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  • Landmark News Service

    As a little girl, Alicia Love wanted to be an artist; then she aspired to be a veterinarian.

    As a grown-up, Love combined the two pursuits. Now she’s an award-winning taxidermist.

    She took home some top honors from the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Grand National Taxidermy Contest and has won blue ribbons for previous work.

    Not many women enter the Wild Turkey Federation contest, Special Events Coordinator Karen Cavender said.

  • Donna Turner Lefevre of Magnolia recently earned an award for logging 250 hours in the American Quarter Horse Association Horseback Riding Program. The program recognizes and rewards AQHA members for time spent with the American Quarter Horses in activities such as trail rides, working cattle, pleasure driving and simply riding.

  • Donna Turner Lefevre of Magnolia recently earned an award for logging 250 hours in the American Quarter Horse Association Horseback Riding Program. The program recognizes and rewards AQHA members for time spent with the American Quarter Horses in activities such as trail rides, working cattle, pleasure driving and simply riding.

  • Donna Turner Lefevre of Magnolia recently earned an award for logging 250 hours in the American Quarter Horse Association Horseback Riding Program. The program recognizes and rewards AQHA members for time spent with the American Quarter Horses in activities such as trail rides, working cattle, pleasure driving and simply riding.

  • Dead animal pick-up assistance is available in LaRue County, the local Conservation District office announced.

    If you have a dead animal that needs to be removed from your property, call Griffin Industries at 1-800-452-3092 or DAR Inc. at 1-888-744-1186. After the work is completed, bring in your receipt from either company to the LaRue County Conservation District between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. A 75 percent reimbursement is available.

    This policy is retroactive and covers disposals going back to July 1, 2009.

     

  • It is time for producers and landowners to consider planning for the next growing season.

    Each fiscal year, the Natural Resources Conservation Service sets dates for program application ranking. Although dates may vary from one program to another, landowners may sign up at any time for all conservation programs.

    Anyone can apply for assistance whether or not they have a conservation plan, but the first step will be to develop a plan that meets the participant’s objectives. 

  • American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funds are available to LaRue County farmers on approved energy efficiency cost-share items, the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy said Monday.

    LaRue County is one of 49 counties that will not have held or completed a sign-up period for the County Agricultural Investment Program prior to Nov.15, 2009.

    Therefore, farmers in LaRue County may apply directly to the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy (GOAP) for these energy stimulus incentives.

  • The seed analysis tag is your guarantee of what you are paying for. Good knowledge of what that tag tells you can be a useful tool in receiving the best value for your money. Be especially aware of the seed variety, pure seed, germination and test date on an analysis tag.

    The Kentucky Seed Law requires a variety statement. Purchase seed that is labeled with a variety name. That can be an actual name or a designation that is a set of numbers and letters.

  • Cody Charles Phillip Sullivan of LaRue County High School’s FFA Chapter was named one of four national finalists in the Turf Grass Management - Entrepreneurship/Placement Proficiency award program in July. He competed to be named the national winner during the 82nd National FFA Convention, Oct. 21-24, in Indianapolis.

  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kentucky is accepting applications for the Wetlands Reserve Program. Upcoming application ranking cut-off dates are March 15, May 1, June 15 and July 31. 

    WRP applications are continually accepted and those applications received after the cut-off dates will be deferred until the next ranking cycle.

    The Wetlands Reserve Program is a voluntary program offering landowners the opportunity to protect, restore and enhance wetlands on their property.

  • Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kentucky is accepting applications for the Grassland Reserve Program. The application ranking cutoff dates for 2010 are March 15 and June 1.   

    The focus of GRP in Kentucky will emphasize preservation of native and naturalized grasslands and protection of grazing operations with excellent land management practices.

  • Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kentucky is accepting applications for the Grassland Reserve Program. The application ranking cutoff dates for 2010 are March 15 and June 1.   

    The focus of GRP in Kentucky will emphasize preservation of native and naturalized grasslands and protection of grazing operations with excellent land management practices.

  • Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kentucky is accepting applications for the Grassland Reserve Program. The application ranking cutoff dates for 2010 are March 15 and June 1.   

    The focus of GRP in Kentucky will emphasize preservation of native and naturalized grasslands and protection of grazing operations with excellent land management practices.

  • Call before burning

    The LaRue County Fire Department requests notification of controlled burns to avoid unnecessary runs. If you plan to burn wood or brush piles, call 358-3122 or 358-9876, Ext. 6, first.

    Blood drive training

    American Red Cross blood drive volunteer training will be 9 a.m. March 16 at the Red Cross office, 405 W. Dixie Ave., Elizabethtown. Volunteers must be at least 18. Call 765-4979 to register or for more information.

    Woman’s Club to meet

  • 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 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • Beekeeping School to be held in Frankfort

  • 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.