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Agriculture

  • 4-H Calendar updated 3-14-12

    Poultry Club
    The 4-H Poultry Club will meet 3:30 p.m. March 14 at the Extension Office.
     
    Shooting Sports Club to meet in New Haven
    The 4-H Shooting Sports Club will meet 6:30 p.m. March 15 at the New Haven Gun Club.
     
    Rabbit Club
    The 4-H Rabbit Club will meet 3:30-4:30 p.m. March 15 at the LaRue County Extension Office.

    Expo, 4-H Camp
    giveaway

  • Annual Extension Expo this Saturday

    4-H will be well represented this Saturday at the annual Extension Expo held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the high school gym. The 4-H Council is doing a drawing for a free trip to 4-H Camp, valued at $165. Purchase a candy bar for $1 in order to enter your name in the drawing. The drawing will take place at the conclusion of the Expo. Members need not be present during the drawing to be eligible for the prize.

  • Five keys for high-yielding corn this year

    There are five keys to high corn yields: Good genetics; maximize days suitable for growing; achieve 90 to 95 percent light interception at or close to silking;  adequate nutrients to complete plant growth and seed fill; and adequate water and air to complete plant growth and seed fill. By optimizing each of these five keys, the odds for producing high corn yields are much improved.

  • Farm News updated 03-07-12

    Goat and Sheep Producers meet
    LaRue County Goat and Sheep Producers will meet 6:30 p.m. March 8 at the LaRue County Extension Office. The program will be a video on kidding and kid care.  
    Dr. Ken Andries, on the video, will discuss improving kid and lamb survival rates and how to deal with difficult births. A meal is planned.

    Horse College
    registration

  • 4-H Calendar updated 03-07-12

    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.
    Livestock Club
    The 4-H Livestock Club will meet 6 p.m. March 12 at the Extension Office.
     
    Poultry Club
    The 4-H Poultry Club will meet 3:30 p.m. March 14 at the Extension Office.

     Shooting Sports

  • USDA encouraging use of Minority Farm Register as an outreach tool

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) invites minority farmers in Hardin and LaRue Counties and across the nation to voluntarily join the USDA Minority Farm Register to receive information and opportunities from USDA agencies.

  • Deadlines approaching fast for the 4-H Talent Show and Poster Contest

    The 4-H Talent Show will be held 6:30 p.m. March 30 at the LaRue County High School auditorium. Pre-register by March 26 by calling the Extension Office at 358-3401 or stop by to pick up a registration form.  
    The talent show is open to all LaRue County youth ages 9 to 18. A variety of categories are offered including vocal, instrumental, physical skills and theatrical. A group act category is also offered for acts with five or more participants. Other acts may have from one to four participants.

  • Practice safety on the farm with children; livestock can pose a danger

    It is important to remember livestock can be dangerous. Injuries from livestock-related accidents are a major source of farm-related injuries to children.
    The National Safety Council reports 17 percent of all farm injuries involve animals. It is important to think about how those injuries could be prevented, and make changes to prevent additional accidents.

  • Reding spreads word about ag through Commonground

    True or false: Foods produced through traditional and organic methods are nutritionally equivalent?
    According to Howardstown farm wife and CommonGround spokesperson Ashley Reding, the answer is “True.”
     “From high fructose corn syrup to ‘corporate’ farms to free range chickens to antibiotics and hormones, there are a number of misconceptions surrounding modern agriculture,” said Reding, who with her husband and his parents, operate Homestead Family Farms.

  • March 8 is National Agriculture Day

    Featured in this month’s edition of Progressive Farmer as one of America’s Best Young Farmers for 2012, LaRue County couple Ryan and Misty Bivens exemplify the growing trend in modern farming – leasing hundreds of acres in order to produce enough crops to offset today’s high production costs.
    “Farming is a business, and farmers today are following the Walmart philosophy of larger franchises that allow one-stop shopping,” Ryan Bivens said from his farm office off Highway 84 about three miles west of Hodgenville.