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Agriculture

  • 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.

  • Extension Council presents awards

    The LaRue County Extension Council presented leadership awards at its annual banquet Jan. 27.

    The LaRue County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, Ann Flanders and Dale Dobson were the recipients of the 2014 Bobby McDowell Award of Excellence in recognition of their leadership and community service in the county.

    Grassroots

    The LaRue County Farm Bureau was established in the early 1920s by county farm leaders. It provides insurance and other benefits to its more than 3,000 members.

  • 4-Hers prepare country ham

     Kentucky's 4-H country ham project teaches kids where food comes from and reinforces Kentucky's rich heritage of dry-cured hams, similar to age-old practices used to make Italy's prosciutto, Spain’s jamon iberico and Germany’s Black Forest.

  • LaRue's soybean farmers honored at conference

    LaRue County soybean farmers well represented at recent Kentucky Commodity Conference

    LaRue County’s agricultural roots run deep, and four local men were honored for their contributions to soybean farming at the recent Kentucky Commodity Conference in Bowling Green.

    Ryan Dale Bivens, of Hodgenville, was elected president of the Kentucky Soybean Association, the legislative and membership-driven arm of the state’s soybean growers.

  • Provide fresh water, high quality feed during cold weather

    With our cold weather, livestock are experiencing cold stress. Good management dictates these conditions be handled as well as possible. 

  • Coyote hunting has new regulations

    Coyotes, a non-native to Kentucky, have been a nuisance to landowners for decades. To help combat the abundance of these animals, the General Assembly passed new regulations regarding the hunting of coyotes at night.