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Agriculture

  • Deadline is Friday to sign up for 4-H Country Ham Project

    The 4-H Country Ham project in LaRue County will soon be starting its second year. It is time for youth and adults to sign up to participate.

    The 4-H Country Ham project has grown in the state of Kentucky, with almost 800 participants statewide last year. The project began in LaRue County with five youth traveling to Meade County to cure their hams in 2014. This project is open to anyone in LaRue County, youth and adults.

  • Beef Producers approve $1 referendum

    Kentucky beef cattle producers voted to assess themselves an additional $1 per head on cattle marketed in Kentucky in a statewide referendum held in November.

    The final tally was 1,816 in favor of the state check off and 1,423 against. The assessment will take effect April 1, 2015.

    In LaRue County, 45 people voted in favor of the check off while 24 people voted no. There are 213 members of LaRue County Cattleman’s Association, but anyone who is involved in the production of beef cattle was eligible to vote in their county of residence.

  • Cows like it when you cover their hay

    Hay stored outside before feeding suffers substantial losses of both yield and forage quality. Weathering losses in round hay bales are deceptively large. In fact, just a four-inch layer on the surface can contain up to one-third of the entire bale volume. A weather damaged 1,200-pound bale of hay would therefore actually provide only 800 pounds of feed.

    Weathered hay is much less palatable to livestock than undamaged hay. If livestock don’t like it, they won’t eat as much. If they eat less, they are in a worse nutritional state.

  • LaRue Farm Bureau honored

    LaRue County Farm Bureau was honored as one of the five winners in the 2014 Kentucky Farm Bureau County Activities of Excellence program. All five recipients of the award were recognized during the Dec. 4 general session of KFB’s annual meeting in Louisville.

  • Endangered whooping cranes spotted in Kentucky

     Wildlife biologists have confirmed the presence of five federally protected whooping cranes in Hopkins County and sixth in Barren County. In addition to these confirmed reports, whooping cranes have been seen in more than a dozen counties across Kentucky in the last two weeks.

    Biologists with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources caution hunters to be vigilant for the possibility of whooping cranes being present in areas being hunted.

  • Bucket brigade saves farm equipment, truck

    A LaRue County farmer lost two rolls of hay to fire recently.

    Wayne Graham was transporting the hay on a wagon – pulled by a pickup truck – on Ky. 84. The wheel came off the hay wagon, according to LaRue County Fire Chief Jason Sadler.

    Graham attempted to pull the truck off the roadway. Sparks “from the wheel falling off set a couple of rolls of hay on fire,” said Sadler.

  • PHOTO: Chugging along
  • Outdoors Woman program celebrates 20th anniversary

    Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the acclaimed Becoming an Outdoors Woman program in Kentucky.

    A series of special events in 2015 will commemorate this milestone, beginning with a Beyond BOW workshop scheduled for Jan. 16-18 at Kenlake State Resort Park. The workshop is open to women ages 18 and over.

    “I hope women interested in wildlife-related activities in Kentucky will join us for this special event, and come celebrate the BOW Program’s 20th year at the workshops planned for 2015,” said Beth Spivey-Minch, BOW volunteer coordinator.

  • Requiem for a Ford Ranger

    Since early 1993 my transportation as I visited farms around LaRue County has been a Ford Ranger pickup. It was brand new when I drove it off the dealer’s lot in February 1993.

    The truck was bright (UK like) blue, my favorite color. Zero miles, stick shift, AM/FM radio with cassette player and air conditioning.

    Now almost 22 years later, it has 239,144 (mostly LaRue County) miles. It has experienced a lot over that period of time, as I have.

  • FFA goes to nationals

    LaRue County FFA continues to grow, as the program has now seen three students take home victories at the National Convention.

    Lane Meredith, a prospective engineer who won a trip to Costa Rica for his work in the proficiency contest, is one of the students, along with Lindsey Shelton and Christine Shive. Shelton and Shive took home 11th in the nation for their agriscience project, making them the first LaRue County students to ever place nationally in this category.