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  • 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.

  • County Homemaker Scholarship

    A $400 scholarship is available to LaRue County residents graduating from high school this year who plan to earn a degree in Family & Consumer Sciences, Agriculture or related fields or an adult county resident returning to college, vocational or technical school for any field of study. Application forms are available from the Extension Service office at 358-3401 or on the office Web site ces.ca.uky.edu/larue/FamilyConsumerSciences. Applications are due to the Extension Service by March 12.

    Class of 1968 Memorial

  • FFA emblem fundraiser

    Southern States is supporting FFA by selling FFA emblems for $1 through March 14. After you buy an emblem, you can sign your name on it or the name of a child you care about. The emblems will be displayed in the store. Proceeds are split between the local FFA chapter, the state FFA association and the National FFA Foundation.

  • Cloverbuds

    The 4-H Cloverbuds will meet 3:15-4:30 p.m. March 11 at the Extension Service office. Cloverbud activities are for ages 5 to 8 or in kindergarten through third grade.

     

    Poultry Club

    The 4-H Poultry Club will meet 3:30-5 p.m. March 15 at the Extension Service office. New members are welcome to attend.

     

    Leadership project

  • On his last day in office, Jan. 20, 2001, former President Bill Clinton signed a piece of paper that finally put closure to a troubling time in the life of Hodgenville resident Woodie Handley.

    The paper was a presidential pardon, granting forgiveness to Handley for a crime he committed as a young man more than 40 years earlier. It was one of 140 pardons – many of them controversial – issued by Clinton his last day in office.

  • Middle Creek Baptist holds revival

    Middle Creek Baptist Church will have revival 7 p.m. March 12-14 with Bro. Billy Curle preaching.

    Faithful Citizenship Luncheon to be held in Bardstown

  • Our young people are the future leaders and decision makers of the nation. 4-H offers youth a prime opportunity to explore and engage in leadership roles. By participating in a leadership role in organizations like 4-H, young people have the opportunity to develop critical thinking, communication and life skills that will aid them in making crucial future decisions.

    Many leadership experiences are geared toward older youth, but younger youth also have the opportunity to become leaders early in their 4-H career.