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  • Producer applications for the LaRue County Goat and Sheep Association’s Goat and Sheep Diversification Program will be accepted Jan. 5-30. Approved applicants must submit receipts for reimbursement of qualified expenses before Jan. 30. The program’s grant funds are a portion of the Phase 1 Tobacco Program. Applications and further information including guidelines and restrictions may be obtained by contacting program administrators Sherman and Renee Thomason at 358-0187, Gil Myers at 324-4366 or the LaRue County Extension Service office at 358-3401. 

  • A Scottsville couple have been named winner of Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual Outstanding Young Farm Family contest.

    Bart and Sarah Jones received the first-place award last week at Farm Bureau’s annual meeting at the Galt House Hotel.

  • Twenty-eight farmers from the Hardin and LaRue County area met with Farm Market Analyst Jason Moss to review and discuss the new farm environment and how producers will need to compete in the 21st century.

    Moss – part of the nationally known Brock Report Team – delivered the message that the U.S. farm economy has undergone profound changes over the last few months with rising commodity prices, roller coaster economics and adjustments in hedging and margins, bringing a whole new set of risks to farming.

  • Twenty-eight farmers from the Hardin and LaRue County area met with Farm Market Analyst Jason Moss to review and discuss the new farm environment and how producers will need to compete in the 21st century.

    Moss – part of the nationally known Brock Report Team – delivered the message that the U.S. farm economy has undergone profound changes over the last few months with rising commodity prices, roller coaster economics and adjustments in hedging and margins, bringing a whole new set of risks to farming.

  • Twenty-eight farmers from the Hardin and LaRue County area met with Farm Market Analyst Jason Moss to review and discuss the new farm environment and how producers will need to compete in the 21st century.

    Moss – part of the nationally known Brock Report Team – delivered the message that the U.S. farm economy has undergone profound changes over the last few months with rising commodity prices, roller coaster economics and adjustments in hedging and margins, bringing a whole new set of risks to farming.

  • Dwayne Whitlock retired last week from a job he truly enjoyed. For 34 years, he worked as a district forest ranger for the Kentucky Division of Forestry.

    He plans to “just kick back and take it easy for awhile,” but it’s obvious he can’t get the forestry service out of his blood. After all, he lives on a tree farm (although it is no longer on the state’s tree farm registry) and was once willing to dress up as Smokey Bear in a parade to promote the care of woodlands.

  • LaRue County Reads

    With an investment of as little as 30 minutes a week, you can help children improve their reading skills in the LaRue County Reads program. The next volunteer tutor training will be 10 a.m. Jan. 29 at the Board of Education central office. For more information or for a different training date and time, call Sarah Hornback at the LaRue County Board of Education at 358-8334 or e-mail sarah.hornback@larue.kyschools.us.

    Relay for Life meetings

  • Early winter is an optimum time to prepare spring-calving herds for reproductive success. Adequate nutrition from about 50 to 80 days prior to calving is critical to maximizing a cow’s ability to rebreed and maintain a 365-day calving interval. If a cow gets inadequate nutrition or is thin at calving and breeding, she will take longer to come into heat and will require more services to conceive.

  • Fundraiser for childhood cancer

    Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a project to raise funds for childhood cancer, will be set up at Hodgenville Elementary School 3-5 p.m. Jan. 31. The event is hosted by Elyssa Hawkins on her eighth birthday. Birthday gifts will take the form of donations to ALS. Dinky Gowen is also expected to perform a magic show at 4 p.m. For more information, contact Bill Hawkins at billandbecky@windstream.net.

  • In 1935, Washington County residents gathered at Lincoln Homestead State Park to celebrate the wedding anniversary of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks.

    They also gathered to celebrate the legacy of Hanks by dedicating a memorial to her just a few feet from the cabin where she grew up.

  • The 4-H Photography Club will begin a new photo contest this month.

  • On Feb. 10, 2007, Illinois senator and former civil rights lawyer Barack Obama declared his candidacy for the U.S. presidency.

    How fitting that Obama – now the first black president-elect –  made the announcement while standing in front of the same building Abraham Lincoln made his famous “House Divided” speech against slavery 150 years ago.

    Like Lincoln, Obama asked his country for unity.

  • Hosparus tea tickets available now

    Hosparus – Hospice of Central Kentucky will host a tea and auction, “World UniTea,” 2-4 p.m. Jan. 31 at Pritchard Community Center, 404 S. Mulberry St., Elizabethtown. Tickets are $25. No reservations will be accepted without payment. For more information, call Lisa Sanford at 737-6300 or 1-800-686-9577. Tickets may be purchased at Hosparus’ Elizabethtown office at 105 Diecks Drive. Tea proceeds benefit Hospice of Central Kentucky patients and families.

    Fundraiser for childhood cancer

  • Anyone who passes by the yellow frame house across from the LaRue County Courthouse in Hodgenville will immediately notice two unusual things: lighted candles in each of the windows, and painted rocks, small, big, yellow, green, solid colors, mixed colors, polka dots – encircling the house’s foundation.

    “Those rocks and candles are a statement of our faith,” said Geri Stanley, whose daughter Jessi, has painted almost all of them. “The lights will remain on and the rocks here until our daughter is healed.”

  • As we get ready to begin a new year, it is good to review our livestock and grazing management practices. Let’s consider some things for each month of 2009 as you attempt to feed cattle through grazing as much as possible this year. Let’s begin with January, a month not suitable for grazing.

  • In this age of rocket thrusters and afterburners, 1999 LaRue County High School alumnus and Navy pilot Jonathan Whelan flies a propeller plane that, in comparison to the FA 118, F-122 and other jets is like matching the tortoise to the hare.

    But this aircraft, the P-3 Orion, is perfectly suited to the crucial military missions it performs and wouldn’t be as effective at supersonic speeds.

  • January brings several farm-related state annual meetings and state programs important to LaRue County and Kentucky farmers. In today’s column we will highlight the programs of many of them.

  • He jumps on the couch and curls up in a ball. The fuzzy black and white dog is oblivious to the sounds around him, even though the barks and meows are bound to disrupt his nap.

    So begins another day at the Taylor County Animal Shelter – the facility that houses LaRue County’s strays.

    Those wanting to adopt a stray animal have been able to do so for just a $20 donation for nearly a year. As a result, Director John Harris says, the shelter’s adoption rates have just about doubled.

  • 4-H is always in need of volunteers to help expand the program to the youth of LaRue County.

    The organization is in need of volunteers to help lead 4-H school club meetings and to help with other 4-H activities and events throughout the year.

  • The LaRue County Extension Service conducts corn and soybean variety plots annually in cooperation with a local farmer and participating grain dealers. For the third year, the cooperator was Carlos Tucker on the Duel Creekside Farm. 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. Each company was permitted to enter two varieties of both corn and soybeans.