• 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.

  • PHOTO: Piggy Bank Contest winners
  • Managing the calving season this year

    Providing sound management during the calving season can mean more live calves and more profit. Some reminders on specific things a producer can do to limit calf loss include:
    Separate first-calf heifers from mature cows. Calving difficulty can run as high as 30 to 40 percent for 2-year-old heifers compared to just 3 percent for mature cows. Place them in a small, accessible pasture near a corral where assistance can be given if needed.

  • Beef Cattle Association offers two scholarships

     LaRue County Beef Cattle Association is offering two $1,000 college scholarships to graduating seniors. Applications are available at the LaRue County High school guidance counselor’s office and the LaRue County Extension Office.  Applications must be returned to the Extension Office by close of business on April 27.

  • Warm weather tempts early planting

     LaRue County High School agriculture students have started working in the school’s greenhouse – preparing growing trays, checking new sprouts and assembling hanging baskets. By May, the plants, given a good head start inside the greenhouse, will be ready for sale.

  • EQIP applications to be accepted through Feb. 29

    The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service is encouraging landowners, farmers and producers to visit their local NRCS office now to receive more information and apply for conservation technical assistance and possible financial assistance opportunities.