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Today's News

  • Many ties that bind a community make it strong

    The idea of community has been one that has long been of interest to me.

    One of the definitions I found was: “A group of interacting organisms sharing an environment. In human communities, intent, belief, resources, preferences, needs, risk and other conditions may be present, affecting the identity of the participants and their degree of cohesiveness.

  • Land named music professor of the year

    Dr. Reese Land, assistant professor of trumpet and music at Campbellsville University, recently received the award for College/University Professor of the Year from the Kentucky Music Educators Association in the fourth district.

    Land has worked at CU for three years now, and on top of being a trumpet instructor he also teaches courses in music appreciation and brass methodology.

  • Veterans Upward Bound has openings

    Veterans Upward Bound at Western Kentucky University has openings in its free veteran education program.

    Veterans who have better than a dishonorable discharge are welcome to join the program to attend these free classes.

    An application is required before attending. Prior participants do not have to reapply but should call to reactivate their membership. Contact (270) 745-5310 or veterans.upward.bound@wku.edu for more details.

    All Veterans Upward Bound classes are free and are designed to help veterans prepare to college or vocational/technical school.

  • Jolly replaces Ovesen with Pork Producers

    The Kentucky Pork Producers Association has appointed a new CEO to succeed Mike Ovesen, who died earlier this month.

    Bonnie Jolly, who served as secretary for 20 years, now heads the Elizabethtown-based group, which is a liaison between producers and government agencies.

    The 58-year-old Sonora woman said the KPPA will continue to make sure farmers’ voices are heard in all the right places, including Frankfort.

    One issue is that hog producers are under attack by some animal rights activists. Jolly said there is no advantage for them to abuse animals.

  • LaRue CAIP money ready

    LaRue County recently received approval of $130,000 to offer the County Agricultural Investment Program this year. This program combines all the old model programs previously offered by the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy into one grant program that is administered by one agency instead of several; in our case, the LaRue County Beef Cattle Association. The grant administrator is Dyan Puckett.

  • Ginseng growers urged to operate within the law

    Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer urges ginseng dealers and sellers to operate within the laws governing the sales of ginseng roots.

    “The ginseng trade can be both profitable and sustainable, but only if everyone follows the rules,” Commissioner Farmer said. “I encourage dealers to watch for roots that are not legal to sell. Harvesters should keep in mind that they may sell only to dealers that are licensed in the state.”

  • Agricultural Leadership Program accepting nominations

    The Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program is accepting nominations for its ninth class, which begins in January.

    The 18-month program focuses on fine-tuning the leadership skills of 20 active farmers or agribusiness professionals. It is funded by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, farm organizations, agribusinesses, alumni and program participants.

  • The hearty truth about triglycerides

    Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women in the United States. In fact, more women die every year from heart disease than all cancers combined, including breast cancer. How do triglycerides fit into this picture? Just like cholesterol, high triglycerides increase the risk of developing heart disease.

  • Farm calendar

    Beekeeping School to be held in Frankfort

  • Grimes, Ovesen family honored

    The LaRue County Extension Leadership Banquet was held in January. Bobby McDowell Awards of Excellence were presented to Linda Grimes and to the family of Mike Ovesen in his memory. 

    Ovesen, 63, was the longtime chief executive officer of the Kentucky Pork Producers Association.

    He was CEO of the Pork Producers from 1987 to 2009. He operated a family farm in Magnolia from 1972 until his death. Ovesen also served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, earning a Purple Heart.