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Agriculture

  • PHOTO: Livestock Club attends Expo

     The 4-H Livestock Club was represented at the 30th Annual Extension Expo. They assisted with the petting zoo and sold wooden livestock cutouts to raise funds for their club. From left, Holden Madriaga, Jacob Gentry, Aaron Elswick, Kalli Flanders and Morgan Durham.

  • Wondering about the purple fields?

     The lavender fields of LaRue County are pretty to look at this time of year, but an aggravation to farmers.

  • Early blooms bring early bees

     Early spring and unseasonably warm weather have brought out blooms and bees.

  • USDA warns of fraudulent letters

    USDA officials learned late Friday afternoon that fraudulent letters are being sent by FAX to individuals and businesses in at least four states. The letters purportedly come from a USDA procurement officer and seek personal information. These letters are false and in no case should a recipient respond with personal and financial information.

  • USDA urges farmers to document losses

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last week announced comprehensive outreach efforts are underway to assess damage and assist rural Southern communities in the wake of recent deadly storms.
    The incident is now predicted to be the first billion-dollar disaster of 2012. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s current count of confirmed tornadoes from the March 2 outbreak stands at 42, with damage reported in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

  • Hinton’s, Lee’s added to farm market program

    LaRue County is home to two of the 106 markets accepted into the 2012 Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program. They are Hinton’s Orchard and Farm Market and Lee’s Garden Center.
    In joining the Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program, these markets have committed to offering quality products and service to their customers. Their acceptance by Farm Bureau tells customers that they meet the highest standards of quality, freshness and marketing appeal.

  • PHOTOS: Coffey Coyotes
  • Farm News updated 3-21-12

    Emergency loans
    available
    Farmers may be eligible for emergency loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency. This also applies to farmers who live in counties that are contiguous to counties included in the disaster declaration. Applications for physical and production losses will be received through Nov. 6. Contact the Hardin/LaRue FSA service center at 765-2702 or call the state FSA office at (859) 224-7601 to find out what aid you may be eligible for and what documentation will be required.

  • 4-H Calendar updated 3-21-12

    4-H Council meets
    The LaRue County 4-H Council will meet 6:30 p.m. March 26 at the LaRue County Extension Office.
     
    Explorers Club forms
    The LaRue County 4-H Explorers Club will meet 3:30-5 p.m. March 28 at the LaRue County Extension Office.  This is a new club for 4-H members 9 to 18 years old. Club members will be exposed to a variety of 4-H projects. The March topic is butter making. For more information, contact the Extension Office at 358-3401.

    Wranglers

  • Eliminate thistles this spring

    Musk or nodding thistle is the most common type of thistle locally. The primary growth period is in the spring and summer. However, most seed germinate in the fall and form a rosette which grows close to the ground, often growing unnoticed until spring. The seed are easily carried by wind and spread to other areas.
    The most important step in long-term control of thistle is to prevent flowering, and the production and spread of new seed. This can be done by mechanical or chemical control.