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Agriculture

  • Forestry office to move to Campbellsville

     Hardin County native Steve Gray has spent about 30 years of his career with the state Division of Forestry at the division office in Elizabethtown.

    The office where he has spent so much of his time working has been open since 1949, helping with forest fire control, assisting with forest management, inspecting logging work for water quality violations, running educational programs in schools and conducting other work.

  • COLUMN: Managing the calving season

     Providing sound management during the calving season can mean more live calves and more profit. Some reminders on specific things a producer can do to limit calf loss include:

    Separate first-calf heifers from mature cows. Calving difficulty can run as high as 30 to 40 percent for 2-year-old heifers compared to just three percent for mature cows. Place them in a small, accessible pasture near a corral where assistance can be given if needed.

  • 4-H Calendar - Feb. 27, 2013

     Explorers

    The 4-H Explorers will meet 3:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Extension office.

     

    Kids Choice

    The 4-H Kids Choice Club will meet 3:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Extension office.

     

    Photography Club

    The 4-H Photography Club will meet at 3:30 p.m. March 1 at the Extension office.

     

    Wranglers Horse Club

    The 4-H Wranglers Horse Club will meet 7 p.m. March 5 at the Extension office.

  • Farm Calendar: Feb. 20, 2013

     Kentucky Alfalfa Conference 

  • PHOTO: Sandhill cranes return to area

     A small flock of sandhill cranes picked through a field near Creekfront Park in Hodgenville last week. Larger flocks can be spotted along Harned-McCubbins Road.

  • 4-H Talent Show and poster contest deadlines approaching

     The 4-H Talent Show will be held 6:30 p.m. March 22 at the LaRue County High School auditorium. Pre-register by March 18 by calling the Extension office at 358-3401 or stop by to pick up a registration form. 

    The talent show is open to all LaRue County youth ages 9 to 18. A variety of categories are offered including vocal, instrumental, physical skills and theatrical. A group act category is also offered for acts with five or more participants. Other acts may have from one to four participants.

  • Farm Bureau celebrates Food Check-Out Week

     The cost of food in America remains affordable. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, American consumers spend, on average, just over 10 percent of their disposable income for food. That means the average household will have earned enough disposable income – that portion of income available for spending or saving – to pay for its annual food supply in about seven weeks, said Kentucky Farm Bureau president Mark Haney.

  • COLUMN: Farmers should consider farm business management program

     Keeping good records helps farmers make sound management decisions. This is especially important in today’s agricultural economy. Farming is a business and continues to face financial strains from many directions.

  • Unique tournament targets invasive carp

     Kentucky will unleash a full-court press against invasive carp during a tournament being held in March.

    The Carp Madness Tournament will get teams of commercial anglers competing in a contest to corral the growing population of Asian carp in two of the state’s largest and most popular fishing lakes. Five teams that bring back the highest poundage of fish will split $20,000, with the top prize being $10,000.

    Full details are at http://fw.ky.gov/carpmadnessinfo.asp.

  • Spring forest fire season began Feb. 15

     Kentucky law designates Feb. 15 through April 30 as spring forest fire hazard season. During this time, it is illegal to burn anything within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland between the daylight hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

    The law is intended to prevent forest fires by allowing outdoor burning only after 6 p.m. when conditions are less likely to cause a wildfire to spread.