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Agriculture

  • 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

  • Pest Management School to be held March 7

    What has been a considerably mild winter thus far has many producers wondering if and how the warmer temperatures will affect diseases and insect pests in their fields in the upcoming growing season. The University of Kentucky’s Integrated Pest Management School can help producers get a jumpstart on their 2012 management strategies.
    The school is March 7 at the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton.

  • 4-H Calendar updated 2-28-12

    Wranglers meet
    The LaRue County 4-H Wranglers Horse Club will meet 7 p.m. March 6 at the Extension Office.  
     
    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.

  • Natural disaster protection applications are due March 1 and 15, based on crop

    The deadlines to file an application for natural disaster protection under the Noninsured Assistance Program are March 1 and March 15.
    The crops for the March 1 deadline are: alfalfa, clover, grass, mixed grass intended for grazing, hay, or seed and TEFF.

  • Workshop focuses on specialty forest products

    Properly managing woodlands can yield more than just timber products. Under a well-managed forest canopy, an abundance of specialty forest crops and products are achievable. To help woodland owners and natural resources professionals discover alternative income sources, the University of Kentucky Department of Forestry and Cooperative Extension Service, along with Rural Action Inc., are hosting a one-day workshop on March 9.