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Agriculture

  • PHOTO: Brittany Stiles takes a buck

     Brittany Stiles, 22, of Howardstown, harvested a 12-point buck Nov. 11.

  • Kentucky Proud Program funded

      The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, approved the Kentucky Department of Agriculture for $2,830,000 Agricultural Development Funds to be divided over two years (2013-14) for the Kentucky Proud program.

  • COLUMN: 4-H candy sales are in progress

    The annual LaRue County 4-H candy sale started this month.

    Starting today 4-H members may pick up candy at the LaRue County Extension Office, 807 Old Elizabethtown Road, across from Magnolia Bank. Parents must sign a permission form in order for members to participate.

    Members will be selling a variety of candy bars including caramel, crisp, almond, dark chocolate with almonds and milk chocolate for $1 each.

    For each 60 candy bars sold, the member's name will go in a drawing for $25. The top seller will receive $50.

  • COLUMN: Fall soil sampling is a good practice

    Fall soil sampling allows LaRue County farmers (and homeowners) time to utilize University of Kentucky research-based fertility recommendations before spring planting.

    The turn-around time for samples from the Extension Office to the UK Soil

    Testing Lab is much faster in the fall, usually within a week, because fewer people are submitting samples this time of year. Spring turnaround time can approach three weeks during the busiest times.

  • PHOTO: DEER HARVEST

     Lindsey Rucker, 11, harvested a 4-point buck about 5:30 p.m. Nov. 11. It is her first buck.

  • Local working group meets to discuss EQIP

     The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service administers the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, a federal program that provides technical and financial assistance to land users to address natural resource concerns. NRCS is asking for local input for the fiscal year 2013 program.

  • COLUMN: Handy tools for beef producers

    The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has an excellent hay and

    haylage testing program for LaRue County farmers. A toll free call to the

    KDA Forage Testing Program 1-800-248-4628 will get a trained individual to come to the farm, take samples of your hay/haylage and get the test results back in a short period of time.

    The results can be used to accurately, efficiently and economically determine a feeding and supplementation program. The cost is $10 per

    "lot.”

  • Cottrell, Stillwell named Outstanding Farm Bureau Youth

     Ashley Cottrell and Austin Stillwell were chosen to represent the Outstanding Farm Bureau Youth for LaRue County.

    They competed against contestants from other counties at the District 3 Kentucky Farm Bureau Meeting on Nov. 1.

    This contest is open to any 15 to 19 year olds whose parent or guardian is a member of Kentucky Farm Bureau. The two areas of competition were a personal interview and a two-minute speech related to agriculture or Farm Bureau.

  • KENTUCKY AFIELD: A courteous hunter is welcomed back

     Thousands of Kentucky hunters hit the woods Nov. 10, the opening day of modern gun deer season.    

    After storing your hunting clothes in a bag with leaves and fresh earth to remove your smell, getting up in the pre-dawn to be in the woods before first light and selecting a good setup spot, you take a nice, fat doe.    

  • Applications being taken for sandhill crane hunt

     Applications for Kentucky's second sandhill crane hunting season will be accepted Nov. 15-30 at www.fw.ky.gov.

    The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will issue permits to 400 hunters this year through a randomized computer drawing. Applicants drawn for a hunt must pass an online identification test before they can receive a permit.

    Applicants must have a valid Kentucky hunting license or be license exempt when they apply. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife charges a $3 fee for each application.