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Agriculture

  • PHOTO: Shooting Sports officers

     

    The 4-H Shooting Sports Club elected officers in February. Officers are from left, Hunter Thomas, photographer; Cameron Wimsett, treasurer; Braley Dupin, secretary; Mason Lane, vice president and Nichole Thomas, president.

  • 4-H Calendar - Feb. 12, 2014

    Cloverbuds

    The 4-H Poultry Club will meet 3:30-5 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Extension office.

     

    Cooking Club

    The 4-H Rabbit Club will meet 3:30-5 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Extension office.

     

    Parent’s Night Out

    The 4-H Rabbit Club will host a Parent’s Night Out 6-10 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Extension office. Space is limited. Call 270-358-3401 to register. Cost is $15 for one child and $8 for each additional sibling.

     

  • THE RURAL BLOG: Men charged with stealing seed

     One of six Chinese nationals accused of traveling across the Midwest to steal trade secrets from U.S. seed manufacturers entered not-guilty pleas Monday in federal court in Des Moines, and a trial date was set for March 31, David Pitt reports for The Associated Press. Four of the other five are in China, which doesn't share an extradition agreement with the United States, and the fifth is in Canada. U.S. Attorney Nicholas Klinefeldt told Pitt that "all avenues are being considered to find and arrest" him.

  • Ashley Hornback joins Angus Association

     Ashley Hornback, Magnolia, is a new junior member of the American Angus Association.

    Junior members of the Association are eligible to register cattle in the American Angus Association, participate in programs conducted by the National Junior Angus Association and take part in Association-sponsored shows and other national and regional events.

    The American Angus Association is the largest beef breed association in the world, with over 24,000 active adult and junior members.

  • Bald eagles spotted

     Kenny and Kathy Bishop spotted two bald eagles in a cornfield off McCubbins Road.

  • COLUMN: Pasture renovation pays

    Renovating pastures and hay fields to renew grass productivity is one of the most important things LaRue County farmers can do to improve their pasture and hay fields. Pastures and other forages feed the county’s 24,000 head of cattle and calves in addition to the other ruminant livestock and horses. It will soon be time to renovate this year.

    Pasture renovation (seeding legumes, usually clover, into an established grass stand) is a win-win situation because it decreases production costs and increases animal performance, which should result in increased income.

  • Division of Forestry is collecting seeds

    Have you ever heard the expression, “from one small seed, a mighty tree can grow?” It means that things of lasting value often start small, even though the final results may not be seen for years.

  • New bee virus is mutating

    A new, rapidly mutating virus that leaps from plants to honeybees is threatening agriculture that relies on the bees to pollinate about 90 crops worldwide and generates $14 billion a year, according to a Department of Agriculture study published in the journal mBio. It could be another cause of colony collapse disorder, in which whole hives of bees die.

  • 4-H Calendar - Feb. 5, 2014

    Cloverbuds

    The 4-H Cloverbuds will meet 3:30-4:45 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Extension office.

     

    Rabbit Club

    The 4-H Rabbit Club will meet 6 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Extension office.

     

    Shooting Sports

    The 4-H Shooting Sports Club will host their annual chili supper and silent auction fundraiser 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Extension office. Contact the Extension office at 270-358-3401 for more information.

  • PHOTO: Cattlemen attend convention

    Kelly Flanders, center, president of the LaRue County Cattlemen's Association, accepted awards for LaRue County (Division 2) largest percentage membership increase for 2013, and Division 2 largest numerical membership increase 2013, during the Jan. 16-17 Kentucky Cattlemen's Convention in Lexington.