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  • A LaRue County couple is the winner of Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Outstanding Young Farm Family contest.

    Aaron and Ashley Reding of Howardstown won a Case IH Scout courtesy of KFB Insurance, $1,000 cash from Premier Crop Insurance, a $1,500 voucher from Pioneer Seed, a $500 voucher from Southern States Cooperative, a $600 voucher from Miles Seed, $500 from Dodge and a portable safe from Misty Morn Safe Company. They also get an expense-paid trip to compete in AFBF’s national young farmer finals next month in Washington.

  • Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer said Monday that he is saddened by the passing of Mike Ovesen, 63, the longtime chief executive officer of the Kentucky Pork Producers Association who died Sunday.

    “Mike was one of Kentucky agriculture’s most stalwart leaders and one of the state’s foremost advocates for unity and teamwork among the various farm groups. But more importantly, he was a good friend,” Farmer said. “Kentucky will miss his leadership. I extend my deepest sympathies to his wife, Kathy, and the rest of his family.”

  • Residents of Kentucky who join the Arbor Day Foundation in January will receive 10 free flowering trees just by becoming a member.

    The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation’s Trees for America campaign.

    For those who join the Foundation in January, they will receive two white flowering dogwoods, two flowering crabapples, two Washington hawthorns, two American redbuds and two golden raintrees.

  • ALL SCHOOLS

    Jan. 18 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no school

    ALES

    Jan. 19 – Curriculum & Instruction Committee 6 pm.

    Jan. 19 – PTO 6:30 p.m.

    Jan. 20 – 4-H, 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.

    LCHS

    Site based council to meet

    The LaRue County High School site-based council will meet 4:30 p.m. today in the conference room.

    LCMS

    Jan. 14 – Boys basketball vs. Adair, 6 p.m.

    Jan. 16 – Speech and Debate Tournament at LCMS

  • Building a fence to keep animals out of your garden is not something to be taken lightly, but it may be the only way to put an end to the feasting of marauding critters. One groundhog can make your broccoli patch disappear overnight. One deer can cut your perennials down to nubs in the same amount of time. A neighborhood cat can turn your garden into a litter box.

  • Backed by a nearly $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Kentucky Cooperative Extension will offer a comprehensive training program for beginning farmers and those who are thinking about taking up farming.

    The Kentucky’s whole farm management education program, A Common Field, is a two-year course offered in 20 areas of the state. It will include face-to-face educational meetings at county extension offices, on-farm demonstrations and, in the second year, a mentor program that will connect beginning farmers with experienced producers.

  • January brings several farm-related state annual meetings and state programs important to LaRue County and Kentucky farmers.  

    The annual Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Trade Show will be held in Lexington at the Embassy Suites Hotel Jan. 4 and 5. The event features the 154th annual meeting of the Kentucky State Horticulture Society, the 39th Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Vegetable Grower’s Association, and the first meeting of the Organic Association of Kentucky.

  • The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, approved changes to the County Agricultural Investment Program, during its monthly board meeting Dec. 18 in Lexington.

    CAIP was adopted in 2009 and was designed to provide farmers with incentives to encourage investments that improve current production practices and assist in diversifying farming operations.

    The most significant changes are related to fertilizer, labor, transport equipment and the annual producer maximum.  

  • Watch Night at Freedom Way

    Freedom Way Church in Cecilia will have its watch night service at 8 p.m. Thursday. Various singing groups will be followed by a sermon by the Rev. Ronnie McCowan. Dinner will follow at 10 p.m. with host pastor, the Rev. Billy Curle.

  • Goodwill donations benefit county

    When you donate textiles to the Goodwill stores in Elizabethtown, Radcliff, Campbellsville or Bardstown, local Family Resource Centers and Youth Service Center will receive 11.5 cents per pound of the donation. You must inform the store that the donation is being made to benefit LaRue County schools. For more information about the program, contact Hodgenville Family Resource Center Director Melissa Pearman at 358-3506.

    ECTC registration

  • Mac Stone, a longtime educator and sustainable agriculture leader in Ken­tucky, will be executive director of the Kentucky Depart­­ment of Agri­culture’s marketing office effective March 1.

    Stone will replace Michael Judge, who will resign effective Feb. 29 after four years with the department. Stone currently is director of the KDA’s Division of Value-Added Plant Production.

    Stone joined the department in October 2004 after 19 years as manager of the Research and Demonstration Farm at Kentucky State University,

  • Hodgenville Post Office announces holiday hours

    The Hodgenville Post Office service window will close at noon Dec. 31. Customers may pick up packages at the back dock until 4:30 p.m. that day. Collection times remain at 5 p.m. both dates. There is a doorbell by the rear cargo doors.

    LaRue County Reads volunteer session

  • Hodgenville Post Office announces holiday hours

    The Hodgenville Post Office service window will close at noon Dec. 31. Customers may pick up packages at the back dock until 4:30 p.m. that day. Collection times remain at 5 p.m. both dates. There is a doorbell by the rear cargo doors.

    LaRue County Reads volunteer session

  • Hodgenville Post Office announces holiday hours

    The Hodgenville Post Office service window will close at noon Dec. 31. Customers may pick up packages at the back dock until 4:30 p.m. that day. Collection times remain at 5 p.m. both dates. There is a doorbell by the rear cargo doors.

    LaRue County Reads volunteer session

  • The Kentucky Depart­ment for Public Health encourages Kentuckians to call a new toll-free hotline with their questions related to 2009 H1N1 influenza (swine flu) and seasonal flu for the latest news and information about flu.

    The toll-free hotline number is 1(877)843-7727 and it will operate from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.

    Information on the H1N1 virus  also is available by visiting the redesigned Health Alerts Web site at healthalerts.ky.gov.

  • U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell announced earlier this month that both chambers of Congress approved his request of $8.57 million for agriculture research and development projects at several of Kentucky’s universities. The funding is included in the FY 2010 Agriculture Appropriations conference report, which awaits the president’s signature.

    “With this funding, students, faculty, and farmers from across the Commonwealth of Kentucky can continue to make strides in agricultural innovation and research,” McConnell said.

  • Severe soil compaction can reduce yields, especially in corn-soybean rotations.

    To maximize profits, grain producers must identify fields where soil compaction limits production and carry out appropriate remedies only in those fields. Since compaction usually is not uniform in a field, it is necessary to assess several areas within each field to determine the extent and severity of the problem.