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Agriculture

  • Corn variety plots results announced

    The LaRue County Extension Service annually conducts a corn variety test plot in cooperation with a local farmer and participating grain dealers. The cooperator this year was Kevin McCubbin.
    Seed companies supply seed, assist at planting and harvest and sponsor a field day. Farmers use the yield information along with other plot data and information to help decide which varieties to grow next year.

  • COLUMN: Late season care for your garden

    As the summer garden season nears an end, don’t let your guard down.  Keeping up with a few basic chores can improve your landscape’s beauty and reduce your workload next season.

    Continue weeding. Removing weeds now before they go to seed will eliminate hundreds of weeds next season. Destroy invasive weeds, those that have gone to seed and perennials that may root in the compost pile. And mulch the soil if you haven’t already done so.

  • Conservation District improves farmland

    The Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share Program has been helping farmers since its creation in 1994 when the General Assembly allocated funds to the Division of Conservation for a statewide conservation program for farmers and landowners. This program assists farmers and landowners as they implement best management practices to protect the soil and water resources on their property.

  • PHOTO: Seven-pound largemouth bass
  • PHOTO: Melton harvests first deer
  • PHOTO: Skaggs harvests buck
  • Landowners, farmers, producers encouraged to apply for assistance through NRCS

    The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kentucky is encouraging landowners, farmers and producers to visit the local Conservation Service office to receive information and apply for conservation technical assistance and possible funding opportunities.
    The application process is continuous, but funding selections are made at specific times throughout the year. The Kentucky NRCS application ranking cutoff date for consideration for 2012 funds is Nov. 15.

  • Meredith visits LaRue Cattlemen’s Association

    The LaRue County Cattlemen’s Association hosted Kentucky’s 19th House District Representative Michael Lee Meredith Oct. 11. Meredith’s district comprises Edmonson, Hart and LaRue Counties.  
    Meredith updated the Association on recent activities in Frankfort.  Various issues that were discussed were the fuel conversion experiments, animal and disease traceability, tobacco moisture density issues and state budget issues.  

  • Farm News: Updated 10-18

    Making Money Growing Food
    The program “Making Money Growing Food” will begin at 9 a.m. Oct. 20 at the Saint Catherine Mother House in Springfield. Registration is at 8:15 a.m. Sessions include large volume sales, livestock distribution projects, specialty products, public school food service, the wine market and regulations. No charge to attend but pre-registration is required at http://www.planetreg.com/E827193846217 or call Dennis Morgeson at 1-859-336-7741.

    Kentucky Beef Conference

  • AgrAbility program provides assistance to farmers with disabilities

    Kentucky AgrAbility helps farmers with disabilities find ways to continue farming by providing education and assistance so they can cope with or accommodate a disability.
    The program provides technical assistance through direct help to agricultural families with assistive technology, worksite modification and independent living modifications.
    AgrAbility is also the major information resource for farming with a disability and reaches out through direct personal contact; mail and Internet delivery; and public education and outreach.