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Agriculture

  • Garden of Close Quarters mirrors family life

    I have seven older siblings. That’s right, seven. At times, they are all annoying and bossy ... and older.

    When we gather for meals around Dad’s kitchen table, it’s like squeezing sardines in a can. Close quarters.

    Speaking of close quarters, I planted two rows of Peruvian purple corn much too close to one another. Ditto, two rows of zinnia.

    I am fully aware of these quasi-planting errors.

  • Farm News - July 2

    Farmers Market offers more dates in July

    The LaRue County Farmers Market will be set up from noon to 6 p.m. July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, at 2533 Lincoln Farm Road, Hodgenville (beside Lincoln Jamboree). For more information, call the Extension office at 270-358-3401.

    State Fair entries

  • Take care when handling cattle in hot weather

    It is hot.

    Periods of heat stress call for cattle producers to make sure their animals are adequately prepared. One of the most important things producers can do is provide cool, clean drinking water. Providing an adequate source of drinking water helps to keep animals’ internal body temperatures within normal limits.

    Above ground water lines need to be shaded so they do not act as solar water heaters and make the water too hot to drink.

  • State Convention a success for LaRue County Future Farmers of America

    LaRue County FFA attended the 85th state convention. Several members were honored for contests held at region; others competed in state contests.

    The organization was recognized as a Gold Rated chapter and one of the top 15 chapters in the state. It now receives a National Rating.

    Six members received their state FFA degree – the highest degree awarded by the state to the organization. They are: Kyle DeVary, Kyle Edlin, Branden Pepper, Vickie Rhinehart, Sarah Stults and Austin Stillwell.

    Stillwell was a state officer candidate.

  • Several local students attend ASSET conference

    Western Kentucky University’s Department of Agriculture hosted 27 students at the Agriculture Students Striving for Effective Tomorrows (ASSET) Conference June 15-19.

    The five-day conference is designed for students who have completed their junior year of high school and are interested in attending college and studying agriculture. The conference focused on activities that consist of leadership, communication and social development; making the most of a college experience; and created awareness of the opportunities within the agriculture industry.

  • Farm and 4-H Calendar

    Farmers Market

    The LaRue County Farmers Market will be set up from noon to 7 p.m. June 26 and July 3, at 2533 Lincoln Farm Road, Hodgenville (beside Lincoln Jamboree). Hamburgers will be served. For more information, call the Extension office at 270-358-3401.

    State Fair entries

  • Understand animal behavior when handling beef cattle

    Having proper handling facilities, understanding animal behavior and following safe handling techniques can make the chore of moving cattle less stressful for the animal and producer.

    When moving cattle, the position and movement of the handler is important.

    Cattle have a flight zone – the area around them that they do not like for people to enter. The size of this zone varies from animal to animal. The animal will move away when someone enters this zone and that trait can be used to move them where you want them to go.

  • FFA students honored at State Convention

    LaRue County FFA attended the 85th state convention. Several members were honored for contests held at region; others competed in state contests.

    The organization was recognized as a Gold Rated chapter and one of the top 15 chapters in the state. It now receives a National Rating.

    Six members received their state FFA degree – the highest degree awarded by the state to the organization. They are: Kyle DeVary, Kyle Edlin, Branden Pepper, Vickie Rhinehart, Sarah Stults and Austin Stillwell.

    Stillwell was a state officer candidate.

  • Farm News & 4-H Calendar - June 18

    FARM NEWS

    Farmers Market open on three dates

    The LaRue County Farmers Market will be set up from noon to 7 p.m. June 19 and 26, and July 3, at 2533 Lincoln Farm Road, Hodgenville (beside Lincoln Jamboree). Hamburgers will be served. For more information, call the Extension office at 270-358-3401.

    Farm Service Agency: COC elections begin June 15

  • Wild girls Susan and Becky frolic in the garden

    At Groundhog Hill, the zinnia, marigold and sunflower might not yet be in bloom, but the wildflowers certainly are: Black-eyed Susan, Queen Anne’s lace (aka, chiggers), daisy and cornflower dot the landscape surrounding the garden and nearby Nolynn Creek.

    Since the county fair is in June this year, I am tempted to cut a bouquet and enter it in the Floral Hall since nothing else is ready (although I could enter photos of zinnias).