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Agriculture

  • CRP grazing deadline extended

     A two-month extension for emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program acres is being offered.

    This flexibility for ranchers marks the latest action by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide assistance to producers impacted by the drought, which has included opening CRP and other conservation acres to emergency haying and grazing, lowering the interest rate for emergency loans, and working with crop insurance companies to provide flexibility to farmers.

  • Tree seedlings available through Division of Forestry

     With fall just around the corner, state foresters are encouraging Kentuckians to plan their tree-planting activities now by ordering tree seedlings through the Kentucky Division of Forestry.

  • PHOTO: Thirsty Cow

     A cow stretched her neck for a drink from a hose before she was shown at the LaRue County Fair Dairy Show.

  • PHOTO: Ephraim's big fish

     Ephraim Coy Morgan, 7, caught an 8-pound largemouth bass in a pond off Levelwoods Road. He used an artificial lure. His grandpa Larry Joe Morgan helped him reel it in while Ephraim ran to a nearby shed to get a net. His grandpa had “no idea Ephraim hooked a big one until he took his pole.” 

  • Heath's Gerts tops in show
  • Tulip tree in season, out of season

     Rita Gibson of Magnolia poses with her Magnolia Tulip. The tree usually blooms only during the spring season but this year has reached a second blooming cycle. Rita and husband Kenneth Gibson attribute the unconventional bloom to recent irregular weather patterns.

  • Ogden lives the dream, promoting agriculture

     Promoting what she’s loved her entire life in the very region where she grew up is a dream job for Michelle Ogden.

  • Notes from Groundhog Hill: Season's End

     At Groundhog Hill this past week, the sunlight has changed from blaring to golden, walnut trees have dropped half their leaves and some of their nuts, and the grass has finally started to slow which is welcome news to my push mower.

    Even though the calendar says late August and the temperatures are climbing upward again, a change of season is upon us. All hail, Autumn.

  • COLUMN: Red corn puts producers in the red

     Corn plants in many fields have turned red and that is not a good sign. The red color is coming from a build-up of sugar in the leaves and stalks. The build-up of sugar is a result of too few kernels being developed on the ears. That, of course, results in greatly reduced yields and income.

  • Michaela Rock wins 4-H bronze award

      Throughout their 4-H career, young people are encouraged to set and reach goals. No program better exemplifies this than the Kentucky 4-H Achievement Program.

    The Achievement Program replaced the 4-H Honors Program in September 2011. The new program allows 4-Hers to start accumulating points as soon as they start their 4-H careers and to begin earning recognition in the sixth grade. With a new 4-H program year beginning in September, now is the time for 4-Hers to begin thinking about joining this program.