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Agriculture

  • PHOTO: Big Mushroom

    Virgil Pickerell of Buffalo found this large brown mushroom – and six others similar in size – “beside the road where he cut down a big oak tree about 10 years ago.” Pickerell said the Extension Office advised against eating the ‘shroom raw.

  • Arboretum in Lexington plans month-long tree celebration

    The Arboretum, on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, is partnering with LG&E and KU Energy LLC to offer a month-long celebration called Party for the Planet 2012, with activities for all ages through the Arbor Day celebration, April 28.

  • PHOTO: Livestock Club attends Expo

     The 4-H Livestock Club was represented at the 30th Annual Extension Expo. They assisted with the petting zoo and sold wooden livestock cutouts to raise funds for their club. From left, Holden Madriaga, Jacob Gentry, Aaron Elswick, Kalli Flanders and Morgan Durham.

  • Wondering about the purple fields?

     The lavender fields of LaRue County are pretty to look at this time of year, but an aggravation to farmers.

  • Early blooms bring early bees

     Early spring and unseasonably warm weather have brought out blooms and bees.

  • USDA warns of fraudulent letters

    USDA officials learned late Friday afternoon that fraudulent letters are being sent by FAX to individuals and businesses in at least four states. The letters purportedly come from a USDA procurement officer and seek personal information. These letters are false and in no case should a recipient respond with personal and financial information.

  • USDA urges farmers to document losses

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last week announced comprehensive outreach efforts are underway to assess damage and assist rural Southern communities in the wake of recent deadly storms.
    The incident is now predicted to be the first billion-dollar disaster of 2012. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s current count of confirmed tornadoes from the March 2 outbreak stands at 42, with damage reported in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

  • Hinton’s, Lee’s added to farm market program

    LaRue County is home to two of the 106 markets accepted into the 2012 Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program. They are Hinton’s Orchard and Farm Market and Lee’s Garden Center.
    In joining the Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program, these markets have committed to offering quality products and service to their customers. Their acceptance by Farm Bureau tells customers that they meet the highest standards of quality, freshness and marketing appeal.

  • PHOTOS: Coffey Coyotes
  • Farm News updated 3-21-12

    Emergency loans
    available
    Farmers may be eligible for emergency loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency. This also applies to farmers who live in counties that are contiguous to counties included in the disaster declaration. Applications for physical and production losses will be received through Nov. 6. Contact the Hardin/LaRue FSA service center at 765-2702 or call the state FSA office at (859) 224-7601 to find out what aid you may be eligible for and what documentation will be required.