• Beekeeping schools abuzz

    Kentucky beekeepers of all ages and skill levels can learn the basics or sharpen their skills at beekeeping schools across the Commonwealth.

  • Chili cookoff a success, Shooting Sports Club to meet

    The 4-H Shooting Sports Club held their annual chili cookoff fundraiser last week. Members and their families enjoyed trying various chili recipes entered in the competition. Three judges selected the best chili. There was a tie for the winning chili between Kim Warren and Jackie Thomas.

  • Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Winter backyard birding basics

    The deepest, darkest, bleakest part of winter is here. The long slog from just after the holidays through the NCAA tournament is one of the toughest to weather, but watching the many species of birds that inhabit Kentucky in your backyard can brighten the most leaden days.

  • Beekeeping schools scheduled around state

    Kentucky beekeepers of all ages and skill levels can learn the basics or sharpen their skills at 10 beekeeping schools across the Commonwealth.

  • Poster and essay contest deadlines Jan. 27

     “Kentucky Agriculture: Growing the Next Generation of Farmers” is the theme of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s 2015 Poster and Essay Contest.

  • 4-H Calendar - Jan. 14, 2015

     Poultry Club meets

    The 4-H Poultry Club will meet 3:30-5 p.m. Jan. 14 at the LaRue County Extension office.


    Shooting Sports

    The LaRue County 4-H Shooting Sports Club is holding a chili cook-off and silent auction fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Extension office. Members are asked to bring side dishes or desserts. Cost is $3 for a bowl of chili. An informational meeting will also be held for any interested parents or 4-Hers. For more information, call the Extension office at 270-358-3401.

  • Farm Calendar - Jan. 14, 2015

     Fish and Wildlife meeting

    The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will conduct a public meeting 7 p.m. Jan. 15 at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park Convention Center in Gilbertsville to discuss fisheries issues affecting western Kentucky. Officials will also provide updates on Asian carp, habitat projects, catfish and paddlefish. 


    Kentucky Grain Farmers host commissioner of agriculture candidate forum

  • Quarles kicks off campaign for ag commissioner

     Ryan Quarles, a state representative serving Scott, Owen and Fayette counties, has announced his candidacy for agriculture commissioner on the Republican ticket.

    Quarles, 31, stopped by The LaRue County Herald News for a brief visit.

    Quarles, who grew up on a family farm in Scott County, is a ninth generation farmer. He is the son of Roger and Bonnie Quarles.

    He grew his own crops while still in high school to help pay for college. He graduated as both valedictorian and president of his class, and enrolled at the University of Kentucky.

  • Remember livestock's needs during cold weather

      During cold weather, livestock experience cold stress. Good management dictates these conditions be handled as well as possible. The three most important things livestock producers need to do to protect livestock from cold stresses are to provide sufficient water, ample high-quality feed and weather protection. 

    Livestock need water to aid digestion. Be sure livestock always have plenty of clean water in liquid form. Dirty water is a host for disease organisms and animals might not know how or be able to break through ice to reach water. 

  • Kiva Zip is a new resource for farmers

     As his vegetables wilted on a trailer last summer during one of his weekly 100-mile trips to Louisville, Hart County farmer Andre Barbour realized he needed a box truck to deliver his produce to low-income families.

    Now, thanks to a three-year, zero-interest $10,000 loan obtained through the crowd-funding website Kiva Zip, he is shopping for a used truck.