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Agriculture

  • Sheep and Goat office awarded $40,000 grant

    The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, approved the Kentucky Sheep and Goat Development Office for $40,000 in state Agricultural Development Funds to continue the services provided by the office to sheep and goat producers.
    These funds will help continue the organization’s marketing and education efforts through their multi-state publication HoofPrint Magazine, which spotlights Kentucky producers, members, extension and Department of Agriculture specialists. This project also includes three part-time staff positions for the office.

  • Cold weather may bring in Kudzu bug

    As the weather grows colder, many insects will enter people’s homes in search of warmth and shelter. A new pest that could enter homes this winter is the kudzu bug, said Doug Johnson, extension entomologist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

  • Emerald ash borer found in Hardin County

    The emerald ash borer has been found in six new Kentucky counties as a result of the 2011 trapping survey conducted by the Kentucky Office of the State Entomologist.
    The borer, an invasive insect pest of ash trees, is now found in Anderson, Boyle, Bracken, Garrard, Hardin and Scott counties. The borer was already known to exist in Boone, Kenton, Campbell, Fayette, Jessamine, Franklin, Henry, Owen, Shelby, Woodford, Boyd, Greenup, Jefferson and Oldham counties.

  • Fall brood cows need quality hay

    Some beef producers think brood cows don’t need high quality hay going into winter because cows’ nutritional needs are lower if they are not in late gestation or have a calf at their side. However, winter feeding costs constitute up to half the expenses of keeping brood cows. 

  • Sandhill crane season opens Saturday

    Kentucky’s sandhill crane hunting season, which opens Dec. 17, will be the first modern-day opportunity in the state to hunt these migratory birds.
    A total of 332 hunters, 96 percent of whom are Kentucky residents, were selected by lottery drawing to participate in this inaugural season.
    Hunters are busy making last-minute preparations, deciding where to hunt, assembling decoys, building blinds and getting other gear ready.

  • FFA members can apply for Monty’s Plant Food Company Scholarships

    Monty’s Plant Food Company, a Louisville, Kentucky-based manufacturer of plant and soil enhancement products for the agriculture, horticulture, lawn and garden and turf industries, is now accepting applications for four, $1,000 college scholarships. The awards will be made in conjunction with the National FFA Organization to high school seniors who are members of FFA.

  • 4-H Calendar updated 1213

    4-H candy sale
    The 4-H Candy Sale fundraiser will run through Dec. 14.  Members are encouraged to participate in the sale which serves as the main fundraiser for 4-H.  Members are selling candy bars for $1 each.  Prizes are available for sellers, depending on the number of cases sold.  For more information, contact 4-H Agent Misty Wilmoth at 358-3401.
     
    Pizza sale orders due Dec. 14

  • Farm News updated 1213

    Pork Producers meet
    The LaRue County Pork Association will meet 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at the LaRue County Extension Office in Hodgenville. A meal will be served. All interested individuals are invited to attend.

    Dead animal pickup
    For dead animal pickup, call Bluegrass Recycling at 1-888-744-1186. The cost is $87.50 and the LaRue County Conservation District will reimburse the landowner 75 percent of the cost with receipt. For more information, call the Conservation District office at 358-3132.

  • Be an effective farm manager by motivating, delegating

    Challenges occur on a regular basis for farm and agribusiness managers as they operate their agricultural related business. Effective managers utilize their knowledge and skills to alleviate or eliminate the effects of these challenges. While top managers possess several positive traits, good leadership and record-keeping skills are vital to their successful operations.

  • PHOTO: 4-H members complete Record Books

    4-H members were recognized for completing 4-H Record Books. From left,Michaela Rock, Alexis Grimes, Aaron Elswick, Tara Warren, Katelynn Carnes, Leslie Pike, Ashlen Grubbs, Katie Gardner, Carey Coffey and Nathan Atwell.