• 4-H Calendar - Oct. 1, 2014

    Cotton candy booth

    LaRue County 4-H will have a cotton candy booth at Lincoln Days. Volunteers are needed. Call 270-358-3401 to sign up for a time.


    4-H Council

    The 4-H Council will meet 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Extension office. For more information about 4-H or the 4-H Council, call 270-358-3401.


    Record Books due

    4-H Record Books are due to the Extension office by Friday, Oct. 17.

  • PHOTO: Rooster Combs

    Lavada Hawks of Magnolia displays a bouquet of Rooster Combs in The LaRue County Herald News office. Hawks said she has been raising the silky flowers since 2010.

  • Seedlings available through Division of Forestry

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

  • Farm News - Sept. 24, 2014

    Fall Market Day
    The LaRue County Extension Service, 807 Old Elizabethtown Road, will host a fall market day 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 25. Vendors are being solicited to promote and sell their products to the public. There is no set up fee. Food will be available, and a wide variety of seasonal items are expected, along with fun and educational activities. For more information, of if you would like to participate, call 270-358-3401.   
    Disaster assistance for livestock producers

  • Brown, Cochran named to Southern States Board

     David Brown of Hodgenville and Bill Cochran of Rineyville were elected to the local board at the Southern States annual membership meeting of the Hardin Co-op.

    The meeting was held Sept. 24 in Elizabethtown with more than 73 stockholder-members and their families attending.

    Caleb Ragland of Magnolia was elected chairman/president of the board of directors. Paul Hayse was named vice chairman.

    Don Thomas, district manager, presented a report on major developments at the co-op.

  • COLUMN: Farm Safety Week this week

    National Farm Safety and Health Week is Sept. 21-27. The theme is “Safety Counts Protecting What Matters.”

    There are about 600 deaths and 70,000 disabling injuries due to agricultural accidents annually, and harvest is a prime time for accidents. Let’s look at some harvest safety tips for farmers.

    Long working hours can lead to fatigue and stress, making one less alert to potential safety hazards. Take some breaks when operating equipment for an extended period of time.

  • Pike wins state 4-H Forestry event

    Four LaRue County 4-H members attended the State 4-H Forestry competition at Mammoth Cave on Sept. 15.

    The day included training in the morning and testing in the afternoon. The areas covered were compass and pacing, tree measurements and tree identification. In the compass and pacing, the participants first walked a 66-foot line to determine the length of their pace. They then measured the number of paces for three different lines and determined the distance in feet. They were also required to do three compass readings. 

  • Conservation district accepting soil samples

    The LaRue County Conservation District is accepting Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share Applications on a continuous basis. The current ranking period ends Sept. 30. This continual sign-up is designed to make the program more landowner friendly and help address the needs of a landowner at any time during the year.

    As landowners plan conservation projects with the assistance of their local conservation district, they will be able to apply for financial assistance for those projects without having to wait for a designated sign up period.

  • 4-H enrollment happening now

    4-H enrollment is currently taking place for 2014-15. School club meetings are being held for 4th, 5th and 6th graders and at LaRue County High School. These students have the opportunity to sign up and participate in 4-H at school. However, 4-H is open to all youth ages 9 to 18. All current members must complete a new 4-H enrollment form each year in order to remain a member. 4-H Cloverbud activities are also available for 5-to-8 year olds.

  • Local small ruminant profit school

    A Small Ruminant Profit School for interested goat and sheep producers will be offered locally this fall and winter. The four-session class course is designed for beginning sheep and goat producers, but all producers are welcome.

    In the four classes, producers will learn about the basics of small ruminant production ranging from breeds, nutrition, genetics and selection, marketing trends and niche marketing, fencing, facilities, shelters and equipment, parasite management, foot care, health management, recordkeeping and reproduction.