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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.

  • Nine-banded armadillo found in Kentucky

    The nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus) has been expanding its range in the U.S. since the mid-1800s, steadily moving north and eastward.

    Armadillos first appeared in western Kentucky more than 20 years ago.

    "I recall the first report was a road kill in Aurora," said Steve Bloemer, wildlife program manager at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

    Bloemer has worked as a biologist since 1982 on this area, bordered by Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. Aurora lies at the western entrance to LBL on U.S. 68 in Marshall County.

  • Sheep and Goat Development Office funded

     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.