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Agriculture

  • LaRue County CAIP Applications Available

    The 2018 LaRue County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP) has been funded for a tenth consecutive year. LaRue County CAIP has been offered by the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy (GOAP) and the LaRue County Agricultural Development Council. 

    Grant guidelines and grant applications will be available at the LaRue County Extension Office, 807 Old Elizabethtown Road Hodgenville, until Tuesday November 27. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The deadline for returning CAIP applications is at 4:30 p.m. on November 27.  

  • Clean Up Now For Healthy Gardens
  • Storage and Feeding Areas

    The LaRue County Agriculture Investment Program, more commonly known as CAIP, is now taking applications until Tuesday, November 27 at 4:30 p.m. Applications can be picked up and turned in at the LaRue County Extension Office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. I think one of the best investments you can make on the farm is to build or increase hay storage. It has been proven many times that investments in hay storage provide a quick return on investment.

  • Keep houseplants healthy

    If the houseplants you just brought inside appear anemic, the cause may be an unfavorable environment in your home or disease problems. The unfriendly plant environment could be the result of lower light, humidity or temperatures, drafts, or improper watering or fertilization. These adverse growing conditions often lead to various diseases indicated by leaf drop, yellow leaves, death of leaf edge and tip and spindly growth.

  • Body Scores Indicate Herd Health

    Early winter is an optimum time to prepare your spring-calving herd 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.

  • Fall Gardening Tips

    As you consider planting this fall, remember, we live in the plant hardiness Zone 6. Plants that do not tolerate less than minus 10 degrees F are not hardy here and will likely die due to cold temperatures. Many plant tags have the hardiness zone listed. Look for Zone 6 and lower on the tag. A Zone 7 plant will not be hardy in Kentucky.

  • Soybean Seed Quality Issues

    Several LaRue County and surrounding county farmers are having issues with seed quality in soybeans. Below is what Carl Bradley and Chad Lee, UK Extension Specialists, have to say about the issue:

  • Kentucky dairy and grain issues reviewed by panel

    A pending revised U.S. free trade agreement with Mexico and Canada could mean big gains in trade for Kentucky agriculture, state lawmakers heard last week.

    Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles told the Interim Joint Committee on Agriculture that the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) which he referred to as “NAFTA 2.0” would almost eliminate tariffs on all U.S. commodities and have a positive impact on Kentucky agriculture. The agreement has yet to be ratified by the U.S. Congress or the other two countries.

  • Enjoy Kentucky’s fall color

    If you’ve been waiting all year to see beautiful fall colors in Kentucky, it is almost time. Mid October is the beginning of the brilliant fall tree color show in Kentucky.  Actually, these brilliant colors have been there all along; they’ve been masked by a cloak of chlorophylls, green pigments vital to a tree’s food-making process.

  • Feeding America plans LaRue food distribution

    Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland (FAKH) will distribute monthly USDA commodity foods to LaRue County residents on Wednesday, October 24 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Hodgenville United Methodist Church on 825 Tonieville Road in Hodgenville.

    FAKH will distribute fresh produce and other grocery items to help provide hunger relief assistance to individuals, families, and seniors who are residents of LaRue County. All residents of LaRue County are eligible to receive the commodities.