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Agriculture

  • Farm News updated 03-07-12

    Goat and Sheep Producers meet
    LaRue County Goat and Sheep Producers will meet 6:30 p.m. March 8 at the LaRue County Extension Office. The program will be a video on kidding and kid care.  
    Dr. Ken Andries, on the video, will discuss improving kid and lamb survival rates and how to deal with difficult births. A meal is planned.

    Horse College
    registration

  • 4-H Calendar updated 03-07-12

    Cloverbuds meet
    The 4-H Cloverbuds will meet 3:30-4:45 p.m. March 7 at the Extension Office. Cloverbuds is open to ages 5 to 8 or kindergarten through 3rd grades. For more information, contact the Extension Office at 358-3401.
    Livestock Club
    The 4-H Livestock Club will meet 6 p.m. March 12 at the Extension Office.
     
    Poultry Club
    The 4-H Poultry Club will meet 3:30 p.m. March 14 at the Extension Office.

     Shooting Sports

  • USDA encouraging use of Minority Farm Register as an outreach tool

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) invites minority farmers in Hardin and LaRue Counties and across the nation to voluntarily join the USDA Minority Farm Register to receive information and opportunities from USDA agencies.

  • Deadlines approaching fast for the 4-H Talent Show and Poster Contest

    The 4-H Talent Show will be held 6:30 p.m. March 30 at the LaRue County High School auditorium. Pre-register by March 26 by calling the Extension Office at 358-3401 or stop by to pick up a registration form.  
    The talent show is open to all LaRue County youth ages 9 to 18. A variety of categories are offered including vocal, instrumental, physical skills and theatrical. A group act category is also offered for acts with five or more participants. Other acts may have from one to four participants.

  • Practice safety on the farm with children; livestock can pose a danger

    It is important to remember livestock can be dangerous. Injuries from livestock-related accidents are a major source of farm-related injuries to children.
    The National Safety Council reports 17 percent of all farm injuries involve animals. It is important to think about how those injuries could be prevented, and make changes to prevent additional accidents.

  • Reding spreads word about ag through Commonground

    True or false: Foods produced through traditional and organic methods are nutritionally equivalent?
    According to Howardstown farm wife and CommonGround spokesperson Ashley Reding, the answer is “True.”
     “From high fructose corn syrup to ‘corporate’ farms to free range chickens to antibiotics and hormones, there are a number of misconceptions surrounding modern agriculture,” said Reding, who with her husband and his parents, operate Homestead Family Farms.

  • March 8 is National Agriculture Day

    Featured in this month’s edition of Progressive Farmer as one of America’s Best Young Farmers for 2012, LaRue County couple Ryan and Misty Bivens exemplify the growing trend in modern farming – leasing hundreds of acres in order to produce enough crops to offset today’s high production costs.
    “Farming is a business, and farmers today are following the Walmart philosophy of larger franchises that allow one-stop shopping,” Ryan Bivens said from his farm office off Highway 84 about three miles west of Hodgenville.

  • Lawmakers consider industrial hemp

    Two bills in state legislation for the legalization of industrial hemp could offer a transition crop for farmers in Nelson County.  Central Kentucky was the largest producer of hemp during World War II for rope production, but state officials say it isn’t legislation but law enforcement that will decide hemp’s future in the state or Nelson County.

     Hemp has been looked at as alternative energy source in the past, according to Nelson County Extension Agent, Ron Bowman.

  • PHOTO: Greening up
  • Farm News updated 2-28-12

    Buy an emblem, support FFA
    Southern States is supporting the National FFA Organization by selling FFA emblems for $1 through March 18. Proceeds are split between the local FFA chapter, the state FFA association and the National FFA Foundation.

    Conservation Reserve Program