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Farm Calendar: Feb. 20, 2013

 Kentucky Alfalfa Conference 


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PHOTO: Sandhill cranes return to area

 A small flock of sandhill cranes picked through a field near Creekfront Park in Hodgenville last week. Larger flocks can be spotted along Harned-McCubbins Road.


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4-H Talent Show and poster contest deadlines approaching

By Misty Wilmoth

 The 4-H Talent Show will be held 6:30 p.m. March 22 at the LaRue County High School auditorium. Pre-register by March 18 by calling the Extension office at 358-3401 or stop by to pick up a registration form. 

The talent show is open to all LaRue County youth ages 9 to 18. A variety of categories are offered including vocal, instrumental, physical skills and theatrical. A group act category is also offered for acts with five or more participants. Other acts may have from one to four participants.


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Farm Bureau celebrates Food Check-Out Week

 The cost of food in America remains affordable. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, American consumers spend, on average, just over 10 percent of their disposable income for food. That means the average household will have earned enough disposable income – that portion of income available for spending or saving – to pay for its annual food supply in about seven weeks, said Kentucky Farm Bureau president Mark Haney.


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COLUMN: Farmers should consider farm business management program

By David Harrison

 Keeping good records helps farmers make sound management decisions. This is especially important in today’s agricultural economy. Farming is a business and continues to face financial strains from many directions.


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Unique tournament targets invasive carp

 Kentucky will unleash a full-court press against invasive carp during a tournament being held in March.


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Spring forest fire season began Feb. 15

 Kentucky law designates Feb. 15 through April 30 as spring forest fire hazard season. During this time, it is illegal to burn anything within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland between the daylight hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The law is intended to prevent forest fires by allowing outdoor burning only after 6 p.m. when conditions are less likely to cause a wildfire to spread.


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Seedlings available through Forestry Department

 With spring just around the corner, now is the perfect time for landowners, businesses, local governments, churches and homeowners to plan their tree-planting activities by ordering tree seedlings through the Kentucky Division of Forestry. 

Nearly 50 tree species including white oak, black walnut, eastern white pine, baldcypress, yellow-poplar, redbud, persimmon, pawpaw, hazelnut are available by calling toll free 1-800-866-0555. 


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Online survey available

State considers extending rabbit hunting season

 The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is seeking input from the public on a proposal to lengthen the next rabbit hunting season.


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Abe and agriculture

By David Harrison

Native son Abraham Lincoln’s 204th birthday is celebrated this week. Born on a farm here in LaRue County, Lincoln had a significant impact on LaRue County and American agriculture. 

Raised on farms in Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois, young Lincoln obviously did the farm chores of feeding livestock, planting seeds and weeding that all pioneer farm boys did. Even his famous rail-splitting abilities were related to clearing the land for farming. 


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