• 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.

  • Riggs wins Ky Agriculture Department essay contest

    Agriculture Commissioner James Comer saluted the winners of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s annual Poster and Essay Contest at the annual Kentucky Agriculture Day luncheon March 14 at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort.

  • Honeybee deaths linked to corn insecticides

     An ABC News report by Alexandra Ludka and republished in The Rural Blog links honeybee deaths to corn insecticides.

    What was killing all those honeybees in recent years?  New research shows a link between an increase in the death of bees and insecticides, specifically the chemicals used to coat corn seeds.

  • 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.

  • PHOTO: Shaws named Family of the Year by Angus Association

     The Shaw family, Hodgenville, received the Family of the Year award at the 2012 Kentucky Angus Association Annual Meeting and Banquet, March 2 in Louisville. Pictured front row from left are Chris and Cathy Shaw; Mark Warren, Kentucky Angus Association president; Jim Shaw; and Josh, Jacob, Jamie and Ellee Marksbury. Pictured back row from left are Jimmy and Holly Shaw. 

  • USDA offers assistance to storm victims

     Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last week announced comprehensive outreach efforts are underway to assess damage and assist rural Midwest and Southern communities in the wake of recent deadly storms.

    "These storms struck the very heart of rural America," said Vilsack. "USDA regional and local staff members are on the front lines, have worked each day since the storms hit, and for many it's personal: they live and work alongside the victims. I've directed our expertise and resources be put to the fullest possible use."

  • PHOTO: Marksbury named junior advisor to Angus Association

     Paula Boyd, Mayslick, left, and Jamie Marksbury, Buffalo, right, serve as junior advisors for the Kentucky Junior Angus Association and are pictured at the 2012 Kentucky Angus Association Annual Meeting and Banquet, March 2 in Louisville. 

  • PHOTO: Kentucky Junior Angus Association board of directors

  • PHOTO: Angus board of directors

  • Kentucky Cattleman’s Foundation accepting donations for areas hit by storms

    The Kentucky Cattlemen’s Foundation is accepting monetary donations to address the needs of cattlemen in rebuilding fences and facilities following the storms of last week.
    “Farmers across the state have been calling our office since the tornados hit wanting to know how they can help so we are working on a case-by-case basis to help farmers however we can,” said Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association Executive Vice President Dave Maples.