Workshop from 1- 5:30 p.m. in Seay Auditorium on the University of Kentucky campus; a reception and the Kentucky Farmers’ Market Association annual meeting; and a fruit round table discussion from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the hotel.

  • COLUMN: Clean up old tobacco beds for next spring's crop

     The 2012 tobacco growing season is over, stripping is well underway and receiving stations have opened. But as we wind down this season, now is the time to start planning for next year. LaRue county farmers need to prepare to manage diseases in the 2013 burley crop.

    Black Shank was not a big disease problem this year but there's no way to tell what disease pressures growers will face in the coming growing season. Much depends on the climate when dealing with diseases like black shank and target spot.