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Agriculture

  • Lincoln Park’s People’s Garden is in full bloom for 2013 harvest

    Local volunteers planted the People’s Garden – located next to the picnic area of the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park – on May 31.

    Steve Meredith, who came up with the idea, said he has a personal interest in the garden as he grew up near the area and is a long time fan of Lincoln.

    “I had a conversation with the Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, about the project at the National FFA Convention a couple of years ago and started working on getting the garden together,” said Meredith.

  • Call 811 to D-I-G

    The summer months always bring increased construction, excavation and yard work.  This July, LG&E and KU remind consumers to call Kentucky 811 before they dig to prevent damaging underground utilities, otherwise known as third-party dig-ins. Using this free service can prevent costly repairs and protect public safety.

    In 2012 alone, the 811 call center took nearly 130,000 requests for LG&E gas and electric lines and KU electric lines.   

  • LCCD Field Day

    The LaRue County Conservation District co-hosted a field day with Kentucky Waterway Alliance on July 30. A group visited Eddie Bowen’s farm on Maxine Road and learned about Best Management Practices.

    David Shelton, an advisor to the LCCD Board, shared a soil erosion demonstration with the group.   

    After the program, several people took a hayride around the property, viewing the practices Bowen had worked with KWA and NRCS to install. The attendees enjoyed a lunch prepared by the LaRue County Pork Producers.

  • Discounted geotextile fabric available

    The LaRue County Conservation District is offering a one-time opportunity for county residents to purchase a 15’x 300’ roll of geotextile fabric through a Conservation District discount.

    Interested participants can expect to pay $470 for a full roll. No partial rolls will be sold.

    Anyone interested in purchasing a roll through this one-time offer will need to contact the Conservation District office and have payment submitted no later than Aug. 28.

    Participation will be canceled if payment is not received by that time.

  • Kentucky State Fair is Aug. 15-25

    As you look forward to visiting the Kentucky State Fair over the next 10 days, be sure to check out the 4-H exhibits in the area known as Cloverville.

    Numerous local 4-H members will have their exhibits on display in Cloverville.

    Items range from vegetables to photography. Items were taken on Monday and judged and displayed to be ready for the State Fair opening on Thursday, Aug. 15. Exhibits will be picked up and returned to the LaRue County Extension office on Monday, Aug. 26.

  • Journey began with a zinnia and ends with a book signing

    Planting a garden is a journey into the unknown sometimes.

    Of course, one knows what they are planting, but the road to harvest can get downright bumpy. Once the garden is planted, that’s the road map and the journey to harvest begins.

    There are unforeseen circumstances like the unexpected visit from the Colorado potato beetles. R.I.P. red pontiac potatoes. I hardly knew ye.

  • Agriculture Market Day set for Aug. 29

    Respondents to a recent online poll in The LaRue County Herald News indicated a majority was interested in a local farmers market.

    For the past several years, LaRue County producers have had a summer, two afternoons a week, farmers market. Unfortunately, this year there was insufficient interest by vendors to have it. However, those interested could still purchase farm produce at various roadside set ups, on farm and at local orchards.

  • Farm News -August 14, 2013

    Conservation program for tornado damage

  • There are different choices in home canning tomatoes

    Home canned tomatoes may be prepared in a ready-to-use crushed format or left whole or halved. But the latter choices can be processed in a variety of ways, also. Whole or halved tomatoes may be canned with water to cover, in tomato juice, or with no added liquid. The crushed tomatoes are a hot pack only, while the no-added-liquid version of canned tomatoes is a raw pack only. It is very important to use a canning process time that matches up with the preparation directions for filling your jars.

  • 4-H Day at the Fair

    4-H Poultry Show
    Leslie Pike, Sr. Division
    Cockerel, Standard – Blue, Class Champion, Sr. Champion
     
    Anthony Pike, Cloverbud Division
    Pullet, Standard – Blue, Cloverbud Champion
     
    Tara Warren, Jr. Division
    Cock, Standard – Blue, Class Champion, Junior Champion & Grand Champion
    Hen, Standard – Blue, Class Champion
    Pullet, Standard – Blue, Class Champion