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Agriculture

  • Get 10 free trees when you join Arbor Day Foundation

     Residents of Kentucky can ring in the New Year with 10 free flowering trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation any time during January 2013. By becoming a part of the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation, new members will receive two white flowering dogwoods, two flowering crabapples, two Washington hawthorns, two American redbuds and two golden rain trees.

  • 4-H Calendar - Dec. 26, 2012

     Cooking Club

    The 4-H Cooking Club will meet 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 28 at the LaRue County Extension Office, 807 Old Elizabethtown Road, Hodgenville. Call club leader Connie Smith, at 270-766-7771 if you plan to attend.

  • COLUMN: Census of Agriculture: It's important to complete

     LaRue county farmers can help make a positive impact on agriculture by taking part in the 2012 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, the Census is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches and those who operate them. It is important that all farmers respond. Census information is the voice of agriculture and helps to shape our farmers future.

  • COLUMN: January brings state ag meetings, events

     The 2013 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Trade Show will be Jan. 7-8 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Lexington. The Conference features a trade show and a host of concurrent session topics related to fruit and vegetable production.

    The UK Winter Wheat Meeting will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8 in Hopkinsville. This meeting will feature several speakers discussing wheat production issues.

  • First deadline for EQUIP and WHIP is Jan. 18

     The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Kentucky is encouraging landowners, farmers and producers to visit their local NRCS office now to receive information and apply for conservation technical assistance and possible financial funding opportunities.

  • Small ruminant grazing conference is Feb. 2

     Small ruminant production has steadily grown in Kentucky, and the state’s farmers have realized the potential of raising sheep and goats.

    The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture is teaming up with the Kentucky Sheep and Goat Development Office, the Kentucky Goat Producers Association and the Kentucky Sheep and Wool Producers Association to offer the 2013 Kentucky Small Ruminant Grazing Conference at the Morehead State University Farm in Morehead. Scheduled for Feb. 2, the conference will offer many sessions for all levels of experience.

  • Beef Producers have awards banquet

     The LaRue County Beef Producers held their annual Christmas dinner on Dec. 11.  Guests included Don Reynolds, president-elect of Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association. He spoke to the group concerning upcoming events within the cattle industry.

  • COLUMN: Winter feeding areas for livestock

    Choosing the right place for cattle winter feeding can improve production and reduce threats to nearby water resources.

    A poorly chosen site for winter feeding can have negative impacts on soil and water quality. A significant amount of pollution can occur if winter feeding is conducted around streams, water bodies or other environmentally sensitive areas such as flood plains and creek bottoms.

  • 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.